'The Walking Dead: World Beyond' star Annet Mahendru says the new spin-off is a 'generation apocalypse show'
'It's about the kids that grew up not knowing the real world around them,' she explained
Annet Mahendru shot to fame as Nina, a mysterious spy opposite FBI Agent Stan (Noah Emmerich) in the Golden Globe and Emmy winning series 'The Americans'.
The portrayal garnered a Critics Choice nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and a Gold Derby TV Award nomination for Drama Guest Actress.
Mahendru also starred in a slew of hit series — Amazon Prime's anthology series 'The Romanoffs' and in the dystopian SYFY thriller 'The Slows, 'The X-Files', 'Tyrant', 'Lethal Weapon', 'Grey’s Anatomy', 'White Collar', '2 Broke Girls' and 'The Blacklist'.
And now, the 30-year-old is all set to play Huck in the upcoming spin-off series from 'The Walking Dead'. Titled 'The Walking Dead: World Beyond', the highly-anticipated series 'The Walking Dead' franchise set to debut this April.
In an exclusive with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), the 'Lethal Weapon' star sheds light on her character. "It is a generation apocalypse show so it's about the kids that grew up not knowing the real world around them," she explained.
"They are behind walls and are on a university campus. These kids want to go out and see what is left of the world. They have been very sheltered. The kids will venture out into the world together and they will see what is left and the work that has to be done."
Talking about Huck, "She used to be a marine and was is in the sniper unit and now she is a campus security guard, Mahendru added.
"She is highly trained and doesn't take life too seriously and she really wants to bring the world back to what it was at any cost. She has been out there, she has seen it all and she was in the marines when it all went down and she protected whoever she could and had to find her own way."
"This whole show is like seeing and experiencing something for the first time. Like your first love, your first heartbreak... so everything is basically shot from that lens. Also the first time you have an encounter with an empty, what is that like?"
"Their first big fight is a huge deal. We get to a center called the blaze of glory and everything is on fire and it draws all the empties, it’s like World War III, so that was very exciting to shoot and something the fans have never seen before," she added.
There was a bit of a real-life reference Mahendru put in as well. "This is also the time for young people to vote and get engaged and to get into helping the world, so it’s very timely I think."
She added that being part of 'World Beyond' was a memorable experience. "I have had the time of my life, this has been a dream both personally and artistically. It’s a role I have always wanted to play."
'The Walking Dead: World Beyond' debuts on April 12 at 10 pm ET, immediately after the season finale of the main series.