‘The 100’ Season 4: Eliza Taylor Interview on Clarke and Saying Goodbye to Lexa

Eliza Taylor in The 100
Eliza Taylor from ‘The 100’ at Comic Con 2016 (Photo Credit: Richard Chavez)

The CW’s The 100 cast once again participated in the San Diego Comic Con, with Eliza Taylor, Lindsey Morgan, Marie Avgeropoulos, Henry Ian Cusick, Christopher Larkin, and Richard Harmon taking questions from fans on Friday, July 22, 2016. The cast also sat down for interviews at the Con where Eliza Taylor told us she’s hoping season four of the popular sci-fi action drama isn’t quite as dark as season three.

Eliza Taylor Interview:

How is Clarke going to move on from everything that happened last season?

Eliza Taylor: “How does she ever move on? I don’t know. I mean, yet again we’re faced with another issue, another save the world moment which distracts her from all the other save the world moments so she doesn’t really ever move on. One thing that might be cool about this season is having her actually get to have a moment where she breaks down or actually gets to process everything that’s happened to her. I don’t know if that’s going to happen because Jason [Rothenberg] doesn’t tell us anything. But, what I really hope for this season is that it’s going to be a lot more hopeful. I want there to be more hope. Last season was dark, even for us. Even for us, and that’s saying something!”

Have you asked Jason for that moment for Clarke?

Eliza Taylor: “No, I never ask. No. I don’t know. I mean, I know that I’ve been doing this for three years but Comic Con is still terrifying to me. Talking to Jason, the guy who hired me, is still terrifying to me. You know, stepping on that red carpet stuff it’s all… This time three years ago I was waiting on tables, so it’s different and I’m still nervous as f**k all the time.”

In the season finale Clarke has a chance to really say goodbye to Lexa. What did it mean for her to be able to say goodbye?

Eliza Taylor: “She already had to say goodbye once which was f**king hard. Sorry! I keep swearing. It’s just really hard. Really f-ing hard. And then at the end to see her again and for her to say, ‘I will always be with you,’ I think that was easier. God, it was the love of her life, but it was something she needed to hear. Like, you will always be with me and I know it and I feel you every day. And, that’s what she needed. So, yeah.”

How do you get into and out of the mindset needed for playing such darkness?

Eliza Taylor: “It’s really hard. It’s really hard. Yeah, there have been times where I’ve gone home from doing a really emotional scene and just sobbed because it’s incredibly hard to get out of. A lot of people say that when you play a character it’s 70% you and 30% the character. You put so much of yourself and your feelings into whatever your character’s going through then of course you’re going to take them home with you, you know? My boyfriend could have proposed to me yesterday and then I have to do a scene where I murder 30 children. I’m not going to be happy about the proposal. I’m going to be like, ‘Must get clean!’ in the shower with my engagement ring for hours. It’s a terrible analogy but that’s how it feels. It’s very tricky and it’s something that you do have to learn to separate yourself from as much as you can.”

Clarke was separated from the main cast last season. Do you hope she’ll be back with them in season four?

Eliza Taylor: “Yeah, I would love that, to be honest. It would be so nice to be with everyone again. For like four or five months I was away from all of them. I was in Polis, I was doing my thing, doing Alycia [Debnam-Carey], and then finally it was like the band was back together. It was so nice because it was like us from the pilot. I miss that so much so I hope in the season we get to do more of that.”

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