A mainstay of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” appears to be testing the waters elsewhere after hitting a speedbump in her salary negotiations with the cable channel. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Lauren Cohan is “eyeing her departure” from the zombie show.
Cohan, who has been tussling with AMC over her salary for season nine, has booked a lead role in ABC’s new drama pilot “Whiskey Cavalier,” where she will star opposite Scott Foley.
“Cohan has emerged as one of the most in-demand actresses this pilot season,” THR notes. “Sources tell THR that she had been actively looking for her next role as she battles AMC over her season nine salary. With ‘Walking Dead’ already renewed for a ninth season, Cohan does not have a deal in place to return to the AMC series.”
The report adds: “Sources say Cohan and her agents are not happy with the offers that have been on the table from AMC. Although Cohan is not seeking salary parity with male leads Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, her camp and AMC have been engaged in a months-long negotiation that remains far apart.”
Word is that Cohan is not merely using the pilot opportunity as leverage, but is actively looking for her next job.