As Maggie on The Walking Dead, Lauren Cohan has an unglamorous part of a tomboy who always wears a standard tank top and jeans. She has become quite a favorite on the show and fans are rooting for her relationship with Glenn to survive the apocalypse. Here’s what you need to know about the 32-year-old actress who has mastered the art of slaying zombies on screen.
1. She Has to Lose Her British Accent on ‘The Walking Dead’
The actress divides her time between L.A. and London. She graduated from the University of Winchester, where she studied drama and English literature.
Although she lived in England, she actually spent her childhood in New Jersey.
She told Philly.com, “I’m like this Jersey girl who feels so English. It’s an anomaly.”
She dished about her memories growing up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey for philly.com:
I had a white Huffy with neon-pink handlegrips. Swim team, Baby-sitters Club books, and going to Kmart in the summer because there was nothing else to do. My best friend, Margaret-Ann Kavanagh, and I built crazy rafts and cruised down the creek, which was probably sewage.
When she was 13, her family moved to her mother’s native Surrey, England. At the time, she remembers she did not want to move across the Atlantic.
I was kicking and screaming. We have a picture of me outside the house in New Jersey. I think I’d been crying for three days.
But her transition turned out to be a smooth one, when she went to school and the children were in awe with the fact that she was from America. She told Philly.com:
There was myself and one other American kid at the school,” she says. “We were sort of a novelty. Everyone was obsessed with My So-Called Life at the time, and everybody wanted to know if that was what it was really like in America.
She told Maxim that she likes to keep her American accent while she is living in L.A.:
I almost want to stay in an American accent all the time. I’m originally American, so it’s not actually that difficult. When people find out I grew up in England, I feel like I have to give a huge explanation. As soon as I’m on set, I’m very serious, and it’s very easy to go back into Maggie.
2. People Call Her ‘The Girl With the Asian Guy’
Glenn and Maggie aka “Gleggie” are the show’s only mainstay couple in the zombie apocalypse.
Although they got engaged in Season 3, there are still no wedding plans in the works.
Gale Anne Hurd, the show’s executive producer, told E! News:
I think it would have been great to have a wedding, but everyone’s on the run, and I think survival is first and foremost on people’s minds.” Agreed, there can’t be a wedding if the bride and groom aren’t alive!
Cohan told Rolling Stone that the cast is so close and are always together:
The cast, we all live within two buildings and five seconds from each other, and we all go to coffee and drinks at the same place, so we always get recognized.
It’s during these these cast outings, that someone is bound to recognize her. The actress said she usually get a reaction like, “Hey, that girl looks like the girl with the Asian guy. Oh, it is them!”
In this season of the show, Maggie and Glenn are separated and desperately trying to find one another.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cohan discussed the situation:
It’s such a necessary hope and I definitely feel that invisible bridge between Glenn and Maggie the whole time of trying to find each other, and needing that.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, she talked about the couple’s deep connection, and how if they finally do find each other, “they are never, ever letting go again.
3. Her Makeup Regime Consists of Blood and Guts
Grease, blood, dirt, zombie gunk, and rotted brain are part of the cast’s daily makeup. Because they are living during the apocalypse, the characters aren’t particularly paying attention to how they look.
Cohan told AMCTV.com, “I dont think Maggie’s thinking about what she looks like in the apocalypse.”
In the same interview, she discussed the strange makeup regime all the actors follow.
We also have a pretty rigorous routine at work. We use this old kind of face cream/makeup remover. And we put it on our faces and our arms. And our makeup artist keeps this big oven of hot towels. After shooting, we all file into the makeup trailer and get de-grimed, and then file back out again.
Another part of her look includes the constant bruises she endures from filming.
She told Elle about the accidents:
I’m always just covered in bruises. For some reason, I bruise like a peach. I don’t have enough vitamin C, I think. I always end up hurting myself doing something mundane. If I have to do some complicated stunt, I’m fine. But then if I have to stab a walker and take a step back, I fall and injure myself.
On the show, you will see Maggie in a tank top and jeans with barely any makeup.
She talked about her unglamorous uniform on set to Elle:
It doesn’t differ that much. My jeans are cleaner offset! But onset, I’m wearing J Brand and I’m wearing a Topshop pair. And it’s a general theme of these purplish-greenish-grayish tanks.
4. She Brings Her Dog On-Set
Cohan’s dog has become an honorary member of The Walking Dead crew.
She told AMC that the canine loves licking the cast members, who are usually covered in a variety of liquids:
It’s funny, if you have any alcohol or spray on your clothes, it’s kind of salty and he likes to lick it. So he actually likes the walkers because they are covered in a bunch of different stuff.
However, the set is not always a fun place for a little dog. In fact, during a routine explosion, Cohan’s dog got so frightened, he ran a half a mile away. She explained the traumatic experience to AMC:
I brought him down to the set one day, and on the other side of the stage they were doing an explosion. He ran all the way through the set, through the offices, and pushed the doors open — and he’s small, like 35 pounds — and ran straight back to our trailer. That’s like a half-mile! I felt so bad — I was like I’m never bringing him near here again.
5. She Was in Another Horror Series, ‘Supernatural’
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As Bela in the CW’s Supernatural, she only appeared in the hit series’ third season. Before getting the role, she had only been back in America for a few months so only watched one episode of the series.
She was originally cast a recurring character, but then became a regular.
She dished to Seat 42 about joining the tight-knit cast:
You would think it might be a little weird to come into a show after it has been on for awhile but everyone was really nice and gracious and right away made me feel like their little sister.
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