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Working on The Walking Dead ~ Cast Interview Excerpts |

Working on The Walking Dead ~ Cast Interview Excerpts |
Steven Ogg (left) Xander Berkeley (proper)

We right here at Absolute Music Chat have been privileged to interview a number of forged members from The Strolling Lifeless. On this article we now have chosen excerpts from these actors’ interviews about their expertise engaged on this iconic present.

Interviewers: Paula Courtney and Davina Baynes


(Excerpt from interview with Steven Ogg by Paula Courtney initially revealed August 11, 2016)

”PC: You latterly made fairly an impression on the ultimate episode of season 6 of the extremely acclaimed TV present The Strolling Lifeless because the Saviors chief Negan’s, proper hand man, have been you a fan of the present earlier than your audition?

SO: I had watched a few of the first season, however stopped anticipating some purpose. Once I landed the gig I instantly referred to as my son who’s a HUGE fan of the present and requested him questions concerning the world and what was occurring. My Strolling Lifeless-ucation got here from him and in addition Andrew Lincoln within the make-up trailer throughout our very first assembly. He generously spent over an hour with me as we mentioned the present and the world I used to be getting into. I proceed to study new issues and discover totally different ranges to this world that the sensible writers and creators have developed.

PC: What was it concerning the position that attracted you to audition for the half?

SO: Nicely, like most of those large exhibits – similar expertise with WESTWORLD, the actor is given “secret sides” which include no actual names and is usually utterly made up. So no context, script, or historical past to the character. You make a robust selection, do your greatest on the audition after which the playing cards fall the place they could.

PC: You’re near Xander Berkeley who performs Gregory on the present (it was Xander who kindly launched me to Steven) had you labored with him or any of the opposite forged members earlier than? If you be a part of a longtime forged, do the regulars take the beginner’s underneath their wing, or are you simply anticipated to get on with it?

SO: Xander. Candy, candy Xander! A tremendous, inspiring expertise however an much more inspiring man! One of many largest blessings of getting the chance to work on THE WALKING DEAD has been assembly such superb individuals akin to Xander, Austin Amelio, Andrew Lincoln, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Sonequa Martin-Inexperienced, Ross Marquand…..shit! I noticed I might simply go down the listing! It actually consists of each considered one of them from the forged; even these I’ve lately met which are not on the present! Everybody from the get go have been inspiring of their dedication, work ethic, generosity and spirit! Doing these Walker Stalker conventions have been such enjoyable as a result of assembly followers apart, it’s the chance to spend extra time with these fantastic individuals! Ended up in a deep dialog in Boston, a couple of of us from the present within the parking zone, and went down such a wonderful worm gap till 2am! They’re simply good individuals. Andrew Lincoln units the bar for all the present and is actually inspiring to be round. Sorry – plenty of gushing, nevertheless it’s true.”

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(Excerpt from interview with Jesse C. Boyd by Davina Baynes initially revealed 9 March, 2019)

”DB: You talked about The Strolling Lifeless the place you performed a wolf. What was it like engaged on that present and getting killed by Andrew Lincoln?

JCB: It was such an fascinating expertise as a result of, to begin with, the whole lot is so prime secret you haven’t any concept what’s happening. I had learn for therefore many roles for that present already however once I received that position it was only a straight supply. My agent referred to as, ‘They’ve obtained this half. I don’t know his identify. Would you like it? It’s on The Strolling Lifeless.’ And I used to be like, ‘Nicely who the fuck is he? What’s happening?’ They usually stated, ‘I don’t know.’ I used to be like, ‘Sure…. I assume…’ I acquired there and I keep in mind it was so secretive that when lastly Scott Gimple sat me down and he was like, ‘So what have you learnt?’ I used to be like, ‘Ah…I feel the Wardrobe informed me they’re on this city…’ And he was like, ‘Oh she did, did she? I’m going to have a chat together with her!’ I used to be like, ‘Oh God no, I don’t need to get Wardrobe in hassle!’ You don’t have a script, you don’t have something. He informed me slightly bit concerning the character after which we filmed the finale episode. I didn’t know anything however I assumed ‘he’ was coming again due to the best way it ended; after which I got here again and did a pair extra episodes. That’s only a well-oiled machine, it’s lots of people. By the point I began doing season 6 season 5 had already aired, so I knew it was such a terrific alternative. I ended up working with Morgan’s character [Lennie James] principally – who’s a fantastic, nice man – after which, ultimately, I obtained killed by Andrew. I used to be like, ‘Oh no!’ I’ll say, you by no means noticed my physique, I simply received shot, so I might nonetheless be strolling round someplace. Name me again Strolling Lifeless!”

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Thomas (left) with Sabrina Gennarino, Pollyanna McIntosh and Andrew Lincoln

(Excerpt from interview with Thomas Francis Murphy by Davina Baynes initially revealed November 23, 2018)

“DB: Shifting on to The Strolling Lifeless, the place you performed Brion, did you could have a backstory for him?

TFM: We got some outlines. Scott Gimple gave us a number of the broader strokes and positively I had a backstory.

DB: What did you’ve in your head as his motivation?

TFM: That he was the type of man that makes the calculation that every part’s modified, and in addition someone that (just like the Civil Warfare) this will present him a chance to shine. Nevertheless, he has a excessive regard for individuals who he thinks has a deal with on the issue, no matter that’s in the mean time – that was Jadis, in his thoughts. She noticed, for no matter cause, his worth and he valued her seeing that, and that was type of their relationship, it was about loyalty and constancy.

DB: And your costumes: what was your costume wish to put on and what did it really feel like, as a personality, to put on it?

TFM: I instantly favored it as a result of I felt like I used to be making an attempt to get into an East Berlin bar! (Laughs) The joke was: ‘We’re the Heapsters man, the Heapsters!’ It had that sort of vibe to it. It was enjoyable to put on. For me it was a easy factor, it wasn’t as complicated Sabrina’s [Gennarino] interweaving outfit.

DB: And never as scorching presumably.

TFM: Properly I might take mine off – simply throw that serape off. Now that you simply point out it, regrettably, though I wish to assume that I nonetheless have the hair of a 25-year-old man, I don’t, and the solar would bake down onto your scalp! Only a reminder that this kind of factor by no means occurred earlier than. (Each snort)

DB: Usually, not simply in The Strolling Lifeless, how far does costume show you how to with a personality?

TFM: Oh tremendously, tremendously. Notably coming from theatre, you understand: you don’t know who you’re till you placed on the costume. Jack Nicholson had such an ideal line to some new actor, ‘Simply play the costume child, you’ll be effective!’ And it may be that a lot.

DB: I do know loads of actors begin from the footwear upwards.

TFM: To start with, what I love to do is, I don’t wish to spend plenty of cash, however I like footwear and so I’m very specific, once I audition, what footwear I’m sporting. However, as any person stated to me as soon as, ‘Tom, when was the final time you noticed any person’s footwear on digital camera?’ and laughed. Until the footwear have been the purpose, you already know. However nonetheless footwear make the person, you do construct from the footwear up. I agree with that sentiment, in trend and movie as properly. (Laughs)

DB: Sabrina was saying how lengthy it took her to place her boots on due to the phone wire, have been yours the identical?

TFM: No, they have been, like these sort of tennis-shoe-bootie issues, which I all the time thought have been fairly dumb. Now that you simply point out it, I wasn’t thrilled with my footwear however the serape, the entire approach the belt was rigged, the quite simple dagger, all that was good.

DB: Fairly cool. Once you flip right into a walker you needed to be made up and had to try this unusual stroll that they do: how lengthy did the make-up take?

TFM: I take into consideration an hour-and-a-half/two hours, perhaps two visits. An hour after which bugger off and are available again and do a bit extra

DB: What concerning the stroll, as a result of it’s a really distinctive, shuffling stroll: did you get taught that?

TFM: Yeah, yeah. We’re taught that, and I used to be not an excellent scholar. The walker wrangler taught me and apparently, he didn’t like my mojo! (Each snigger) He was identical to, ‘It’s not Frankenstein!’ or one thing like that. Sabrina however, he was over the moon as quickly as he noticed her zombie stroll.

DB: What was it like working with the forged and crew engaged on The Strolling Lifeless since you have been on it for a considerable time period?

TFM: It was only a nice set to be on, all the best way throughout, no query about that. Andy [Lincoln] is simply an absolute pleasure to work with and I imply, by the point I received there, he had been displaying up to try this for what, six years? He provides it his full consideration, his full power both aspect of the digital camera.

DB: On a private and professional degree what have you ever taken away with you from engaged on the present?

TFM: Hmm. I assume the factor that astonished me probably the most… I’d by no means been concerned with something that had that degree of fan response. I imply, I had no concept how huge the present was once I was strolling into it, not likely, and the way intently viewers paid consideration to each little facet of the present. So, they have been typically studying extra into what was happening, as followers, than I as an actor was bringing to it. In order that, in itself, was fascinating. It was fascinating to go to London and work together with folks that had that degree of sustained curiosity on this surroundings – not that I used to be creating however that I used to be collaborating in that was collectively created by the writers and producers.

DB: All that mythology the place they’ve adopted it via.

TFM: Precisely! To be trustworthy with you my nice worry was that I might be referred to as upon to reply questions on The Strolling Lifeless by those that knew vastly extra about it than I did, and they might catch me, you already know. (Each snort)

DB: As a result of there’s all the time the idea that you realize all the things that’s occurring within the story since you occur to be in it, however often you’re restricted to what’s truly simply occurring to you.

TFM: Proper, I imply have you learnt what’s happening together with your neighbours proper now?”

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The Strolling Lifeless with Seth Gilliam

(Excerpt from interview with Sabrina Gennarino by Davina Baynes initially revealed November 9, 2018)

“DB: How was it, engaged on The Strolling Lifeless with Pollyanna McIntosh notably but in addition with Andrew Lincoln, Seth [Gilliam]?

SG: I’ve gotten to work with nearly everyone within the present over two seasons. There’s no option to describe that! There actually, actually isn’t. For the remainder of my life that’s going to be a spotlight of my profession. I stated to Scott [Gimple] when he made the decision, ‘Thanks for making me a part of historical past.’ As a result of the present is a part of historical past now. We’ve obtained stuff within the Smithsonian. This can be a monster factor and I’m part of that.

Pollyanna is certainly one of my greatest pals now. I simply did her movie which I simply can’t wait for everyone to see. She’s a director. She is a badass. She is a strong human being and I’m so blessed to have her in my life! She wrote, directed and starred in Darlin’ which is a sequel to The Lady (it’s a trilogy) and I simply stood there in awe the entire time. She’s a pressure of nature.

The training curve is off the charts with that present [The Walking Dead].

DB: What concerning the costume? How scorching was it?

SG: (Laughs)

DB: Having talked to Kerry Cahill who’s additionally acquired a very scorching costume as nicely…

SG: My costume, everyone stored saying, ‘You’re gonna like it in November, I promise.’ Brutal however nicely value it. I in all probability had on a superb six layers – the ultimate one being the sweater parka – heavy pants, my boots – one boot was one measurement too massive, the opposite boot was one-and-a-half sizes too huge, so making an attempt to stroll, and run in these… and we have been all the time operating from one thing or someone! An incredible quantity of layers, and warmth. I might all the time get my tunic off nevertheless it took three of us to get it on to get it over my sticky buns (and ice packs all by way of). It was like an precise thermal hoodie underneath that, a tank prime underneath that, a sport bra underneath that. Second season I went, ‘So guys, I’ve some concepts on my costume. Any strategy to sew the hood to a long-sleeved T-shirt and stitch the cuffs to it? That method my arms are protected additionally from the sweat of the tunic and screw the bra, you don’t see it, or my tank prime and that may scale back three layers.’ They usually have been recreation. My boots, these took a very good ten minutes to strap up and lace on (as a result of it’s phone wire) and an excellent ten minutes to get them off. So sluggish however so value it: these costumes! I would like that tunic so badly.

DB: I assume they hold everybody well-hydrated as a result of they don’t need individuals passing out on set do they.

SG: Oh my God, our set medic, Tasha, is on it. She’s the bomb! I don’t understand how she’s in 22 locations directly, however she is. The entire crew is the perfect crew I’ve ever labored with. For me, in our group, we’re very fortunate as a result of we’ve our trucker tankers and underneath our heap too – which is an actual set by the best way, it’s that huge! The trucker tankers they might put in moveable air con and put us all in there so we might carry on leaping in and cooling off as greatest we might. As a result of it’s about 100 levels you realize, in the summertime.

DB: Coiffure on The Strolling Lifeless, the wonky bun plaits…

SG: Andy [Lincoln] referred to as them ‘Chinese language sticky buns’.

DB: Chinese language sticky buns that are by no means aligned correctly.

SG: Scott was very particular: he needed them uneven, as a result of it’s extra inventive, I feel (I’m not completely positive). For all of us he was very particular, he does every thing, proper right down to the place the filth smudges are to be. He was very detailed.

We’re this very bizarre group. We’re soiled but in addition… I’m not even positive that we ever actually put our finger on it… We’re this minimalist group, dwelling in a trash heap filled with stuff, however we’re additionally artists and we now have our personal language. Myself, Tom and Pollyanna every have our personal view on why we converse that approach, that works for us as people.

DB: There’s a bit extra blue in your scarf whereas a lot of the different individuals are in very comparable colors, and I feel that helps you stand out on-screen.

SG: Sure. We needed to have one thing, proper, as a result of it’s the three of us. In The Strolling Lifeless, I don’t know should you’ve observed, however it’s often a pacesetter after which a proper and a left. On this sea of minimalistic blacks we would have liked one thing: Pollyanna’s obtained her hair, mine is my scarf and the tunic, Tom’s is his lengthy crop duster coat – so all of us have our particular person items to ensure that we do stand out from the ocean of black; and once more, that’s all Scott.

DB: If you turned a walker, what kind of make-up did they placed on you and the way lengthy did that take? And did you could have some particular coaching for doing the bizarre stroll that they do?

SG: Yeah, the make-up was two or three hours to do all that – it’s so many layers. It’s not simply your face but in addition your neck, your again, your arms and all the best way as much as mid-arm (simply in case your sleeve goes up). After which sure, working with stunt on… as a result of it’s stuff you don’t take into consideration… it’s stuff like, in fact they wouldn’t step in the identical area twice and so you actually should amble. That was a few half-hour coaching for correct walker ‘walkage’.

DB: Is Greg Nicotero usually on set to assist with all of the blood gags and the remainder of the particular results?

SG: Sure he did my second episode and I simply love him so very a lot, his entire workforce, Jake Garber, they’re a load of geniuses. There’s no messing up with that crew. Our group are probably the most epic walkers. I imply we weaponized. That’s the primary time that a walker’s been weaponized, with Wilson, after which we did it once more with our pole head.

DB: I guess it was enjoyable sporting that costume. Not.

SG: 14 hours! I inform you what, when he walked out although, it was just like the seas parted. We’re all standing round preparing and he comes strolling out and everyone’s like Jesus was strolling down the center of the aisle: individuals simply watching him do that. It was superb! Jaws dropped. And it’s spectacular shut up which isn’t all the time the case; you need to make it so it reads proper on movie. We shoot movie on The Strolling Lifeless, lots of people don’t know that. Individuals do not know of the weeks of labor that go into one thing like that.”

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(Excerpt of interview with Kerry Cahill by Davina Baynes initially revealed July 22, 2018)

”DB: You’re not a nurse in The Strolling Lifeless. (Each giggle)

KC: She’s so stoic. I keep in mind the primary season, 7, any person was like, ‘She doesn’t speak a lot.’ And I used to be like: ‘firstly there’s a ton of storylines to comply with on this world and we’re not in a spot the place there’s time for hers; secondly, I feel the king talks sufficient for all of us and in a ravishing method with lovely language and he will get extra upset by the truth that he’s surrounded by these actually stoic, quiet guards; and any person has to stability Jerry, anyone has to have that unfun job of not being smiley and enjoyable.’

DB: How did you land the position of Dianne?

KC: I auditioned in all probability 7 or eight occasions and I truly auditioned for Gavin’s position (they have been contemplating a lady for the position) however once I acquired the decision, two days later, I used to be informed I didn’t get that position however I acquired a unique one. I didn’t know the identify of my position till the primary name from one of many manufacturing workplaces as a result of they hold all of it so locked tight. Actually it’s as a result of Scott [Gimple] retains a secure of actors in his head and that’s why I inform individuals, ‘All the time do your greatest since you by no means know the place that audition goes to get you.’ I feel he knew I might be a superb match as a result of he had seen me sufficient after which no matter I did for that audition should have been precisely what he wanted.

DB: What has it been like engaged on the present itself? Who have you ever labored most intently with?
KC: I used to work most intently with Khary [Payton]Cooper [Andrews]Lennie [James] – and I don’t assume anybody tells a narrative like Lennie, once we’re hanging out ready for some issues to be carried out. Now I’ve gotten to know Lauren Cohen higher, Alanna [Masterson]Tom [Payne] which has been type of enjoyable.

DB: You put on a fancy dress that has various physique armour on it. How a lot of that’s designed with the fantastic, cool Georgian climate in thoughts?

KC: It isn’t designed for the climate, in any respect! I’m fortunate as a result of I stay in New Orleans, I’ve gotten already used to the warmth, so I’ve much less of a leap to make. It doesn’t breathe nicely and so it’s only a matter of consuming water and accepting it. The best way I deal with is that I’m like, ‘I’m going to be actually gross and sweaty and it’s going to be actually scorching,’ as a result of the extra you battle it… you’re not going to win. Like all these parking zone scenes we did – the asphalt’s scorching, the solar’s scorching, it’s horrible. The one factor I want that I might change, and I can’t, is that I might put on sun shades typically, as a result of it’s so shiny. I all the time warn individuals who need to get into appearing or modelling – you may be uncomfortable, you’ll have to make it seem like you’re chilly when it’s scorching and scorching whenever you’re chilly and also you’re simply going to need to get used to it. A part of the issue is that it’s so humid so the shade doesn’t do a lot.
DB: The struggle scenes, and also you’ve obtained your bow and arrows: how does that work out virtually?

KC: The bow is tough as a result of clearly I can’t shoot it for actual as a result of every thing is so tight with digital camera that it might harm someone, so the visible results workforce and I’ve developed a system of how I do it and let go, in order that they will fill in. Additionally they have a bow that’s actually weak that I’ll shoot typically. The hero bow that I exploit (for individuals who know archery) the pull could be very, very weak, perhaps 15 lbs, so to do one thing the place you’d need to hunt with it or past 10 yards, to have any impact, you’d need to have it means larger than that. It will be simpler if I simply needed to shoot it however I’ve to do that factor the place I don’t actually shoot it typically, as a result of they’re doing the close-up and there’s an individual in entrance of me that I don’t need to [hit]. It makes me actually pleased that I studied corporeal mime, which sounds so bizarre nevertheless it’s about easy methods to use your physique to make it seem like one thing’s heavy when it’s not. Then doing it for actual as a result of there’s a spotlight your eyes have and a way. The primary time they confirmed my capturing the bow on display I truly waited as a result of for those who do one thing mistaken – however notably in archery – individuals will inform you! (Laughs) And nobody stated something about it and I used to be like, ‘Sure!’ I work actually onerous once I go shoot at archery ranges.

DB: It’s fascinating, in that, as a result of you understand how to do it actually, it makes it much more lifelike when you’re pretending to do it. Who takes care of the bow and arrow?

KC: There’s a props staff and they’re superb, I imply they create a whole lot of various things after which I’ve my very own, which I take care of. I’ve an archery teacher – he’s the kind of one that used to shoot quarters out of the air – and each time we meet up I study extra about archery. There’s one thing concerning the historical past of archery that I discover fascinating and I’ve began to study much more about it: simply when it comes to the totally different types, how individuals shoot, how individuals practice. I used to be doing one thing the opposite day and I stored my bow with me for the scene and any person was like, ‘Do you actually need it?’ There’s one thing about archers holding their bow with them on a regular basis. Whenever you consider a bow it’s a dwelling, respiration piece of wooden so it’s necessary to – notably on this world of survival – retailer it correctly and unstring it and so forth.

DB: Certainly one of our very well-known actors, Robert Hardy (who’s lifeless now), was a world authority on the lengthy bow, so it’s value discovering his ebook.

KC: I shoot a recurve however I need to get an extended bow as nicely. My dad, once we would watch Henry V, would speak concerning the historical past of how essential the yeomen have been to the English center class and the rise of that and the way that’s how the British took over and gained numerous battles.

DB: Have you ever obtained any specific stand out reminiscences from The Strolling Lifeless?

KC: So many… not essentially whereas we’re filming as a result of there’s a ton of various moments I can select nevertheless it’s issues like this:

The primary walker that I ever kill is the woman the place I say, ‘My sister would love that gown’. A yr later I’m in a grocery retailer, strolling, and this actually cute little boy says, ‘Hey!’ I say ‘Good day’ again. I’m choosing up my apple and speaking and his mother appears at me and says, ‘Oh my God! Hello!’ It’s his mum and I’m like, ‘Oh howdy’ and she or he’s says, ‘Oh, you don’t keep in mind me. You killed me!’ – in the midst of the produce part. In fact I don’t recognise her as a result of she was in full, excessive walker garb once I killed her, and she or he’s lovely – a mum with two sons – and that was a humorous second. I acquired to have a dialog with certainly one of my “kills” by the apples in a grocery retailer. I really like moments like that.”

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(Excerpt from interview with Ann Mahoney by Paula Courtney initially revealed August 27, 2016)

“PC: You have been forged as Olivia in The Strolling Lifeless; I’m all the time to know the entire course of from sending in your tape to the minute you stroll on set to do your scene. I do know it’s typically the case that you simply don’t know the half your studying for when doing an audition, have been you conversant in her character beforehand?

AM: I received an e-mail from my agent asking me to tape a task for The Strolling Lifeless. The character can be recurring, however they wouldn’t inform us the actual character’s identify, and the script I used for the audition was not from The Strolling Lifeless in any respect. So, I taped the scene, it was truly moderately humorous – so I attempted to make certain the humor was balanced with a specific amount of post-apocalyptic angst (LOL!) – and I despatched it in.

A couple of weeks later, I used to be on the symphony with my Mother, and I received a name from my agent – odd at 9pm. I checked the voicemail at intermission, and came upon that they needed to rent me! That was a Friday. I drove to Atlanta for the primary time that Sunday, and went to my costume becoming, the place I came upon my character’s identify, after which to a gathering with Greg Nicotero and Scott Gimple. That was additionally once I met John Sanders, the prop man for TWD, he took my private glasses – which Gimple beloved – they usually turned OLIVIA’S glasses! They acquired me a brand new pair, after which I settled in for the night time – rabidly attacking my character homework, and researching comedian guide Olivia.

In order that was it – then I went to my first day on set. There have been plenty of followers lining the road the place we enter Alexandria – with cameras! I used to be so shocked. The forged was heat, inviting, inclusive, and embraced me instantly. It was like coming residence.

PC: Have been you a fan of The Strolling Lifeless already?

AM: I used to be a comic book guide fan, however didn’t watch the present till I acquired the audition. Then I binged!

PC: Has Olivia wholly embraced the affiliation with Rick and his gang now or does she nonetheless have some hesitant moments about what they’re making an attempt to realize?

AM: I feel after the large scene the place all of the Alexandrians and Rick’s individuals struggle the zombie horde contained in the partitions of Alexandria, I feel that seals the deal for Olivia. She sees a person prepared to provide the whole lot, after dropping his love, to assist save that group.

PC: I’ve interviewed a couple of forged members of the collection they usually all say the identical factor that it’s a very tight group, that everybody needs one another to do properly of their scenes and all are very welcoming, do you agree with that?

AM: Completely.

PC: Who do you cling round with between takes and who’s the one individual you have got befriended you can textual content at 1 a.m. if it is advisable to?

AM: Austin Nichols and I crack one another up regularly. Melissa McBride is an expensive pal for all times.”

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(Excerpt from interview with Jordan Woods-Robinson by Paula Courtney initially revealed April eight, 2016)

“PC: Okay let’s speak about your appearing profession. You play the a part of Eric on The Strolling Lifeless, are you able to inform me the way you got here to get that half?

JWR: As an actor within the southeast, which is anyplace from Florida as much as Tennessee, there’s an entire vary of states which are all thought-about native rent. That simply means if a present like The Strolling Lifeless is filming in Atlanta, then anybody from Tennessee right down to Florida is welcome to audition for it. I had been doing the Blue Man Group for 9 years, and I’d been lucky to do a lot of different tv and movie tasks within the southeast. I acquired an audition for the position that turned out to be [Ross Marquand’s character] Aaron. When the producer requested me to audition, my spouse and I have been on trip on the time. We filmed it in her grandparents kitchen and despatched it off. As quickly as we obtained again from trip my agent referred to as and stated you’re within the operating however I want you to ship a greater high quality video tape. I didn’t get the a part of Aaron, however they stated they want me to audition for this new character and that’s what turned out to be the position of Eric. I needed to journey as much as Atlanta the subsequent day, so it was an enormous whirlwind getting every little thing organized to rise up there.

Once I arrived, Ross was one of many final individuals I met on set. I met Norman Reedus (Daryl), then Chandler Riggs (Carl) after which quite a lot of different individuals. Everybody was very welcoming and supportive. I didn’t meet Ross till that night time. We solely had a couple of hours of speaking and attending to know one another earlier than we needed to go on set the subsequent day for the reunion scene within the warehouse. The one the place Eric and Aaron discover one another once more. We principally targeted on simply attending to know one another. We talked a bit bit concerning the story, about our life collectively, and the experiences that we’ve gone by way of. We didn’t run any strains, or get into character. We simply obtained to know one another as individuals. We figured the writing was so robust and the characters have been so robust, that Ross and I ought to get to know one another and care about one another as associates. We have been considering that when we obtained onto set it might all simply deal with itself, and I feel it did. I feel it was an attractive scene, the author and the director and all the design that went into placing all that collectively have been simply fantastic. I get numerous suggestions from individuals simply saying, that scene stands proud to them even a yr later.”

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