The Walking Dead cast will be featured this week on Inside the Actors Studio, including Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Danai Gurira, and Lauren Cohan, but it was Cohan who got the most emotional while discussing her fellow actors and one scene in particular, according to EW, who has an exclusive video of The Walking Dead star’s reaction. Despite turning away from the screen and plugging her ears when host James Lipton showed a video clip of her with co-star, Scott Wilson, Cohan broke down in tears briefly before regaining control of her emotions.
Lipton had asked her why she looked away and blocked out the scene altogether, and Cohan’s explanation of the emotional impact of working with her Walking Dead co-star prompted her tears.
“Because — I’m trying to do all these breathing exercises, because when I found out we were going to come on your show, the first thing I promised myself was I wasn’t going to cry, because everybody cries — Oh, shoot. Okay guys I can do this, I can do this. I covered my ears because this is one of my favorite moments on the show, favorite experiences for more reasons than I have fingers and toes.”
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Fans of The Walking Dead, and its discussion series, The Talking Dead, probably remember that Cohan was also emotional after The Walking Dead Season 4 finale wrap up with Wilson, keeping a long tradition of actors appearing on Talking Dead after their character dies on the show. Wilson played Hershel Greene, the father of Maggie Greene, portrayed by Cohan.
The particular scene that prompted the tears wasn’t Hershel’s death, however, but from Season 2 of The Walking Dead, when Maggie and Hershel had to decide whether to let Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors stay on their farm. Wilson’s character had become a sort of moral compass on the series, reminding everyone from his daughters to group leader Rick to hang onto their humanity in the face of so much death and violence.
And as any Walking Dead fan can tell you, being the “moral compass” of the show usually means you won’t be around too long, with Hershel having a much longer run than most of the morally motivated characters.
Paralleling one of The Walking Dead‘s major themes of continuing on after losing the ones you love, Cohan also touched on how it affects her and the other actors when a character dies and that actor leaves the series, and the impact Scott Wilson had on her on a personal level.
“Scott says this show is about loss and loss frames the show, but it’s about how it moves us, and I just love Scott so much and it’s been so hard all this time to lose the people that we’ve lost.”
Cohan also dished to EW about the Walking Dead scene that made her consider leaving the series. The scene involved Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) choosing to have a C-section birth to save her daughter, even though Maggie told her she wouldn’t survive the surgery. Lori dies, leading to one of the most bittersweet moments of the show as Cohan was holding the newborn child while sobbing for the death of Lori, as her husband, Rick, also wept.
“I went to Steven [Yeun]’s door and I said, ‘I have to leave the show. I don’t think I can do it.’ It affects you so deeply to the core to touch on, to dive into so much of this material. And then I realized that’s why I have to do it, because the outcome of that — as heinous and as sleeplessly that affected me — we watch to feel and to, hopefully, honestly portray something. And bad stuff happens, and what’s the point in not getting real about it.”
The Walking Dead edition of Inside the Actors Studio episode featuring Cohan, Reedus, Yeun, and Gurira, as well as producers Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman, and airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo, and The Walking Dead returns from its midseason hiatus Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
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