Life's not easy for the cast of characters on AMC's The Walking Dead. If you're Ross Marquand, the actor who plays the good-natured Aaron, you have to fend off abnormal amounts of walkers (thankfully, he's got Daryl on his side) and protect the good folks camped out inside the Alexandria Safe-Zone all while finding time to obsess over license plates. Though his stint on the zombie thriller is the Colorado native's breakout role, you may also remember him as the famed Paul Newman on Mad Men. With Season 6 continuing to bring on the drama and surprises (we're still not over that Glenn thing), the actor took the time to answer our 26 questions.
Advice you'd personally give Aaron:
In the words of Robin Williams (to a young Matt Damon à la Good Will Hunting): "It's not your fault. It's not your fault!"
Best way to kill a zombie:
Death by license plate, obviously.
Character from The Walking Dead that needs to come back somehow:
I feel like Buttons the horse should really have his own spin-off series. I mean, it practically writes itself.
Describe yourself in one sentence:
Forever dining at the truck stop of your cornea.
Embarrassing story you have from the set of The Walking Dead:
Let’s just say it involves a jar of pickled beets and one very upset publicist.
Favorite pop culture zombie:
Michael Jackson in the "Thriller" music video. I mean c'mon... dancing zombies? Brilliant!
GIF that accurately describes how you feel today:
Hardest thing you've ever had to do on camera:
Learned to speak French for a film after one week of prep time. Très tricky!
Imagine a perfect world. How would you like to see The Walking Dead end?
Aaron leads all the walkers into a massive smelting facility and pushes each of them into a fiery pit of molten lead. Then the walkers slowly burn up, one by one, each of their decaying, outstretched arms reaching out and — what's that? Oh, I suppose it does sound a bit like the end of Terminator 2… BUT THIS TIME IT'S WITH ZOMBIES, YOU GUYS!!!
Job you'd have if you weren't an actor:
Photographer, artist, architect, or paleontologist. Probably in that order.
Karaoke song you slay:
"Hollywood Babylon" by The Misfits.
Last TV show you binge watched:
Bloodline. That’s my jam right there.
Meme you're really feeling right now:
Nerdiest thing you've ever done:
I wrote and produced a full-length musical version of TRON in college. It doesn't get much nerdier than that.
One thing fans may be surprised to know about the making of The Walking Dead:
In between takes, the cast can be found playing Dungeons & Dragons. I’m currently a level 12 Barbarian.
Person you admire most:
Question people ask you all the time:
If Train A leaves Davenport at 3:40 p.m. traveling at a speed of 50 mph and Train B leaves Des Moines at 4:10 p.m. traveling at a speed of 35 mph, when will they pass each other?
Revelations you've had about your Walking Dead co-stars since you started working with them:
They’re all tragically involved in multi-level marketing and are in so deep they cannot possibly break free of these horrific pyramid schemes. It’s a heartbreaking, endless cycle of crippling debt and useless schwag.
Song you think accurately captures the vibe of your Walking Dead character:
"Hand in Glove" by The Smiths.
#TBT. Send us a Throwback Thursday photo and tell us the story behind it:
Winter, 1986. New York City. I was mixed up with a pretty ragged group of newspaper boys just struggling to make ends meet. Times were tough. The streets were even tougher. We called ourselves…”Los Newsies.”
Up-and-coming band you hope blows up soon:
I’m loving me some Devin Dare right now and can’t wait for their next album…
Villain from the big or small screen you love to hate:
It's a toss-up between Biff from Back to the Future and Chong Li in Bloodsport.
Words of comfort for all those still mourning the death of Tabitha the goat:
Everything gets a return.
Since we will not ask for your favorite "X word," give us your shameless plug here:
www.pflag.org. Love the work they're doing and what they stand for.
YouTube video you've been showing all your friends lately:
This. This is everything.
If you didn't know Zimbio was an entertainment site, what would you think "a Zimbio" was?
Wait, this is an entertainment site? I just wanted to see some real estate listings! I was wondering why I had to answer all these strange questions to complete my profile. Which Z-website was I thinking of? =/