Fans of #TheWalkingDead are certainly a loyal bunch. Nothing really gets past the fanbase, as we point out every minute detail and retain every tidbit regarding the hit-series, which returns to AMC on February 12.
By now, viewers probably know everything about the TV show (and maybe the comics too), but what about the cast? Here are some gems about its past and present actors. As if we needed any more reasons to love them!
1. Jeffrey Dean Morgan Owns A Candy Store With Paul Rudd
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) resides in Rhinebeck, New York, where he co-owns a candy store called Samuel's Sweet Shop with famous buddy, Paul Rudd. The two took over ownership after the previous owner, their friend, passed away. The store was on the brink of closing, so saved it and made sure that nothing would be changed.
2. Jon Bernthal Was A Semipro Athlete In Russia
While studying at the Moscow Art Theater, Jon Bernthal (Shane) played semi-professional baseball. During an appearance on Conan, Bernthal joked about how each team allowed one American to join. He was a catcher and had trouble communicating with the rest of the team, but it was a good way to make a little cash while studying abroad.
3. Norman Reedus Was Also Nearly A Pro Athlete — For Tennis
Norman Reedus (Daryl) has an intense résumé, but did you know he was a touring tennis player? At the age of 13 Reedus left home and traveled with a tennis coach to play on a youth tennis tour. He played in Kalamazoo, where he was sponsored, receiving free clothes and tennis rackets.
At one point Reedus even practiced with the (now) legendary Andre Agassi. After spraining an ankle and realizing that he wasn't driven enough for the sport, Reedus decided to walk away and pursue other dreams.
4. And Christian Serratos Could've Been An Olympic-Level Figure Skater
Before the multi-talented Christian Serratos (Rosita) pursued a career in acting, she was a serious figure skater. Serratos began skating at the age of three and practiced at the rink nearly every day for 10 years. Her coaches would even bring up the Olympics, but she took another career path, trading in those skates for some weaponry. Serratos still ice skates as much as possible.
5. The Show Is A Reunion For The Mist
If you have ever seen Frank Darabont's horror film The Mist, you may recognize a few faces. Melissa McBride (Carol), Laurie Holden (Andrea) and Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale) all star in the 2007 adaptation of the Stephen King novel.
Frank Darabont would then go on to help develop and produce The Walking Dead, which saw those three actors reunite on screen.
6. Steven Yeun Was In An Improv Troupe
While in college, Steven Yeun (Glenn) became interested in acting and improv. After graduating, he decided to pursue improv in Chicago, where he joined Stir-Friday Night, comprised of Asian-American members.
His parents wanted him to continue on to med school or law school, but decided to give him two years to explore improv. Yeun even joined the sketch comedy group, the Second City, whose past members include Bill Murray, John Candy, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. He then moved to Los Angeles and the rest is history.
7. You May Recognize Abraham From 'D3: The Mighty Ducks'
If you take a look at Michael Cudlitz's past projects, one might cause you to do a double take. Yes, he did star in D3: The Mighty Ducks! Cudlitz played Cole, a member of the villainous varsity hockey team, who menaces most of the Ducks. The film takes place at a high school, which is even funnier considering Cudlitz was already in his 30s at that point. It's knuckle puck time!
8. Josh McDermitt Is A Hot Air Balloon Pilot
Josh McDermitt (Eugene) had an exciting childhood. His dad bought a hot air balloon, which allowed for plenty of family outings. McDermitt even became a certified hot air balloon pilot later in life.
9. Andrew Lincoln's Real Name Is Even More British Than Benedict Cumberbatch's
We all know Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) as the star of the series, but the actor is keeping a big secret. We see his name at the beginning of every opening credit sequence as "Andrew Lincoln," but that's only a stage name — his real name is actually Andrew Clutterbuck. You're welcome.
The Walking Dead season 7 returns February 12 on AMC!