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'Walking Dead' Star Tovah Feldshuh Talks Up A Storm

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Updated: 9 January 2017
While Tovah Feldshuh is often recognized for her role as Deanna Monroe on AMC’s The Walking Dead, she’s also a triple threat: a classically trained actress, singer, and playwright. The vivacious Feldshuh was recently in Toronto for ComiCon, where Culture Trip sat down with her.

Despite her many television and film roles – including her role on The Walking Dead, two Emmy Award nominations for Holocaust and Law & Order, and appearances in films such as A Walk on the Moon, She’s Funny That Way, Iron Man 3, and Kissing Jessica Stein – some of Feldshuh’s most prolific work has taken place in the theater.

The Walking Dead | © AMC via Entertainment Weekly
The Walking Dead | © AMC via Entertainment Weekly

On The Theater

Culture Trip: About the casting process on The Walking Dead…when they hire you do you know in advance if you’ll die or not?

Feldshuh brilliantly deflects with, “Next question!’: and elaborates on her upcoming run of Golda’s Balcony at the Greenwin Theatre.

Tovah Feldshuh: I’m coming back to Toronto June 5th to June 19th, to do the biggest hit of my broadway career. I would love all of Toronto to come — because you’re not going to have the opportunity to see a theater of that size very often. I usually play 1000 seats. I’m thrilled to be here for two weeks and only two weeks. I own the rights [to this play] and I take this out once a year. You’re the once a year!

Tovah Feldshuh on the red carpet | © Behind the Velvet Rope TV / Vimeo
Tovah Feldshuh on the red carpet | © Behind the Velvet Rope TV / Vimeo

On Fan Expos

CT: The spirit of ComiCon is about geeking out, connecting with fans. What’s one of the most memorable fan experiences of your life?

TF: It’s interesting to do ComiCons and Walker Stalker Conventions, all over the United States, because people’s behavior patterns are different. This is the first time I’ve ever been across the border. I love being here. You have the most polite, well-bred fans, who must be absolutely horrified when they cross south of the border.

I happen to be a very warm-hearted person, but get away from me! It doesn’t mean I don’t love people. I make my livelihood in live entertainment, [but] I’m very grateful not to have that situation here in Toronto. Interestingly enough, they set up the tables so fans can’t get around.

The Walking Dead | © AMC via ComiCon
The Walking Dead | © AMC via ComiCon

On The Walking Dead

CT: To follow up on your stage experience, it seems sci-fi, fantasy, horror attracts people with stage experience. Why is that?

TF: We’re chosen. I did not pursue this job – I was chosen for it. Don’t forget, when you audition for The Walking Dead you don’t get a script. Scott Gimpel (The Walking Dead‘s showrunner) offered me the role. And I said to him, “Mr Gimpel, I know you’re the number one show… my mother has recently died – so if this part is meaningful and dimensional, and makes an impression, and really serves your series… If whatever episode I’m in, I have at least one major scene that makes a difference, then I accept this position. If it doesn’t, give it to another actress.’ … And he said, ‘Ms Feldshuh, I’ll take care of it.”

The Walking Dead | © AMC via Entertainment Weekly
‘The Walking Dead’ | © AMC via Entertainment Weekly