New to The 100, Lola Flanery talks about her upcoming role as Clarke’s daughter

Photo by Erwin Loewen. Acquired via Jill Fritzo PR.
Photo by Erwin Loewen. Acquired via Jill Fritzo PR. /

In an interview with Hidden Remote, The 100’s Lola Flanery discusses her new role on the CW show.

When season 5 of The 100 premieres on April 24, fans of the CW show will see a new face. Lola Flanery will star as Madi, Clarke’s surrogate daughter.

Flanery may look familiar to some. She played the Seelie Queen in Shadowhunters, and most recently, Cambi in Mary Kills People. And she’s someone that fans should get to know soon as it seems the 12-year-old is on the rise.

Hidden Remote had a chance to chat with Lola Flanery about her role on The 100, what it was like to join a tight-knit cast in its fifth season, and the best piece of advice she’s ever received.

Hidden Remote: What was the experience like to work on The 100?

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Lola Flanery: Totally exciting and incredibly challenging. I remember hearing someone say once that if you can have a job that you learn from, and you love going to, then you are winning… so I was winning with The 100!

HR: Were you a fan of the show beforehand?

LF: I didn’t know the show before I auditioned, but after they called me back I started watching it and was I legitimately hooked. One of the scenes I had to do for my audition was from Season 1 and I remember watching it going, “Oh boy I hope I did it as well as that!“ Now I am honestly equally as excited as all the fans for Season 5.

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HR: What was it like to come onto a show where everyone has known each other for a long time?

LF: I actually felt really lucky coming to The 100 where everyone has been together for a long time. For me, as an actor, to be able to work with people who really know their stuff, their characters, their show, helps me as a performer. When you hear people say ‘working with so-and-so really helped my performance,‘ well it’s true. That being said, if people like Madi, the credit goes to EVERYONE! As far as being the new person just in general, with the entire cast and crew, The 100 is a family. A funny crazy, happy family and that makes everyone super warm and welcoming. The 100 is your friends’ parents who still really love each other and want to cook you dinner and play board games.

The 100 Pictured: Lola Flanery as Madi — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW. Acquired via CW Press Site.
The 100 Pictured: Lola Flanery as Madi — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW. Acquired via CW Press Site. /

HR: What’s the best of advice someone has given you?

LF: Lindsey Morgan told me to never ever pluck my eyebrows. She also made me promise, so I guess it was advice and an oath.

HR: What made you want to get into acting?

LF: I started modeling when I was young and I remember wanting to perform more than I wanted to look pretty, so my modeling agent suggested acting classes. I tried it and loved it and the rest is history, or at least my 12-year-old history.

HR: Do you see yourself making acting into a future career?

LF: I hope this is my future. I feel so lucky to have found something I love to do AND to be able to actually do it as a job!

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HR: How has your relationship with your mother helped you succeed as an actor?

LF: My mom’s support for me while doing this has been everything. I mean I’m sure all parents are supportive of their kids but I feel extra lucky because this is a path I picked for myself and my mother has supported me the entire time but has never pressured me about it. I know she is incredibly proud of me but I also know she would stay as proud if I never got another acting job. She definitely expects me to do my best, but that includes at my job and my book reports for school.

HR: What projects do you have upcoming that you would like to share?

LF: Honestly I’m so focused and excited for Season 5 of The 100 to start. I am literally bursting waiting so I can talk about it. I mean I’m the person who buys my mom a present and then tells her what it is because I can’t keep a secret, so this waiting to share everything about Madi with the fans is torture!

Season 5 of The 100 premieres on April 24. Tune into the CW show at 9/8c.