Interview – Katelyn Nacon of The Walking Dead

Interview – Katelyn Nacon of The Walking Dead

katelyn photoSome people are just naturally drawn into performing, it is a expression that just cannot be denied. For seventeen year old Georgia born actress Katelyn Nacon, it is something she grew fond of at a very young age, and a passion that continues to grow through the years. Landing a role on AMC’s massively popular The Walking Dead series, Nacon was introduced to the world on a massive platform as secretive character by the name of Enid. Now a recurring character a part of The Walking Dead, Enid’s presence has been one with impact and curiosity among viewers. Now, with season six back in gear as of Sunday February 14th, The Walking Dead is just heating up, and Nacon’s Enid is bound to be an intricate part of it all. Recently we sat down with the aspiring actress to talk her love for performing, what it has been like working on The Walking Dead, her strong interest in music, and much more.

CrypticRock.com – You have been involved in entertainment professionally for a few years now. First, tell us, what inspired you to pursue a career in acting?

Katelyn Nacon – I chose acting because I fell in love with the idea of creating new people and souls that I can portray on screen.

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CrypticRock.com – That is a pretty cool concept to be able to do something like. It has to be very redeeming as a creator when you can accomplish it. Acting can be a great form of self expression, and seeing you have been involved in entertainment since a young kid, do you feel like you have a strong support system from your family as you move forward into this somewhat crazy industry?

Katelyn Nacon – Yes, my family has always had my back, and I can strongly say they always will in the future.

CrypticRock.com – That is very positive to hear, and is also very important. You now have a recurring role on AMC’s The Walking Dead as Enid. How did this role come about for you?

Katelyn Nacon – My agent based in Atlanta got me the audition. The casting process was within a week, which is actually a really short time.

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes and Katelyn Nacon as Enid - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 15 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes and Katelyn Nacon as Enid – The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 15 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

CrypticRock.com – That is a very short time. It is great it all worked out and you became part of the series. Enid is a relatively mysterious character, minus the little bit of back-story audiences received on her in the episode JJS. No one really knows much about her. How do you approach the character of Enid?

Katelyn Nacon – I kind of just go off of what’s in the script and what comes naturally to me in the moment.

CrypticRock.com – That works well, and your portrayal is very natural. Going back to what you said earlier, you have created a person. Many fans are unsure whether to consider Enid friend or foe. Do you enjoy that suspense and mystique surrounding your character?

Katelyn Nacon – Yes, I love it. It just makes her character that much more interesting to be and to watch.

Katelyn Nacon as Enid - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 15 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Katelyn Nacon as Enid – The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 15 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

CrypticRock.com – Absolutely, and it will be interested to learn more about her as the story unfolds. Enid clearly has made a connection with Carl, played by Chandler Riggs. What has it been like working alongside Chandler in your time on the show?

Katelyn Nacon – It has been nice, Chandler is a pretty cool dude.

CrypticRock.com – Yes, he is a very talented young actor and a nice guy. It has been a very interesting season thus far for The Walking Dead; many ups and downs and development of new characters. It seems everyone has nothing but positive things to say about working on the set of The Walking Dead. How has your experience been working with the cast and crew?

Katelyn Nacon – The cast and crew are amazing, no one is lying when they say everyone on the cast and crew are family.

CrypticRock.com – It is great to hear your experience is equally as positive as others a part of the series. The Walking Dead recently returned  on Sunday, February 14th, with the new episode No Way Out. It was quite an intense return that had all fans talking. How excited are you for the return after an almost two month break, and do you think fans will enjoy the second half of season six?

Katelyn Nacon – I can’t wait to have The Walking Dead come back into my life again. I’m pretty positive people will have a love/hate relationship with the rest of season six… Mostly love though.

Katelyn Nacon as Enid - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Katelyn Nacon as Enid – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 9 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

CrypticRock.com – (laughs) The idea of a love/hate relationship is quite compelling. Those type of qualities is what makes the series so strong. From our understanding, you also have an interest in music as well. What are some of your favorite forms of music and do you think you will be pursuing music at some point?

Katelyn Nacon – I like to listen to about anything, mostly Indie, Rock, or Alternative. Also, I’d love to pursue a career in music, it’s just kind of a matter of when and where.

Katelyn Nacon in 2013's "The Gift."
Katelyn Nacon in 2013’s “The Gift.”

CrypticRock.com – Excellent to hear. Hopefully you have that chance to do so. Beyond The Walking Dead, what are some future projects you have in the works, perhaps something musical?

Katelyn Nacon – Well I have been writing new songs. I would love to do something with that, but it really just depends on finding the time, which I seem to be lacking in.

CrypticRock.com – Yes, finding the time can always be a challenge. We have heard some of your musical performances via videos on your YouTube channel, and you really have a talent. It will be exciting to hear more in the future. My last question for you is pertaining to movies.  CrypticRock.com covers music and Horror/Sci-Fi films.  If you are a fan of these genres, what are some of your favorite films?

Katelyn Nacon – I do like Horror films. I’ve just recently started getting into them more. I would probably have to say either Silence of the Lambs (1991) or Seven (1995) would be my favorite.

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Orion Pictures
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New Line Cinema

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Main photo credit Ben Miller

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