Lauren Cohan

Lauren Cohan of The Walking Dead in Salvatore Ferragamo. Photographed by Pari Dukovic, styled by Patrick Mackie; W Magazine July 2015.

AMC’s The Walking Dead, in which week after week characters run for their lives in the wake of a zombie apocalypse, is one of the highest-rated cable shows in the United States. It has spawned a program devoted solely to discussing its many deaths and intrigues (Talking Dead), as well as an upcoming spin-off (Fear the Walking Dead). “I don’t know what this obsession with zombie culture says about us,” says Lauren Cohan, the British actress who plays the headstrong Southerner Maggie Greene in the series. Onscreen, she constantly battles the hungry undead; in real life, she must contend with the show’s no less voracious Comic-Con–storming fans. “I get anxious sometimes,” she admits. “But I believe that when I wear my glasses, I’m invisible to them.”

Hair byTamara McNaughton at Management & Artists; makeup by Ozzy Salvatierra for Cle de Peau Beaute at Streeters; photography assistants: Amy Moore, Matt Hartz, Braden Moran; fashion assistant: Jennifer Austin; set design by Juliet Jernigan. Special thanks to Chateau Marmont.