'The Walking Dead' Cast On Why They're A Family
Scenes and stars of 'The Walking Dead' Season 4 -- AMC
"The Walking Dead" introduced a host of new faces throughout its fourth season on AMC.
There was Alanna Masterson's Tara, a fist-bumping trainee cop, and Lawrence Gilliard Jr.'s Bob Stookey, a recovering alcoholic who Daryl and Glenn found on the road. Fans met Micheal Cudlitz's Sgt. Abraham Ford, who alongside Christian Serratos' Rosita, was working to get Josh McDermitt's Dr. Eugene Porter to Washington, D.C., with the answer to the zombie apocalypse mess.
Over the season, AccessHollywood.com spoke to many of the newcomers, and when they weren't recapping the biggest moments (and sharing teases about what was ahead), they were praising the group of actors they are now a part of, and counting themselves as some of the luckiest actors on TV.
Here are some of the stories they shared about being welcomed into the "TWD" family (as well as what some of the longtime cast members shared with Access about the camaraderie on set):
Alanna Masterson (Tara): "I'm probably the luckiest actor in the world going down there because I have never met a cast and a crew more inviting than the people on 'The Walking Dead.' I remember calling my mom on my first day saying, 'All right mom, I'm going to work. Hopefully I don't eat lunch alone,' 'cause that was just a joke when I was little. I used to say I would eat lunch alone all the time. I got there and all the actors were eating and I went and I sat down at a table by myself and they all got up and they were like, 'Alanna, get over here! What are you doing?' And I was like, 'No, it's OK, you guys.' I'm like the new kid, I don't want them to feel like they have to entertain me. I'm a very low-maintenance person. I'm like, 'No, I'm OK.' They're like, 'Get over here!' and I went and sat down," Alanna told A ccess .
"They all e-mailed me after they saw my [first] episode. They're just wonderful and the showrunner... Scott Gimple and Gale Anne Hurd, who's the producer and Denise [M. Huth], I mean, they're all so amazing. That's -- I think -- the reason the show has been as successful as it is, is because the work ethic and the professionalism, from the bottom to the top - from [production assistants] to your showrunner. Everyone is professional and kind and has manners and I couldn't be more lucky. It's crazy."
Josh McDermitt (Dr. Eugene Porter): "It is the friendliest cast in television. I mean, I've been on several other shows where people are friendly and nice and it's not like they don't want you there, but you can see a marked difference when you come to 'The Walking Dead.' The first week we were there, Andrew Lincoln, because we shoot an hour south of Atlanta... Andrew [Lincoln] wasn't working that week and he came down -- drove down an hour, more than an hour -- just to meet us and to have lunch with us and to just sit and talk and right there, that set the tone. I went, 'This is special!'" Josh told Access . "And Steven Yeun was e-mailing me before I even got to set saying, 'Hey, here's my number. If you need anything, if you've got any questions, I'm here. Seriously, this isn't just me being nice, like I mean it, call me if you need anything.' And I was just like, 'Wow!' They just welcomed us with open arms and I mean, it's so cliche to say, but it's true -- it's a family. We're all out there braving the elements together and I just wouldn't want to do it with anybody else."