The Walking Dead’s Lori Doesn’t Care That You Hate Her
Sarah Wayne Callies is currently battling the forces of mother nature in the disaster film Into the Storm. The actress faced her fair share of the force of fandom during her tenure on AMC’s The Walking Dead as well. Lori Grimes was a controversial character at best and there was a significant segment of the viewership that called for her violent demise, until it finally arrived.
While speaking with IGN, Calllies first compared the action on The Walking Dead to that of Into the Storm, saying, “There’s a sense that you can fight Walkers and win, you can’t kill a tornado.”
She then went on to speak about interacting with passionate a fanbase, saying, “So much of what we do as actors promoting something, you deal a lot with the press, or you shoot into the void and hope people like what you’re doing…At [a place like] Comic Con you have them right across the table saying, ‘Hey, I love what you’re doing’ or ‘I hate everything about you!'”
When asked what it was like for her to experience that kind of backlash as an actress, Callies said, “Actually, I think it’s wonderful. I think it’s really honest. I come from theater…there’s something about having a relationship with your audience that feels very honest as an actor. I don’t need people to like me. I want people to engage with the stories I’m telling and feel passionate about them. So if they’re feeling passionate about them one way or another, I feel like I’m doing my job.”
That they certainly have and do.