‘The Strolling Useless’ Star Jeffrey Dean Morgan Goes Again to His Roots

As The Strolling Useless heads into its remaining season, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is getting again to what he loves most—household, quick automobiles, sweet and chickens.

A scorched, zombie-ravaged dystopia ain’t no place to boost your youngsters, however determined instances require determined measures. So when the long-running AMC sequence The Walking Dead returned to shoot below severe COVID protocols a number of months again in Senoia, GA, actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who performs Negan, a brutal, leather-clad anti-hero, introduced your entire clan to dwell on set: “I had my entire household dwelling in Alexandria, this apocalyptic, walled-off city charred and burned down from the season earlier than. It was loopy.”

Morgan’s Air-b-and-zom-b, because it have been, occurred to be the Rick Grimes home, the location of a number of on-screen brawls from prior seasons. Shotgun spray nonetheless pock-marked the partitions the place his 10-year-old son Gus slept; downstairs at breakfast, they’d pore over the harm wrought by Lucille, Negan’s weapon of alternative, a barbed wire–wrapped baseball bat. It was a wierd place from which to manage on-line faculty, however, effectively, what’s regular today?

The Morgan family refuge is in the Catskill Mountains region of Upstate New York, about two hours north of NYC.
The Morgan household refuge is within the Catskill Mountains area of Upstate New York, about two hours north of NYC. Hilarie Burton Morgan and Augustus Dean Morgan

“They fucking cherished it!” says Morgan. “And having this 30-foot wall across the city was nice, too, as a result of I might let the youngsters and the canines out. I knew they couldn’t go anyplace.”

This morning, Morgan is a number of miles from that set, calling from his Ford F-150 Raptor—a pickup appropriate for a zombie apocalypse—after driving it to get his day by day COVID take a look at. Capturing is underway for TWD’s 11th and remaining season, a monster 24-episode run that can conclude in 2022. It’s also possible to catch Morgan’s new movie, The Unholy, a supernatural horror flick the place he performs a journalist investigating a woman who can inexplicably heal the sick, in theaters April 2. “Let’s face it—this yr has been exhausting for everyone,” says Morgan. “However getting again to some sort of common work schedule has been a giant reduction.”