Q: How do you take a cast of Hollywood stunners and make them look like bedraggled survivors of the apocalypse?
DP: People always say, “You do makeup on the actors?” They think they walk in looking like that and that’s a big compliment… Everybody gets sunscreen. And then if it’s a woman, we will do their makeup very lightly so you don’t see the eyeshadow or eyeliner… When we got hired to do this job, [the producers] told us, “We want them to look sexy but yet to look like they haven’t taken a shower in months.”
TK: When I was originally hired, [the producers] were wanting a real tattered look, a really not-done look, a wet, sticky, sexy, hot look. Of course sexy is not hard to do with this casts’ hair. They’re all beautiful…I do a lot of highlighting for the sun-kissed looked…then we have a sweat mixture, so their hair looks wet and sweaty.
Q: Do you two have to follow the cast around to make sure they stay sweaty and dirty-looking?
DP: We do a liquid dirt and a dry dirt on them….And then we spray them down in sunscreen to keep it in place. But when we’re out on set and everything and they’re sweating it off, we have to go and reapply it and make it look the same way it did in the beginning.
TK: The sweat mixture stays in the actor’s hair, but we reactivate about every three takes so that it stays consistent from scene to scene. It’s a hot and sweaty show, but that’s life in the South.
Two controversial characters are joining the cast of The Walking Dead, and they also happen to be two of most memorable from the comic book: Michonne and The Governor, played by Danai Gurira and David Morrissey, respectively. Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and showrunner Glen Mazzara said the time was right time to introduce Michonne and the Governor to the TV show. “We wanted to open up the world,” Mazzara said. “The first two seasons is our group trying to find a safe haven. When that farm is overrun, there are no more safe havens. Now, the story is, ‘How do you live in this world?’ The Walkers are not going away. There’s no help coming. What do we do? This is about different people trying different strategies to try to rebuild their lives. That’s the story we’re telling in Season 3.”
Do Andrea and Michonne forge a relationship, in Season 3?
LAURIE HOLDEN: I’m very touched that she chose to save my life because she didn’t know me from Adam. She’s a warrior and an alpha female. We become the best of friends. I think we complement one another. We have each other’s backs. There’s a mutual respect and a genuine love between these two women that become the best of friends. Season 3 is quite a journey for this duo.