You could say they clean up well! In honor of the premiere of the ninth season of AMC's "The Walking Dead" on Oct. 7, 2018, Wonderwall.com is taking a closer look at the cast to determine just how different they look in real life. Keep reading to compare Daryl Dixon actor Norman Reedus — one of the show's most consistently rugged-looking cast members — and his co-stars' onscreen vs. offscreen looks…
Norman Reedus shares his alter ego's long hair and beard, but that's where the similarities end. Can you imagine Daryl in a suit and tie? Nope!
Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes has been more than a little beaten and battered over the course of the first eight seasons of "The Walking Dead," and his troubles are written all over his face.
Like Rick Grimes, Andrew Lincoln rocks a beard in real life — and like the former sheriff's deputy, his has gotten grayer with time. One major difference between the actor and his onscreen alter ego? That winning grin!
In the role of Michonne on "The Walking Dead," Danai Gurira wears her long hair in dreadlocks and almost always rocks a headband.
Yep, it's a wig. In real life, Danai Gurira sports a hi-top fade haircut — and is super-chic! With her avant garde dress and gorgeous makeup, she doesn't have a whole lot in common with her "The Walking Dead" character, does she?
With his slicked-back hair, red bandanna and black leather jacket, Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan has one of the most iconic looks of any character on "The Walking Dead."
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is certainly more well-groomed and well-dressed than Negan in real life. One major difference between the two? Negan's beard has a spattering of salt and pepper in it, while the actor's is almost fully gray.
Lauren Cohan's Maggie Rhee rarely gets to show her feminine side on "The Walking Dead." The recently widowed survivor is often depicted in basics like jeans and long-sleeved T-shirts.
We hardly recognized Lauren Cohan when she turned up at a Hollywood event in a chic ensemble with her makeup done in soft, neutral shades. (Her hair's grown out too!)
On "The Walking Dead," Melissa McBride's Carol wears her matronly appearance as a mask to hide her true identity as a hardened fighter. She's a true wolf in sheep's clothing!
Melissa McBride tends to favor dark clothing in real life and makes a point to style her short hair and wear makeup unlike her unkempt onscreen alter ego.
Chandler Riggs played Carl Grimes, who wears a bandage over one eye and almost always sports his dad's old cowboy hat.
We almost didn't recognize Chandler Riggs with his short brown cropped hair. It's also been a while since we've seen him with both eyes and a smile. Since his character was (SPOILER) killed off on the show, we think we'll probably be seeing him like this much more often!
Christian Serratos is the tough-as-nails Rosita Espinosa, who usually wears her hair up in a ponytail.
Is that you, Rosita?! It's truly unbelievable how unrecognizable Christian Serratos is when she's all dolled up for the red carpet.
Josh McDermitt's Eugene Porter is instantly recognizable thanks to his signature mullet 'do.
Unfortunately, Josh McDermitt is committed to the same hairstyle in real life that his onscreen alter ego favors on "The Walking Dead," though he's cleaned it up a bit for the red carpet.
Alanna Masterson portrays the typically low-maintenance Tara Chambler, who either wears her short brown hair parted down the middle or in a ponytail on "The Walking Dead."
Like many of the ladies in the cast of "The Walking Dead," Alanna Masterson kind of looks like a different person when she has her hair and makeup done!
Tom Payne's "The Walking Dead" alter ego, Jesus, earned his nickname due to his resemblance to the stereotypical portrayal of the Biblical figure with his long brown hair, beard and baby blues.
Tom Payne is pretty locked in to his "The Walking Dead" look — though we doubt Jesus was ever quite such a hipster.
Fortunately for actress Katelyn Nacon, her character on "The Walking Dead," Enid, isn't always this dirty and blood-soiled…
In real life, 19-year-old Katelyn Nacon is a true beauty! It's a wonder what a little soap can do, huh?
Unlike most of the men on "The Walking Dead," Ross Marquand's Aaron prefers a clean-shaven look.
Surprisingly, Ross Marquand rocks a lot of facial hair in real life. Who woulda thunk it?