Be Strikingly Different

Fear The Walking Dead’s Alexa Nisenson Talks New Season, Shares What Makes Her Strikingly Different

Alexa Nisenson is on her way up and nothing can bring her down.

Not only is she in the latest of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, but the Los Angeles based teen actress also serves as a role model to all girls around the world. At such a young age, Alexa already know her philosophy in life: “Don’t be hard on yourself most importantly. Take care of yourself and protect your energy,” she shares.

Boasting over 113k followers on Instagram, Alexa uses her strong platform to encourage her fans to surround yourself with supporting loved ones. “Ones who make you feel safe and people who make you feel heard and validate all your thoughts. That always helps me when I feel overwhelmed. Just having even one person to talk to can make all the difference in the world.

The 15 year old actress is on the rise and has a very bright future ahead of her and her best has yet to come. Alexa Nisenson is one to watch!

Watch the new season of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead on Sunday, October 17th, 2021.

Photography – Raen Badua. Hair – Ryan Richman. Make Up – Anton Khachaturian. Style – Lo Von Rumpf.

Read the full interview below!

Tell me about the time you first new you wanted to act. I think being an artist and wanting to perform has always been something that was in me from the time I can remember. I was always in some way creating. Either dancing or singing or putting on shows for family. I just think sometimes it’s safe to say that some people are just born to do something and I definitely feel like I was born to create and tell stories!

When I was around 7, I remember I would be watching TV and movies and thought to myself, “I want to do this.” That’s the moment I know I started asking my parents to put me into acting classes!

In what ways do you relate to Charlie in Fear The Walking Dead? You know, Charlie and I are so fundamentally different right? I think that’s one of the biggest joys I get from bringing her to life. I get to really act. But of course we have similarities.

It’s funny because I have been portraying Charlie since I was 11 and I am now 15. I do think that when you play a character for that long that there’s this intersection where you and the character come together and almost become one.

I think there’s an element where writers do write certain aspects of the character with the real person in mind and then the flip side to that is that when you tell a characters story for so long you infuse parts of yourself into that character.

Charlie and I are both teenagers and I think where we are alike is where Charlie really is at the core… good natured! She seeks acceptance and love and those are things I can relate to. Charlie is unpredictable and I love that about her and I do kind of pride myself in being someone who keeps people on their toes and unpredictable. I think like Charlie – I am someone who is surprisingly scrappy lol. Charlie doesn’t always seem like the type that can fight or protect herself and I think sometimes people can underestimate me because I can am quiet and really nice but I also have a quiet strength about me too.

Photography – Raen Badua. Hair – Ryan Richman. Make Up – Anton Khachaturian. Style – Lo Von Rumpf.

What advice do you have for your fans who are going through a hard time right now with everything that’s going on in the world lately? Well, I’m not a professional at giving advice but I am still really learning myself. There really is so much going right now! That’s so true. As for what is really important for me is that I can be someone who talks openly and honestly about how this last year and half has affected all of us. More specifically what I am doing to get through these challenging and uncertain times. I also want to be someone who can be there for anyone who might just need someone to talk to about their own struggles and getting through these times.

The thing that has helped me was to surround myself with the right people. I think advice I could give would be if you are feeling like you are going through a tough time, find your people. Ones who make you feel safe and people who make you feel heard and validate all your thoughts. That always helps me when I feel overwhelmed. Just having even one person to talk to can make all the difference in the world.

Also just know that you’re not alone. It can be very isolating when times feel hard but just know that there is someone out there who is going through the same thing at the same time and it’s normal to have moments where things feel hard.

Don’t be hard on yourself most importantly. Take care of yourself and protect your energy.

Photography – Raen Badua. Hair – Ryan Richman. Make Up – Anton Khachaturian. Style – Lo Von Rumpf.

Tell me about your most awkward audition! I think my most awkward audition was one where I had to sing. It was a few years ago and I wasn’t the best singer at the time. I had to perform an entire song acapella. When I was done, the casting director just looked at me for a while and there was like this long silence that felt like an eternity and she just very directly looked into my eyes and said “well, your team was right. You really can’t sing” and that was it. I didn’t know whether I should just like say thank you and leave it if she was going to say anything else so I gave it a couple seconds and then just thanked her and walked out. Yeah that’s probably my been my most awkward one so far!!

What’s next for you? I am so excited that I am at a point in my career and also at an age that I can take on roles that feel edgier, challenging, and skewing a little older. Super excited for what’s to come and can’t wait to be able to share that with everyone when there is news I can share! But right now, my focus is on finishing our season of Fear we are filming now. We are a little over mid-way done filming season 7.

The definition of Contrast is to be strikingly different. What’s makes you strikingly different? My journey in life so far!! All of the experiences I have had. All the people I have met. All of life’s milestones and setbacks that are unique to me and my journey set me apart for starters! Because no two lives are every exactly the same the paths I’ve traveled make me strikingly different from anyone else. I think that’s one of the coolest things about life. Is that your journey – while you share it with people along the way – it belongs solely to you and it makes you exactly who you are and who you are supposed to be.

 

Editor-in-Chief, Contrast.