Erica Cerra’s newest role is nothing like the tough-talking cop she portrayed on the beloved sci-fi series Eureka. On The CW’s post-apocalyptic drama The 100, Cerra trades in her deputy badge for eerie holographic effects as A.L.I.E., a mysterious, yet determined AI created to make life better and save the human race. In Season 3, her character introduces the saving powers of The City of Light — and reveals her penchant for red. The actress talked about what’s next for A.L.I.E. and answered our 26 burning questions.
Actor you admire most:
Best moment your character has had on The 100:
My best moment is a surprise episode near the end of the season — you will see!
Co-star that cracks you up the most:
Describe Alie in one sentence:
She is an AI who was created for one sole purpose — to make humanity better.
Embarrassing childhood memory:
Too many to remember, I was such a klutz!
Favorite post-apocalyptic movie:
Waterworld 😉 Also, The Fifth Element, I Am Legend, and 12 Monkeys.
GIF that accurately describes how you feel today:
With Talia, my 3 year old.
Instagram snap: Send us one and tell us the story behind it, please:
Behind the scenes of my most recent photo shoot!
Job you’d have if you weren’t an actress:
Too many jobs I’d want to do. Being an actress makes it easy for me to do them all!
Karaoke song you slay (or would slay if you ever had to do karaoke):
Last movie you streamed:
None. I may play an AI on The 100, but I’m technologically inept!
Meme you’re really feeling right now:
Nineties music video you appreciate the most:
Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and Madonna’s “Vogue.”
One fun fact about yourself:
I love food toooooo much. If I wasn’t an actress I would be much bigger!
Person (fictional or real) you wouldn’t mind being for a day:
My mother, to have a better understanding of how she felt about me and how I made her feel.
Question you get asked all the time:
Do you miss Eureka?
Revelations you’ve had about your The 100 co-stars since you started working with them:
Some of the actors are nothing like their characters.
Song you’d feature on the soundtrack to your life:
Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”.
Three random things fans should expect to see on Season 3 of The 100:
Death, red, and horses!
Up-and-coming band you hope blows up soon:
The band in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on Disney Channel Junior! I have a 3 year old and that is most of the music that I’m listening to now.
Villain from the big or small screen you love to hate:
Joe Pesci as Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas.
Weirdest thing you’ve had to do on screen:
Fight scene in real stinky fish guts!
Since we will not ask for your favorite “X word,” give us your shameless plug here:
Watch The 100 on Thursday nights!
Yoda or BB-8?
If you didn’t know Zimbio was an entertainment site, what would you think “a Zimbio” was?
A place in Africa.
Erica Cerra on Playing a Mysterious AI on The CW's 'The 100'