‘The Walking Dead’ Star Sarah Wayne Callies Almost Quit Acting Until This Brought Her Back

by Jeremy Spirogis
‘The Walking Dead’ Star Sarah Wayne Callies Almost Quit Acting Until This Brought Her Back

Sarah Wayne Callies is a fan preferred on programs like The Walking Dead, Prison Break and Colony. It is a shame to assume her giving up acting, but she practically performed, and more recently than you’d believe. Callies had been on a panel on her brand-new NBC tv show Council of Dads. An alteration of speed through the scary, activity and science-fiction of her past programs, Council of Dads is a family drama. 

Sarah Wayne Callies | Evans Vestal Ward/NBCUniversal

After the panel, Callies spoke with reporters more and unveiled the reason why she almost quit functioning and exactly what she would definitely do rather. Council of Dads is coming to NBC Tuesdays in March at 9 p.m.

Sarah Wayne Callies thought this could be her final acting role 

When Colony was canceled after period 3, before achieving the summary show creator Ryan Condal thought, Callies had been simply planning change behind the moments.

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(l-r) Sarah Wayne Callies and Michele Weaver |Quantrell Colbert/NBC

“I’ll be honest, I gave up on acting,” Callies stated. “I was like, That was fun. I’m sure they’re done with me. So I was full steam ahead on a directing career. I had a couple episodes of episodics lined up. I was writing. I’ve got a couple things that are being produced right now. I was actually on set shadowing a show getting ready to direct an episode further down in the season when I got a call.”

The show Sarah Wayne Callies had been going to direct before ‘Council of Dads’

That directing assignment might have came back Callies into the realm of The Walking Dead. They might remain in a position to work it out.

“I don’t know yet,” Callies stated. “It had been a bout of Fear the Walking Dead that I became likely to be directing and we’re gonna try to slot that in if we can.”

She continues to be taking care of various other tasks

You’ll find a way to see Sarah Wayne Callies on Council of Dads every few days. Returning to acting has actuallyn’t made her give up some of her other tasks though.

“I want to be a storyteller, whether it’s acting, directing, writing or producing,” Callies stated. “I’m interested in telling the kinds of stories that I’ve always wanted to be a part of. I grew up in Hawaii so I grew up around a lot of people who weren’t white. I grew up around a lot of different cultural mythologies and religious mythologies. Then I got to Hollywood and I was watching stuff and I was like, ‘Where’s everybody I know?’”

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Sarah Wayne Callies | | Mike Coppola/NBCUniversal

One of Callies’ tasks is a podcast with a varied cast.

“It’s part of why writing this podcast, the leading women are me, a 16-year-old black girl and a Hawaiian woman who’s a Hawaiian activist. That’s what I want. If I gotta direct that, that’s fine, write it, that’s fine, produce it, it’s all good. I sold a narrative podcast. It’s like a radio drama. So I’m writing that and we just started recording it. Dave Harbour’s going to be in it. Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s going to be in it. I’ve got a bunch of my friends and so we’ve been writing and recording that so I’m staying busy.”

Sarah Wayne Callies, Television Critics Association winter press tour, 1/11/2020

What changed her brain about ‘Council of Dads’

When Sarah Wayne Callies had been prepping to direct Fear the Walking Dead, she had been willing to turn-down Council of Dads.

“The person who called me said, ‘This is the best thing that I’ve read in a long time. I’ve never cried reading something like this,’” Callies stated. “So I left set and I read it.”

The tale of Council of Dads hit near to residence for Sarah Wayne Callies. She fused with executive producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan on the conditions of these kids additionally the family members from the tv show.

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Sarah Wayne Callies | Jeff Lipsky/NBC)

“My son is adopted. It’s a transrracial adoption. Joan and I and Tony got on Skype and we were talking about our children and all the weird moments of nursing my black son as a baby in Atlanta and all the things that teaches you about race in America. I realized that they had the sensibility to do this show so brilliantly because they approach life with humor and irony and open hearts. You read the script, you have to do it. you just have to”

Sarah Wayne Callies won’t direct ‘Council of Dads’ 

After almost quitting performing, Sarah Wayne Callies is concentrated upon it once more. She isn’t about to direct any symptoms of Council of Dads.

“At this moment my acting responsibilities on this show are large enough that I want to focus on those,” Callies stated. “In my hiatus, if I’m lucky enough for it to be a hiatus, I’m actively looking for projects to direct.”

Besides, she never stopped loving functioning.

“I love it,” Callies stated. “I love it. It’s the first thing I was ever really good at and forming a community like this means so much to me, but there may be a time when I decide I don’t want to have to put on the dress and heels. I want someone else to step up in front of this. Let me just step back and let somebody else do the red carpet.”

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