The Walking Dead female cast members love Princess as much as you
The word “strength” turned up numerous times at the 2021 New York City Comic Con’s “The Badass Women of The Walking Dead” panel. That strength manifests in various methods for the ladies who play a variety of complicated female characters on the series, however something everybody shared was a love of the character Princess, presented in the flagship series’ 10th season.
Yvette Nicole Brown moderated a virtual panel with ladies from all 3 of The Strolling Dead universe’s present series: Aliyah Royale (The Strolling Dead: World Beyond), Angela Kang (The Strolling Dead showrunner), Karen David (Worry The Strolling Dead), Paola Lázaro (The Strolling Dead), Alexa Mansour (The Strolling Dead: World Beyond), Jenna Elfman (Worry The Strolling Dead), Lauren Cohan (The Strolling Dead), Denise Huth (The Strolling Dead manufacturer), Christine Evangelista (Worry The Strolling Dead), Julia Ormond (The Strolling Dead: World Beyond) and Annet Mahendru (The Strolling Dead: World Beyond).
Something the entire panel might concur with was just how much they all liked Princess, the relative newbie who began as a comics fan preferred and has actually surpassed expectations.
“I’m gonna jump in here before somebody steals Princess,” stated Cohan, when asked by Brown what other character she would enjoy to play besides her own. “In so many years on this show, Paola portrays one of my favorite characters we’ve ever had. You think when you get this far you’re not going to have someone this bright, optimistic, happy, new, and she does such a good job. She’s so bright. She’s so funny. The way you fumble and stumble and fall in love and say the wrong thing? I can’t imagine anyone else making that natural.”
Julia Ormond leapt in with the appreciation. “It’s a super brave performance. When you have a character like that you have so many colors. Your costume is colorful. The character is colorful.”
It would be extremely simple for a character like Princess to stick out a lot in the grim dark universe of The Strolling Dead that it’s sidetracking. However when Princess sticks out, you can’t assist however enjoy her for it. It’s also, per the theme of the panel, always nice to see a badass female character who hasn’t necessarily eschewed all femininity in lieu of a more traditionally male hard exterior. As much as we love to see characters like Maggie and Carol become cowboys, The Walking Dead doesn’t value any expression of femininity over another — especially now that there are two spin-offs with even more characters.
“I fell in love with her because of how vulnerable she is,” Lázaro said. The actress noted that, much like Princess, she got in trouble when she was younger for speaking her mind with no filter and standing up for what she thought was right. When she was cast, she said at the end of the panel she messaged the writers and asked if Princess could be Puerto Rican like herself instead of Mexican American as she’s written in the comics. “There’s already a Mexican American character who is fantastic and super strong — which is Rosita. I want to represent other Hispanic people.” The writers agreed, and not only does Lázaro get to bring a little more of herself into the character, however she just gets to exist as a Puerto Rican character on television without constantly reminding the audience who she is.
“There is no one on this planet who could have played Princess better,” Brown stated later in the panel, bringing things back around to this character. “Princess is beloved.”
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.