Norman Reedus isn’t afraid to let it all hang out. He’s well aware that fans who tune in to his new AMC series, Ride With Norman Reedus (premiering Sunday, 10/9c), are going to get to know him a whole lot more intimately than those who just watch him as Daryl on The Walking Dead. And that’s OK by him. “It’s the age of social media,” he reminds TVLine. “Everyone kinda sees everyplace you’re at, anyway, and knows things about you that you forgot you did when you were 12 years old. It’s all out there already.”
So the actor isn’t worried in the least about what viewers will discover by joining him on the open road every week — even though, as he notes, “Ride is totally unscripted. I know there’s ‘unscripted’ television shows that are really scripted, but this isn’t one of them. This is completely off-the-cuff. It’s adventure time for an hour.
“We wanted people to feel like they were on a motorcycle right alongside us,” he continues. “That’s the whole point. And when you take a road trip with somebody, you know them so much better at the end of the trip. You wind up having conversations you wouldn’t have had [otherwise]. It’s like you’re talking to a bartender or a priest or a therapist sometimes.”
Plus, super-chill Reedus maintains an exceptionally warm relationship with his admirers. “At times, [having fans is] surreal,” he admits. “Sometimes, you’re not prepared for it. Like you’ll show up somewhere, and there’s a bunch of people, and you think, ‘Oh s—, that’s right. It’s like this.’ It’s never in the back of my mind unless it’s happening in front of me. You never get used to it.
“But it’s always positive,” he adds, “and you get a chance to do good stuff for people. I do a lot with, like, Make-A-Wish, and I wouldn’t be able to do that unless I was doing [The Walking Dead], to be honest. If people hated my character, it’d be like, ‘Oh, s—, it’s that guy.'”
So, will you be joining Reedus this weekend as he and pal Imogen Lehtonen cruise the Pacific Coast Highway?