Most of you know him as the shy and lovable guy who we first met in seven episodes of season 5 to the tough and fearless leader we now know as Aaron (Ross Marquand) in The Walking Dead. Others may know him from Marvel’s new movie…. WAIT! Can we talk about this yet? Luci, do we have a green light? Yes? Ok, good. As we were saying, some of you Marvel fans may have recently seen him in Marvel’s biggest movie to date, Infinity War, and didn’t even know who he was. (SPOILERS AHEAD) He played the Stonekeeper, also known as Red Skull, guardian of the Soul Stone.
This AMAZINGLY talented guy that we were able to meet and spend some time with a couple weeks back at Days of the Dead, is none other than Ross Marquand.
While we were geeking out talking to him and getting POP! figures signed, he was nice enough to answer a few questions for everyone here at The Loafer!
Jason/Daniel: Tell us about your start with the walking dead. How did it feel to join one of the most popular TV shows of all time?
Ross: It was absolutely amazing, as I was a huge fan of the show before I got on it and that very first Halloween episode in 2010 blew me away; so to go from being a fan to auditioning for the show, three times I auditioned for the show before I got on it. It was just a massive honor and also just very, very exciting.
Jason/Daniel: Is there one scene or episode on The Walking Dead that you enjoyed doing more than any?
Ross: I think episode 709 was probably my favorite because that’s when I really got a chance to work with Andy (Andrew Lincoln) one on one. Andy brings this super intense enthusiasm and read on the character. I believe that on some days Andy fully believes that he is Rick Grimes and it’s so wonderful to act across from him because he makes your job so much easier. He’s so believable in that role and he doesn’t drop character all day, so I think that one was by far my favorite episode so far.
You blamed Enid for Natania’s death, but it’s really the Saviors! What they did to you… What they turned you into… It’s their fault! You hide! You don’t trust! You don’t live the life the way you want to because of them! And they’re going to keep on hurting you unless you do one thing: FIGHT!!! — Aaron to the Oceanside community, regarding the war with the Saviors.
Jason/Daniel: How do you as a person relate to your character Aaron on the show?
Ross: I think we have a lot in common. He is a guy who you know, strives his best to be good, to be pragmatic, and to be diplomatic, but sometimes of course his good nature gets in the way of things he needs to accomplish. He makes mistakes here and there, but I think at the end of the day he’s s good guy and I’m glad that fans have finally embraced him in these last few seasons, At first I think they were really weren’t sure about who he really was and what his intentions were.
Jason/Daniel: Well we love Aaron and hope he stays on the show for a long time to come! And now Ross, you recently surprised us all with your Marvel debut. If given the opportunity, how would you feel about returning to the Marvel Universe in future films?
Ross: I would JUMP at the opportunity so fast, it would make your head spin! … That was such a huge joy because I grew up with the Marvel Universe and as a child, I used to draw all of these characters and collect the comic books and comic cards so to play this part was just absolutely incredible!
Jason/Daniel: Thank you Ross and we think you playing the part in the MCU was absolutely incredible too and look forward to seeing you in more Marvel films!
When he’s not filming scenes for The Walking Dead five days a week or being whisked away by Marvel for top-secret cameos, fans can find Ross at many comic cons and other events. Days of the Dead, Walker Stalker, and Heros & Villains are just a few of the local cons in the local area where you might catch him. If this was the first time you’ve heard of this talented actor, what are you waiting for? You’ve got eight seasons of The Walking Dead to catch up on, and season 9 premieres in just a few short months. Grab your katana (or popcorn if that’s what you prefer) and get ready for the walkers!