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Roe Digi - Interview with "The Red Beanie" Savior
How did you get your role in the AMC Series The Walking Dead as a
member of the Saviors?
I blindly submitted to a casting call that was looking for tough guys with character faces. I submitted my resume for review and I was chosen to be a part of the project. I did not know it was “The Walking Dead” until I showed up on set. It was very confidential and real hush hush.
Roe , did you watch the show or read the graphic novel, prior to
your casting to The Walking Dead?
I honestly did not follow the series before being casted, however I went back and binge watched all the episodes. Usually I do not watch horror or gore, but when I started watching I couldn’t stop. It helped me to connect with the characters, and even my own. Knowing the story gave me a genuine connection with Negan, and what his character represented. Although, he may seem to be a villain, to me he was actually a leader and he represented hope in the middle of chaos.
When you watched TWD the first time do you ever think that you will be a part in this series some day?
Like I said I did not watch the series until I was casted. Luckily my first appearance was in the last episode of season 6, therefore I had plenty of down time to catch up. By the time I came back to production I was #TeamNegan. All out warfare, and half yo shit is ours. Survival of the fittest. Side note, two of my best friends are diehard fans, and they helped me realize the magnitude of what I was a part of…
Working with Andrew Lincoln or one of the Maincast Members will be
a dream for every
TWD Fan, what can you say about working with some of this guys?
When on set it is literally an acting clinic. I learned so much from working with these professionals. There are characters from the show that are still my friends to this day. When we are on set it is like being in another world. It easy to get lost in the character. There are long cold stares, real tears, and different points of view. You have to realize when someone dies on the show, they are no longer going to be at work. We have become close through this experience and we will forever be family! #SaviorGang over everything!
How much has the series The Walking Dead influenced your life? Can you
go outside unrecognized?
I have been recognized in public. Mostly when I wear the #RedBeanie lol. However, when I tell people who I am, they go crazy! I love my #TWDFamily they are the best, and they helped me to develop my character on the show. For instance, I died in the Season Finale of Season 7, but my death scene was scrapped, because the show felt I was a strong member of the Savior Gang. My death scene was awesome too. I volunteered to die during the mayhem. In the scene, I was killed while waving in the last man (Stacey Crowder) while we were retreating from the ambush from all the sanctions. I was giving cover fire (along with Josh Turner), and I went out in the blaze of glory. The director and everyone watching the monitors cheered, because of our commitment and execution of the scene. Moments before my good friend Hunter Watson was killed by Rick, but that scene was scrapped also. I like to think they were impressed by our dedication and passion for the show. Although, I would have no longer been a part of the show, I wanted to give a performance that expressed the emotion of the scene. Art reflects life, and death is an inevitable part of life.
What was the best thing or the funniest moment about working on The
Walking Dead?Is there something special you can share with us?
Ok so, Indiana Sifuentes and a few of us Saviors were in Alexandria. In the scene, Arat kills Olivia and Spencer proves he really does have guts. Anyways, we are doing a rehearsal and instead of pulling out his revolver, Indiana pulls out his index finger. Although, he was possibly doing the safest thing at the time, the crew likes to film rehearsals also. No one expected to see him pointing his index finger at Eugene (Josh McDermitt) during the scene, so everyone busted out laughing and the scene was ruined. It was a long day and Indiana is supercool so everyone appreciate the laugh. Also, there was a time when one of the main cast farted during a scene, and I had to keep it together although I wanted to crack up. I won’t tell who it was tho.
Are you currently working on anything interesting Movie or Series
outside "The Walking Dead" that you can reveal?
Some of Saviors have a new series that we are working on, but its real hush hush. Don’t tell Gary Stephen Brock (one of my Savior brothers) I told you. Stay tuned for the release of the trailer coming soon. I have a song coming out called #RedBeanie that features Hunter Watson from the Saviors. I will be casting fans to be in the video as Walkers and SFX make-up artist. I recently graduated from Full Sail with my Master’s degree and working to rebuild homes in Puerto Rico, so that has been consuming a lot of my time. But now I am ready to get the ball rolling again. We also got a couple of short films coming out, written and directed by Rocky West (celebrity DJ and Filmmaker), who is also featured on the #RedBeanie song.
Is there anything else you would like to let The Walking Dead Fans and
your fans know?
I will really miss being a part of the show. It was one of the highlights of my career thus far. I have been brain storming on a cult project, that tells the back story of some of us Saviors. I am really curious to hear if that is something the fans want. I want everyone to know that I am down to earth and laid back, so feel free to add me on social networks. I chit chat when I got time to kill. Follow me on IG @worldwideroedigi Twitter @RoeDigi and on Facebook Roe Digi
Thank you very much for your time and all the best for the future and
maybe see you someday in Germany.