IronE Singleton, who plays T-Dog, is one of two regulars on “The Walking Dead” from the metro area. (The other is Chandler Riggs, who plays Lori and Rick’s son Carl, who definitely looks much older in the third season.)
Singleton spent many years trying to get a big break in the acting world. In 2008, when he said he was at his lowest point in his career, he had a revelation to do a one-man show at 14th Street Playhouse. “It was God inspired,” he said. “I was just a vessel.”
A week later, he got his first agent and soon after, his first big audition for “The Blind Side.” He got the gig. From there, “The Walking Dead” came calling.
He promises thrills and chills season 3 but no spoilers. I don’t even know if he makes it through season three. (He was not in the scene I saw from episode 9 at the prison but that doesn’t necessarily mean he isn’t alive.)
I watched the first episode in advance and he’s still with Rick Grimes and company. The story moves forward several months and Lori is several months along in her pregnancy. Wariness has clearly set in as they forage for food and shelter every day while fending off zombies. They discover the prison and decide this might be a good sanctuary, a place where they have to break into. They’ve become proficient at killing zombies, including T-Dog. T-Dog still doesn’t get a lot of dialogue, not that Singleton is complaining.
Singleton is holding a viewing party Sunday night at his home for the season debut. I’ll be there and I’ll update you on the scene.
After we talked, he strolled into Cowlicks, a yogurt place to create a flavor for charity. Frozen yogurt is definitely not on the menu during a zombie apocalypse. He admitted he’d never had this type of yogurt but what he sampled, he liked a lot. I’ll let the publicist describe what he ultimately created:
The Zombie-Kaze offers sugar, spice and everything nice with red velvet, cake batter yogurts, a splash of Dr. Pepper and mounds of red cherries and more. And to sweeten the deal, Cowlicks Yogurt & Floats donates a portion of proceeds to a cause dear to Singleton’s heart. From October 14 to November 14, 20 percent of all float sales benefit the Young Voice United Performing Arts School. A family-operated school in Marietta, Ga., YVU aims to make a positive difference in the lives of the youth through performing arts, so that they may make a difference in the world.
And here’s the interview I did with him:
“The Walking Dead”
9 p.m. Sunday, AMC