After seven years of messy, post-apocalyptic peril and time-jumping space drama, The 100’s Lindsey Morgan is back on Earth and all cleaned up. Better yet, she’s having a blast as Micki Ramirez, the pioneering Texas Ranger who has been partnered with Jared Padalecki’s Walker on The CW’s new series. has recently chatted with the Houston-born actress about her new gig, which she says spoke to her need for something a little more family-driven —even if it didn’t come with as much kung-fu as she was hoping.

And of course, the matter of her crack-up of a costar is discussed as well.