A Baker’s Dozen with Kyla Kenedy, Mika Samuels of The Walking Dead
Kyla Kenedy starred as Mika Samuels in The Walking Dead, sister to Lizzie. The two girls were fostered by Carol after the death of their father. Little Mika was only ten years old and cute as a button. Her older sister, Lizzie, wasn’t quite right – she thought the walkers were still people, capable of thoughts, emotions, friendship. The following scene was truly heartbreaking as Lizzie didn’t understand the impact of her actions.
I wish pretty, little Mika could have survived and made it to Alexandria with our Survivors. Read on and see what all Kyla has to say in her Baker’s Dozen interview.
How did you get the role of Mika?
I was living in Los Angeles and went on tape for the role. I didn’t know what it was for at the time. I was asked to fly to Atlanta for a callback, but my mom didn’t want to pay for a last minute ticket since they were so expensive. We asked if I could do a Skype session and they were gracious enough to let me. It was a fun Skype session getting to meet Greg, Gale Anne, and Scott Gimple. My cat actually opened the door and walked into the room during the audition and Greg asked “Is that a cat?” I was like, “ya,” went over and picked him up and in a robot voice introduced him and said, “This is Louie.” They all laughed and Scott Gimple actually wrote a part with me talking like a robot when Carol, Lizzie, Judith, and Tyrese were on the train tracks. It was cut from the episode, but its on the blue ray. I can remember feeling a little embarrassed about acting silly. The other interesting thing was that I was called in for another role and then they decided to cast me as Mika who was originally supposed to be a boy.
Had you ever seen The Walking Dead or were you a fan before getting the role?
No, I had never watched the show.
Were you nervous or scared about the part?
No, I was very excited. I really enjoy acting and being able to try anything new is always thrilling to me. After booking the part, I watched the first episode with my mom to get a feel for the show and thought, “This is going to be cool!”
What are your thoughts on Mika’s fate?
I wish Mika had been able to go on longer. It was unfortunate that she had to go, but I understand why for the story. It would have been interesting to see how she would have evolved and changed and what things she might have learned from the group, especially Carol.
Did anything funny or memorable happen while you were filming or on set?
There were a lot of funny moments, so its hard to recall just one. I do remember where we would try to scare each other and Greg got me pretty good when he came up behind me making zombie sounds and I can remember screaming pretty loud. It was much funnier if you were there.
What was the best part of filming The Walking Dead?
Everything! The cast, crew, and just being given the gift of a small moment in time to be part of such an incredible show. It meant the world to me and I will always be grateful to everyone who made that possible.
You’ve gone on to act in other works, what has been your favorite and why?
That’s a really hard question. Every project has its own special feel and you learn so many new and interesting things on each one. I don’t think I could pick a favorite.
What can you tell us about Down n Dirty with Kyla Kenedy?
That actually came about when I was decided not to do any more comic cons. I loved meeting all the fans and being able to see everyone from the show, but I felt like I wanted to focus more on school and other projects. Then the owners of Walker Stalker asked me if I would come back to do some floor interviews with them and some panels. I liked the idea of learning something new so I said yes. Then I came up with the idea of interviewing the “characters” on the show in a fun way since the show is always so serious. I thought it might be fun for the fans to see the actors acting in a comedic way making fun of their characters and not taking everything so seriously. I love to laugh and have fun and I was hoping the fans would enjoy it to. It was also a way for me to be able to be creative and write a show on my own. The whole experience was great just seeing their reactions and being able to improv with them was amazing.
Here’s Kyla’s Down N Dirty interview with our favorite Pookie, Norman Reedus, aka Daryl Dixon!
You’re in one of my favorite shows, Speechless, now. Does the acting process differ from a horror show and a sitcom?
Thank you! I am so happy to be a part of this show. I feel that the show really gets out a positive message about dealing with disabilities which is a subject that most people don’t want to talk about or are uncomfortable with. It’s written so well, and I think people are starting to figure out it doesn’t matter what disability someone has; they are just people who face the same problems, hopes, and dreams like everyone else and we should not limit them.
Source: TV Guide
Do you have any hobbies and what do you do for fun?
I have so many things I love! It’s hard for me to narrow them down. Recently, I have been able to travel to Europe. It was an amazing experience and so right now traveling is at the top of my list for fun things to do. It’s so wonderful to actually be able to see and experience things I have only read about or seen pictures of.
Who, if anyone, has been an inspiration to you in your career?
Steven Spielberg. After watching “Jaws” I was hooked on film. He was able to take a book and turn it into an iconic piece of film history. He really combines every genre in one movie. Horror, comedy, and drama. You’re horrified you’re going to be eaten by a shark, you laugh at Richard Dreyfuss’s lines, and you’re touched in the scene between Chief Brody and his son at the table when his little boy Sean is imitating his dad at the table. That scene makes you feel the love between the father and son, and of course you feel terrible for Mrs. Kinter’s loss.
Is there anything you can tell all us fans about yourself that we don’t know?
I’m petrified of clowns.
I guess you won’t be watching the new It movie, huh, Kyla? We’ll be watching you though in Speechless and other projects you might be involved in. Kyla has grown into a beautiful, young lady, as seen in the picture below, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing her in more and more shows and films.