- Lauren Ridloff was “so moved” the first time she saw herself as a Marvel action figure.
- “TWD” star joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe in November’s “Eternals” as Makkari.
- Ridloff told Insider her boys were “shocked” to see their mom as a Lego.
Lauren Ridloff received a massive box in the mail. “The Walking Dead” actress had no idea what was inside.
“Our whole team stood around and we watched everyone open the box,” Ridloff told Insider recently over
It was filled with action figures of her new superhero character, Makkari, whom she plays in Marvel’s upcoming film, “Eternals,” out November 5. Ridloff took time off from “TWD” during its 10th season to join the MCU as its first deaf superhero.
Seeing the figures was an emotional moment for Ridloff and affirmed that she was actually a part of a Marvel movie.
“Inside the box, I saw the action figure. There was also some Lego figurines in the box. I cried, I cried. I was so moved,” Ridloff said.
“We had tangible proof that I was now in the MCU and that it’s really happening,” Ridloff continued, adding that the role didn’t feel real until she saw the physical Marvel toys.
“I know I got to wear that suit for six months. It was magical. I shot the scenes. I worked with the cast. I know that all of those events happened, but I’m like, ‘Is the movie really happening?'” she said, perhaps referencing the fact that the release date for “Eternals” was pushed back twice due to the ongoing pandemic.
In the film, Makkari is a super-powered Eternal with super speed, who was sent to Earth thousands of years ago to protect it from mysterious creatures called Deviants. According to the film’s production notes, she’s the fastest woman in the universe.
“It’s been a long wait,” Ridloff said of “Eternals” finally coming to theaters. “I feel like no one really believes that the movie’s actually happening, you know? Until I saw that doll, that’s when I knew. I was like, ‘This is real.'”
Ridloff’s sons were shocked when she showed them the Lego figure
Once she saw the Makkari figurines, Ridloff couldn’t wait to show them to her sons.
“My boys, they love Legos,” Ridloff said of her two sons. “My boys [were] actually building a different Lego set and I said, ‘Hang on, hang on.’ I think that you guys are missing something.” That’s when I brought in the Lego figure and my boys were shocked. They were thrilled.”
“They’ve played with the Lego pieces, the Makkari pieces, ever since,” Ridloff said.
“Eternals” is in theaters on November 5. You can read our review of the film here.