It’s no secret that here at Binge Out we are always searching for the next addictive and innovative series to get our paws on and recommend to our readers. After a recent dedicated binge session of nine back to back episodes of Go90’s slasher series ‘T@gged,’ it’s safe to say we found our next hidden-indie gem, which also stars a familiar face you may recognize from a particular AMC series that has swept the nation; Katelyn Nacon. Bursting onto the horror scene, this fresh-faced cutie took the time to gossip with Binge Out writer and horror aficionado, Rachael Rumancek, about her television roles, embarrassing moments, and aspirations. Here’s what it is like to burst onto the acting scene from one of Hollywood’s next up and coming celebrities:
Rachael: Katelyn, I would like to thank you for taking the time today to dish! We are avid horror fans over at bingeout.com, and apart from being the cliche’d, alcoholic writer asking you what are hopefully somewhat interesting questions that will not at all shrivel up your interest in participating with us, I am also a big fan of the indie series you star in, currently streaming on go90.com – for free may I add – T@gged. Now you play Elisia, is that correct?
R: Excellent, Elisia is a very complicated, dark, and angsty character. Was there anything in particular that drew you to playing her role? Was she your first role choice?
K: She was the first audition I got in like, the last…her role is what I got and I just, I remember reading the script and I read her breakdown where she’s like a cutter and everything, and I was like, “This should be fun.” Because I usually like playing these really more complex and darker characters, because I really like digging my hands into them, trying to figure them out, and figure out how they work and how their minds work, they are a lot more fun to me.
R: As part of the main talent trio of the series, Elisia is definitely a bit more edgy; she’s struggling with several things, cutting being one of them, although you manage to capture the angst and depression that many young people struggle with, making your character significantly more relatable for viewers than most others on [other] popular teen shows. Were you ever worried how this role would be received by audiences or critics?
K: Yeah, I guess you could say that. Well, I mean I worried that I wouldn’t be able to bring Elisia alive naturally and have it [Elisia] seem like a real person…I’ve never cut myself, I’ve never been a bulimic, or anything like that, so I’ve never had a personal experience with those emotions. So it was kind of a fear of me, being, creating Elisia. Also it’s you know, people take things different ways and so you usually would think, you know, it’s a teenager with a lot of angst. That isn’t necessarily the people’s favorite, but I’m glad to see that people are able to relate to her because I think that’s one of Elisia’s main qualities in the show, is to relate and see her as a human…well Hannah, our writer and director, she definitely wanted to make it very realistic; make these girls alive and so you could relate to them.
R: She [Hannah] definitely did a great job with that. When talking about T@gged to potential viewers I like to describe it as a fun kind of cross between shows like ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and ‘Scream.’ Honestly even a bit of a ‘Degrassi’ feel. How would you sell your show to viewers who haven’t heard of it yet? What is ‘T@gged’ to you?
K: I feel like it’s a good picture of realistic teen problems that are just enhanced. Then they are put in these really difficult situations, like ‘Pretty Little Liars’ situations, ‘Scream’ situations, that you get to see them react to. But I feel like with the characters that Hannah has written, it [T@gged] has a more real aspect to them and you can relate to them. It kind of draws you in more as a viewer and kind of makes you more connected I feel, to everything that is going on with these girls.
K: Um, well I have played Enid on ‘The Walking Dead,’ and she’s kind of angsty too.
R: She is.
K: I’m really good at showing off that teenage angst.
R: ‘The Walking Dead’ is a seriously prominent horror series, both in pop culture and to viewers like me who typically prefer obscure indie shows, as we all know, or those with mainly a cult following. What was it like getting the call that you landed the role of Enid?
K: Oh, I cried for like an hour. Well because, OK here’s the thing, I had never done, I’ve never gotten a job like this. I’ve never gotten a really big job, as in ‘The Walking Dead.’ I never watched the show before I got on it, so I didn’t know anything about it. It wasn’t like I was a huge fan of the show. I didn’t know anything about the show, I just knew it filmed in Georgia. But like, I found out I got a role, and I loved Enid’s character. I found out I got the role and remember breaking down in tears because at that moment I realized all the hard work that I put in to my job, all the hours, and love and hate and everything that I put into this acting career, it was actually paying off, and I found that out at that moment.
R: I totally have to ask you, was there anyone on the set of ‘The Walking Dead’ that you were especially awe struck by?
K: Um, not really because I didn’t know anyone really. I do remember my first day on set, Andrew Lincoln he, I was, I was gosh, I don’t know how to explain it. I was filming and I was kind of separated from the group because I was supposed to be looking at them from this abandoned house far away from them. I was like at this house away from everyone so he walked all the way over there and shook my hand and I was like, what an amazing guy!
R: I am one of those awkward people that can’t seem to hold their composure and end up trying so hard to look as laid back as you sound, that I usually wind up tripping and eating it in front of everyone. Or just casually show up with filthy toilet paper dragging 10 feet behind me, no big deal. What’s the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you on set?
K: On set? Oh my gosh, I feel like it’s everything I do. I feel like every single day I do something embarrassing, like that’s just a part of who I am. I think embarrassment comes along with me… I don’t know how to pick one in particular but I feel like I’ve said some of the most stupidest things to people, to where they are like, “What is wrong with this girl?” I mean probably not, but in my head that’s what it’s like.
R: Something I noticed in both your roles as Enid and Elisia is that both girls are introverted and harder to figure out…have more mystique than typical teenage girls…would you say that you are also a bit of an introvert? Or are you attracted to roles that are unlike your own personality? How much of the real Katelyn Nacon shines through in these characters?
K: Heck yeah I’m an introvert! Well because like I mean, I like talk, I don’t know, it’s hard to explain, I think I have like only a 3% extrovert in me…if I have to I can be very talkative and very happy…I’m not big on parties, I’m not big on having a lot of friends, I like having a few close friends. That’s about it. I definitely would not call myself an extrovert, probably an introvert.
R: Clearly you have found your niche in acting; what career goals have you set for yourself? Have you thought about maybe wedging yourself into horror’s new, emerging generation of [young] scream queens? I could see you alongside names like Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Jodelle Ferland, and Bailee Madison. All very talented young actresses who have taken on the horror genre…Is horror a big thing for you?
K: I don’t like to pick a certain genre in particular. I do go towards the more complex characters because I find those more fun to play, but I’m not very particular. To be honest, a goal in my acting [career] is just to be able to do this for the rest of my life, and be happy and successful with the work that I love to do. And I would love to, you know, do movies, do TV shows, do everything. Kind of get my foot into everything; I think that would be a really good thing.
R: I think it is safe to say that you would have no problem fitting in amongst the subculture of horror, but ideally what type of role would you be dying to sink your teeth into, so to speak?
K: Oh my gosh, probably like a psychopath. I feel like that would be one of the hardest characters to play because that’s just so hard to get into. I don’t even know how I would play a psychopath, no clue, but I would just love try.
R: That is really cool. That would definitely be difficult. Are there any other particular actors or directors you would love a chance to work with?
K: Well, frickin’ Meryl Streep is amazing. I envy her because she plays so many different roles and she does all of them so gracefully and I would love to be able to do that at some point in my career. To become a different person like she’s able to, and do it so gracefully like her.
R: Is there anything that would be absolutely off limits for you, as far as participating in on screen? I don’t necessarily mean sexual [content] or in a risqué sense, but possibly maybe going into even darker film choices, into genres like exploitation, where no topic is too taboo. Or even on the complete opposite end of the spectrum in an inappropriate comedy?
K: Yeah, well I feel like even the stuff that we don’t talk about everyday, like the “normal people,” it’s still a thing that surrounds us, and you know, you shouldn’t really censor it. I don’t know, I don’t think that I would have a problem, maybe I would… I have gotten auditions for those kinds of [taboo] things and you say certain things that are a little, “Whoa, whoa okay there, she just said that,” but I feel like especially with that kind of role it’s kind of necessary… people don’t talk about these things because they are scared to and that is one thing I love about playing these characters. You have to bring up these topics, especially with Elisia, I wasn’t intimidated by her being a cutter or bulimic because that is a part of our world and I don’t feel like you should be scared of [addressing] something around us in our everyday lives.
R: So far we have discussed some of the roles you have had, their successes and the work you wish to pursue, but do you have anything in the works right now we can’t read about on IMDb or Google? Maybe a small passion project or something you are entertaining the notion of but haven’t quite decided on? What can your fans expect to see from you in the near future?
K: I don’t have specifics [available] necessarily, but I am in New Mexico right now, wink wink.
R: I am going to ask you to do some shameless self-promoting. Please let our readers know where and when they can catch the current and new episodes of the horror show that is currently rocking the Internet, T@gged.
K: You can go on the Go90 app or you can go to go90.com, and a new episode comes out every Tuesday.
R: Again Katelyn, on behalf of Bingeout.com, myself, your fans and untapped audiences, thank you Katelyn for taking the time to chat all things horror, ‘The walking dead’, and of course our favorite here, ‘T@gged’. Are there any last things you want to say?
K: Keep in touch with ‘T@gged,’ it’s an amazing show and it’s definitely worth watching.
Remember, Go90’s streaming service is always free and currently streaming new shows ahead of today’s mainstream curve. So, show Katelyn and the rest of the cast of ‘T@gged’ some love by checking them out and giving feedback on Twitter using #TaggedShow. Make sure you connect with us for all the latest: @bingeout @rachaelrumancek. You can also follow Katelyn on her official twitter @katelynnacon for updates on T@gged, ‘The Walking Dead’ and her upcoming ventures. Make sure to read up on T@gged here on Binge Out to prepare yourself for your next horror binge, free of spoilers and free of charge.
– Rachael Rumancek
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