The Walking Dead: World Beyond star sobbed for two hours straight in 'gruelling' audition for lead roleSeptember 29, 2020
ALEXA Mansour was put through the ringer to secure her role in The Walking Dead: World Beyond.
The spin-off show, set to drop later this week, tracks a group of teens navigating the zombie apocalypse as they find their feet as young adults.
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While the show looks to be slightly lighter in tone compared to AMC's original series, Mansour revealed that the audition process was extemelly rigorous.
She had already auditioned for The Walking Dead without success, but said she resonated with her current character, Hope, on a much deeper level.
Reflecting on the timeline, she admitted: "It was gruelling. I started in April when I had the first audition. So two months go by. And in June, I get a call from my manager, like: 'Yeah, Scott [Gimple], Matt [Negrete] and Jordan [Vogt-Roberts], the director of the pilot, want to meet with you.'"
She continued to Digital Spy: "I'm in the room with three different people, all actors that I've known for a while, just to kind of get me ready, and get a different perspective. So I went and did that. It was great. Scott, Matt, Jordan and I, we all got along really great, and the audition was amazing."
However, it turns out the casting agents weren't immediately conviced that Mansour had the darkness in her to carry of the role.
"I went in and read with all the other people that were going to play the other characters, to see if there's any chemistry. I went in – and, usually after that, you've either got it or you don't," she went on.
"I go in there, and I get a call from Scott and Matt, like: 'Listen, AMC love you, but they don't know if you're edgy enough, so we need to redo another audition."
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When it came to the crunch, Mansour found herself crying for hours on end in the final stages of auditioning.
She continued: "I was like, 'OK, this is number four, at this point.' So the next day, it's completely new scenes and totally different things that I had to learn. I went in there, and it was basically a two-hour audition of me crying. They were really sad scenes."
She added: "I remember leaving there, and I was like, 'Man, if AMC doesn't think I'm edgy enough after this, I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm going to have to rob a bank or something.' But I got the call the next day that I got the job, and it was so worth it."
Mansour's comments come after Maggie Rhee actress Lauren Cohan reacted to the "bittersweet" cancellation of the show.
The Walking Dead's season 10 finale will air as a special episode on Monday, October 5 on FOX in the UK and previous episodes are available to stream on NOW TV.
In the US, the season 10 finale will air on Sunday, October 4 at 9pm on AMC.
Fear the Walking Dead will return later this year on AMC in the US and on AMC UK in the UK.
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