The Walking Dead, Season 7: THOMAS PAYNE / Jesus

The Walking Dead, Season 7: THOMAS PAYNE / Jesus

How Did You Prepare for Playing Jesus in Season Seven of The Walking Dead?
I did three months of martial arts training before I came back with lots of kicking, punching, and different things with dummies and punch bags. We’ve been working out lots of cool ways to show off Jesus’ abilities and what he can do. I hope it lives up to the fans’ expectations.

How Good Are You at Killing Walkers Now That You’ve Been on the Show for a Season?
The interesting thing for me was learning to do it with the CGI knives which don’t have the blades on and making sure you do it with enough force and in the right way.

What Role Does Jesus Serve for the Hilltop Community?
He is the scout for the community. He recognizes that a problem shared is a problem solved. He sees value in that for himself and for the community.

Is Your Beard Real This Season?
This is all real now. Season Six we had to use some fakery with the beard and the hair, but, I’m very pleased to say, coming back for Season Seven I had enough time to grow all of my own hair out.

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