Andrew Lincoln on the cover of the October issue. (Ture Lillegraven/Men’s Health)
Up until then, he tells Men's Health, "I'd played sort of jokey, Jack the Lad kinds of roles. Romantic roles. Period dramas." To land the part, he proved his acting skills through an audition tape of himself speaking with a Southern drawl. And, since the series started out with his character wandering around for days in search of his family, the lack of sleep Lincoln was dealing with in real life as the dad of a newborn son at the time helped him look the part. In addition to his son, Lincoln has a 5-year-old daughter with wife Gael Anderson.
Lincoln currently stars on The Walking Dead. (Ture Lillegraven/Men’s Health)
He may be a bona fide American TV star now, but the 39-year-old hasn't gone Hollywood when it comes to fitness. "The whole vanity aspect of building up different muscles — I have no interest. I'm probably talking to the wrong magazine, but this six-pack phenomenon in acting, I just don't subscribe to it."
And as far as daily exercise, Lincoln, who ran a marathon with his mother a few years ago, has that covered too thanks to the physical demands of his acting gig. No personal trainer needed.
"Of course, I want to be in good shape and be fit, but I want to have stamina. It's not an exercise in vanity. It's about being able to do stuff," he explains in the magazine's October issue. "On Friday I did an 18-hour day, including travel. I was up at quarter to six in the morning and got home at half past midnight. The day before we'd been outdoors all day. It was 90 to 95, and the humidity was up. So I don't need a trainer. I've got a zombie apocalypse to keep me fit."
The October issue of Men's Health is on newsstands now.
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