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Actor / EntertainerI Am Actor Tom Payne - I play 'Jesus' in THE WALKING DEAD and star in the new movie MINDGAMERS. Ask Me Anything.

Mar 21st 2017 by thetpayne • 34 Questions • 3611 Points

Hey guys! I'm Tom Payne, aka "Jesus" in The Walking Dead and "Jaxon" in MindGamers, my new movie which premieres world-wide March 28th.

“MindGamers” is innovative grounded science fiction fare. It follows a group of brilliant young students who create a wireless neural network with the potential to link every mind on earth via a quantum computer.
On March 28th 2017, one thousand individuals coast to coast will be the first to participate in a neuroscience experience of unprecedented scale as their brains are simultaneously connected to the cloud in real time using brain-computer interface technology.

This one-of-a-kind event will be shown in U.S. cinemas for one night on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 8:00 p.m. CT/ 7:00 p.m. MT/ 6:00 p.m. PT, with playback at 7:00 p.m. local time for AK/HI, from Fathom Events and Terra Mater Film Studios.

Book your tickets here:
https://www.fathomevents.com/events/mindgamers

Check out the movie here:
http://www.mindgamersmovie.com/

Ask me anything!

Edit: Proof

OK guys, thats was fun! Hopefully you'll check out Mindgamers when it premieres next week on March 28th only!

Q:

Will Jesus ever get into a relationship with someone?

A:

Never say never


Q:

Hey tom, just wondering if you were a fan of the show before joining the cast. If so, favourite season? (Btw, Jesus is such a great character, and you play him so well. You really deserve more screentime) thanks!

A:

No I didn't watch the show. I have caught up now though!


Q:

Is it true that nobody fucks with the Jesus?

A:

Yes. Yes it is.


Q:

You tweeted me once, is there any chance of getting a reply here too?

A:

Maybe


Q:

Will we be getting an episode more about Jesus' backstory? btw i love u :-)

A:

I hope so. That would be great. Morgans episode was one of my favourites from last year


Q:

What's the most difficult thing about playing Jesus that you've found so far?

A:

Wearing all of his clothes!


Q:

What drew you to applying for The Walking Dead?

A:

Unemployment


Q:

What is your favorite scene so far in TWD that you were apart of?

A:

Either Norman chasing me around a field or when I'm sat around the table with the group and say "Your world's about to get a whole lot bigger" and then the credits start. That was super cool.


Q:

When TWD is over, will you cut your hair and shave? (Please don't)

A:

I think so. But maybe not take it all off completely!


Q:

Why did Jesus open up to Maggie and what does it mean?

A:

It means he feels comfortable in her presence and sees strength in their friendship


Q:

Your hair always looks so good, what's your secret?

A:

Not having a clue what I'm doing honestly! I think it's a new thing for my hair and it hasn't become tired of it yet :)


Q:

What training did you have to do to learn to perform your martial arts stunts? Anything specific like muay thai, kickboxing, karate?

A:

I actually took bits from each of those. I have a great trainer named Steven Ho who I work with. He's a kicking specialist and so we did a lot of legwork which is incredibly tiring! Just when you think your fitness is improving you step it up and it's crazy hard again!


Q:

Being from England, is it hard to handle the heat over there in Georgia? Looks super hot ahah ❤

A:

You get very good at finding shade and keeping still when you're not filming! Actually when we were filming Mindgamers it was incredibly hot in Bucharest so I'm pretty used to filming in the heat. On both productions we had to contend with crazy thunderstorms which on TWD can mess up the schedule but on Mindgamers didn't so much cos a lot of it was filmed inside


Q:

Rural Georgia native here, living in Atlanta. We're usually around the 70/80 mark in the summers. It's hot but not too bad, if you can handle the ridiculous amount of bugs and humidity.

A:

Ok guys! Heading out now. Make sure you check out Mindgamers next week on March 28th! x


Q:

Can we expect kickass Jesus for the last two episodes of season 7? I'd like to see Ninja Jesus again!

A:

There's always potential for kickass Jesus!


Q:

When I meet you in June can I touch your hair???

A:

If you've washed your hands ;)


Q:

Hello Tom - can you confirm or deny rumors that you once almost died in a Soul Cycle Class?

A:

Hahahaha. Confirmed. I had to leave the class after about 10 mins! I totally misjudged the resistance on my bike and my fitness was not great. They took me out of the class and then profusely apologized. I said it was my own stupid fault for pushing myself so hard when I was so out of shape!


Q:

How was it growing up in Bath? It is such a lovely town!

A:

It was great! It's just the right size to grow up in and have a good time. Now it's a place I really enjoy going back to. Andy Lincoln is from there too! If you go to England you have to go to Bath it's very beautiful.


Q:

are you happy that jesus finally came out and that he came out to maggie first??

A:

Yeah I thought it was a really nice demonstration of their new found connection. A subtle way to show that they are growing closer


Q:

What drew you into this movie project?

A:

The fact that I'm a huge Sci Fi fan and I've always wanted to make a Sci Fi movie. That and the fact that the subject matter is fascinating. There are many different conversations to be had about the questions of life, death and science that are raised in the movie. I like movies that make you think.


Q:

Henlo Tom!! How is your day going??

A:

Pretty good so far. I'm at Red Bull headquarters in Santa Monica. It's the coolest office space ever :)


Q:

hey, what's the best thing about interpreting Jesus?

A:

Bringing some heart and thoughtful consideration to the group. Jesus is a person who thinks deeply before he takes action.


Q:

What is the best advice you've been given?

A:

Just be you


Q:

How has it been filming a lot with Lauren and Sonequa? They seem lovely and your scenes with each one of them are amazing :)

A:

They're both beautiful, amazing people and it's been wonderful spending this season with them.


Q:

Hi Tom. Big fan from Denmark! Ever been here? Just wanted to let you know, that I absolutely adore the way you bring comic Jesus to "life" on th TV show. Looking forward to see more of him in the future. I also like that he is that acrobatic fighter, how was your preparation for that?

Again, thank you. And a big high-five from me! Much love from Kenny Douglas.

A:

I've been to Copenhagen. Love it there. Was actually just considering living there at some point in the future cos it's such a happy place! Last time I was there I went to Tivoli which was great fun too :)


Q:

Whats your favourite series of the walking dead?

A:

Controversial but I liked the farm!


Q:

Tom, you are my favorite actor!!! Please is there any advice you could give to me as an amateur actor?

A:

Study hard and always believe anything is possible. In the Mindgamers movie my character Jaxon is unstoppably ambitious. In his case I think maybe too much. But honestly I always believed I was capable of anything if I put my mind to it. So go get it!


Q:

Do you think you really understood what you were in for when you decided you wanted to become an actor?

A:

I did but at the same time you can never be totally prepared for being in on of the biggest tv shows ever. I'm very lucky to be in it with some wonderful people though so that makes it a little easier.


Q:

is there any actor or actress you would like to work with in the future?

A:

Anthony Hopkins. I once did an audition with him where we improvised together and it was wonderful. I think he has such a lovely air of calm in his performances. Pure simplicity. At the other end of the scale, Jack Nicholson! I think that would be fun.


Q:

do u have anything in common w jesus?

A:

His empathy


Q:

have u ever been in spain??

A:

Absolutely! Love Spain. Last time I was there was for the premiere of El Medico in Madrid. I still need to visit Barcelona.


Q:

That's cool. I often wonder if actors actually like the people they play. Have you ever not liked a character ?

A:

Not really. I might not have liked some of the decisions they made but you always have to find the best in your character. There have been auditions I've been presented with that I knew I wouldn't get because I didn't like the character as a peron! :/


Q:

Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or a hundred duck-sized horses?

A:

A hundred duck sized horses. Definitely.


Q:

Hey Tom. One: You have very ensnaring eyes. 2: Do people recognize you on the street? If they do, do they refer to you as Jesus?

A:

They do! Even if they don't watch the show!