Chandler Riggs Talks Growing Up on the Set of ‘The Walking Dead’
Robert Kirkman wrote in the first The Walking Dead comic that the story was meant to explore how children would be affected while growing up in a zombie apocalypse.
Hopefully, we’ll never know how a situation like that would really play out.
But thanks to a recent interview with Chandler Riggs we know what it’s like to grow up pretending to be in a zombie apocalypse.
Though 18 now, Chandler started his TWD run at just 10 years old.
Any parent would be left wondering how AMC protected his young mind from the blood and violence of the show.
Turns out… they didn’t.
“I mean, I love zombies and I love playing zombie killing video games, so I was always super into the zombies, seeing how it all works and seeing the blood everywhere. I love that kind of stuff,” he explains to ABC.net.
In fact, Chandler has seen so much in his young age, he feels his experience gives him an advantage over adult cast members as they join the show.
“We’ve had a few characters this season who I feel so bad for, because they’re coming in in the midst of all the war and the craziness with the explosions and everything.
“Yeah, I mean I definitely feel like an OG or a veteran because I’ve been on since I was 10.”
There are still some aspects of the job that get to Chandler.
Like, that awful eye socket prosthetic, for example.
“It is not fun at all [...] having the patch and the prosthetic and all of that is not fun, because you lose depth perception, you lose a lot of your peripheral vision and it’s so frustrating with the bugs in Georgia.”
“It’s super hot and super humid and lots and lots of bugs — it’s always so difficult trying to hit them. You don’t know if they’re close or if they’re far away, your hands are flying around the air and people think you’re insane.”
But that’s just part of the job. What really gets Chandler’s goat are all those silly “Coral” memes.
People still haven’t let those go.
“You know it was kind of funny for the first few months. But five after the meme originated, it kind of gets old — especially when people yell ‘CORAL’ at me,” he admits.
In the end, Chandler will always be thankful for his time on the show.
“I still love it. I still have so much fun doing it. Especially in the last few seasons, getting to do more and more with my character and interactions with the other characters. It’s been really, really awesome.”
The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, October 22 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.