by: The HORROR Man
I finally get a chance to chat with Steve Yeun who plays Glenn on the AMC hit TV show, The Walking Dead.
Steve Yeun is probably the most down to earth guy I have talked to in a long time. I can not thank him enough for taking the time to talk to me. Ya see, most big time shows/films pass us little guys by without so much as a wink hello. Not Steve Yeun, he was in great spirits and surprisingly grateful I wanted to talk to him. Who wouldn’t want to talk with an amazing actor. On a side note, I am a huge fan of the hit TV show The Walking Dead and love everything that Steve Yeun has brought to the Glenn who he portrays.
So enough rambling, lets get to the interview!
Horror Man: So The Walking Dead is a huge success how has your family and friends responded to you being on it?
Steve Yeun: “Everyone’s been really supportive and just great. Its kind of weird, yet surreal mostly. But I am grateful to be apart of it.”
HM: What drew you to the role of Glenn in The Walking Dead?
SY: “Ya know, to be quite honest, I was a fresh face here. I was just looking for work really having only been in California for about two years. I was actually a fan of The Walking Dead comic book and there was a role available to me, it was pretty exciting and just went head first into it.”
HM: Were big fans here at The Realm Cast of The Walking Dead. I was actually the guy who introduced the comic to rest of the guys on the site.
SY: “That’s awesome!”
HM: So season two is set to start airing in October, has there been any scripts sent out for this next season yet?
SY: “No, there hasn’t been any scripts sent out at all. We don’t start shooting till June so I should get scripts a little before then.”
HM: What was the hardest scene to shoot for you in season one?
SY: “Ya know the hardest scene for me was probably the first shot I ever did for the show. It was episode four where I have to run and get the gun bag left by Rick in the first episode. It was tough due to the fact that I wasn’t acclimated to Atlanta yet and I was sprinting up the street in each take with a seventy pound bag of guns on my back, I wasn’t able to catch my breath after awhile and finally people looked at me and said I needed to lay down cause my face was green. So I got a banana and water for it and just chilled for a bit.”
HM: Wow, you went all gun-ho on those takes then huh?
SY: “Ya it was pretty nuts.” (Laughs)
HM: How has it been working with so many great actors and being surrounded by so much talent on The Walking Dead? Was it daunting at first and are you guys all close now?
SY: “Its been a real blessing. Everyone’s been really great. I went in as the newbie of the bunch and I told them that I was going to be asking questions and ask for pointers from them the whole time. I made some really good friends. I think season two is really going to show how tight we are as a group.”
HM: Where would you like to see Glenn go this next season as a character? In the comics he gets a girlfriend and different things happen to him that are major. Can you see that happening in the show as well?
SY: “I would like him to get a girlfriend. Knowing that he puts himself on the line a lot. He kind of doesn’t have anything to live for, so if he had a girlfriend or someone he loved would be very important for his survival. I think that could be coming next season definitely.”
HM: There was talk of Hershel’s farm and other plot points from the comics being incorporated into the show that I’m really looking forward too.
SY: “Yeah, it should be interesting in season two.”
HM: I heard your favorite episode to film was “Guts”.
SY: “Oh yeah! Gut’s was a blast to film. The people who do the zombie effects are just amazing. Running down the street with two hundred extras dressed as zombies was, pretty gnarly.”
HM: Were you a fan of zombies before you started on The Walking Dead?
SY: “I wouldn’t say I was a fan of zombies, but I was a big fan of the comic in general. The more you read it the less you are scared of the zombies and start feeling sympathy for the humans.”
HM: Before The Walking Dead you worked with a improve group in Chicago how was that?
SY: “Yeah! I still do improve here in L.A but I used to tour with the improve group Second City. It’s the same comedy theater that Tina Fey, and Stephen Colbert came from. I did that for a bit then moved out here.”
HM: So would you say your background is in comedy then?
SY: “Yeah my background is mostly comedy. But this show has been such a blessing and if anything I can go back to comedy once its over.”
HM: How long do you think The Walking Dead will be on tv season wise. The comic has no end in sight. Creator Robert Kirkman say’s he’s got a story that could go all the way to issue three hundred.(The Walking Dead comic is not even at issue ninety yet.)
SY: “Coming from a show perspective, The Walking Dead shouldn’t be around forever. Some people are saying ten seasons and I think that might be overkill. I think LOST did it really well and they had a end in sight. I think having a end in sight works for TV.”
HM: Are you getting your own action figure? I want my personal Walking Dead toy’s to act out scene’s with.
SY: “Yeah, we just got our faces scanned for them for we’ll see when they come out.”
HM: Are you excited about the recent news that Stephen King will be writing an episode of The Walking Dead?
SY: “That would be awesome if he did, but I personally have not heard anything about him writing for us. Just what is on the internet really.”
HM: You mentioned that filming starts in June. Can we expect to see the cast at Comic-Con this year?
SY: “Yeah, were planning on being there.”
HM: What are you looking forward to with season two?
SY: “Just getting back to work and really pushing the boundaries. AMC has done a great job of getting awesome shows made and they know the potential that a show could reach, so I am really excited for that.”
HM: Are you a fan of horror movies?
SY: “I wouldn’t say I’m a fan but I watch a few. I really do hate ghost related movies though. They creep me out.”
HM: Well Steve, I just want to say thank you and were hoping to see you do great thing on season two of The Walking Dead, thanks for talking with us.
SY: “Thank you! ”
Thanks again to Steve and his management for spending time rambling on with me. Look for season two of The Walking Dead to shamble its way onto your TV screens this October. Now, if only a certain badass actor would call me so I can do another Walking Dead cast interview, Michael Rooker, I’m calling you out!