Skip to main content
  1. Arts & Entertainment
  2. Celebrity

‘The Walking Dead’: Alanna Masterson talks about being first lesbian character

See also

Alanna Masterson stars on “The Walking Dead” as Tara Chambler and has the distinction of being the first openly gay character on any of the AMC Network’s groundbreaking shows. According to Wet Paint on Feb. 17, Masterson did a recent interview and said that it was something that she was excited to take on.

Tara showed up on the show when The Governor came upon her after the end of Woodbury and she gave him a place to stay. The Governor convinced her to leave her home and come with him and now she is with the survivors. Now, Tara has to come to grips with the fact that she was traveling with a cold blooded murderer and also deal with the loss of her girlfriend Alicia.

Masterson said in the interview that fans have embraced her character, especially the gay community who get to see not just the first openly gay character on an AMC show, but also one that kicks major butt. It is shown in “Inmates” that she lived through the prison attack and Glenn finds her in a catatonic state and saves her. She repays the favor by saving Glenn before three new characters – Abraham, Eugene and Rosita arrive.

With elite, quality shows like “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Prisoner” airing on AMC, it is quite surprising that Tara is the first openly gay character on the network. Alanna Masterson seems genuinely excited to represent the gay community on the show with Tara, and from the look of it, Tara will be a pretty major character heading forward.

“The Walking Dead” airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. EST on AMC.


Arts & Entertainment

  • Iggy Azalea
    Iggy Azalea shakes things up at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Bachelorette
    Andi Dorfman chose a man on 'The Bachelorette', but did he pop the question?
    TV Buzz
  • Jennifer Lopez
    Watch J.Lo transform from Fly Girl to one of the world's hottest women
    18 Photos
  • Child stars
    You won't believe what some of these former child stars look like all grown up
    26 Photos
  • Celebrity tattoos
    We're not sure what some of these stars were thinking when they got inked
    23 Photos
  • Freddie Prinze Jr
    Freddie Prinze Jr. made jaws drop with some shocking admissions about Keifer Sutherland
    Pop Culture