Steve Coulter Interview - The Walking Dead
Andrew Lincoln was the hardest working actor there
Born in Canada, Steve Coulter grew up in South America and Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
An actor and writer, his television appearances include recurring roles on House of Cards, The Walking Dead, Brockmire, The Purge, and Kevin Costner's Yellowstone.
- First, it is a great pleasure for myself to make this interview with you Steve Coulter.
Thank you for your time for the Fans on The-Entertainment-junkie.de
Thank you for having me, I’m looking forward to talking with you.
- Steve, you work nearly 30 years in the business. When did you first discover your
passion for the world of Entertainment?
I think I first became interested when I was around 12 years old. I was living in Colombia, in South America. My parents took me to see a play being performed by a little theater group, made up of people from many different countries...British, American, Swiss, Colombians, Canadians, and others. They weren’t professionals, but the play was wonderful and I was
absolutely captivated. Even though I was extremely shy, I went backstage after the play and asked the director how I could get involved. I didn’t do anything with that group, but I started
doing plays with a few friends at school.
I remember once, two friends and I were assigned to do a written report on Hungary for school.
None of us wanted to do a written report, so instead we put together a skit. We pretended we were freedom fighters, meeting in secret o overthrow the government...we had toy guns, did the skit in candlelight, like we were secretly meeting in a basement. We had a map (to show the
geography of Hungary) and by talking about our pretend plot to overthrow the government, we talked about the form of government and history of the country. And we got a very good grade.
I continued to do plays in school and decided I wanted to make acting my career, so I went to an
acting conservatory for university, where I was trained in acting, voice, dance, dialects, stage
combat, singing, etc.
- In 2015 you had your part in The Walking Dead as Reg Monroe. Could you share some
funny, remarkable, weird stories regarding the filming of your scenes?
I was very excited to get the part on The Walking Dead, because I was a huge fan of the show,
and had watched it from the very first episode. When you audition for the show, they don’t give you a script from an actual episode, because they need to keep the stories secret. When I
auditioned for Reg Monroe, the audition scene was set at a book-signing and dinner party for a famous author at a New York apartment. That scene ended up being the scene in season 5
when Reg and Deanna have a welcome party for Rick and his people at their home in
Alexandria. The “famous author” from the audition scene turned out to be Rick.
That was actually the very first scene that I shot on my first day. I was very nervous. Even
though I was very prepared and was professional, inside my head I was like a big fan, looking
around the room thinking, “That’s Rick...and Maggie...and Carol..and Michonne and...!!”
Everyone was so very nice and welcoming, especially Andrew Lincoln. And I’d known Melissa McBride for over 10 years, way before she was on the show. She had always been one of the
best actors I’d ever worked with.
The biggest fun I had was probably on the last episode I was on, when I was killed. They had to hook all sorts of tubes on to me to pump the fake blood that had to spurt out of me when Pete slashed my throat. It was very, very cold and the fake blood felt like ice water when it squirted
all over me. And we had to do several takes. But it was still such fun to do.
- Working in The Walking Dead will be a dream for every
TWD Fan, what can you say about working with some of the guys?
I can’t say enough about how kind the cast was. It really was like a big family. They were so welcoming to me as a new cast member. And they were very supportive of each other. Usually on a film or TV shoot, actors go back to their trailers during breaks in shooting, but this cast would hang out together on the set and talk. That’s very unusual.
And Andrew Lincoln was the hardest working actor there, he really set an example. He gave every scene 150%. It was quite
inspiring to see how hard he worked.
- Steve , did you watch the show or read the graphic novel, prior to
your casting to The Walking Dead?
I wasn’t a huge horror fan, so initially I didn’t think I would like the show, but I watched the first
episode out of curiosity. It wasn’t at all what I expected. When Rick had to shoot the little Walker
girl, it absolutely shocked me. I didn’t miss an episode after that. Amazing.
I hadn’t read the graphic novel at all, but I read some as research for my character. It’s
interesting...in the graphic novel, the character of Reg is actually female, named “Regina”. She
is the wife of a Senator. She dies almost the exact same way that Reg died on the show.
- With a role in TWD comes a Big Fan Community, what are your first The Walking Dead fan experiences?
Yes...the fans are AMAZING. Before the episodes I was in aired, I think I had a few dozen Twitter followers, but after my first episode aired, I think I went up to 10,000. I got messages
from all over the world...Brazil, Japan, Italy...and of course, Germany. The German fans are incredible. And it was a lot of fun to go to the Fan Conventions like Walker Stalker and others. I
was always amazed at how popular the show was around the world. Once after appearing at a convention in London, I got on a subway. I didn’t know where I was going, and suddenly the
whole train (which was filled with Walking Dead fans from that days’ convention), started helping me find my way around London. I REALLY want to meet the fans in Germany one day.
- Would you come back to the series maybe for a glimpse into the past moment as Reg
That’s a wonderful question. Absolutely! I think I’d do it for free (don’t tell AMC!). I would love to explore his past.
- What's the first thought when you think back to Reg Monroe?
My first thought is really a smile. It’s a favorite memory that I will always treasure.
- 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?
I would love to do a Western. I grew up watching them on TV and in the movie theaters. Of course, as a small boy I played Cowboys all the time. And I would like to do more comedies. I
actually just finished shooting a very funny movie with Jennifer Lopez down in the Do,minican
Republic for a month and a half, with Jennifer Lopez.
- What does the future hold for you? There a Post Production projects on IMDb. Anything
you would like to plug to our readers?
I’m talking to you from Vancouver, Canada, where I’m getting ready to shoot a television movie where I play Prince Charles in a story about Harry and Meghan. When I get home next month I I
get back to work on a project for Marvel that I’m not allowed to talk about yet. And the movie,The Conjuring 3, opens on June 4th. I play Father Gordon, who has also been in the other two Conjuring movies. I’ve done around six films with James Wan, who directs and produces them.
He’s a remarkable and very kind filmmaker and person.
- Steve at the last you can say some words to your fans. Is there anything else you would
like to let The Walking Dead Fans and your fans know?
I would love to say a very big hello and an even bigger THANK YOU! You are the absolute best
fans in the whole world.
- Thank you being my guest and best wishes for the future. I hope to see you one day in
Thank you for having me and for your good questions. I, too, hope to see you one day in
Germany. Good luck to you and be well!