Vincent Martella, a star of the hit animated comedy Phineas & Ferb and an established actor with credits like Everybody Hates Chris, Role Models and Batman: Under the Red Hood under his belt at age 21, joined the cast of AMC's The Walking Dead with this week's season premiere, and will carry over to next week's episode, "Infected." He's also a big fan of AMC's The Walking Dead, calling Emmy-winning makeup artist, producer and Season Four premiere director Greg Nicotero "a master of the genre" and saying that he's been watching the series and admiring the cast since the first episode. "I think nobody really expected right off the bat that The Walking Dead would be quite as amazing as it was," Martella told ComicBook.com in an exclusive interview that will run in the morning. "What it's able to do with the horror genre is to introduce it weekly to everyone's lives in a way that I don't think has ever truly been done before." So with all of that built up in his head, what was it like to actually be on set this year? Throughout the course of the interview, he told us his impressions of a few of his co-stars, telling us that his only regret is that there were some members of the cast he didn't have an opportunity to shoot with this summer. So, what did he think of Daryl, Rick and Carl? Read on...but be aware that it was impossible to withhold SPOILERS for last night's episode from the conversation about Andrew Lincoln at the bottom of the page.
On treating Norman Reedus's character "like a rock star": I've watched the show since the very first episode and I'm a fan of Norman Reedus's work. He's a really talented actor and just a very cool guy in general. So it wasn't too difficult for me to be playing very excited to get to work with him because I was very excited to get the chance to. He made it really easy because when he's playing Daryl he's just being incredibly smooth and awesome, so it was pretty easy for me to react off of that.
On giving Chandler Riggs someone (closer to) his own age to hang out with for a while: He's just a really cool guy and I was glad I got to know him on a personal level as well as getting to work with him because he's being considered one of the best young actors on TV and I definitely think he is; he's got talent well beyond his years and it's really great watching him grow in the series--watching the things that he has to do for his character arc. On spending an hour in the shower with Andrew Lincoln:
When we were shooting the first episode I actually got to have a really lengthy conversation with Andy Lincoln. It was very funny; we were shooting the shower scene from the end of the first episode, so I had my contacts in and makeup on and blood all over my face and I was soaking wet, and this mysterious figure--because you can't really see very well when you have the contacts in--came over to me and it was Andy Lincoln and we ended up talking for like an hour, hour and a half while they were setting up the next shot. He's such an interesting guy and so incredibly cool.