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Su­per-squea­mish Cliff Curtis will do any­thing to avoid see­ing a zom­bie on Fear The Walk­ing Dead.

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Cliff Curtis is try­ing to sur­vive Fear The Walk­ing Dead’s (2015- cur­rent) zom­bie apoca­lypse, but he’s also ter­ri­fied of any­thing scary. And we mean any­thing! The New Zealand­born ac­tor, who’s of Maori de­scent, has made a Hol­ly­wood ca­reer play­ing ev­ery­one from an FBI agent in Body Of Proof (2011-2013) in 2011, to evil Fire Lord Ozai in 2010 fan­tasy film The Last Air­ben­der. But Cliff’s never done hor­ror… and that’s be­cause he hates gore. Which makes his role as Travis in The Walk­ing Dead’s (2010- cur­rent) pre­quel se­ries pretty hard to fig­ure out. Turns out Cliff’s so­lu­tion is sim­ple: run from the zom­bies.

Tell us more about Travis. I love that he be­lieves in the good­ness of hu­man­ity. I do too, so in many ways I align with my char­ac­ter. Per­haps Travis isn’t best suited for this new world and per­haps he isn’t go­ing to make it. Per­haps he doesn’t have a place in the fu­ture… My great­est fear isn’t that I’m go­ing to be killed by some in­fected some­thing or other. My great­est fear is that my hu­man­ity will die and that my sense of value will die, my fam­ily will no longer be im­por­tant be­cause my fear will over­come it­self. So what at­tracted you to the show? For me it was read­ing the pi­lot and see­ing the hu­man­ity. The cre­ators were talk­ing about com­mit­ting to a show that’s re­ally about a fam­ily, not mon­sters. It felt au­then­tic, gen­uine and real. These peo­ple aren’t just card­board cut-out char­ac­ters; they’re hu­man be­ings. The Walk­ing Dead has a huge fan­base. How did the peo­ple in your life re­act when they heard the news? I had fam­ily and friends scream­ing and yelling. They treat it more like a re­li­gion than an en­ter­tain­ment show and in­sisted that I do this show. My kids are very ex­cited that I’ve fi­nally “made it” [Laughs]. Did you watch Walk­ing Dead be­fore be­ing cast? I’m squea­mish. I get scared of things that are scary. I was told, “You don’t need to watch any­thing be­cause there’s the comic book… and there’s the show and such a fran­tic kind of

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