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Norman Reedus: Do Your Best to Put ‘The Real You’ Out There
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Norman Reedus: Do Your Best to Put ‘The Real You’ Out There

 The actor best known as The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon,  opens up about finding his own way, his own look.

So, what does it like to be hanging out with zombies for a long time?

– I’ve been hanging out with zombies for six years, that’s true! I just didn’t think of that way. I’ve great people around me. Our writers are really good, directing is great. It’s a teamwork. I just really wanted to be a part of it all, and it turned out to be one of the best shows on screen.

What made the show so successful?

– It’s not only about zombies or bloody hands. It’s more about helping each other, and trying to figure out how to survive. You see how they change, reform and reshape in seasons. There’s a lot of humanity in there. More than zombies! They’re fighting for what they want to do. I think that’s a big draw.

I just saw your Halloween Hallmark card. That was funny.

– Greeting cards, toy figures… There’s a bunch of them! They are all hilarious.

Photo credit: Jamie Buckley

Photo credit: Jamie Buckley

Did you always know what you were going to be?

– I had no idea what I was becoming to, and I’m still trying to find that place. Things you love to do might chage over the time, and you just need to learn go with the flow. Things are somehow come together. I fit into this job in a very smooth way. It has something to do with timing, I guess.

Appearently, you took a long walk to get here. Was it hard to wait and wait for the right moment?

– I never feel down, really. That’s not me. Certain things happen: Family member get sick, bad things happen to everyone all the time. Life happens, there’s nothing you can do about and there’s no any point to take it personally. As long as you’re supported by ones you love, you’ll be fine. I’m pretty optimistic about that. Bad things might come in different way. I do whats others do: Accept and move on.

I like to get dirty, covering with dirt and having blood all over me all the time. Playing a character who needs to look stylish with a perfect hair would be the real torture for me.

You started your career as modelling. Do you miss fashion scene at all?

– Modelling is more about being a beautiful product. It requires a a lot of acting, than you imagine. You become the cover guy of men style magazines lately. Do you care about your look at all? – I don’t really think about it to be honest. I don’t spend time to be looking good. I’m on a TV show that I’m covering with blood all the time.

Would you rather the looking sharp and stylish guy?

– No, no, I’m totally rather this guy. That’s more me. I like to get dirty, covering with dirt and having blood all over me all the time. Playing a character who needs to look stylish with a perfect hair would be the real torture for me. This is more me. It feels more real. We’re not really supposed to have any make ups. We’re supposed to look like we’re struggling, and that’s what I look like most of the year. I’m happy about that. A lot of the time, I go straight to airport after the set. Almost every time, I’m whipping blood out of my hands at the plane. I can’t really cut my haircut since the role I’m playing. Having a real haircut sometime make my publicist and my mom more happy, tough.

Do you think your image on press represent the real you?

– Not totally, I guess. There’s a part of me that still feels and behaves like 12! He likes to get filthy and farts all the time. I’m doing my best to put “the real me” out there. Everyone should do that.

Ever feel like trapped by fame?

– I never feel trapped. I’m not really from south, I don’t have Southern accent. I live in New York, not into Hollywood scene. I also have a place in Georgia. It’s way out of downtown, inside the wood, almost in the middle of nowhere.  I like hanging in the woods, and love getting lost with my motorcycle.

Cover photo credit: Mark Seliger for Details Magazine


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