After their heartbreaking departure from the show last season, Sharbino and Kenedy have looked beyond the flowers and are primed for promising careers.
Last season on AMC’s The Walking Dead, one of the most talked about moments came from episode fourteen’s “The Grove”. Two young and talented actresses, Brighton Sharbino and Kyla Kenedy who portrayed Lizzie and Mika Samuels respectively, delivered powerful and emotional performances in what was one of the most memorable and heartbreaking episodes in the shows four-season run. Now entering its fifth season, the most popular show on cable television is moving on without them. Last weekend at Alamo City Comic Con in San Antonio, Texas, I had the chance to sit down with Brighton and Kyla to reflect back on their time on the series as well as ask them a few questions about working with the cast, favorite scenes, and the kind of impact the show has had on their lives.
PR: How did the both of you come to land the roles of Mika and Lizzie?
Brighton: We were actually really good friends before, we went to school together, sleepovers together all the time and then we thought we were going out for the same role.
Kyla: We were at first.
Brighton: Well yeah we were at first.
Kyla: Yeah because Mika, I played Mika and it was supposed to be Micha and it was for a boy. So we went out for the same role and then before they saw me they saw Brighton and they were like okay we want to make Brighton Lizzie, and then they saw me and they were like oh no what do we do? So they changed the boy role and made it a girl for me.
PR: Cool, I like how they make these little adaptations and changes for the show, it’s very cool and it works.
Kyla: Yeah it works because in the comics it was two brothers and now its two sisters.
PR: So I just want to know what was it like for each of you to work on that set with that incredible cast?
Kyla: Everyone’s so nice.
Brighton: Yeah, you really learn a lot from all of them, we didn’t even really spend that much time on the set, but the time that we spent had such like a big impact on our acting careers.
Kyla: Yeah like we were there for ten months and we didn’t even shoot for like four (laughs). But you know everyone’s so amazing and you learn so much from everyone the acting, the skills and it’s just it’s really amazing.
PR: Was there a particular actor or actress that you spent more time with on the set that actually gave you all guidance?
Kyla: I mean we had a lot of our scenes with Melissa McBride who I absolutely love because she’s such an amazing mentor and she’s taught me so much you know, she is so amazing and wonderful and it was such a blessing and honor to be able work with her and she taught us so much when we were filming with her, she would pull us aside and she would get to know us. She made us feel like she was.
Brighton: She would you know pull us behind and talk about a scene with us, she’d help us out with acting and she actually was like a big icon.
PR: Like a mentor.
Brighton: Yeah mentor.
PR: Each of you, did you have a favorite scene?
Kyla: Let’s see, there were lots of fun scenes. I like the scene where Melissa (Carol) and I were walking through the woods, and then we looked and we opened up the little leaves, I don’t know what they’re called (laughs) and then we see the home, let’s just say when we find the home, and actually everything works out the way it supposed to. It was actually so much fun filming that because we were walking through and there was like poop everywhere and it smelled so bad, and there was like dead snake-skin and it was crazy because, so one of the AD’s on set is like terrified of spiders and a spider was on her leg and she started freaking out. It was like a really fun day, I thought it was crazy.
Brighton: I think my favorite would have to be, I think it was episode…I think it was S403, it was really Hershel’s episode, he was doing a lot of stuff and I was in the sick cell because I was sick and there was a walker in with Glenn in his cell, and I go “come here” and I get the walker to follow me, I didn’t know if I was going to like fall on the metal tile or something (laughs). I was just like trying to walk and I was really nervous but then we, when we shot it they put like a mat down so I got to fall backwards and all this stuff and that was fun.
(I had several more questions lined up for them, but unfortunately the interview got cut short because the girls were pressed for time and had to get back to their tables, so I jumped to my last question.)
PR: Okay so just one last question. Talk about how The Walking Dead has changed your lives, like future projects, current projects.
Kyla: I mean it changed me because, it wasn’t our first project but to me it felt like it was because you know, you’ve done things and even though they are great things like Brighton did NCIS and I did CSI, it’s like even though you’ve done great things that are really good projects, you go on here and you meet these amazing actors and these amazing people and they teach you so much. It was like being…it’s just like one big family and you know you’ve met every single actor and they taught you everything they knew and showed you and shared with you everything and you know learned like Melissa, she taught me you know when you get a character always try to understand your character more and more, don’t just learn your lines. Go in a corner with no one else and think about what your character or how your character feels. That’s helped me in everything else I’ve been working on and that’s what I do now, it’s so many influential things that she’s done.
Brighton: Yeah I think you know, it’s helped me get other jobs and I’ve just learned so much from everyone, like it was such an amazing experience for me, they’ve helped me so much in like everything that I’ve done. Like I’ll go into an audition and they’re like, oh I saw you on Walking Dead, or something like that, it’s just amazing and I had a really good time with that.
PR: Thank you so much for taking a few minutes to talk to me, I know you are busy and in demand so we’ll talk to you later.
Kyla: Thank you so much. Bye.
Brighton: (Waves Bye)