Living in the same universe as The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead is a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Set in a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark and English teacher Travis Manawa have managed to assemble. The everyday pressure of blending two families while dealing with resentful, escapist, and strung out children takes a back seat when society begins to break down. A forced evolution, a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold, and our dysfunctional family must either reinvent themselves or embrace their darker histories.
Meet Chris Manawa, played by Lorenzo James Henrie:CHRISTOPHER MANAWA is a rebellious teenager with a cause. He has both his father’s do-good attitude and his mother’s edge. The product of divorced parents, Christopher often feels that he and his mother are his father’s forgotten family. He resents his father’s insistence on bringing the two families closer because he wants nothing more than to break away from the Clarks and be his father’s sole priority.
Lorenzo James Henrie has had an impressive body of work alongside some of Hollywood’s most prestigious producers, directors and actors. Most recently, Henrie appeared in Sony Pictures’ Paul Blart: Mall Cops 2 starring Kevin James. He also recently completed production on the feature film Warrior Road, in which he plays the lead role. His other feature film work includes an appearance in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and the lead roles in both Riding ’79 and Almost Kings.
Henrie started acting at age 8 and had his feature film debut in Arizona Summer. His television work includes a recurring role on the WB’s 7th Heaven and guest star roles on CSI: Miami, NCIS, Cold Case, Malcolm in the Middle, Wanted, LAX and Ghost Whisperer.
Rodriguez is a native New Yorker and member of Labyrinth Theater Company.
Tell us about where we find Chris Manawa at the start of Fear.
Chris’s parents Travis and Liza divorced when he was 16, so this kid is very wounded. His father was his hero, and so the divorce jabs him like a knife in his stomach. Chris is very angry at his father and, to a certain extent, his mother as well.
What did you like about your character?
I was most excited to play the father/son relationship – the internal and external relationship of what that is between the two characters. So we have flawed characters in this show, and it’ll be interesting to see how they’re going to heal those wounds, if they even can, on the backdrop of the apocalypse. Continue reading Meet Chris Manawa: Fear The Walking Dead