There was one certain scene that Lauren Cohan didn’t know if she could do while filming AMC’s The Walking Dead, which made her consider quitting the show for good.
The world of The Walking Dead can be a brutally disgusting place. In the past, there have been many moments that left our jaws on the ground or sick to our stomachs. For fans, these moments make for great television, but the actors and actresses that have to film the scenes have a different experience of the shocking scenes.
It is hard to imagine how mentally and physically exhausting filming some of these scenes for hours at a time can be. For example, the scene with Dan of The Claimers and Carl or Enid eating the turtle can be both disturbing and mentally hard to do. Lauren Cohan faced a similar challenge when filming a scene that nearly forced her to quit the show and she was willing to discuss that during a visit to Inside The Actor’s Studio.
Here is the video of the conversation Lauren Cohan had with James Lipton thanks to Cinema Blend (our apologies for the low volume of the clip):
For those who struggled to make out the audio, Cohan explained that the scene in question involved Sarah Wayne Callies and the birth of Judith. Here is what she said:
“The script where Maggie has to give the character Lori a C-section to save the baby that becomes baby Judith. We all live in the same apartment building — we’re ridiculously incestuous in this cast — so I go two doors down and I knock on Steven [Yuen]’s door and I said, ‘I have to leave the show. I don’t think I can do it.'”
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While this is just one example, there are many times that this likely happens on the set. Being able to create such a lifelike scene and give that gift to viewers helped push Lauren through it, and AMC has many actors on their cast that do the same thing each and every season.
“It affects you so deeply to the core to dive into so much of this material, and that’s when I realized that’s why I have to do it, because the outcome of that — as heinous and as sleeplessly that affected me, and I’m sure that affected people who watched it — we watch to feel and to hopefully, honestly portray something.”
Thankfully, Cohan was able to work through the powerful scene. Her work as Maggie Greene has helped make The Walking Dead the television juggernaut that it has become today and losing her because of a tough scene like this would have been devastating to the show.
You can catch Lauren Cohan and the rest of the cast of The Walking Dead when the show returns for the second half of season 6 on February 14, 2016.