“Fear the Walking Dead”? More like fear the coronavirus.
Danay Garcia, who plays Luciana Galvez on the AMC hit show, told Page Six that she’s more afraid of the global pandemic than she is fighting zombies on TV — and her role hasn’t totally helped her prepare for a real-life apocalypse.
“I go to conventions. I go to Comic-Con and any time I see a fan that recognizes me from the show, the first thing that they ask me is, ‘Hey, if the apocalypse happened, how would you escape the store?’” Garcia, 35, said. “I’m like, ‘Oh, my God. I don’t think like that’… and in a way, it’s happening right now. But obviously, it’s not a stunt. You have to be like, ‘How much food do I have left?’ You have to kind of think three steps ahead, more than normal for your survival.”
“I found myself thinking about it and it freaked me out,” she laughed.
“The one thing the apocalypse — ours right now and the one on the show — have in common is that we have to take care of each other,” she added. “We really do. And it’s the only way to survive really anything. And if we have to be in our homes for each other, that’s the best thing that we can do. So that’s the one thing the show and our crazy apocalypse have in common, is that together we’re really stronger to conquer.”
“Fear the Walking Dead” was halfway through shooting its sixth season when the coronavirus outbreak halted production earlier this month. Garcia is still in Austin, Texas, where filming was taking place.
“It was a huge adjustment to go from one extreme to another,” she explained. “At the beginning, I didn’t know what to do with myself. It was very confusing to be working on set and then you get a letter saying, ‘Hey, there’s a virus happening. Wash your hands!’ And I’m like, ‘I can not wash my hands! They’re supposed to be dirty. I’m shooting in this dirty environment. It’s supposed to be dirty!’ Everything they were telling me to do, I couldn’t do.”
“It’s this crazy isolation that you feel shooting the show because everywhere you go, things are abandoned,” Garcia told Page Six. “And to some extent right now, we’re living — we’re like experiencing this isolation.”
“By the way,” she points out, “I never thought toilet paper was such a big thing! I mean, we didn’t go through that in the apocalypse. I wish the writers would have come up with something about toilet paper. But in the real world, I’m like, ‘Oh, gosh, we missed that one, toilet paper!’”
“You go into isolation so you don’t get infected by this virus [in the real world],” she continued. “In ‘Fear the Walking Dead,’ at least you know what you don’t want to get infected by, the zombies, right? The walkers. But our world is so abstract,” Garcia noted. “You don’t see people infected. They are not visually infected. They look like normal. Ther are just no signs of that. So I think it’s a bit creepier.”
Now, Garcia is spending her time Skyping with friends and meeting her new neighbors.
“Everybody assumes that I’m completely prepared and I have friends that are like, ‘Hey, I know where to go if things go bad!’” she laughed. “I’m like, ‘Please don’t come with me because I’m pretty tired!’”
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