'The 100's Eliza Taylor Dishes on Clexa's Unwavering Bond and How They Taught Each Other to Love
The actress discussed what she loved most about Clarke and Lexa's relationship.
Heda may be gone, but she'll live on forever in the hearts of Clexa fans.
There were many epic battles during Zimbio's 2016 TV Couples March Madness and after a whopping 4.7 million votes, The 100's Clarke and Lexa snatched the coveted crown. The Clexa fandom threw it down this year and came out in full force to support their favorite TV twosome. And after voicing their disappointment and heartache about Lexa's death on social media, the fans rallied together in support for the LGBTQ community. (They have already helped raise over $116,000 for The Trevor Project!)
We recently spoke with Eliza Taylor about Clarke and Lexa's big win, how much she loves The 100 fandom, and what's up next for Clarke.
How do you feel about Clarke and Lexa winning Zimbio's TV Couples March Madness?
I'm extremely, extremely flattered and honored. It's awesome.
Is there anything you'd like to say to the Clexa fandom?
Thank you, first of all! Second of all, they should know that their ongoing support makes it worth going to work everyday. Big thank you to everyone.
What made Clarke and Lexa's relationship so special in your eyes?
I think it was the fact that they are two such strong human beings who share a very similar cause, and that is just to do whatever is best for their people. They've always had to be so strong and stoic, and what they found in each other was a way to be vulnerable and to love. I think that is something that people can relate to, and that's what I love about them.
In what ways did Clarke and Lexa bring out the best and worst in each other?
They taught each other how to be open and how to love. The only bad thing about it was that they came from such different sides of the coin and had to face a lot of struggle with the outside world and what other people thought of them.
Many fans of The 100 have been very vocal on social media about Lexa's death. How do you feel about the tragedy and the public's response to it — especially about the way that fans have banded together to raise money for The Trevor Project?
Obviously there was a lot of controversy surrounding the death. It's a really sensitive issue, and I think it's great that people felt so passionate about it. The fact that The Trevor Project has raised so much money — I think it's about $100,000 or close to that now — was insane. Also, the fact that our on-screen relationship could create that sort of reaction was just brilliant. It makes me feel really, really touched. They're doing such good work.
Things were usually complicated between Clarke and Lexa, and we didn't see much of them actually being together. What parts of their relationship would you have liked to explore if things had turned out differently?
I think it would have been great to see them moving forward with making their relationship more public. That would have been really interesting and cool to watch. Other than that, just seeing how the usual100 struggle would strain their relationship.
Given that so many characters die on the show, did you ever imagine a happy ending for Clarke and Lexa?
No. There never is. Probably even if she hadn't passed away, there would have been all sorts of issues I'm sure. We tend to do that on our show.
What does it mean to you to play the first bisexual lead character on a CW show?
Oh my god, I'm so happy about that. I think that's so cool. I never really saw it going that way and I was over the moon when I was told — especially when I found out that I was the first lead bisexual character on the network. It's a great honor. It's pretty amazing.
Can you share your favorite behind-the-scenes moment with Alycia Debnam-Carey?
Oh gosh, there are so many! We laugh a lot. I think our main thing is doing really, really rough Australian accents to each other. And sometimes we're testing out lines in an Australian accent which is hilarious.
In what ways has Clarke changed from who she was in Season 1?
Well, she's killed a lot of people. I think she's definitely changed in good ways and bad. She's become a fantastic leader, and she's also been through so much bloodshed and heartbreak that it's really hardened her. It's changed her disposition, which was quite hopeful in Season 1. That seems to have diminished somewhat.
What's ahead for Clarke?
Clarke is on the run now from Polis, so she's about to have every army known to man after her. Her main goal right now is to find Lincoln so she can get to Luna — the only other Nightblood apart from Ontari. Little does she know that Lincoln is dead, so it's going to be a rough couple of episodes to try and protect the flame and also to find this mystery woman.
The 100 airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.