I’ve gone to work with a few of the people, but I’ll say this about working with Lennie and Melissa, that was super awesome for me because, one, Melissa, before she was … I think this is known, but she used to be a casting director, and I used to read for her all the time. She is the sweetest person. She left, and I didn’t know where she went, then I saw the first season of The Walking Dead. I’m like, “Oh, there she is!”
I was a boom operator for 10 years, and I worked on second unit for Walking Dead, and for other productions. I saw her there one day and we just talked and chatted. I was like, “Man, I would love to work with her without having to stick a microphone in her face.
Vern didn’t just mean being off-limits inside the junkyard, or fudging on our folks, or going on a hike up the railroad to Harlow. He meant those things, but it seems to me now it was more and that we all knew it. Everything was there and around us. We knew exactly who we were and exactly where we were going. It was grand.