Madison Lintz’ stint on the AMC series “The Walking Dead” ended with a shuffle and a bang.
Her character, the newly zombified Sophia, lurches toward her former loved ones and gets shot in the head as those who cared for the pre-zombified Sophia sob in misery.
“The makeup was gross,” she told us during an interview this week. “The fake blood and the prosthetics were kind of disgusting.”
As soon as the hair and makeup folks glammed her back up, though, she headed for an audition for the Bette Midler-Billy Crystal comedy “Parental Guidance” and got the part.
“I just had to get out of the mindset of zombie apocalypse and into middle school,” she said.
Quipped her mom, Kelly Lintz: “Actually, they’re very similar.”
The two met the press and local bloggers this week at Dunwoody Bakery & Ice Cream Shoppe to talk up “Parental Guidance,” which hits theaters on Christmas Day. Madison’s character, Ashley, is BFFs with Bailee Madison’s character, Harper, one of three kids left in the care of their grandparents, played by Crystal and Midler, when their parents, played by Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott, take a trip.
“It was really fun watching Billy Crystal and Bette Midler and Marissa Tomei act because they’re really big stars,” Madison said. “Bailee Madison and I became really great friends.”
Unlike the character Sophia, who runs from terrifying zombies until she becomes one of them, playing Ashley wasn’t too big a stretch.
“I was in seventh grade when I shot this,” she said. “It wasn’t hard to embody this character.”
Today Madison is an eighth grader in her Alpharetta homeschool program. She comes from a talented family. Brother Macsen played Owen Wilson’s son in the made-in-Atlanta movie “Hall Pass” and just filmed a role in “Scary Movie 5.” Sister Mackenzie was a tribute in the first “Hunger Games” movie and brother Matt just worked on an episode of “Revolution.” (Read all about all of them at lintzkids.com).
Juggling all that star power is sometimes tricky.
“There were a couple times when my oldest daughter was in the ‘Hunger Games’ and my husband had to be on set with (Madison) for ‘Walking Dead,’” said Kelly Lintz, who also acts. “It’s getting a little more hectic. But that’s a good problem to have.”
They’ll head to Hollywood for the “Parental Guidance” premiere but the family plans to stay in metro Atlanta, despite everyone’s acting careers.
“I don’t see us moving to Los Angeles unless somebody gets something that is huge and requires it,” said Kelly Lintz, whose television credits include roles on “Army Wives” and “One Tree Hill” and who also appeared in “The Hunger Games.” “I like the balance of raising my kids in a normal place.”