Lauren Cohan is ready to set out on a journey beyond 'The Walking Dead'
After Lincoln, it is now time for Cohan to put her talent to some real use other than fighting zombies, and she is taking up every available option to do that.
Lauren Cohan quit her role as Maggie Rhee for the ninth season of 'The Walking Dead', immediately after Andrew Lincoln stepped out of the show to only appear in a few episodes for the season. Although there have been rumors that Cohan would have taken over the lead role following Lincoln's departure from the show, the actress, however, confirmed that she wanted to concentrate more on other projects.
For any artist working on one particular project for too long can lead to boredom and Cohan seems to be no exception to the rule. In a conversation with the Associated Press, she stated that working for almost eight years in one show has made her too comfortable with her life in general. She said, "Eight years is a really long time to be in those emotional depths and it’s really fun for me because I never thought about drama as much when I started this career, and I always kind of assumed I’d do like light fare." She has always been a little too frustrated with work and life, and maybe that was why she made some quick shifts to new houses.
The actress who has since taken up the lead role in ABC drama pilot 'Whiskey Cavalier', said that the offer to return for the first half of the ninth season which is to premiere in October has been like "a gift" for her. “There’s a chance for me to still explore the Maggie character and it’s going to be fun to see if that can be done." However, the 36-year-old actress will now appear as a CIA operative opposite to Scott Foley in 'Whiskey Cavalier' which will debut in 2019. Regarding the dramedy, she said, “The hardest part is not laughing. They have this wonderful ‘Moonlighting’ vibe. I’m an emotional character with a steely exterior and the guys are much more in touch with their feelings. It’s funny! It’s great. It’s a really fun departure for me.”
Cohan has been looking forward to quitting her deal with 'The Walking Dead' for a very long time. According to sources who spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, she has been actively fighting to get her season nine salary, although she is not seeking salary parity with the male leads like Lincoln and Norman Reedus. To be a part of 'Whiskey Cavalier', Cohan's team and AMC have been engaged in a months-long negotiation, as sources claim that the team has been frustrated with AMC's low offer. While her entry to the show has literally shut the doors for any chances of a return to 'The Walking Dead', Cohan probably doesn't need to worry about work for a long time.
Along with the AMC show, Cohan is also set to star in Peter Berg's 'Mile 22' starring Mark Wahlberg. The film, which is aiming at becoming a franchise, will also revolve around the workings of a CIA task force which is trying to retrieve an intelligence asset through 22 miles of hostile territory. While Cohan had improvised a few scenes in the film, she said, "It’s fun to play the witty dialogue and I always love in Pete’s movies how there are a lot of normal people with interesting conversations,” she said. “It always feels like you’re opening a window into real life.”