Donzaleigh Abernathy admits she’s too ‘scared’ to watch herself in The Walking Dead (Picture: Getty Images)
Donzaleigh Abernathy starred alongside one of The Walking Dead’s greatest villains, The Governor, but she’s still not psyched herself up to watch the nail-biting scenes.
The actress, who is goddaughter of the late Martin Luther King Jr, appeared as comic book character Dr Stevens in three episodes of The Walking Dead’s season three.
It was the pinnacle moment when Michonne (Danai Gurira) walked into the Governor’s home and found that he kept the heads of his former allies, now turned into walkers, in aquarium tanks. Perhaps even worse, his beloved daughter-turned-walker Penny had been kept chained up as he didn’t want to let her go.
Following a combat with Michonne, the Governor (David Morrisey) needed his eye treated, alas, enter Dr Stevens.
Recalling her time in the apocalyptic drama, Donzaleigh told Metro.co.uk: ‘I couldn’t watch it, I was scared. Afraid!
‘I believe it and get sucked into the stories because the stories were so strong and so amazing. I looked at it with fear like, “Oh my God, I can’t watch all that”. I literally get lost in the story but I enjoyed it.’
Donzaleigh, 63, was surprised that Dr Stevens only featured in three episodes, explaining: ‘I thought I would do much more episodes because my character was so prominent in the comic books.’
Donzaleigh played Dr Stevens alongside The Governor (David Morrisey) (Picture: AMC)
‘It was amazing, I’ll never forget speaking to Danai [Gurira], because I worked with her, and her physique is just incredible. I remember saying to her, “You’re a wonderful young woman”, and she was like, “Are you making a joke?” I’m like no, “I’m very serious”, because I thought she was a lot younger than what she is.
‘I was really impressed by her.’
The actress continued: ‘I enjoyed it and had no idea there were so many British people! I loved it so much that when the production call was, I had arrived an hour early for work and transportation are the only ones who are there and they’re like, “You’ve got an actress here ready for hair and make-up, hurry up!”
The actress is also known for starring in the TV series Any Day Now (Picture: Getty Images)
‘They don’t want the actor to arrive so early but I worked for four years on the series Any Day Now and I loved the whole process so I would always arrive an hour early before my call and there would be nobody.
‘I’d sit and calm down but of course the panic would sink in as they’d radio, “You’ve got an actor here, she’s early!” [But] I’m just taking it all in.
‘It’s a great career to have and I’m just so happy to be there. They were so panicked on The Walking Dead when I’d arrive early because they just didn’t know me and know that’s what I liked.’
Aside from acting, Donzaleigh has turned to singing and has teamed up with The Listening Choir to release a piece inspired by one of Martin Luther King’s speeches, Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break the Silence.
The Walking Dead will return to Fox UK on March 1. Seasons 1 – 10 are available on NOW TV and Sky On Demand.