Photographed by Atisha Paulson.
Three questions. One: The baby?
“Oh, I can’t say anything.”
That was deliberately left for us to wonder, right?
“I think so.”
Secondly, you lost your dad...? That was an amazing acting moment, too. You guys really knocked it out of the park. How was it?
“I feel like there wasn’t even any acting required. We’re all down there in Atlanta together, and we’ve definitely formed a bond.”
Did you see the Talking Dead after that episode?
“Yes! They showed me after. It’s like a family. There’s a whole life that goes on with the show with all of us living down there. You know, you’re not just losing that character. For us, it’s real, too. It’s a different group of people and it’s all part of it. That’s what’s so cool about the show; it feels real for people. That’s why it’s so popular. Even though it’s about zombies, it feels very real. I’ve never been on a TV show. Most acting gigs have reoccurring guest stars — even the Broadway shows I’ve done. You’re with a group of people for a year, and that’s a really good run. It’s intense. I’ve grown to really love TV because you do get to know the people you work with in a great way. It makes you do your best work, because you’re open. That extends to the crew, too! When you have to do emotional moments, the crew is your confidant. I think it’s hard to lose that.”
It’s also interesting because Talking Dead pointed out that we really lost the moral center of the show. Who’s going to be the new one?
“I don’t know! There are so many great actors. I don’t know! We all might just carry it with us in some sort of way. But, there are so many great new characters. One thing that’s cool is that the second half of the season will be focused on them.”
You’ve also got your character and Lauren’s character as being the more emotional core of everything. Herschel was a bit more practical and fatherly. There’s no real dad or mom figure anymore.
“Yeah, there’s no dad anymore. I wonder how people will step into those roles; not just during the second half of the season, but moving beyond that.”
Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, told us that this end of the world scenario shows humanity at its purest. It’s the most human of stories because there aren’t external elements coming into play.
“Yeah, it’s like, 'Do you love me?' You either do or you don’t. Everything has to happen immediately. You’re not guaranteed the next moment. It makes everything heightened. You get your answers faster.”
With that in mind, are there any new relationships coming up?
“I hope. I think that Beth is really alone. You can see it in the first episode where she was all, ‘It was nice to know him.’ I think she’s put up a lot of defenses to deal with things. I think the people she’s closest to — even if she had that boyfriend — are her sister and father. I don’t really believe Beth has been in love in the way that someone really knows you. I think that’s something she has yet to experience.”