• Terry Crews said he received a DM on Instagram from Melissa McBride after he joined the cast of "Tales of the Walking Dead"
  • Crews' co-star Samantha Morton agreed that the show breeds unity
  • The "AGT" host said filming an episode felt like they were "shooting a small film"

Terry Crews opened up about the unexpected welcome he received from a "Walking Dead" star after he joined the cast of the spinoff, "Tales of the Walking Dead."

In an exclusive chat with E! News at 2022 Comic-Con Friday, Crews revealed that he got a DM on Instagram from Melissa McBride, who plays fan-favorite character Carol Peletier on "The Walking Dead."

"She said, ‘Welcome to our world,'" the 53-year-old actor shared. "As a fan, to be a part of this universe now and to get that introduction from her, I was like, ‘Oh my god.'"

Crews' co-star Samantha Morton echoed his sentiments, saying, "It really is a family."

In "Tales of the Walking Dead," Morton reprises her role as Alpha from the original "Walking Dead" series. But since Alpha died in Season 10, Morton's episode in the upcoming anthology series will be a prequel.

"I play someone called Dee, who becomes Alpha," she explained.

Crews and Morton also opened up about their experience filming the upcoming show. According to the "America's Got Talent" host, filming an episode felt like they were "shooting a small film."

"In 10 days, we were shooting a whole movie. It was like triple time. It was a big commitment," Crews said.

Morton agreed and praised the crew for making the filming experience seamless, describing them as a "well-oiled machine."

"They've been doing this. They just know the gig. There's no fumbling around," she noted.

The cast of the "Walking Dead" spinoff was announced in February. Aside from Crews, "Tales of the Walking Dead" will also star Olivia Munn, Anthony Edwards, Parker Posey, Poppy Liu and Jillian Bell.

Crews shared the news via his Instagram account at the time, writing: "Honored to be joining this incredible franchise with these amazing actors! LET'S GO!!!!"

"Anthony, Jillian, Terry, Parker, and Poppy are the first wave of singular talents who will further expand the Walking Dead Universe into harrowing, hilarious, heartfelt, and horrifying new realms and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them to the family, along with these terrific directors. More announcements, more wonderful folks to come," said Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer of "The Walking Dead" universe, Deadline reported in February.

"We’ve worked hard to create unique, interesting and unexpected characters for both old and new TWD fans, and I’m thrilled that these are the actors who will bring them to life. I can’t wait for you to see the depth, drama, terror and, yes, humor they bring to the screen," added showrunner Channing Powell.

Haifaa al-Mansour of "Good Lord Bird," Deborah Kampmeier of "Star Trek: Picard" and Tara Nicole Weyr of "The Wild" were tapped to direct one episode each, while series producer Michael Satrazemis directed three episodes. Each one-hour episode will focus on both new and established characters.

"Tales of the Walking Dead" premieres on Aug. 14 on AMC and AMC+. Meanwhile, "The Walking Dead" will begin to roll out its final episodes on Oct. 2.

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Terry Crews attends the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Patron of the Artists Awards on Nov. 9, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images