Everyone knows as Daryl Dixon, the southern survivor of the zombie apocalypse in AMC's The Walking Dead. But in real life, Reedus knows how to use a camera better than a bow and arrow. Reedus recently had an art show in New York City where he spoke to Conde Nast Traveler about his work, his fans, and people getting too close for comfort on airplanes. You can read the whole thing here. Here are some highlights:
On his roadkill photography:
That was a show I did in Times Square. It all went to charity for Oxfam. They wanted behind-the-scenes photos in Georgia… I'm constantly going through back roads, and I see so much roadkill on the way. The death and gore, it all just blended into one. I was doing a lot of interviews [at the time] about zombies and about how they make them so scary. I was saying it's not really the monster makeup, it's the way you see the lost, dying sick person behind the monster. That was sort of the theme in my mind; when they asked me about doing the show, I saw it in the roadkill. It was someone's pet—the fear in that animal before they were squashed by someone's car.
On the show's popularity throughout the world:
It's crazy. It's become a huge show all over the world. There were people who met us at the airport just to say goodbye; they broke through security and made it all the way to the metal detectors. I think the show started off as sort of this heavy breathing with heart thumping, and then it went to this exhale. Now it's back to the original, sort of terrifying—I'm very excited to have people watch [this season].
On annoying people that recognize him on planes:
I was on a plane the other day, and I sat down in my seat, people are filing on, and I have a baseball hat on. I lean down, and I'm texting, and someone stuck a camera an inch from my face and snapped a photo directly in my eyes. I look up and he gives me a thumbs up, "big fan, big fan!" I'm like, are you kidding me? The plane takes off, and we get up to Wi-Fi level, and I open up my computer, and someone sends me a photo of the back of my head from the plane I'm on. I look over to the girl sitting behind me and say, "Nice picture." She says, "Sorry, can I get a better one?"