As zombie fans already know, The Walking Dead is one of the most popular (and goriest) post-apocalyptic shows on television. The drama's fourth season premieres on October 13, immediately following the cast's appearance at New York Comic Con at the Javits Center here in NYC. We sat down with actor Norman Reedus, who plays zombie-slaying, crossbow-carrying survivalist Daryl Dixon, to chat about Comic Con, living in New York City and his new photography book.
Yeah, it's a lot of fun. A lot of the fans are younger, so I call them “little
people.” I get to see tiny little Rick Grimeses walking around.
In New York, you can go out and see the City when you're done. In San Diego, you're just out at the beach. I mean, they're both awesome. But I live here, so it's much better for me.
He definitely has a lot of layers. He was basically going to be his big brother—he was going to be mini Merle—and I tried to play him like he was embarrassed to be growing up like that. You know he didn't want to take drugs and be like his brother. Now that Merle's out of the picture [
Ed. note: zombie Merle died at the end of Season 3
], Daryl has started to become his own person. He's very loyal; [the other characters] are helping him become a new man.
Every year I do the same thing: I sit down with my son, get a lot of ice cream, and we scream at the TV. He loves the show. In the beginning he would watch it through his fingers—it's kind of scary—but now he gets some love from the older kids at school who are Daryl Dixon fans. He's really into it.
I have this website called
. The name comes from when I was a kid and my mom took me to a Laurie Anderson concert. [Anderson] came out wearing this glow-in-the-dark outfit with glow-in-the-dark violin. Her head popped up on the screen behind her and she said, “The sun is coming up like a big bald head.” I was really little, so I was like, “What the f*** is that?” It stuck with me.
Yeah, I get opportunities to travel to a lot of weird places and see unusual things. I've been documenting them for the last 12 years or so.
There's an openness to New York and New Yorkers in general that I'm really fond of. It's one of those places where you're out and about amongst people all day. I'm not dissing Los Angeles or anything—I like it too—but you're in a car so much in LA. Here everyone is saying hi to you.
] Well, we usually work on Halloween, so usually I'm Daryl Dixon. But last year I really wanted to be Dog the Bounty Hunter. The year before I was trying to be Larry David. That didn't work.
It's interesting being here for Halloween because where I live kids don't go to houses to trick-or-treat; they go to restaurants and bars and stores. It's great to see local business supporting all the kids in the neighborhood. It's completely different [from where I grew up]. I love it. My son has dressed up as so many different things—KISS, a blue horse. It's fun.