"I can almost exclusively talk about kicking ass," she laughs when we talk at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills.
Despite what she calls her scrappy, caged animal style of fighting on screen, off-screen 36-year-old Lauren is a well-spoken former University of Winchester student who spent her teenage years in England and is, she says, "American by birth, English by accent."
Her home is now in Los Angeles but she now returns to England frequently to see her family although, she says: "I used to go back less because coming back to America was so difficult and heartbreaking. Now I think I've adjusted to the idea that you can be in both places and you don't have to make hard and fast decisions about where you live or what you do.
"I always go back at Christmas and usually have a trip in the summer. Two of my siblings have moved here so we use that to draw my parents back over to the U.S more because we lived here when we were kids.
"And the new show Whiskey Cavalier shoots in Prague, so my parents are
Lauren entered into a well-publicised pay dispute with AMC after completing her contract as a series regular on the zombie drama The Walking Dead at the end of the eighth season. She asked for a pay rise closer to her male co-stars but AMC refused. Eventually, she made a deal to appear in 6 episodes in the first half of the ninth season before moving on to co-star in Whiskey Cavalier.