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WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A 12-year-old Georgia boy is getting paid to battle zombies, something most children only get to do in video games.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports that Chandler Riggs is having a great time as an actor, trying to escape the zombie apocalypse depicted in the AMC show "The Walking Dead." Chandler plays Carl Grimes, who flees his small town with his mom, Lori, in the show.

Chandler says the acting gig is "like a video game in real life." He's been acting on stage since he was 4.

The most recent episode aired Sunday and features Chandler's character throwing rocks at a zombie trying to attack him in a swamp.

"The Walking Dead" is filmed in the Atlanta area.