Snag This Walking Dead Star's Style

Photographed by Olivia Malone.
Who wasn't on the edge of their seat while watching Emily Kinney as Beth Greene in The Walking Dead this season? Her character is so loved that she's lasted three years on a show where characters are regularly killed off or zombie-fied. And, this year, she was promoted to series regular. If that's not a testament to her rising star power, we don't know what is.
But, this fan favorite isn't just killing it on screen. She's turned her side gig as a musician (think Ingrid Michaelson meets Regina Spektor) into a second full-time job. In March, she rereleased her first official album, Expired Love, with brand-new tracks and went on tour (not to mention, she managed to log in her first stop at SXSW — not too shabby).
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When Kinney's not on the road with her band, the up-and-coming star splits her time between Atlanta and L.A. for filming but calls NYC home. That's where she studied up on acting, got her start on the music circuit, and developed her killer fashion savvy. So, we were thrilled when she invited us to her Upper West Side 'hood to talk songwriting inspiration, how she juggles an insane schedule, and her covetable offscreen style, which she's showing off here with a little help from Neiman Marcus' spring looks. Come hang with us and find out how this rising talent dresses for allthe parts she plays.
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Photographed by Olivia Malone.
You’re a hard one to pin down! Between Atlanta and L.A. for filming, and your touring schedule, it’s nice to catch up in your New York ‘hood.
"I know — I feel like I’m always on the road! But, I love the Upper West Side. Central Park is close, and I like to go for runs or long walks. Plus, there are museums and movie theaters all within just a few blocks — and tons of great restaurants and cafés! Like Caffe Storico, I love the bright-yellow seats. It's such a happy place to have dinner after walking around museums and the city all day. I like that there are always families around, too; it feels homey."

Photographed at Stephen Starr’s Caffe Storico, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street); 212-873-3400.

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You look pretty fancy for a neighborhood dinner!
"Well, this outfit is dressy, but it's also super comfy, so I feel like I could wear it all day — or dress it up or down depending on where I'm going."

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Between singing and acting, you're almost always performing. What drew you to the arts?
"I just love telling stories. We all want to feel like we’re not some animal or machine, like we're human beings — there’s something extra and something special there. Movies and music and television, art, that’s a way of revealing that. You connect with other people when you make them think, 'Oh, I've felt the same way in that moment,' or 'I have a similar story!'" Advertisement
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The Walking Dead is definitely a show that gets people talking — we're obsessed! Was there ever a moment while filming when you were like, "Wow, I've really made it"?
"In season 2, we had this big group scene when Sophia comes out of the barn — that was one of the first times I got to shoot with everybody in the cast. It was just a really unifying day and really special moment. I remember Andrew Lincoln pumping everyone up, because it was such a long day. Before, it felt a little like I came in, shot my scenes, and left. But, that was a really special moment. We all got to know each other really well, and I felt like I really belonged in the cast."

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This year, more people watched the premiere than the Olympics! How does it feel to be a part of something like that?
"This is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever been a part of. Everywhere you go, people watch it. A lot of people tell me they don’t watch TV, but they watch The Walking Dead. It’s incredible."

Since we're talking style, we have to know: What would you be wearing if you knew the apocalypse was imminent?
"Ooh. Boots, jeans. You’d want to be really ready to run. We all wear a lot of layers on the show. And, you'd need combat boots — the really high ones, black and almost to your knee. You could just walk through anything with those."

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How would you describe your offscreen style?
"Comfortable and versatile! If I’m going to rehearsal with my band, I want to be somewhat comfy, but I do like to look somewhat cool and cute. My go-to is this pair of really cool hiking boots that I got at a thrift store in Colorado. I feel like I can wear those with even a dress — those or Chucks. Lately, I’ve been into high-waisted black jeans and crop tops."

So, pastels are not your go-to. But, this outfit is so springy — we love it!
"I am really into pink this season — it's a great pop of color. I walk past this place, Posies Flower Shop, whenever I'm in New York. It's hard not to be inspired by the colors. I'd stop by to grab daisies to brighten up my apartment or to surprise a friend."

Photographed at Posies NYC, 366 Amsterdam Avenue; 212-721-2260. Advertisement

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As an actor, you're telling someone else's story. But, as a singer-songwriter, your own story is front and center. Where do you get your inspiration from?
"Usually from romantic relationships I’ve had. But, also times when I’ve wanted to say things and haven’t been able to say them. I find that writing them in a song is a good way to say what I wanted to say or prove a point in a very safe way. I find writing really useful in working out those sorts of things." Advertisement
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Do you identify more as an actress or a singer-songwriter?
"I feel like they fulfill different needs for me. A lot of times, people ask me, 'What's your ultimate goal — do you want to be an award-winning songwriter or an award-winning actress?' I can’t even answer that! Neither — or both! I would like both, actually."

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Both are a lot to juggle, though. Between filming and recording and touring, your schedule must be insane. How do you deal?
"I’m still learning! I try to just take things piece by piece. I don’t get too far ahead of myself, because schedules change and things come up. I try to take anything I have to do and say, "Okay, let’s make it awesome.' Because it can get a little overwhelming, I need to have a little time to myself to totally recharge my batteries, to not be the one performing, and to go watch someone else and be focused on someone else. It's a chance to sort of step away from my life."

Love that bag, by the way.
"I'm obsessed with it! You could fit everything in here."

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You split your time between New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Where do you feel most at home?
"New York, for sure. There's an area in East Village and the Lower East Side with Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, Mercury Lounge, and Arlene's Grocery. Whenever I'm home, that's where I go. When I first moved to the city, that’s where I was all the time and how I found bands that I like. I can go there even if I'm not meeting friends and run into people. It's where I feel the most me."

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When you're on the road so much, how do you make new places feel a little more familiar?
"A lot of the time, I'm traveling with my guitar, so just sitting down and singing a bit makes me feel more like me. I made a rule a long time ago to make sure I always sing a little bit every day. I think you can spend a lot of time doing all the other stuff — like promoting, interviews, scheduling — but the main thing that you're trying to do is write a song and sing. If I'm stressed out about other stuff, that always reminds me why I'm doing it." Advertisement
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That outfit is fierce.
"You probably can't tell, but I was so cold! The shoes are amazing — they aren't the comfiest in the world, but definitely worth it with the right dress, jacket, or special night on the town."

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They're definitely a statement piece! Do you have a signature style move?
"I always wear bracelets on my left hand. Fans give me these little rubber-band bracelets that they make, so I've started wearing them all the time. I like to rock a wrist full of rubber-band bracelets."

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When you're back in NYC, are there any neighborhood spots that you frequent?
"There are so many cupcake, candy, and cookie shops in my neighborhood. I love the little cake pops here at Treat House — the Birthday Cake and M&M-covered ones are my favorite. I feel like these would be so cute to send to a friend or coworker instead of flowers or cupcakes, right?"

Photographed at Treat House, 452 Amsterdam Avenue (between 81st and 82nd streets); 212-799-7779.

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Definitely. Also, your candy-colored sweater fits right in here.
"I love the colors, plus it's such a comfy and fuzzy sweater! I would totally wear this Fendi purse anywhere during the spring and summer months. Pink, again — totally into it."

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Now that The Walking Dead season is over, what's next for you?
"I just rereleased my album Expired Love, and that has some new songs on it you can check out. My favorites are "Be Good," which is actually a cover of a song by Waxahatchee — I'm a superfan of hers — and "Dad Says." Katie Crutchfield is her real name. I have a couple other things in the works, but you'll just have to stay tuned to find out more about those!"

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