The Walking Dead star details demand to change iconic character ‘They understood’

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The AMC show based on the popular comic book series is nearing its end, with season 11 being the last outing for The Walking Dead. Princess, a.k.a. Juanita Sanchez actress Paola Lázaro has opened up on representation in the show and what’s in store for her character.

The concluding season of the show has been broken down into three sections, with its first midseason finale taking place in October 2021.

Serving up seconds, season 11 episode nine landed in the US on February 13 and will hit the UK later this week.

With the Commonwealth growing in power and walkers going nowhere, fans want to know what is in store for the cast in the next eight episodes.

Opening up on the evolution of her character, Paola has revealed playing the kooky Princess had been a “pleasure” and was proud she had the “courage” to ask for her character to be changed from the comic book. 

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“For me, it was a pleasure to be able to craft and interrupt and portray the journey of a character from the beginning,” Paola said speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk.

She continued: “When we see her she is wild, and she’s crazy, and now she is more grounded, and now she fits into a group and she finally feels what community is and I think we are seeing her grow. She’s becoming an adult.”

When fans first met Princess, she was wearing her iconic comic book pink coat with a purple streak in her hair.

However she asked for one change to be made to her character so it would appeal to more viewers.

Paola explained: “When I got the show, Rosita [Espinosa] (played by Christian Serratos) is a Hispanic female character who is very strong, and she is Mexican in the show.

“So when I got the character, I don’t know how I got the bravery or courage to write to the show, and I said ‘Hey, for representation sake so we can represent other strong, intelligent Latina women can we make this character Puerto Rican?'”

Surprised by the reply, she was delighted the show wanted to support her with regards to how the character would come to life on screen.

“I don’t know I got the courage, but they said yes, and they understood that I wanted to represent other strong Hispanic characters,” she added. 

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Princess has become a fan-favourite character, offering a lighter presence in a usually dark and scary show.

Describing what it meant to take on the role, Paola continued: “I was very thankful for that as I was able to represent a strong Puerto Rican woman, and it meant a lot to me, you know. 

“[That] You can go from playing prostitutes and stuff like that, not that there is anything wrong with prostitution, but to get to play something different is truly a gift.”

The actress also shared her admiration for fans of the show and how they made the experience even more enjoyable.

She added: “Definitely one of the biggest memories I’ll ever have, and something I will always hold onto is meeting some of the fans.  

“And seeing how big this Walking Dead family is and how it goes all over the world.”

The Walking Dead season 11 part 2 started on AMC+ on February 13. 

The first of eight episodes will then air on AMC on February 20 and will be on Disney Plus in the UK on February 21. 

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