South Mississippi got a taste of “The Walking Dead” over the weekend.
Brighton Sharbino, who played Lizzie Samuels on the popular AMC show, was on the Coast filming the upcoming film “Urban Country.”
the 14-year-old took time away from shooting the movie to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Monday’s Biloxi Shuckers game.
After taking photos with fans behind home plate, Sharbino stepped up on the pitcher’s mound before reassessing the distance and creeping a few steps in front of the dirt.
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“It was so fun. I'm really glad I got this opportunity,” Sharbino said after joking about her throw, which skipped to Shuckers catcher Jacob Nottingham.
So what’s Sharbino’s connection to Biloxi’s Double-A team? Well “Urban Country,” which is billed as an inspirational move, shot scenes at MGM Park during the Friday’s Shuckers’ 3-1 loss to the Birmingham Barons.
Sharbino, a Texas native, took to Twitter on Sunday to give fans a glimpse of her prep for Monday’s big role.
One of her first acting roles was in the TV series “Friday Night Lights” as an “emotional fan” in the episode “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”
From there her acting credits include “Barney & Friends,” “Hannah Montana,” “NCIS,” “True Detective,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Miracles in Heaven,” and, of course, “The Walking Dead.” She has another movie, “Southern Christmas,” which is set to be released this holiday season.
Sharbino was stopped by fans multiple times while touring MGM Park. She modestly said she enjoys the interactions with her growing fan base and is still taken aback when she’s asked for a selfie or autograph.
Her departure from “The Walking Dead” was one of the more memorable deaths in the show as her young character Lizzie was “put out to pasture” in Season 4 after turning on her fellow survivors of the zombie apocalypse.
“It was so cool. I had tons of fun. Even though my character died and it ended for me, I think it in a really great way and I’m proud I got to be a part of it,” Sharbino said while the Shuckers plated three runs in the first inning Monday. “It was different but I really like playing deep, interesting characters and I definitely think Lizzie was interesting.”
Her latest role is a far cry from Lizze.
In “Urban Country,” Sharbino stars alongside Lou Diamond Phillips, Jason London, Arthur Bryan Marroquin, C. Thomas Howell and others. Her character is a troublemaker who is forced to go to her mother’s ranch and mature before her lifestyle is the end of her.
“It’s about rehabilitation and my character, Faith, finding herself,” she said. “It’s an awesome movie. Everyone has put a lot of hard work into it. I’m really proud of it and I think people should definitely see it.
“It’s a good movie for anyone.”
Shooting for “Urban Country” will continue throughout the week at locations from MGM Park to Kiln.
The film does not yet have a release date.