It has been four years since 'Fear The Walking Dead', the horror-drama show, debuted on AMC. With much of the cast recurring throughout the five seasons, the actors and the crew have become relatively close-knit, not just on-screen where they are a growing family of survivors who take on the dead, but also off-screen. Ask Danay García, the star who plays Luciana Galvez on the show about the experience of working with her co-stars and the team, and the first word that comes to her mind is "family."
García's Luciana has been an integral part of the series since her sign-up and if her character's arc is to be traced, Luciana has more losses to deal with than her kill count of zombies, and worse, she has had to survive through it all. From leaving her colony to losing loved ones, it has been a rough journey for her, but in real life, her series mates are her family.
In an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), the Cuban actress, who has been a part of 'Fear the Walking Dead' since its second season, said she feels her relationships with the crew are very special. "It's like a family. It really is. I guess everybody says that... but it really is," she said. García also admitted she spends more time with the cast and crew than her own family.
Contracted to production houses, especially ones that produce big-budget shows, leave less time for socializing outside work and grabbing some much-needed family time, but for the 34-year-old, what was special was how each one would take time out off their shoots and check on each other regularly.
"You start looking after each other, you check on each other... like... Hey! did you make your home? Did you rest? Somebody goes... I need some water, and you're like hold on I'll get it," she explained. While the crew and the world may not be living in a post-apocalyptic period fending off zombies, it still was hard work on the sets and for García, that bond and friendship that the cast members have developed on sets extend during the hiatus period as well.
"You start checking on your peers because you're in this battle together and when we're on a hiatus, we still go..hey don't forget let's have coffee and then we realize it's not about work anymore," she explained. "They (the team) grow into becoming very special people in your life and I am very grateful and lucky to be in that circle."
You can catch 'Fear The Walking Dead' on Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern Time and 8 p.m. Central Time on AMC.