Chloe Aktas is a wonderfully talented actor, director, and producer, who stars on The Walking Dead as one of Negan’s many wives. Here she is in a whole line of them, all in little black dresses, second from the left.
What’s the deal with the LBD’s, Negan? Did you scavenge a whole truckload of them? Do you think you’re Robert Palmer and you’re Addicted to Love?
You can only have empathy for her plight and the constant fear she lives under with Negan. Tanya, along with Frankie, are seen here with Eugene in a scene from Season 7 Episode 11 Hostiles and Calamities. Nice try, ladies, but no go.
Sherry seemed to be the “head wife,” but she’s taken off again. Will this role be delegated to Tanya now? Chloe couldn’t elaborate on any The Walking Dead spoilers, of course, but she was very forthcoming about her life and activities in our A Baker’s Dozen interview. Enjoy!
Where were you born?
I was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina.
What was your first acting role?
My very first acting role was in a school play in the 1st grade. It was Little Red Riding Hood and I was Red Riding Hood’s mother (very appropriate for a first grader). It wasn’t a big part, or a big production, but for me, it was very eye opening. I realized that I really loved to perform.
How did you land the part of Tanya?
I can’t say anything too out of the blue for this. I was lucky enough to get an audition for the part through my agent and even more fortunate that I booked it! It has always been one of my dreams to be on the show. I’m very lucky to of had this opportunity.
Were you a fan of The Walking Dead before you were cast?
I was a fan of The Walking Dead before I got the role. Its definitely one of my favorite shows.
How did you prepare for the role of Tanya?
To prepare for the role, I think it was important for me to understand the state of “fear” that Tanya was living in and doing whatever I could to inhabit that mental space. It was important for me to make that fear as specific to myself as I possibly could.
Do you get a lot of negativity being a part of the Saviors?
I’ve just been getting a lot of love and support from people, so I’m very grateful.
What show do you binge watch?
In terms of shows I could watch over and over, I’m a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. I have probably watched all the seasons at least 5 times through. I also could definitely binge watch Curb Your Enthusiasm and obviously Stranger Things.
What do you like about directing, acting and producing?
I think directing and acting have different pros and cons. When I direct, I like that I have control over every aspect of a story. I like to work with different artists and collaborators to create an experience for an audience. I love every element of making a movie, but I will say the most stressful part, for me, of making a movie is the producing-putting all the pieces together can seem quite overwhelming in the beginning. Where directing is more about focusing on the “big picture” acting for me is about honing in and focusing on the moment and my scene partner. To me, both are challenging in their own ways, but are rewarding in the end.
What do you like to do for fun?
For fun, I really enjoy spending time with my friends and going to the movies (sounds so cliche, but its true!). I, also, really enjoy being outside-any form of hiking or walking is a bonus for me.
Do you have any fun, behind the scenes moments you can share?
Mainly, it was just a pleasure to work with the cast and crew. Everyone was extremely friendly and hard working.
Who are some actors that are really inspirational to you?
In regards to inspirational actors, I really love Kate Winslet. I think she is phenomenal and also seems like a really cool, down to earth person. The late Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of my all time favorites. He had this intensity and unpredictability to his performances that was so mesmerizing to watch.
Do you have any new projects you are working on?
In October I directed a music video for a Brooklyn based artist named iDA HAWK. The music video is almost done! And hopefully it will be released sometime in Spring. I will post a direct link on my Instagram (@chloealev) when its complete. I’m very excited to share this video. I think that iDA is a kind, smart, and talented artist. Hopefully, this video can give her the publicity she deserves.
Is there anything else you can tell your fans that they might already not know about you?
I don’t know if there is anything that cool to say! I mean, this year my NYU senior thesis film was a finalist for the Student Academy Awards so that’s pretty cool! And, I also collect dinosaur figurines:)
Thank you, Chloe, for sharing about all your pursuits and we wish you well in each of them. We’re looking forward to the iDA HAWK music video you directed this Spring. Most of all we’ll be tuning in to The Walking Dead every Sunday night on AMC at 9/8C to see what happens to and with Tanya. Maybe you can talk Eugene out of those pills yet!