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Lintz talks behind the scenes of 'Parental Guidance'

ATLANTA -- Alpharetta resident Madison Lintz is better known for her role as Sophia on "The Walking Dead," but by next week, she will be known as Ashley in the new movie "Parental Guidance."

The movie stars Bette Midler and Billy Crystal as grandparents who stay for the week with their daughter's three children (played by Marisa Tomei) -- breaking all the rules on the way.

"It was very different from 'Walking Dead,' but it was a great experience," she said while munching french fries at the Varsity in Atlanta. "It was fun because Ashley was a real stylish girl. She got to wear gorgeous clothes that I just wished I could take home with me."

Lintz plays Ashley, who is best friends with the uptight Harper (Bailee Madison). The young actress joined the cast for two weeks for her scenes. When not working, the two 'tweens hung out, including trick-or-treating as an owl and mouse duo.

But when it was time to work, Lintz embraced everything she could, including sharing a scene with Midler and Crystal.

"I had one scene with them and it was a bit intimidating," she said. "It was a little bit scary, but I got used to it as the day went on."

For Lintz, the movie wasn't the hard part. It was the audition.

It was the last day of shooting for "The Walking Dead" and Lintz quickly showered, took care of her hair and makeup, then headed out the door with her mom, which was a little different than most of her auditions. She is used to sending tapes in for her roles.

"I usually tape from home because most auditions are on tape now," Lintz said. "It was the first time in a while that (the audition) wasn't recorded, where I could do the take as many times as I want."

To make things worse, the 13-year-old doesn't do so well in front of a live audience.

"It was one shot and nerve-wracking, because I have stage fright, which is really weird," she said. "I don't like being in front of a crowd because I just don't like it. There were only a few people in the room, so it wasn't so nerve-wracking."

After all of the worry, she got the part -- and she's glad she did because it is a movie for everyone, especially during this time of year.

"A lot of people have the tradition to see a movie on Christmas and 'Parental Guidance' is a great family movie, so everyone can sit together to watch this funny little comedy," said.

The movie releases on Tuesday, Christmas Day.