Q&A: Get to know the new girlWhen hit zombie show The Walking Dead returns for its fifth season this autumn, 23-year-old Christian Serratos will play Rosita Espinosa, a fan favorite from Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel that inspired the series.
THE RED BULLETIN: Were you a Walking Dead fan before joining the cast?
Christian Serratos: “After I found out I got the role, I marathon-watched them all. I became completely obsessed. Whenever I’d see someone walking late at night on the street, the first thing I’d think was, ‘It’s a walker!’ My everyday lingo became Walking Dead terms.”
Rosita is handy with a gun.
“I’d never shot or even held a gun before. The very first time I shot a gun on the show they slapped it in my hand, gave me a breakdown and said, ‘Go ahead!’ Now I try to go to the gun range as much as I can and try to learn as much about as many weapons as possible, because you never know what they’re going to throw at you on set.”
Have you picked up any other special skills because of the show?
“I’m really obsessed with shooting traditional bows. I’ve never shot a traditional bow on the show, but going to the gun range and working with the weapons, it’s one of the ones I was drawn to. I’m completely enthralled with it. It’s really relaxing and I’m going start doing that during my free time. I love the idea that there’s no aiming mechanism - it’s all feel and gut and intuition. It forces you to relax. It’s almost like meditating.”
Your character also has an interesting wardrobe. She’s partial to very short shorts.
“I thought the shorts could’ve been shorter! Because of the comic book, I knew I was going to be in that kind of outfit, so it wasn’t a shock to me. People started asking, ‘Why is she wearing that?’ but it’s who she is. I don’t think people realize that is probably the most realistic outfit to be wearing when it’s hot. They’re travelling, they don’t have air conditioning. I thought she had the best outfit for the apocalypse.”