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Most of you know the beautiful Lindsey Morgan as the badass genius Raven Reyes on CW’s hit show, The 100. Luca fell in love with her instantly when she wrote a powerful piece for us back in our Spring Issue. Immediately we wanted more from the actress, but had to squeeze in an interview and photo shoot months later when her busy scheduled would allow. It was so worth the wait.
Growing up in Texas, Lindsey was always interested in acting and theater but was also initially pretty shy about pursuing it. She shares, “As I was graduating high school, I really felt if I don't go for this now, I'll always be wondering 'what if'. I decided to double major in theatre and journalism in college and found my first agent. I dropped out of college after my sophomore year and moved to LA. Dropping out and moving across the country wasn't on a whim. I had some major 'life signs' that pointed me there and I felt 'time and youth' were so important in the industry, that I could always finish college later if acting didn't work out. It was very impulsive, but I never second guessed it.”
Lindsey Morgan took that risk and it has paid off, but her success did not come without hard work. "I, thus, started my journey to become a working actor in LA, taking as many classes as I could, absorbing knowledge everywhere, reading anything, asking for advice and making a TON of mistakes. I finally found great representation from the help of an amazing acting teacher and General Hospital was my third audition that led to a six year contract role. It was my first 'REAL' gig. I still felt like I didn't know what I was doing half the time, but I was hell bent on figuring it out." Lindsey truly believes that acting is a craft, an art form, and like any craft, you must practice at least 10,000 hours to master it. She continues to hone her craft, still in class, trying to broaden her strengths and knowledge.
As far as her roles, Lindsey feels honored to portray such a strong character like Raven Reyes. “She [Raven Reyes] embodies so much strength, passion and intelligence, vulnerability but resilience. I think she is a fantastic role model for anyone, including myself. She never gives up and whatever she faces, she thinks a way through it or at least tries. The ‘never say die’ attitude is something I love so much about her. I hope other people can resonate with her, anyone with struggles or a disability (physically, mentally, emotionally) can find solace and inspiration in her strength to endure and conquer. I think she is also a rare character. It is surprisingly and unfortunately hard to find a female character on television that is a woman of color, disabled, a super genius, sexy and still kicks a ton of ass. She is never stereotyped by her 'labels' but instead defies them all.”
Not only has Lindsey Morgan been killing it on The 100, she’s also continuing to add to her impressive acting portfolio. She just completed her fave role to date this summer in an indie film called Summertime. "I play a 23 year old dancer from Long Island, New York, named Debbie - a complete 180 degrees from Raven Reyes (who is my other favorite role to date). I loved how different they were and just how fun it was to step back in time to the 80's and live like that." Having a chance to live in Brooklyn for a month and a half was a dream come true for Lindsey. Based on a real person, the upcoming film chronicles the life of Debbie Espinoza, a 23-year-old recent college grad from Long Island. Debbie is trying to pursue her dream to be a dancer on Broadway. Set in New York in 1983, Debbie is described as the 'new age' girl who is sassy as hell and thinks she's worldly. Lindsey shares, "In the end, my character learns something about herself from someone she least expected.”
Although she once compared herself to the very serious and disciplined Raven, Lindsey admits she has loosened up a bit over the years. She is incredibly grounded, and at this point is just trying to have more fun. Fun for her includes the outdoors and travel, so she's always trying to find a way to experience nature and Earth. As far as travel, “It's been one hell of a year... I've done the most traveling I've ever done! I counted and it's close to about 60 different hotel rooms, apartments, and air bnbs that I've been in and out of, but it's taught me so much. If not traveling then, sleeping. Napping is her favorite pastime. Lindsey's beauty begins with a good workout, drinking a ton of water and getting lots of rest. In the past, she used to be a night owl, thinking she should stay up longer to work, read, study or watch some new show. "Now," she says, "I'm all about sleep and meditation. I think I feel the most beautiful when I'm at peace."