Hazmat suit and other creepy stuff
I explained to Kelsey that the whole hazmat suit was creepy for me – her looking out like that, the mask, not knowing if she was a danger or not. I thought it was a great way to start out.
Is it safe to say that Gabi had seen Sierra outside the hazmat suit?
"MISHEL: “She’s been following her for a little bit. She’s definitely been watching her and following her. She realizes that Sierra is going to take care of zombies in the area. She’s definitely been in awe of her.”"
Kelsey gave some scoop on the hazmat suit and the creepy effect it gave her, too.
"KELSEY: “Let me tell you something about that hazmat suit.”"
Mishel interjects that it was about 110 degrees outside the suit.
"KELSEY: “I’m in shorts and a tank top inside there. There’s a cooling towel on my neck and another around my waist. We would wait until the cameras were literally rolling before I put the mask on. I’d walk out, do the take, and as soon as we cut, strip down to my waist. The crew would immediately bring out fans and water… It was horrible but fun. Our director, Andrew Bernstein, promised that on the last day he would put on the hazmat suit as a show of solidarity with me, but we didn’t hold him to it. [to Mishel] I think we’re going to have to make a visit to Andrew’s house with the hazmat suit! Kelsey Scott as Sierra – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 2, Passage – Photo Credit: Ron Jaffe/AMC"
Kelsey goes on to describe the more creepy, less miserable aspects of the suit.
"KELSEY: “Your vision is limited and you have to turn your entire body to see what’s going on around you. There’s some footage that didn’t make the final cut, in which Sierra kneels down by a dead soldier and rifles through his belongings. It’s creepy when someone looks legitimately deceased and you’re going through their pockets. It really looked like there was some rigor mortis going on there. A couple of times, someone would knock something over during a take without warning me and let my natural alarm play out on camera. Then you have Gabi running through the smoke, me trying to follow her, and all of a sudden the two walkers approach from the side. I’m experiencing all of this through a foggy face shield and no peripheral vision. That was probably the creepy/scary part – having limited senses in the hazmat suit.”"
I had to ask if the point of view we experience when Sierra is in the hazmat was inspired by the look and feel of a video game.
"MISHEL: “It’s very possible it was an inspiration, but we don’t’ know for sure.”"
So, Mishel, what was the most creepy for you?
"MISHEL: “That scene with the zombie on the chain was definitely creepy. The people they cast had very cool unique faces to begin with, so when they put the makeup on, it really accentuates this beautiful uniqueness that they have. With Fear The Walking Dead a lot of zombies are freshly turned, so they still look more human. It creeps it out a little more. Here is this corpse and they get right up in your face, and, really, the makeup is SO good.”"
Kelsey interjects to agree how good the makeup is and how creepy it looks.
"MISHEL: “Big kudos to the guys who work on that stuff, you really don’t have to imagine much.”"