The print edition of US Weekly has new interviews with Walking Dead hotties Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln and Steven Yeun. (I’m sorry for just getting to it now. Our digital subscription has not been coming on time.) As we’ve seen, Reedus gives the best interviews. He has some funny anecdotes and a colorful way of speaking. Despite his rugged appeal he’s somewhat sketchy to me as a person, as he’s a 45 year-old man with a 21 year-old girlfriend. US Weekly confirms that Reedus is dating model Cecilia Singley. They’ve been together nearly a year and she was just 20 when they met.
The majority of the interviews focus on the show of course, and I’ll refrain from geeking out and getting into the details. If you’re into WD like me, you can pick up US Weekly. (The one with Kim K and North on the cover.) I’ve read the comics, and I have a good idea where the show is going given the latest plotlines. I won’t give any spoilers today though.
Here are some excerpts from US’ interview with Reedus.
How has this huge success changed your life?
I don’t go to the grocery store so much anymore, you know what I mean? I spend most of the year in Georgia out in the woods, so I don’t see people, but then we do something like Comic Con and it’s insane. A lot of people go, “Isn’t it hard shooting because you don’t take a bath for weeks?” And I’m like, “I shower every day! That’s strategically placed makeup. It’s not real dirt, just to let you know.”
But you do get down and dirty on set. Do you do your own stunts?
As many as I can. I had to deck a huge guy recently, and they swapped out the actor with a stunt double who was, like, made of rock. I’m looking at him going, “This is going to hurt.” And it did. I woke up with whiplash the next morning. Last season I had stitches on my forehead. This season I had stitches on my forearm. I’ve had four black eyes, a dislocated shoulder. We all get beat up, but you go home and it seems like a good day’s work.
Who do you pal around with on set?
Andrew Lincoln is definitely my BFF. We’ll be doing serious scenes, and I’ll lean over and go, “Love you,” under my breath. And he’ll lean over and go, “F-k you.” During one scene last year when he crawled out of the window, I was at the bottom with my pants down, mooning him.
Do you guys ever trade ideas on what started the zombie apocalypse?
We all have theories: It’s man-made, or it’s Mother Nature. It’s like Ebola – it makes you value the time and people you have left.
[From US Magazine, print edition, October 27, 2014]
Andrew Lincoln talked about his character, Rick, and about how good the special effects team is and how they can still creep out the actors. He said that “if the effects team sees us look revolted and grimace, they’ve done their job properly.” Steven Yeun claimed that he enjoys scaring his on-screen wife, Lauren Cohan (Maggie) on set. “Just last night, I hopped out of the dark, scared the crap out of her and ran away. Then, 20 feet later, I hid behind a car and scared her again. I get so much joy watching people squirm!” I’m sorry, but I hate when people do that. It’s so mean.
As for Reedus’ quotes on Ebola, I don’t think he’s comparing Ebola to the zombie apocalypse like, clinically. I think he’s saying that public health epidemics can make you realize how precious life is and how quickly you can lose friends and family. I also like how Reedus described his friendship with Lincoln. They remind me a little of Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard on True Blood. Hot bros.
Here are the guys at Paleyfest on October 11. Of course I would still hit Andrew Lincoln until we were raw, but I prefer him with scruff. Also, this story needs more Chad Coleman.
Photo credit: WENN.com
Norman Reedus on the zombie apocalypse: ‘it’s like Ebola, it makes you value’ life