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As fangirls go, I’m a bit on the sluggish side and tend to reserve the majority of my slavish devotion for Miss Fisher’s wardrobe and other highly accented and genteel TV (though I’m infinitely relieved that on the resurrected Longmire, #HectorLives). Which is why it makes it more complicated that I’m counting down the days until the season 6 premiere of The Walking Dead on Sunday. While I love zombies as much as the next person, I’m trying to limit my viewing of overly violent, gruesome shows. Yet there’s something about TWD that pulls me in season after season; because deep beneath the core of a show ostensibly about voracious rotting beings and increasingly feral humans, there’s the story of resilience, relationships and intentional families.

 

I caught up briefly with fan favorite Lauren Cohan who plays Maggie Greene, just before New York Comic Con to discuss love, relationships and nightmares during a zombie apocalypse. Cohan will be at the Courtyard Live Stage at NYCC appearing on a live Q&A panel in events she describes as “crazy and fun” including a dance competition and cosplay competition.

 

Unlike her TV counterpart, Cohan was bubbling over with excitement for both the event and the new season, which will be premiering at NYCC — something Cohan says “is never done.”

 

Has your perspective on life changed since working on such a dark show? (And do you ever have nightmares?)

A little bit of both. I’m a really goofy person most of the time and I have to sometimes temper my hyper self on set. Because we have a lot going on at any given time, it’s a very serious atmosphere. So you have to learn to shake it off. Believe it or not, we also really get to be childish on the set. You have to run around and do silly crazy exercises, or maybe you have to scream and shout and roll on the floor. It’s so freeing. It’s a super-healthy environment. And it definitely makes you sleep heavy. If anything, my nightmares are more about missing my alarm. I sometimes have dreams that my assistant director is waking me up and trying to get me to the set.

 

What about the perfect couple pressure? Does it impact your real-life relationships to have the ultimate TV relationship with Glenn?

Yeah, it does, and it’s the best possible pressure. I have long talks with Steven (Yeun, who plays Cohan’s on-screen love, Glenn Rhee) about everything. And I realize that there’s no question that this couple will make it if they love each other 100 percent against all odds. I’ve tried to articulate why it’s so important that our cast is so supportive. There’s no weak link in the chain. We’re acting it all out and you can’t do it unless everyone has your back. It’s a great balance and it’s made me calmer as a person. The show material is so stressful, and I hope people watch it and say, “Thank god we don’t have unnecessary drama with this couple.” And why would you? It kind of truncates the journey and distills what’s important in a relationship. And I really think that I’ve taken that lesson into my own relationships.

 

Grace asked via Twitter what kind of leader Maggie would like to be, which makes me wonder if Maggie is moving into more of a leadership position?

[Hi Grace!]

First of all, I think it’s a great question! What’s been so fun with Maggie is what Hershel (Scot Wilson) told Maggie and Beth (Emily Kinney) — everyone has jobs to do. You find what you have to do. Maggie’s been finding her greatest strength. Why she was sort of attracted to Deanna, and she learned so much from that friendship and having that mentor and those skills definitely take us through to a place of leadership. Maggie’s strength of character along with her physical strength and tactical ways. She really kicks butt this season. She kicks ass. I want to tell you to write that she kicks a** but she’s really too strong for the asterisks!

 

How does it feel to have fans who are so incredibly eager to connect with you? Is it overwhelming or difficult to deal with?

I just try to take every day and interaction as it comes. Popular things have fans. It’s not about me, it’s about what we’ve made that people feel a connection to. It’s a really emotional show. People hopefully feel as much as we feel. That accelerates a connection and I hope it’s why people love to watch the show. I like that people enjoy it enough to want that connection.

 

So what are some shows that you’re obsessed with and why?

I’m obsessed with The Affair and I have not started the next season, I love everything about it, the acting, the characters, the pacing.

 

What about the cosplayers at Comic Con? Any thoughts as to the phenomenon of people dressing up like your characters?

When I was a kid, I was so obsessed with The Addams Family that I went [to Comic Con] for several years as characters from The Addams Family. I didn’t say I’m dressing as Christina Ricci, I just said that I’m dressing as Wednesday. I’d be going as Glen if I wasn’t on the show. I had a little joke with Christian Serratos (Rosita) that we should all go as Glenn. I love, love, love, Halloween. I love dressing up — I think it’s rad! So I love the idea that you can extend that dress up into cosplay. We have a convention and fan meet and greet the weekend of Halloween in Atlanta and last year I went as a Dalmatian.

 

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