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Emma Watson

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Episode 4

Steven Yeun on His Famous “Walking Dead” Death Scene, and His ’’Classic” First Kiss

In his Screen Test interview, actor Steven Yeun, who gave a critically lauded performance in the Korean film “Burning” this year, revisits the day his beloved “Walking Dead” character Glenn was killed off (spoiler: Yeun was really excited about the scene). Plus, he talks about his childhood cinematic crush, and his “classic” first kiss.

Released on 1/23/2019

Credit

Starring:

Steven Yeun

Transcript

00:00
I had known for some time about that death,
00:02
and if I'm gonna be honest with you,
00:03
I was really excited for that day.
00:05
I was excited to get my skull bashed in.
00:09
Doesn't everybody fantasize about
00:10
what it would be like to die cool?
00:13
[laughing]
00:14
[sighing]
00:15
It just goes to show who I am right now.
00:23
I moved to LA in 2009.
00:26
I booked Walking Dead maybe like five months after I moved,
00:29
so it's been kind of crazy ever since.
00:32
My overall feel for zombies in general is
00:35
what a cool, random, deep metaphor for maybe our lives.
00:40
[laughing]
00:42
Yeah, they freak all of us out I hope.
00:44
I would see a lot of people wearing Walking Dead costumes,
00:47
what a bizarre thing to pull something
00:50
out of someone's brain and then have people
00:52
like it enough to wear the costume of it.
00:55
My best Halloween costume was the only
00:59
real Halloween costume I've ever had in my life
01:01
which was when I was eight and my mom made
01:05
a dragon costume which was just dragon up to here.
01:11
Instead of putting dragon makeup
01:13
she put really scary clown makeup on us
01:17
so it was like a clown faced dragon.
01:20
God bless my mom who doesn't know
01:22
that dragons don't look like clowns.
01:25
My cinematic crush growing up was Demi Moore.
01:31
[Lynn] From which movie?
01:32
I don't remember.
01:33
[Lynn] Striptease?
01:34
I mean, I don't know if I was allowed to watch that,
01:36
but I'm sure I found my way to finding that.
01:38
I think it was just, Demi Moore,
01:40
you know of that era.
01:42
Ugh, man I was such a boring kid.
01:45
I didn't know what was what, so I chose the things
01:50
that I thought I was supposed to choose.
01:51
So when people were like, what kind of music do you like?
01:53
I would say like, I love classical music
01:55
and I really didn't, but I wanted to project
01:59
this air of whatever that was.
02:01
I didn't have any posters on the wall,
02:03
I think I just had a couple of crosses
02:05
and pictures of family.
02:08
It wasn't hard to tell my parents
02:10
that I wanted to be an actor, they were actually
02:12
surprisingly supportive and I think it's because
02:15
I kind of broke them down from an early age
02:17
of never doing what they asked me to do.
02:20
Where was my first kiss?
02:21
My first kiss was in my bedroom.
02:23
This was my girlfriend at the time, yeah.
02:24
It was one of those, we're not gonna tell each other
02:26
that we both want to kiss each other,
02:28
and so you inch closer and closer to a point
02:31
where you can't ignore that you're now touching faces
02:34
and then you just go for it.
02:36
Yeah, it was awesome, that was a good one.
02:38
It was a classic.
02:39
[Lynn] That's great!
02:40
My favorite toy growing up?
02:43
I think it was a Super Nintendo.
02:45
I was good enough to be angry when I was bad.
02:49
[laughing]
02:51
I still play video games.
02:52
People play Candy Crush at really inopportune times.
02:55
Like cab drivers playing Candy Crush while they're driving
02:59
that's not safe, but it's addictive, I get it.
03:01
Or those people who are good at minesweeper,
03:03
like what's up with that?
03:05
Who gets good at minesweeper?
03:07
My first pet's name was Smalls.
03:09
First street I grew up on was Syracuse.
03:11
Smalls Syracuse, damn, that's not a great porn,
03:14
I mean no, you know what?
03:15
It's niche.
03:17
Smalls Syracuse is my porn name.
03:20
[Lynn] Okay, so hold up the thing.
03:24
This is awesome.
03:27
My fortune is,
03:30
a cute guy with a dog likes you.
03:32
[laughing]
03:35
Hell yeah, I like that one.
03:36
I just like picking fortunes.
03:38
Can I really do this one, again?
03:39
[Lynn] Yeah, do it, yeah.
03:41
My fortune is, call in sick tomorrow
03:45
and do something you've been wanting to do.
03:47
So the cute guy with the dog likes you,
03:49
call in sick tomorrow and do something
03:51
you've been wanting to do.
03:52
Alright.
03:53
[laughing]