Norman Reedus is a real people person. He loves to be around fans at conventions (and everywhere else) and has no problems being photographed when walking down the street or being handed a baby to cuddle in the middle of a supermarket. But when it comes to interviews on talk shows? The Mr. Nerd side of Reedus comes out in a big way!
It doesn’t help that the various evening talk shows and daytime gabfests tend to pigeonhole their guests into answering the same questions over and over. Poor Norman – how many times on national TV has he had to repeat the same story about receiving a used breast implant as a gift from a fan? Between the shoulder shrugging and the nervous laughter, Reedus is far from a polished interviewee.
On March 5, Norman will have a chance to sit in the hot seat of the newly crowned Tonight Show Prince Jimmy Fallon. Will Fallon trot out the same old stories about crazy fans? Here’s hoping that Fallon will force Reedus into new territory – perhaps a duet of some kind? A blind-folded crossbow bulls eye contest? Or perhaps an SNL-type skit that pushes Reedus into a comedic role – something fans have never really seen him do.
Whatever happens on The Tonight Show, it is still the big time. Reedus has hit the stardom jackpot, and he is definitely sharing his fifteen minutes of fame with as many high-profile celebrities and red carpet events as possible.
Reedus has made the rounds of many of the most popular talk shows, including his famous Conan appearance with other Walking Dead Cast Mates – Conan was able to get Reedus to stop licking Melissa McBride long enough to answer a few questions about the show and his popularity. Visit ontheredcarpet.com for video of the Conan show. And we’re not even counting that whole reality show-like weekend spent in Singapore with Andrew Lincoln running around shooting water guns (whatever that was).
Reedus has a reputation for being incredibly gracious to everyone he meets. Let’s hope his fifteen minutes of fame stretches on and on into hours and days, and that Daryl Dixon survives Season Four and continues to survive long into future seasons of The Walking Dead.
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Anderson Cooper and Norman Reedus
November 9, 2012 Anderson Cooper challenged Norman Reedus to a crossbow test. It was silly to watch, but of course Reedus met the challenge and succeeded.
Norman Reedus is one of the 'good guys' - and fans are keen to photograph him holding their babies. Over and over, at the various conventions he attends, Reedus poses with children and smiles. He is a natural with little kids, and fans everyone desire a photograph of Reedus with their spawn.
Seeing Norman Reedus shopping in a supermarket? Check. Approaching him and shoving your baby in his arms in the deli department? Check. Photo to post on the internet for all to see? Priceless.
Katie Couric interview
On October 18, 2013 Katie Couric welcomed Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, and Andrew Lincoln to her daytime talk show. The boys laugh, jostle, and tease the audience while Katie tries to hold a real interview.
The View November 26, 2013
When he guest starred on The View on November 26, 2013, not only was Norman Reedus outnumbered, he was out of his comfort zone. Too many questions from too many different women made him shy and a little anxious. He did the best he could, but between the shouting audience and the women of The View pawing at him, poor Reedus gave a stiff and practiced interview.
The Cast of The Walking Dead on Conan
On February 6, 2014 Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohen, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, and Norman Reedus all appeared on Conan. They were promoting the midseason 4 Walking Dead premiere
Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride
Just before they went on stage for The Conan Show, Norman Reedus made sure to show Melissa McBride (Carol on The Walking Dead) how much he loves and appreciates her. Fans know that if Norman licks you, than you are golden in his eyes.
Norman Reedus on LIVE with Kelly and Michael
Norman Reedus guest starred on LIVE with Kelly and Michael on Feb 21, 2014. He was his usual shy self, not revealing any spoilers for The Walking Dead and making sure to flirt with the audience.