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Why Laurie Holden Was The Perfect Andrea For AMC’s The Walking Dead

Fans of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic know that Andrea is one of the best guns in zombie town. We’ve only just started to see that come through on the AMC television series (although Daryl is thankful she’s not quite there yet) but did you know, the actress who plays Andrea, Laurie Holden, is a surprise crack shot herself? 

Holden recently did an interview with the cable network that employs her and mentioned she and Andrea have a few things in common, particularly their unique adaptation when it comes to firing guns. The actess said she used firearms a little during her time playing an agent on The Shield but that didn’t come close to the training she had to go through for The Walking Dead.

“I got hooked up with a shooting expert and we were going into the backwoods of Georgia on weekends for like two hours at a time. He would put bulls-eyes throughout the woods. They were tiny,” she said. “When I saw that, I was like, ‘Come on!’ He told me just to try it — and I started nailing all of them! He said he’d never seen anything like it. I guess I have a knack for shooting I didn’t realize I had.”

Quite similar to (spoilers for the latest episode) what we saw her go through in Sunday’s episode. She said of one particular scene where Andrea and Shane have to fight their way out of a neighborhood full of zombies, “I love the dynamics of the scene — we go from being upset about not finding Sophia to the zombies coming. Andrea freaks out and the gun misfires and then she really finds her own strength.” (End spoilers)

The actress also talked about how much she appreciates the growth her character has seen since last season. “I really love what they’ve done with my character. Last year was awful! All I did as Andrea was cry the whole summer,” she said. “She was such a sobbing, bereft, suicidal person and now she’s a warrior. I am a tomboy and I love being with the boys and shooting guns and stuff. There was more acting required to be, like, scared of zombies — it’s more natural for me on the show now.”

The Walking Dead will have its mid-season finale this Sunday on AMC.

(via AMC)

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  • Javier Jauregui

    It’s a shame that nothing else about that show is even remotely close to perfect. *puts on flame suit*  Seriously, 6 episodes of this stupid search for Sophia? I don’t even remember how she looks like anymore. 

  • Melissa Fisher

    I agree! Last season the show was non stop. Now it seems like it takes an eternity for anything to happen. I’m all for deep though and studying the human condition and blah blah blah but sometimes a girl just wants to see some zombies die!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I have no idea how they’ve managed to drag that out for so long. It’s gotten to the point where if Sophia turns up alive, I’m going to be pissed. It just seems completely unbelievable to me that a young child would survive that long on their own in a zombie infested forest, especially in a series that prides itself on an ‘anyone can die’ attitude. Just…no.

    But seeing Andrea step a bit closer to being the badass she’s going to become did please me a lot. She’s easily my favourite character in the comic.

  • K@

    The only way to salvage sophia is if Michonne shows up with her, which means we’d get Michonne early and her badassery would be solidified immediately since she just saved us from weeks of boredom. Highly doubt that will happen, but a girl can hope right? 

  • Charlie

    Andrea is just awful. Cried for most of last season, turns suicidal, nearly gets herself killed when the zombies parade past the trailer, is ridiculously bitchy to Dale, and then she almost kills Daryl when she’s told repeatedly to not take the shot … How can anybody honestly LIKE her character? 

  • Abby Hernandez

    Dear you,

    You just came up with possibly the BEST way to salvage this situation.If anything but this happens, I will be disappointed.

  • Kalynn Osburn

    I was still pissed at how long it took hem to make her a crack shot like she was in the comic.

  • Amanda LaPergola

    I am trying to give this show the benefit of the doubt, especially now that Andrea is getting kind of awesome.  But, yes, for a while she was the worst.

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  • Anonymous

    After almost getting her face eaten off while unarmed, because, her companions tell her, she doesn’t know how to use a gun, then she gets to prove that she can use a gun when a lone zombie wanders up from hundreds of feet away, but the dudes continue being controlling pricks and tell her not, and instead of thinking things through like what was Andrea’s job on top of the van if not to snipe approaching zombies? and what is the sound of a gunshot going to attract that several days of human habitation have not? they run off to meet it.

    As frustrating and contrived as that sequence was, I can’t fathom a reading of it where in Andrea is at a fault fro Daryl impaling himself on, and eating Squirrels Off Of His ZOmbie Hunting Arrows. (I mean, what the heck? Even putting aside the arbitrary rules of zombie contamination, those arrows(I’ve never seen him with more than 2) have been through a rotting human brain, and he is using them to catch food??? )

  • John Wao

    That would be awesome on top of awesome with a side of awesome.

  • Anna B

    Why does a tomboy have to just hang around boys? Why can’t a tomboy have other tomboy girlfriends? You’d figure in a world where there are zombies to kill, more than one lady would be happy to have a gun (and use it).

  • Charlie

    The guys weren’t being controlling pricks, they were doing what should have been done – killing a zombie in a quiet manner. A dozen people living on a farm are not going to create the kind of noise that a gunshot creates, that’s the worst justification for her actions I’ve ever heard.

    What if she hadn’t nailed Darryl in the head? What if she had shot any of the others that were running out to beat Darryl to a pulp? That was her first attempt at shooting a “zombie” and she decided to take the shot when the other survivors were practically within arm’s reach of him. She’s like an impulsive child that has to keep proving herself, when she just keeps falling on her face. Until she actually does something mildly heroic, or redeeming, I’ll be crossing my fingers for her to be the next one offed by a horde of zombies.

  • Lillian

    Andrea is my FAVORITE!

  • Vina Ramitha AA

    I usually dislike main characters – except for Mac Taylor and Stella Bonasera from CSI New York. So I directly look into supporting characters. And Lauren is right, the dynamic of her Andrea is awesome. But sorry, I don’t compare it with the comic since I haven’t read one.

  • Vina Ramitha AA

    Andrea is definitely my fav on TWD.