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John Carroll Lynch - Interview -

Between Cheese , Clowns and Tabitha

- First, it is a great pleasure for myself to make this interview with you John Carroll Lynch. Thank you for your time for the Fans on



- John, you work nearly 30 years in the business. When did you first discover your passion for the world of Entertainment?

I decided I wanted to be an actor when I was 14 years old. I loved watching plays and thought, I want to do that. I am a lucky person to be living out my childhood dream. 


- You start your career with Movies like "Grumpy Old Men" with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau but the role The Walking Dead Fans known you is "E. Eastman". When you look back at this time and your work with Lennie James. What do you remember most?

From “Grumpy Old Men,” I remember sitting on a porch listening to Walter Matthau tell stories and not believing that it was actually happening. From working with Lenny James, I love the feeling of being listened to. He is a very present actor. I aspire to that as well. Lovely. 


- In the Episode "Here's Not Here" you had the only spot in this series. Could you share some funny, remarkable, weird stories regarding the filming of your scenes?

Let’s talk about Tabitha. As a herding animal, the goat was VERY frightened to go from outside to inside where her eyes couldn’t adjust to light and dark. They coaxed her in by a trail of peanuts to her pen. It was amazing to watch her realize that she was safe and to realize that there were peanuts. By the third of fourth take, they had to hold her back from charging through the door for the peanuts. HA!


- With a role in TWD comes a Big Fan Community, what are your first The Walking Dead fan experiences?

They have been routinely wonderful. I am moved by how important the show is to people. The show is a meditation on living and making meaningful choices. That is who is drawn to it. I have very serious discussion about things when I meet the fans. I love it. No small talk. 



- Another Series with a Big Fan Community is "American Horror Story" You worked in this Cult Horror series in differnt role´s ,Mr. Jingles / Twisty the Clown / John Wayne Gacy. Whats your personal favorite of this guys and why?


The opportunity to work with the acting company is what I enjoy most. Twisty was so iconic. The journey of Mr. Jingles was so full and complete, I am still grasping how rich that season was for me. John Wayne Gacy was harder. Real people died by his hand. I pray for their families. So, that’s been harder. 


- When I look at your list of movies and series there is not many you don´t work for. Do you still have a dream of a movie or series you would love to play?

My favorite job is always the next one. :-)



- There are so many series John ( The Walking Dead , American Horror Story ,Channel Zero , Turn ,Body of Proof.....) What was your personal highlight so far?

Each of the shows you mention here are big fish. It is a great honor to get to work on them. I love them all. I would say that lines I’ve delivered in TWD and Turn are favorites. Particularly, “All life is precious.” 


- What does the future hold for you? There a Pre Production projects on IMDb. Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I am working on a series called “Big Sky.” It premieres in the states Nov. 17 2020 I am working on some project to direct. If your readers haven’t seen “Lucky” my directorial debut, I’d love them to. It is wonderful film and a great performance by Harry Dean Stanton.



- Is there anything else you would like to let your fans know?

Be safe. Wear a mask, socially distance, avoid crowds, when you need to, get tested.

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