Rogelio Lorenzo, aka Roe Digi, stars as the Red Beanie Savior, another one of Negan’s men, on The Walking Dead. As you can see from the photo above and the one below, he is terrifyingly ruthless and malicious.
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You can see the Red Beanie Savior standing in the background behind Negan in the below video. When Shiva pounces in and the battle commences, we see him running and fighting for his life and the lives of his brothers-in-arms, the Saviors.
The Red Beanie Savior seems to have escaped Shiva and our Survivors’ battle for supremacy. As we wait for Season 8 of The Walking Dead, let’s learn all about Rogelio Lorenzo, Roe Digi.
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Troy, New York. My mom and dad were in college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and I spent the first couple of years of my life growing up in a dorm room. After my dad graduated, we relocated to Georgia. I grew up here in Georgia. I am a Georgia boy!
How did you get into acting?
I have always been into entertainment. I have been a rapper and a dancer. I honestly was working behind the scenes first. One day a friend of mine, who has always been a thespian, presented me with an idea. He said, “I think you’ve got what it takes! You should start acting.” He gave me some recommendations and I acted on them. No pun intended. lol
Was it always your dream to become an actor?
It has always been my dream to be an artist. It never really mattered in what capacity. I just know I always liked to entertain and practice my craft. I was intimidated by acting at first, yet I was equally intrigued. I have respect for people who do things I haven’t done, and I would never attempt to label myself in comparison. Acting was just me getting out of my comfort zone and trying something new. There was no expectation, just curiosity. I have to admit that it is now something I feel like has become part of my genetic makeup, so if I don’t do it, then I feel like I ain’t living.
What was your first acting role?
I was directing one of my first major music videos. I wrote a treatment that required a character for comic relief. I had a lot riding on the project and I didn’t have the support structure that I have today. Needless to say, the person I originally cast in the video did not show. I already was wearing several hats on the project, so when it came time to make a decision on what to do, I just jumped into the role. It was more about the vision than the acting itself. Even after that I didn’t identify with acting immediately. It was just me seeing the project through, no matter the cost.
How did you land the role of the Red Beanie Savior?
Long story short. I blindly applied to a casting call that was looking for tough guys. I sent them my mean mug pic and my credentials. Honestly, I wasn’t even seen in the season 6 finale, although I was on set. I was somewhat discouraged after that. But something in my head kept saying, “The last shall be first!” Anything I do, I see it through. When we came back for season 7, we continued the scene and when the cameras spun around…There I was! After that, it was God and the powers that be. I always stay professional, and because of my production background, I play my position to maintain the integrity of the show. I think my efforts didn’t go unnoticed.
Were you a The Walking Dead fan before landing the role?
I can’t say that I was necessarily a fan before working on the show. I have friends and family that love the show, so I was aware. I have seen a lot in my lifetime, so to put it blunt, I prefer genres that make me laugh, or give me a chance to imagine life without rules. However, once I became involved with the show, I did my due diligence and caught up on the in’s and out’s. I attribute a lot of my success with the show to my naive (curious) approach, and my professional demeanor. Being a fan can sometimes limit your vision when it comes to your character and what they offer.
What has been your favorite acting role?
All roles are an opportunity to learn and grow. I appreciate any role I have ever been given or considered. I can honestly say working on this show has been the highlight of my professional acting career. I have met lifelong friends. I have friends that I met before this that I am honored to share the experience with. The Walking Dead has given me a platform where I can bring awareness to causes like “Fight for Autism”. It is a family! A lot of the people from catering, to wardrobe, to makeup, to the medic, to transportation, to the crew, to the cast, to Greg and Amy, etc., they are family and that’s how we rock! I am blessed and I have met great people and I have worked on some brilliant productions but nothing like this, I swear!
Did you experience any funny or memorable behind the scene moments on the The Walking Dead set?
The funniest thing that ever happened on set is when Indiana (@actorindie1) pulled out his hand cannon. We were filming the mid-season finale where Spencer and Olivia get it. We were rehearsing, so when it was time to pull our guns out, instead of him pulling out his weapon, he produced his hand in the form of gun. It was one of the funniest things ever, you could imagine my surprise. Everyone on set had a good laugh about that, and I am sure he will never out live that one.
You have worked as an actor, editor, and producer. Which do you enjoy the most and why?
I can’t really say. I like to take things as they come. Yes, I work hard and I create situations for myself. Yes, I look at opportunities and I entertain the ones that speak to me creatively. However, I don’t consider myself just an actor. I am an artist, and therefore, I will share my talent no matter the platform.
Do you have any new acting roles in your future?
I do have some things brewing on the horizon, but I try not to put myself in a box or on specific path. I have a web series that I am acting and producing. I am not like the average actor, I don’t proactively seek roles. If something is meant for me, it will reveal itself. But if you know an agent or a production that may benefit from my involvement, please let me know! I am always looking for something new to sink my teeth into!
Who has been an inspiration to you?
Mama! She is the original inspiration of my journey. I didn’t grow up hearing, “You can’t!” She had my back no matter the circumstances. She worked numerous jobs and sacrificed everything so we could have a fighting chance to be successful. I miss her and I like to think she can see her baby boy shining.
What can you share about your work with Fighting for Autism and Diabetic Warriors?
We have done some things to help causes like these get some exposure. I have done some events and promotions on behalf of these causes, and I hope that the work we do will help people find answers to these afflictions. It is my goal to inspire others to get involved and play their part. Come join the fight!
Is there anything you can tell all us fans about yourself that we don’t know?
I have seen it all and at the same time nothing at all. I love to empower and inspire. I love a challenge. I am loyal and I am not a quitter. And on some really real…I am always humbled by everything that I encounter, Life is a blessing, and some may say I should not even be here to tell the tale. But guess what? Here I am! And that’s proof that anything is possible. Now go and be great!
I don’t know if I would have recognized this handsome guy as the Red Beanie Savior! He looks so different without that red beanie. I’ll be looking for Roe Digi in the new Season 8 of The Walking Dead, as well as his other projects.