THE WALKING DEAD: Who is Jacqui?
Published: October 7, 2010 - 2:58pm
Jeryl Prescott is playing a new character for AMC's upcoming series The Walking Dead and was recently interviewed by Comicus and asked who exactly is Jacqui?
Prescott, who is best known for her work in the psychological voodoo flick Skeleton Key, detailed when we can expect to see Jacqui as she's introduced to the series and TWD lore for the first time, considering she was not in the comic at all.
"I appear in five episodes of the six-episode season. He (Rick) meets a group of survivors in episode two, and I’m part of the group. Frank Darabont – the creative genius behind Jacqui – has been so generous. He placed this remarkable woman in my hands, and he has allowed me to help shape her. What a gift," said Prescott.
Expect to see Jacqui live long enough to the end of season one for sure but this news is also intriguing because it may refer to the fact that Rick will not see his family until episode two - depending on whether or not Jacqui is indeed a part of that group of survivors, or a brand new group altogether.
"I just worked toward finding Jacqui’s truth in the extraordinary circumstances of The Walking Dead. I think we all felt rather free creatively because Frank and the directors never insisted that we adhere strictly to any single interpretation of the comics. That’s why the series will be exciting to people who are fans of Kirkman’s work and to people who don’t know the comics," said Prescott.
She went on to reveal that the upcoming zombie apocalypse is not going to center strictly around our lead Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, but that everyone will be highlighted throughout the very diverse first season.
"The difference from the film work I’ve done is that The Walking Dead is truly an ensemble piece. Sure, film is collaborative, but in the films I’ve done, I never even met some of the cast members. Our work days were different. The Walking Dead deals so much with the pressures of stress and fear on day-to-day human interaction, and that changing dynamic drives much of the drama. It felt like a family some days, a dysfunctional family other days. It was intense!" said Prescott.
The series premiere is shambling ever closer and Prescott wrapped up her thoughts on the project with words that should amp up fans of the comics and newcomers alike.
"Believe me. You have never seen anything like The Walking Dead on television. I have had the privilege of working on some great projects with their own merits. But this drama, this fascinating human journey is unparalleled in television history. Zombie fans will be surprised, and drama fans will be surprised. The stories, the visuals, the raw emotion – I can’t wait for everybody to see it," said Prescott.
The Walking Dead chronicles the travels of Rick Grimes, a small-town police officer from Cynthiana, Kentucky, his family, and a number of other survivors who have banded together in order to survive after the world is overrun with zombies. The six episode first season of The Walking Dead begins on October 31st, 2010, on AMC.