Canadian actor Kevin Zegers has come a long way since his days as a child actor. Now a part of the “Fear The Walking Dead” cast, Zegers tells ET Canada all about his villainous new role on the TV series and celebrating seven years of sobriety.
“Seven years ago, I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning. I was in such a bad state,” the actor tells us during our sit-down interview in Los Angeles. “I used to not talk about sobriety because it was like, ‘Oh, who cares…,’ and it’s a little embarrassing.”
But now Zegers sees his sobriety as something to inspire others who are just starting their journey.
“The reason I go to an AA meeting on my birthday — the reason we’re urged to do that — is not for you, but you do it for others, to indicate it’s possible, which in the depths of addiction doesn’t feel possible,” he explains, adding that he hopes speaking about his past struggles lets others know they’re not alone.
“I think it’s our duty, even with, you know, very small amount of fame, which I sometimes have, to go, “Oh s***, that guy — that guy suffers, too.”
The actor credits his sobriety for not only his new gig as Mel on “Fear The Walking Dead” but also his wife Jaime and twin daughters.
“It’s the greatest accomplishment of my life and I don’t like to undermine it because I don’t think I have a wife, a family, I don’t think I’m on ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ without that,” he says.
Zegers admits that even the actors on the zombie series don’t know what’s going to happen, including how long he’ll get to play the bad guy.
“It’s an interesting villain because he’s not running around beating his chest, or trying to be intentionally scary or fear-provoking, but he just presents them with the facts,” Zegers reveals. “As an actor, you have to think, How do I make this work and what is it? How am I able to convey being frightening to somebody with what I have?”
While he may be working out his most intimidating face on screen, it’s his role as dad to two-and-a-half-year-old twin daughters, Zoe and Blake, he cherishes the most.
“There’s no easing into parenting if you have twins,” he laughs. “But it’s the greatest thing I’ve ever done.”
As a parent, Zegers says he can recognize himself in the actions and expressions of his young daughters.
“We think we’re self-aware and you go, ‘Oh, you know that I can get frustrated easily,’ or ‘I’m super self-conscious’ or, ‘I have a short temper,’ and then you see a physical embodiment of you at two-and-a-half, and they just have no filter and you’re like, ‘Oh my God, it’s me when I’m in traffic!'”