In The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, the iconic title character (Norman Reedus) finds himself in France with no idea how he got there and one main aim: to get to Paris and eventually, back home. Along the way, he joins forces with Isabelle (Clémence Poésy), a determined nun with a surprising backstory, and Laurent (Louis Puech Scigliuzzi), a perceptive boy who has been told he is "special" from a young age. In Episode 2, they're captured by a group of kids living in a former preschool, which forces Laurent to confront everything he's missed out on during his isolated upbringing in Isabelle's religious order. Here, Puech Scigliuzzi talks about his intriguingly ambiguous character and his personal highlights from making the show.
Q: In Episode 2, we see Laurent lamenting the fact that he's considered "special." Why does he feel this way?
A: He's been told by a lot of people that he's a special kid, especially the nuns, so he does have a consciousness that he's not like other kids. When he arrives at the school, he wants to be like all these other kids who are just trying to have fun and have friends. But you know, that's kind of hard for him because he's never seen another kid before. It's a good experience for him at the school which is why he doesn't want to leave.
Q: How would you describe his relationship with Sylvie (Laïka Blanc-Francard)? We get to see the way she supports Laurent in this episode.
A: She's definitely an older sister to him — someone who helps him out if he's in trouble and is always there to talk things over with. But it's not like a mother-son relationship. She's more like his best friend.
Q: And how about his relationship with Isabelle? Is she very much the most important figure in his life?
A: Oh yes, she's been a mother figure to him. She's always been there to care for him and I think she's helped him with many, many things. She wants him to be safe and she wants the best for him. So yeah, I think they have a good relationship.
Q: Do you think he finds that suffocating at times?
A: Definitely. I wouldn't like my mom to be like that! It's like he's a newborn baby and she feels she has to protect him all the time. It is a good thing in a way and I do understand that [protective impulse]. But I think this is why Isabelle and family are really the most important things to Laurent.
Q: What's the most fun part of playing Laurent?
A: Oh, definitely the scenes that have everyone in them! I like it when we're all on set together and no one is missing. I mostly like the scenes with Norman [Reedus] because he's just a funny guy who makes me laugh all the time. But everyone on this show is so nice, I couldn't say anything bad about the experience at all.
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