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Pisay Pao - Kicking Zombie A$$ on SyFy's 'Z Nation'

Pisay Pao - Kicking Zombie A$$ on SyFy
Marc Von Borstel

Zombies are everywhere these days. They're in books, movies and television shows and despite their graphic and let's face it,  gross nature, people can't seem to get enough of them. However, with all of the zombie related entertainment out there today the SyFy channel hit series, Z Nation has found a way to stand out among the rest. The series combines everything we love about television, comedy, horror, drama and suspense and we can't get enough of it. 

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Pisay Pao who plays, Cassandra in the brilliant zombie-based series and we found out all you need to know about what makes this show work. 


BECCA ROSE: In your opinion, what makes Z Nation such a unique show?



PISAY PAO: The different types of zombies that have been on the show (i.e. Radioactive Zombies and Viagra Zombies) are what really makes Z Nation stand out. That and the fact that we are not afraid to use the word "zombie" and we are not afraid to have a little fun at their expense. I love that the show can make a parody of every genre out there -including our own without being a parody itself. I think the audience really cares about the characters and are interested in where the story is going because we get questions about it all time. Season 2 is going to be super exciting. We pick up right where we left off in season 1 and the fans will not have to wait long too find out who lives, who dies, and who is in between ;) 

BR: What can you tell our readers about Cassandra?

PP: Cassandra is introduced towards the end of episode 1 in season 1. The heroes who are helping transport the only human to have survived a zombie bite find her locked up in a cage wearing really inappropriate clothing for the apocalypse. They interrogate her but she holds her ground so they reluctantly let her into the group only to discover later (spoiler alert) that she is running from a dangerous family of Cannibals who she use to be a part of. The leader of the family uses Cassandra and the other girls to lure men into their compound where they exchange drugs for sex but instead the men get tazed and then eaten for dinner....
So basically Cassandra was a prostitute, a drug addict, and a cannibal. I am not gonna lie, it was a really tough role for me to get into right away.

BR: What are your favorite of Cassandra's qualities?

PP: Well, Cassandra has had it pretty rough so she is extremely protective of herself. And although we do not get to see her do a ton of zombie killing, I think everyone knows that she is really strong and determined. Come season 2 though we will get see a whole new side of Cassandra that I am really excited about because she is going to be relying a lot more on her instincts and be completely unpredictable.

BR: What's your favorite zombie movie? 

PP: "Resident Evil" & "28 Days Later.” I was not familiar with the video game so when I first watched "Resident Evil”, I did not expect to see a woman in the lead role. Needless to say, Milla Jovovich is badass and I thought the movie was really well done. Same goes for "28 Days Later." Truth be told, I am a big scaredy cat when it comes to horror films, but I just can not say no to a good movie and Danny Boyle's version of zombies was just that. Everything was incredibly real and believable, from the story-line to the acting and even the "infected.” It is probably the reason why I am scared of zombies in real life. Yes, I said it. I am scared of zombies. 

BR: Where can our readers keep up with what you're doing? Are you on social media?

PP: I would love to meet and interact with fans on Twitter or Facebook! You can find me on either @pisaypao.


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