The Walking Dead's Laurie Holden - Andrea Is 'In A Very Dangerous Position'
Left: Laurie Holden as Andrea; Top Right: Laurie Holden as Andrea & Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes; Bottom left: Laurie with Melissa McBride as Carol, David Morrissey as The Governor on 'The Walking Dead' -- Gene Page/AMC
Andrea has hit some choppy waters on "The Walking Dead."
Two weeks ago on the AMC show, the character, played by actress Laurie Holden, went to see her old group, who she recently had come to discover were living at the nearby prison. But, when she got there, she was tossed to the ground, surrounded by guns and frisked before she was allowed inside.
Once inside the prison, she was shocked to learn about the dirty misdeeds of her zombie apocalypse boyfriend - The Governor. She also had to face Michonne (Danai Gurira), who was still sore over Andrea's decision earlier in the season to stay at Woodbury, instead of head back out into the zombie-wilderness together.
When Andrea finally returned to the only place that she was welcome - Woodbury - she ended the episode unable to go through with her plan to kill The Governor while he slept. But, plenty of fans are wondering was he awake, did he see her and how much trouble is she in for!
With the show returning with a full cast episode this week (following last week's standalone, "Clear") AccessHollywood.com , spoke with Laurie about filming some of Andrea's traumatic moments from her last episode, and how dangerous things could get for her character in the weeks ahead.
AccessHollywood.com: When the guns were pulled on Andrea at the prison -- that was so emotional. Talk about that scene and filming it because I think Norman Reedus (who plays Daryl Dixon) said there were a lot of hugs on that day for you.
Laurie Holden: It's great storytelling because it's not what you expected. It's not what Andrea expected. And to shoot the scene where I'm going in expecting to come home and embrace my family and have them throw me to the ground and frisk me and get in my face and accuse me of all of these things, it was tough, and it was a few scenes of it and it was over a few days... I know that they all love me. 'The Walking Dead' cast -- we're all a family and that's why they were hugging me at the end because I think they felt so bad. It's very hard to act that way towards someone that you really care for in real life. It's like when Andrea was mean to Dale, that was like the hardest acting for me because I love Jeff DeMunn and it used to make my skin crawl every time they'd write a scene where Andrea had to be mean to Dale. I was like, 'Please, writers, please let her [have] redemption. Let them make up, let her honor him because I can't continue this.' So it's that kind of a feeling when, as an actor, you're asked to do something that's diametrically opposed to how you're feeling in real life. And we're a family. We've been working together for three years, so it's not like a normal film set where you show up and you have a certain emotion, but you don't know the person you're opposite. We're like brothers and sisters.
Access: There's another scene with you and Danai (Andrea and Michonne in the yard by themselves), which is just so quiet. Was that hard to film on the day?
Laurie: The beauty of 'The Walking Dead' and the beauty of being on a television show for a while, is that, it's your backstory, it's part of what you are, it's what you carry with you every day. And Danai and I built such a back story with each other off screen and what little time we had on screen, we both had real clear points of view and were carrying a lot of hurt on that day. That scene, I haven't watched it, but it broke my heart because there's nothing worse than hearing that your best friend feels betrayed by you.