The Walking Dead Q&A – Ross Marquand (Aaron)

the-walking-dead-episode-512-aaron-marquand-325Ross Marquand, who plays Aaron on AMC’s The Walking Dead, talks about keeping his role on the show a secret and whether the group should trust Aaron.

Q: Your arrival was a big deal among fans. What’s it like being the subject of intense discussion?

A: I’ve been following along and it’s fantastic; and of course it’s sparking a little bit of debate in terms of whether we can trust Aaron, if it’s going to closely mirror the comics or if it’s going to go in a totally different direction. It’s wonderful and it’s strange, too, because I’ve been a fan of the show since the beginning. So, to go from mainlining Season 4 two weeks before I got cast to actually being on the show is bewildering in the best way.

Q: What’s the biggest difference between watching the show as a fan and acting in front of the camera?

A: I’ll be honest. I was freaking out! It’s one of my favorite shows and I want to do it justice, but I also have a great deal of professional regard for the actors on the show. I wanted to make sure I was doing my part to help facilitate the story and that I’m adding to something big.

Q: What was your first day on set like? Did any of the cast members give you advice?

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Talking Dead Airs This Sunday 10/9c With Guests Alanna Masterson, Timothy Simons and Denise Huth

td-410-masterson-325This Sunday at 10/9c, AMC’s live The Walking Dead after show Talking Dead airs at 10/9c — immediately following The Walking Dead Episode 512, “Remember.” Joining host Chris Hardwick this week will be cast member Alanna Masterson (Tara), Co-Executive Producer Denise Huth, plus actor Timothy Simons (Veep). They’ll be answering questions live during the broadcast, so go to TalkingDead.com and submit your question. Then, during the episode, go to talkingdead.com/playdead on your phone, tablet or computer to answer questions posed during the show. The results will be broadcast and discussed on the show in real time!

Come back to TalkingDead.com the next day to check out exclusive video and photos from the episode.

Talking Dead airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following a brand new episode of The Walking Dead at 9/8c on AMC.

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Video – Talking Dead Episode 511 Highlights and Bonus Scene Featuring Danai Gurira

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Want more Talking Dead? Watch these exclusive video highlights and a bonus scene featuring Chris Hardwick and his guests, Danai Gurira (Michonne) and director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids).

Bonus Scene: Talking Dead: Episode 511
Danai talks about Michonne’s newfound sense of optimism, while Paul Feig speculates about how long he’d last during an apocalypse.
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Highlights: Episode 511: Talking Dead: Alexandria
Danai Gurira discusses Michonne’s feelings about going to Alexandria.
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The Walking Dead Q&A – Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene)

the-walking-dead-episode-505-behind-the-scenes-lauren-cohan-325Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie Greene on AMC’s The Walking Dead, talks about losing her on-screen family and her brilliant plan for outsmarting walkers.

Q: You’ve totally abandoned the farm girl look! How do you feel about that?

A: She’s becoming more utilitarian. When you’re out on the road, you can’t wear farm girl blouses and it’s hard to keep your whites white. [Laughs] It’s been a good evolution in that she’s become more action-centered. It’s fun to show the development of her character through all of these things, both overt and the subconscious. It’s about creating a consistent feeling which works in conjunction with set designers, colors, etc. The sweat and dirt are all characters of the show to help communicate that. Being dirty and sweaty is completely essential for the role.

Q: After spending several years on this show, how much has Maggie become a part of you? 

A: It becomes hard to look at Maggie objectively. I think I bring pieces of myself to the character, but I’m definitely different. My life’s completely different, but at the core, what we want as human beings and what we’re striving for isn’t that different from what all of us as human beings strive for. I try to bring my own life experiences to her. This show makes me ask questions about life. It’s a role that I play, but it affects me in both directions.

Q: What was the hardest thing about shooting the Season 5 Mid-Season Finale where Beth dies?

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Talking Dead Airs This Sunday 10/9c With Guests Danai Gurira and Paul Feig

TD-Danai-Gurira-325This Sunday at 10/9c, AMC’s live The Walking Dead after show Talking Dead airs at 10/9c — immediately following The Walking Dead Episode 511, “The Distance.” Joining host Chris Hardwick this week will be cast member Danai Gurira (Michonne), plus director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids). They’ll be answering questions live during the broadcast, so go to TalkingDead.com and submit your question. Then, during the episode, go to talkingdead.com/playdead on your phone, tablet or computer to answer questions posed during the show. The results will be broadcast and discussed on the show in real time!

Come back to TalkingDead.com the next day to check out exclusive video and photos from the episode.

Talking Dead airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following a brand new episode of The Walking Dead at 9/8c on AMC.

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Video – Talking Dead Episode 510 Highlights and Bonus Scene Featuring Seth Gilliam and Lauren Cohan

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Want more Talking Dead? Watch these exclusive video highlights and a bonus scene featuring Chris Hardwick and his guests, Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel), Lauren Cohan (Maggie) and actor Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham).

Bonus Scene: Talking Dead: Episode 510
Robin Lord Taylor confesses his love for Carol; Lauren Cohan talks about who in Rick’s group Maggie looks up to; and Seth Gilliam reveals how Father Gabriel’s faith has been tested in the apocalypse.
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Highlights: Episode 510: Talking Dead: Dog Actors
Lauren Cohan talks about the canine actors who were featured in Episode 510 and how her dog almost made the cut.
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Better Call Saul Q&A – Michael Mando (Nacho)

better-call-saul-season-1-character-portrait-nacho-mando-325Michael Mando, who plays Nacho on AMC’s Better Call Saul, talks about his character and shares some insightful advice he got from Raymond Cruz (Tuco).

Q: Talk a bit about landing the role of Nacho.

A: My agent got an audition request from the amazing Better Call Saul casting department. I really thought they would never see my tape, but I received an invitation to go to L.A. for a screen test. That’s where I met Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould and Melissa Bernstein for the first time. I immediately fell in love with their ways of working and communicating with the actors. A few weeks later, I received the fabulous news that I was going to be a part of the cast. When I did the audition, what I remember really sticking with me was the fact that Nacho was very intelligent and ambitious.

Q: Nacho definitely comes across as intelligent and ambitious, while still being menacing.

A: I agree. Nacho is extremely menacing. He’s like a crocodile in a pond that’s absolutely still, and he’s watching your every move. At any moment, he can just snap his jaw. I would say he’s like a young crocodile who wants to feed so he can grow and become the king of the pond – or maybe even the lake. From playing Nacho and being in his skin, I’ve learned the importance of patience and the importance of silence. I’ve never played a character with such courage and confidence.

Q: How do you approach playing the role of a tough guy?

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The Walking Dead Q&A – Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese)

the-walking-dead-episode-509-tyreese-coleman-325Chad L. Coleman, who plays Tyreese on AMC’s The Walking Dead, talks about filming Tyreese’s final moments and what he has in common with his character.

Q: What did you know in the off-season about where Tyreese was headed this season?

A: Nothing! I had to process the whole experience in real time. I thought Tyreese would come to more of a resolution since he forgave [Carol].

Q: What did you think of the way Tyreese handled Carol’s confession?

A: I think he’s a tortured soul. All of that angst in him is heightened. I was surprised at the fans who said, “Well, why didn’t you just kill her?” Wow! How do you get there? A lot of people have repressed anger and the violence on this show is cathartic for them. [Laughs]

Q: Talk about filming your death scene in Episode 509. Does the idea of twin walkers scare you?
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Talking Dead Airs This Sunday 10/9c With Guests Lauren Cohan, Seth Gilliam and Robin Lord Taylor

talking-dead-episode-413-maggie-cohan-325This Sunday at 10/9c, AMC’s live The Walking Dead after show Talking Dead airs at 10/9c — immediately following The Walking Dead Episode 510, “Them.” Joining host Chris Hardwick this week will be cast members Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel), plus actor Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham). They’ll be answering questions live during the broadcast, so go to TalkingDead.com and submit your question. Then, during the episode, go to talkingdead.com/playdead on your phone, tablet or computer to answer real-time questions posed during the show. The results will be broadcast and discussed on the show in real time!

Come back to TalkingDead.com the next day to check out exclusive video and photos from the episode.

Talking Dead airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following a brand new episode of The Walking Dead at 9/8c on AMC.

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Better Call Saul Q&A – Raymond Cruz (Tuco Salamanca)

better-call-saul-episode-102-jimmy-odenkirk-tuco-cruz-325Raymond Cruz, who plays Tuco Salamanca on AMC’s Better Call Saul, talks about getting a second chance to portray the loco drug kingpin and his approach to playing a “walking menace.”

Q: How did you react when you first learned Tuco was going to appear on Better Call Saul? Did you ever think you’d get another chance to play him?

A: I really didn’t. I thought Tuco was a done deal, dead and gone, but I heard about the show and the fact that it’s a prequel, and I thought, “Wow! How are they going to twist this around?” It worked out, and I was excited about it.

Q: Better Call Saul is set six years before Breaking Bad. How does Better Call Saul Tuco compare with Breaking Bad Tuco? Did you approach playing him any differently?

A: Oh yeah, of course. Tuco, at this point, is not discovered through meth. He’s not as explosive, but you also realize that it wasn’t the drug that made him that way. Deep down inside, he just has anger issues! [Laughs] This guy is a complete walking menace, and the drugs just amplify that. When I first did Tuco, I had to first build the character and then figure out how the drugs — physiologically, psychologically, emotionally — affected him. You layer that on top of the character. With Better Call Saul, my work was done. It wasn’t like I had to build a whole new character. I was just revisiting him and taking him to a different point in his life.

Q: Are there any inspirations behind your portrayal of Tuco?

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