What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
It would have to be my alarm clock. That’s purely because my son has a tendency to sit on my chest—he’s not yet 3—and look me square in the eye and say, “Milk.” He’s a bit like the child from The Shining. And that’s around 5:30 in the morning.
What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?
I’ve got two kids. It’s a war of attrition between Dora and Diego, and I suppose the radio. I like a little soul and funk to get my joints moving. And my wife is very much into banging trance music. So, you can imagine it’s pretty loud and chaotic. There’s no time for reading. There’s Lego. We’re fighting a losing a battle with the children.
Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter or fast until morning?
I am definitely a bookworm. I am one of these people that reads three books on the go. My current book, which I’m loving, is HHhH by Laurent Binet. It’s a story about Reinhard Heydrich who was [a Nazi SS general]. It’s a brilliant book. I’m a novel boy, really. And then, I’ve also got apple books…I’m fanatical about apple trees.
I’m planting an orchard at the moment and have become obsessed with learning everything about apple trees.
So, which is more nutritious, print or Web?
At least you know what you’re eating with print. The difficulty with me and the Web is I get lost. I will suddenly start thinking and reading about tractors in Bavaria.
Have you read The Walking Dead comic book series?
I have up until the point where I have my hand chopped off, and then I threw it down in disgust and said what a terrible idea. Funny enough, I’m revisiting it now and am going to finish the two companions. I didn’t want to get ahead of the game when I was doing the TV show. But we’ve moved substantially away from the comic book and found our own identity. [So] it’s a good idea to revisit and mine Rick’s character from the comic book and see what I can steal for Season 4.
Does the show look as gory on set as it does on TV?
Yes, it’s more so because we have the smells attached as well. It’s actually really tough to be a zombie.
Give us the skinny on your favorite app.
You are talking to the only person left on the planet over the age of 16 who doesn’t have a smartphone. It gets me in so much trouble with all my agents. I was given an i…i…i…what’s it called? An iPad! But my children just stole it. I’ve gotten good at Fruit Ninja. I play, of course, Plants vs. Zombies.
It depends. If I channel Rick Grimes, they never stand a chance. If I’m me, I get eaten within minutes.