On The CW’s The 100, Australian actress Eliza Taylor stars as Clarke, one of the 100 juvenile delinquents of the title; sent down to a post-nuclear holocaust Earth to discover whether the planet is livable again.
We’ve quickly learned Clarke was locked up for trying to help her father — who was executed — warn the others onboard the space station the Ark just how dire their own situation is, and also seen her turn into quite a proactive character, who is the first to organize a rescue mission or go searching for supplies.
I spoke to Taylor about Clarke’s role among the 100 and the surprisingly dark content that is about to occur on the series.
IGN TV: When the 100 arrive, a lot of these kids have different ideas on what the right course of action is. What would you say is Clarke’s focus?
Eliza Taylor: I think Clarke’s focus is just, honestly, to save everyone. She wants to keep everyone safe no matter what. Sometimes I think it’s the wrong way to look at things, because it does end up getting her in trouble. I think she just wants people to keep on their wristbands. She wants people on the Ark to know that we are surviving Earth, and she wants them to come down and start a new life. It’s very pure, and it’s a sweet sentiment. It doesn’t end up working that way, but you know, it’s a really nice idea. [Laughs]
IGN: Is there a group of people listening to her?
Taylor: Yeah, I think there’s kind of Team Clarke and Team Bellamy, really. Whether we like it or not, we end up being the leaders of the group. We disagree on a lot of things, but at the end of the day, both of us have a responsibility to these people, because they listen to us. You never know, maybe they’ll end up actually getting along.
IGN: Is this a reluctant position she’s in, or is there a natural-born leader in her that’s able to rise to the occasion?
Taylor: It’s a total natural-born leader situation. I don’t think she ever really asked for this responsibility, and I think if she could choose, she probably wouldn’t be in this position of power — but she is. I think she does a really good job at it.
IGN: I’ve seen the first four episodes, and The 100 gets pretty dark. Have you been surprised by that?
Taylor: Yeah, absolutely. I think the pilot is fantastic, and I’m really proud of it, but I don’t think it represents the dark turn that the show takes and how crazy is gets, especially for The CW. I think it’s a really bold move that they’re allowing us to do these things and show this stuff. [Laughs] There’s some really, really gritty, dark stuff going on, and it’s cool. It’s a really fun story to tell.