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We’ve officially made it, everyone! We’ve arrived today to the final edition of our Golden Globes Preview Series, or at least the part of it where we spotlight our own personal picks for nominees. We’ll still have the result of the reader vote a little bit later on down the road on December 1, and to go along with that, there is also still to come the actual nominees being announced on December 12. At some point between then and the start of the actual Globes on January 8, we’ll more than likely be looking at much of this field further.

 

In closing off our category previews today, we’re talking a one here in Best Supporting Actress which is certainly one of the more complicated ones that you’re going to find, if for no other reason than that you’re looking at a multitude of different genres, and a field that in general really deserves to be split up. (Who hasn’t the Hollywood Foreign Press done that already?) Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen here to the detriment of everyone who’s going to be snubbed on our list. We know we’re being redundant in mentioning once more the abundance of great people from top to bottom, but it’s so true and there are such a wide array of quality people to choose from.

 

Best Supporting Actress

 

Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Roanoke” (FX) – While we’re not going to attest to “Roanoke” being a perfect season, we will state that it is a far superior overall product than the two or three seasons that came before it … with Bates’ performance as the Butcher / deranged actress Agnes being a huge part of the reason why. This is Bates at her best, milking every second of screen time and alternating between being reasonably-kind and relatable to utterly terrifying and dangerous.

 

Lauren Cohan, “The Walking Dead” (AMC) – We knew that there would be a vast amount of heartache in Cohan’s performance of Maggie, given all that she went through before before the season 6 finale and also what transpired afterward. Yet, at the same time there’s also been a source of strength and inspiration there, as we’ve had a chance to look further at the full extent of her journey, and precisely how far she’s come from the character she was back when we first got to know her during the Hershel’s Farm era. Cohan’s work has always been to a certain degree underrated, and we hope that this marks more of an opportunity for her to walk into the spotlight.

 

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In a very special feature to So It Goes online, Issue 5 alum, Norman Reedus talks to Walking Dead friend, co-star and zombie apocalypse survivor Lauren Cohan, a.k.a, Maggie Greene.

Shot by So It Goes creative director, James Wright, and contributing photographer Toby Knott.

If you’ve somehow managed to thus far steer clear of new season spoilers, then proceed with caution…

 

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NORMAN REEDUS: How did you first feel reading the script for the season premiere? Was it quite a shock, after the biggest cliffhanger to date, or were you aware at the end of the last season what was going to happen?

 

LAUREN COHAN: I was, I think we all were at probably episode of 9 of last year. You don’t get more used to losing people. I think we are still trying to…

 

NR: Yeah, I’ll never get used to it. What is the impact of losing Glenn (Steven Yeun) your co-star, whom you’ve worked with so closely from the beginning?

 

LC: It hit the hardest when we go through a moment on or off the show all together, but without some of our friends…when you have big moments and you want to celebrate, that is when I feel it the most. And when I see all the tribute videos fans make online.

 

NR: Do you think – to some degree – that shows nowadays, in a similar vein to Game of Thrones, need that air of unpredictability to retain viewers?

 

LC: I think it’s more the attachment to the people that keeps people invested but I’d be lying if I didn’t also say it was the shock factor.

 

NR: I hate that it’s like Survivor.

 

LC: Like American Idol with zombies…
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SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have watched Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Go Getters.”

 

“This is our home now, so you’ll have to call me by name. Not Marsha. Not dear. Not honey. Maggie. Maggie Rhee.”

 

BOOM! Delivered after serving Gregory a fist to the face, those words not only reestablished Maggie as a fighter, but as a leader as well — and the potential future head of her new community.

 

Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead brought us to the Hilltop, where Maggie and Sasha grieved for their murdered men, defended the community from a nighttime zombie assault, and put the duplicitous current leader of their new home on serious notice. We spoke to Lauren Cohan to get her insight into this pivotal episode, as well as Maggie’s verbal and physical beatdown of her new nemesis.

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I want to start right at the beginning of the episode, and ask what it was like for you to have that scene at the graves where we see you first approach Glenn’s grave and you leave the pocket watch there. What was it like — after filming that brutal premiere — to have to get yourself into that terrible state of mind all over again?

 

LAUREN COHAN: Yeah, it was pretty intense obviously coming from that episode, and then the change til now knowing that she had been unconscious. Maggie’s been out of it for a while, and coming to terms and coming to consciousness with what happened and wondering, “Is the baby okay?” Sasha’s been with her, but just waking up not knowing where she is and remembering everything that had happened, she is just trying to preserve some equilibrium for the baby and for her physical health. I think that that’s a lot of what happened, and then it’s how much Maggie’s really letting herself feel and remember and relive it. There’s a lot going on there.

 

We then have this scene a little bit later where the Saviors have unleashed zombies into the Hilltop, and Maggie jumps up on the roof, starts giving instructions, and then gets down into the tractor to run over the car blaring the music. First off, did you get to drive the tractor at all?

 

Yeah, how fun was that?!
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The Walking Dead star dishes on her go-to workouts, best self-care practices, and more in Health’s December issue.

 

Lauren Cohan knows what it takes to live her healthiest life.

 

“The best way for me to put it is that if my spiritual life isn’t bigger than my real life, then I’m out of balance,” The Walking Dead star, 34, explains to Health in our December issue, on newsstands this Friday.

 

Cohan has learned how important it is to carve out enough time for the things that enable her to feel this sense of balance. But it hasn’t always been easy: “I think what happened [in the past] was I didn’t have a very good balance with exercise and food,” the actress says. “I’d be stressed out and I’d eat too much, or I’d be stressed out and I’d stop exercising. The last few years, I’ve been focusing on consistency and balance, and it’s made a huge difference.”

 

One of her strategies? Scheduling dedicated blocks of “me” time into the day. “I have timers on my phone for everything: It’s time to meditate, it’s time to do this.”

 

Regular exercise also helps Cohan feel like her best self. She told us she works with a personal trainer to do core-based alignment workouts and strength training three to four days a week, as well as yoga on weekends. She also allows herself one “rest” day during the week—but still makes a point to walk at least 20,000 steps during that day off.

 

The actress explains that when it comes to her well-being, mental positivity is as important as her rigorous fitness routine.

 

“Somebody said to me the other day, ‘If this moment isn’t the best moment of your life, you’re doing something wrong.’ And I think about that all the time,” Cohan tells Health. “Because not liking where I’m at is such a waste of energy. And being able to be there for others is only coming from self-acceptance. You have to do what makes you feel good, but for me it has to come from that spiritual side first.”

 

And while Cohan is diligent about practicing self-care, she believes a person’s healthy habits can have an even bigger impact on others.

 

“I’m taking the time to be a better person so I can be of service—putting other people before myself.”



When she’s not fighting zombies on The Walking Dead, Lauren Cohan keeps her head on with killer core workouts, meditation retreats, and a tech trick for staying balanced.

 

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The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan may star in one of the goriest shows on television, but in real life, she can’t stomach the sight of her own blood.

 

“Giving blood, or being near a needle, is the absolute worst,” she says, wrapping her hands around a mug of half-decaf coffee in a restaurant near Central Park in New York City. “At one recent physical, I thought, ‘I’ll just look so I know what’s happening, and it won’t be bad’—and I fainted. The fake stuff? No problem. Just don’t enter my skin.”

 

The fake stuff, of course, has been ubiquitous on The Walking Dead—the gritty AMC hit series about a zombie apocalypse—since the show’s debut in 2010. Lauren plays Maggie, a farmer’s daughter turned zombie butt kicker, a role that’s as emotional as it is physical. With the series now in its seventh season, we sat down with Lauren, 34, to talk about keeping in shape for the role, crying during workouts and, of course, killing zombies.

 

Lauren's wearing (top photo): Fleur du Mal bodysuit ($350; net-a-porter.com) and Elie Tahari blazer ($478; neimanmarcus.com). Above: Manfredonia dress (manfredonia.us).

Lauren’s wearing (top photo): Fleur du Mal bodysuit ($350; net-a-porter.com) and Elie Tahari blazer ($478; neimanmarcus.com). Above: Manfredonia dress (manfredonia.us).

 

Your show is filmed in Georgia, so what’s the best part of working outside of the Hollywood bubble?

 

We’re an hour south of the city [Atlanta]. I’ve learned the power of deep connection—the people, the material, and the story. The most fun part is that it’s family. I am so close with everyone, and we’ve had the same core group of people together for so many years. And now we have a generation of Walking Dead babies. We have game nights, we cook together, we eat together.

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Lauren is going to be on Live with Kelly! on Wednesday, November 2. You can check here to find out what station its on in your area – station finder. Don’t miss it!



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“Steven brought me on to the show. He’s the first person that I hung out with. The day I got there, Steven, Sarah Wayne Callies, and myself went for Korean barbecue, and I remember I got to Georgia and I was wearing a flannel shirt and it was July and they were like, ‘Yeah, you need to buy some T-shirts.’ I also remember that year we went on Fourth of July to watch the fireworks and the sky opened. Oh my god, it was pouring rain! And we all left and everybody ran out with jackets over their head and we all went to Steven’s house. We got out the guitar and we just started singing, and Steven sang a song and Emily sang a song. We were all borrowing Steven’s clothes and sitting around his apartment on the Fourth of July with it pouring rain outside. It was like college. It was our first big hangout.

 

Steven has been a leading man professional on the show without ever having been any of those things before being on the show. You know what Steven is? He’s ride or die: You know he has your back. Everything that we see in Glenn is what Steven brings to him, and that’s that steady heart. I’m so excited for him knowing he’s going on to do amazing things. He’s the most professional gentleman and the silliest, funniest goof ever. And Steven’s still alive! So that’s good.”



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