Meet Frankie, yet another one of Negan’s many wives. Frankie is portrayed by the beautiful redhead, Elyse DuFour. In Season 7 Episode 11 Hostiles and Calamities Frankie and Tanya try to coerce Eugene into concocting a suicide pill supposedly for the distraught Amber. Of course, Eugene cleverly sees through their ruse.
Don’t worry, Frankie, I believe Eugene has a plan! In the meantime, let’s learn all about the real life and times of Elyse DuFour, the actor behind the character.
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in pretty little Stafford, Virginia.
What was your first acting role?
My first network show was Constantine on NBC. The episode I was in was directed by Neil Marshall, who had just come from directing Game of Thrones. I was very, VERY excited to work with him. It was so much fun!
How did you land the role of Frankie?
I had auditioned for about six different roles (I was very close to getting a different role) on The Walking Dead before I finally got the call that I had booked a recurring role. I cried for a minute. Walking Dead was one of my goals, so to finally book it was amazing.
Were you a The Walking Dead fan before getting the role?
Absolutely! It was one of my favorite shows. Though I didn’t start watching until season 5 was on Netflix. I binge-watched the entire series in about three weeks.
Did you do anything special to prepare for the role of Frankie, like giving her a backstory of any kind in your own mind, maybe one that would help justify why she was part of the Saviors?
When I first found out that I had booked the show, I didn’t know anything about my character until I got to set. It wasn’t until episode 11 that Frankie had any screen time. I think, for her, and for anyone living during a zombie apocalypse, you do anything you have to do to survive. I imagine that joining the Saviors was her only option. And as far as agreeing to be one of Negan’s wives, it was either be a wife or take on a hard labor type job. Personally, I might’ve chosen hard labor.
Do you get a lot of negativity because you’re one of Negan’s wives or more sympathy?
I haven’t gotten either really. Just love! The fan response to Frankie has been incredibly positive, which did surprise me, but I’m very thankful for that. Everyone has sent nothing but sweetness and love.
Have there been any funny or memorable behind the scene moments on The Walking Dead set?
Oh yes! Too many to mention. Shooting the science experiment scene with Eugene was hilarious. One of the balloon fireballs took off, spewing flames and flying all around us. In the moment it was terrifying. Looking back I think it was one of the best moments we had that wasn’t in the episode. Chloe who plays Tanya, and Autumn who plays Amber are the best. We even have a group chat that’s been going since episode 7.
Do you have any new acting roles in your future, besides The Walking Dead, that you can discuss?
There are some very exciting things in the works. Unfortunately, I can’t give any information about upcoming projects at this point.
You have acted in both television and movies. Which do you prefer and why?
I always wanted to be a film actor, but when I started working in TV, I found that I love having a character to hold onto and develop. Working on a film is kind of heart breaking; you become a family and then soon after the film has wrapped, you never see each other again. I like both, but for now TV is what I want to be doing. Then again, I would go off and do a movie right now. I don’t know! I love both!
Is there anyone who has been an inspiration to you in your acting career?
As far as actors go, Sarah Paulson, Julianne Moore, Jessica Lange are some of my favorites. I do have people that I look up to, but mostly I try to find inspiration in my life and the lives of those around me. My mom has been my greatest inspiration.
A lot of fans will marathon The Walking Dead quite frequently. Do you have a favorite show you could watch over and over?
Other than The Walking Dead? Mad Men, Downton Abbey, and Dexter. I’m really into Orphan Black and Black Mirror right row. Oh, and The Office!
What can you tell us about your work as a composer?
I would like to tell you that I am THE GREATEST COMPOSER ON EARTH! Unfortunately, I must tell you that I have no idea why that’s on my IMDb. I’ve tried to have it taken off many times. I’m not a composer.
Is there anything you can tell all us fans about yourself that we don’t know?
I’m really just starting out, so there is a lot that could be said here… Before deciding to pursue acting, I was studying psychology. Really the last thing I’d like to say is that I’m shocked by the fan response to Frankie. I am so thankful to have been brought onto a show with such a devoted fan base!
Elyse, thank you for answering all our questions. Looking at the photo below of this gorgeous lady, I think if she had continued to pursue a career in psychology, her patients might have been a little distracted! I can’t wait to see how your character, Frankie, grows and develops on The Walking Dead, and will be watching every Sunday night on AMC at 9/8C.