Alexa Nisenson in the Zombie Apocalypse

By Yatika Mehla

Alexa Nisenson

On December 8, 2020, Alexa Nisenson who plays Charlie on Fear The Walking Dead sat down for an Interview with Dead Talk Live. Below are some of the highlights from his interview with the show’s host Viz

Describing how her journey began on the show Alexa says she got the role of Charlie at the age of 11. She was contacted by her agent to do the audition which was to be self-taped and not an actual in-person audition. She was again contacted by her manager informing her that she bagged the role on Fear The Walking Dead series. Her character was initially planned to be a part of the show for a few four to five episodes but later on, the writers and makers of the show kept asking her to come back and do more episodes for which she is extremely grateful. She feels that since she started at the age of 11, she has grown up on the sets of the show. “Actually, at the time I was supposed to just come on and do like four or five episodes and from then on it just kind of kept going on and they kept asking me to return and I’m so grateful because it’s been such an incredible experience and it’s truly crazy that this is my third season on the show, I am 14. I started at the age of 11 so I have grown up on the show pretty much.”

Alexa sees Charlie’s character shooting Nick (played by Frank Dillane) down as a mix of emotions and the feeling of hurt she experienced which made her think that it was something she needed to do- shoot Nick down. She feels since Charlie’s character was young and she was coming out of her shell and the influences and ascendancy imposed on her as a young girl, she believes the character was manipulated a bit as well with the work given to her of snooping on others. It was due to these reasons that Alexa believes Charlie did that in addition to the fact that it was something Charlie needed to do at that moment.

In Alexa’s opinion- “I think it was probably a mix of both I think she felt hurt because nick had  hurt her caretaker that Ennis so I think part of it was emotion but I also think she felt like that is what she had to do at the moment and I think the character was just young and was coming out of the influence of the vultures and she was slightly manipulated and kind of controlled by them and forced to be put in some of these situations like being a spy and sneaking around for them so part of it was out of emotion and feeling hurt from what nick did but also she did feel like that’s what she had to do at that moment.”

Alexa Nisenson

Following the death of Nick, Alexa faced negative backlash and hate for what her character on the show did. She mentioned that people on the show did warn her about the backlash she might face, and she was self-aware that might be subjected to negativity after entering the entertainment fraternity. She didn’t expect the backlash to be of the extent that it was. As an 11-year-old child, the hate did impact her and her mental and emotional wellbeing. She says, “ People on set did warn me and I did know going into it that the fans were going to feel that way and that there was going to be a negative blush but like you said I was 11 and I did not know that it was going to be at the extent that it was, it was challenging for me honestly because as an 11-year-old I just went on to my social media and I just saw a ton of comments saying we hate you, you killed nick and so on.”

The scene from the Storm episode with Alicia (portrayed by Alycia Debnam- Carey) was an awesome experience for Alexa. She recalls even when she read the script, she had tears in her eyes as there are not many teenage girls who get to do a scene with so many emotions involved, with a lot of astounding dialogues. Before that episode, Alexa and Alycia weren’t as close because the two did not have many scenes and shoots together, but after the Storm episode they bonded a lot as they performed tons of stunts together, they were out in the rain the whole environment was intense around them, but it was in between during those scenes where they bonded and became so close and Alexa till date feels extremely grateful for getting the opportunity to work with someone as amazing as Alycia. For Alexa, Alycia is like a big sister. Alexa still gets teary-eyed whenever she watches that episode. The episode is very close to her heart. “It was amazing I remember opening the script and I still get emotional to this day watching that episode and I got emotional reading it because when I read it I knew that it was going to be such a special experience and as a teenage girl there aren’t many scripts you get like that where it’s just a lot of emotion and a ton of amazing dialogue and I’m so beyond lucky to work with Alycia we had an amazing time and we hadn’t worked together that much before that so we really bonded during that episode and we did a lot of stunts together and we were out in the rain in the storm all day every day so we were just together all the time pretty much so we really bonded and got close then and she’s truly like a big sister to me and she’s just so beyond talented. We were in a very intense state because pretty much the majority of the scenes we were doing were incredibly emotional.”

For Alexa- Alycia and Ruben are the two constant mentors that she has from whom she is always learning something or the other. Be it in her personal life or professional life they have been there for her, guiding her, supporting her, and have taken up the role of mentors for her. She describes Alycia as her big sister whom she looks up to. She believes Ruben is a very talented, smart, and fun person to be around, he has been a constant motivator and a mentor for her. She has learned so much from both of them. “All of them have been so incredible and I feel like I am constantly learning things when I’m around them about things in personal life or acting and our job, but I think just because I’ve worked with them the most definitely Alycia is like a big sister to me and Ruben has been kind of a mentor to me and he is so just talented and so incredibly smart, he’s so sweet and humble and kind and is inclusive. You can’t ask for a better group of people but definitely since I’ve worked with them the most probably Alycia and Ruben have been like mentors to me, I mean all of them but especially these two because we’ve worked together the most.”

Alexa Nisenson

Alexa is homeschooled and works and studies online on her computer. She was initially enrolled in a proper regular school but would miss out on a lot of her studies due to her packed schedule, which is when she along with her family members decided it was best for her to be homeschooled so that she wouldn’t miss out on her studies and could keep up with her classmates/ friends and students of her age group. “I am homeschooled, so all my schoolwork is all on my computer all online, so I pretty much bring my bring my computer to set and work on whatever I’m doing then with my teacher I was in real school with for a while and then once I started on The Walking Dead it got more difficult because I was never there to attend school. We film in Austin, Texas so I was pretty much never at home and it was incredibly difficult at that point to keep up attendance and know what was going on in the class so then after being on the show for a while we decided that it would be best to homeschool because at times, we filmed for seven months and back and forth too. For longevity, it wasn’t sustainable at that point, so I think it’s possible if the schedule allows it but when you’re filming a show like this especially when you’re in a different state it’s pretty challenging.”

Dead Talk Live Interview with Alexa Nisenson

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