LOS ANGELES (September 6, 2016) – Actress KAREN BETHZABE joins the post-apocalyptic zombie world of AMC’s hit series 'FEAR THE WALKING DEAD' as the newest recurring character, Elena Reyes.
When the second half of season two kicked-off, the Clark/Manawa, Salazar and Strand families fractured apart and the events that took place at the Abigail Compound have set everyone adrift. In the latest September 4th episode titled "Do Not Disturb," Elena (Bethzabe) is introduced as the Rosarito Beach Hotel Manager. A strong woman now living in an unraveling society, Elena will stop at nothing to protect her hotel and family.
Bethzabe was thrilled at the opportunity to dive into this zombie-ridden world created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. Bethzabe adds, “Elena is a complex character and is presented with tough choices early on. In order to survive she must decide between her nephew, the hotel and the guests. Her final decision might seem wrong and even monstrous to some, but this is where the character was so interesting for me to play. It was so much fun to explore the state of darkness, fear and vulnerability that Elena is in.”
Bethzabe can also currently be seen on the festival circuit and special screening events in Erahm Christopher’s debut feature film 'LISTEN'.The story follows a group of conflicted youths and adults struggling for personal connections are united by self-destruction, tragedy and redemption.
Originally from Mazatlan Sinaloa, Mexico, Bethzabe landed in North Carolina in her early 20’s, not speaking a word of English or knowing anyone. She eventually made her way to Los Angeles and began studying acting with renowned coach Howard Fine. Television audiences first got to know Bethzabe as Paulette Vazquez in the popular CBS show 'CSI', and from her appearance as Eufemia Garcia in the hit ABC Family/Freeform series 'Switched at Birth'. She has also appeared in numerous indie films, including producing and starring in the film 'Death and Cremation' alongside Oscar nominee Brad Dourif.
Karen Bethzabe is represented by Beth Stein & Associates and Luber Roklin Entertainment.
For more about KAREN BETHZABE visit: www.KarenBethzabe.com
Karen Bethzabe (L) and Alycia Debnam-Carey (R) in 'Fear The Walking Dead' / photo courtesy: AMC
Clip: Karen Bethzabe (R) joins Jonah Ray and Kelly Blatz on the 'Talking Dead' hosted by Chris Hardwick