Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead smolders in GQ: hot or greasy?

Just when I was mourning the death of Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead returns this Sunday to AMC, yay! They really don’t have to do much promotion for this show, the ratings are huge are people are going to tune in no matter what. Still it’s nice to see the resident badass with a heart of gold, Norman Reedus, get some press. Reedus is featured in October’s GQ, and they have a lovely slideshow and brief interview there. The GQ people were kind enough to send us the image above to use.

I usually go for clean cut guys, but apart from the goofy hair Reedus is doing it for me here. He’s a dirtbag with scruffy facial hair and sh*tkicker boots in a nice suit. Can you believe he’s 44 freaking years old? I love it when hot famous guys are older than me. Did you know that Reedus has his own fangirls? Of course he does, and they have a name for themselves that reminds me of a little of the Cumberbitches. They call themselves “Reedusluts” and “Norman’s Nymphos.” “Reedusluts” is catchy but “Norman’s Nymphos” is chessy. They need to come up with a better group name, but Reedus is cool with it. Here’s his GQ interview:

When Norman Reedus first wandered onto The Walking Dead halfway into the first season, it didn’t seem like he was going to last long. His character, Daryl Dixon, was angry, greasy, a loner on a show whose ethic is that unity is the only way to survive. But Reedus, 44, played Daryl’s nasty lines like they were born of existential torture—more abused than abuser. “I wanted to play it like I was sort of embarrassed of who I was,” he says. And as the fourth season begins, Daryl has evolved from a racist hillbilly to the show’s unlikely moral center.

Reedus, meanwhile, has gone from tenuous guest star to the mega-hit’s most beloved regular. His online fans (they have names like Norman’s Nymphos and Reedusluts) gave him a huge reception at Comic-Con this year—amazing, considering Daryl’s mere presence used to annoy fans of the comic because his character wasn’t in it. “Call them nerds, whatever, man,” he says. “I f*ing love nerds.

[From GQ]

Reedus’ character Daryl has really evolved on WD and I appreciate his story arc. Maybe that’s down to what an excellent actor Reedus is and how he convinced the writers to keep him. Other characters, like T-Dog, didn’t seem to get a chance. I’m interested in the new people at the prison this season and how they’ll interact with the core group of characters. I can’t wait!

Reedus also has a “25 Things You Don’t Know About” in the upcoming issue of US Magazine. They sent us a preview and it’s hilarious. My love for this guy just keeps growing.

“When I was a kid, 3 was my favorite number because if rotated, it looks like a pair of boobs.”

“Growing up, the Clash’s “Straight to Hell” was always our sing-along song while we washed the dishes. (Hi, Mom!)”

“I think apple pie-flavored gum is a revolutionary concept and I love it.”

“My best friend is my cat.”

[From US Magazine, print edition, received via e-mail]

I know that’s only four items, I’ll have to wait to read the rest, but it’s already one of the best “25 Things” I’ve ever read. Either Reedus has a great publicist or he really is that clever and funny. I think it’s the latter, I really do. “3 was my favorite number… because it looks like a pair of boobs.” That’s awesome.

Here are some photos from the Walking Dead premiere party earlier this month featuring Andrew Lincoln, Chad Coleman and Steve Yuen. I can’t with Reedus’ hair here. I know it’s part of his character but he would look so much better with it cut.

The Walking Dead

2013 Tribeca Film Festival

Photos are from the WD premiere on 10-4 and of Reedus at events earlier this year. Credit:

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  1. Kiddo says:

    David Bowie doppelganger? (in at least a couple of shots)

  2. Happyhat says:

    He’s totally divine. But I agree – the hair, Norman, does not do it for me. I miss season 1 Daryl hair (i.e. short).

  3. kellybean says:

    Correction: It’s T-Dog (or Dawg), not T-Bone.

  4. blue marie says:

    greasy.. and is that a hair pc in the first photo?

  5. Jen says:

    He is icky looking. That picture with the bow tie actually makes me gag a bit.

  6. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Where is Mort? Reedus is her boyfriend ;)

    He is so so sooooo sexy. I would do nasty things to this man, but not if I saw him with the bad hair and bow tie.

    …and his best friend is his cat?
    I didn’t think I could love him any more.

    • Eve says:

      Not particularly attracted to him but…YAY for cat guys!

    • Lindy79 says:

      Yeah, as someone who has two and hears “urgh I hate cats” anytime you mention it, it’s nice to hear the reverse.

      • Eve says:

        It’s such a d*ck move, isn’t it? To say you hate an animal right after someone says he/she owns one. They do it, right to your face (and rather comfortably — almost with some sadistic pleasure — if the animal in question is a cat).

        I swear I have to fight the urge to punch said people whenever that happens.

      • .... says:

        it’s not that most of us hate them, we just find them creepy.
        For me personally it’s their eyes…why do they turn to slits when sun hits them? Can someone explain that to me?

      • Eve says:

        They’re naturally shaped like that (slits). They’re not round like ours.

        Also, because of the light: a cat’s pupils change to control how much light gets into the eyes (the less light it needs, the smaller its pupils will become).

        There’s no witchcraft involved.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        Eve, I think you would love my cat–Emma. Good God that cat is BAD! She’s a killer though. She’s outside for most of the day because if you let her in the house, she’ll go eat a few nibbles, and then two minutes later she wants to go back outside. But she likes to fight–she fights my two neighbor’s cats–one of those cats we call “Big Boy”, he’s 3-4 times her size.

        AND last but not least, she will bring you presents. Yesterday she tried to bring a half dead bird into the house, and when it tried to fly away from her, she started batting it around the porch, and finally killed it. Poor thing.

      • Eve says:

        @ Virgilia:

        My cats also bring me “presents”. But they spent most of the time indoors (neighbourhoods aren’t safe for cats where I live — it’s really sad, so I’ll abstain from talking about it here).

        Their favourite prey are small lizards (sometimes I manage to save them though).

        The birds here are too smart to be caught — and Bartholomew (the only one that spends most of the time outside in the garden/backyard) is too fat to jump high enough to catch them (although he tries his best).

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Add him to our list of Cat-loving Guys, Eve!

      @Lindy79-The worst part is that so often the person expressing that sentiment has never had a cat or had ONE bad experience with a cat scratching them 20 years ago. Total specist behavior.

      I will say that every single person who has ever met my cat instantly loves her. But then again, she’s a little teddy bear ;)

  7. rkintn says:

    I LOVE him! I met him earlier this year at the Full Moon Horror and Tattoo show in Nashville. He’s super nice and smells amazing! But that hair! I liked it short like it was in the first season. It’s way over styled and flat ironed. Where is Daryl finding a flat iron in the zombie apocalypse?

  8. Lindy79 says:

    The GQ shoot, yes. He looks gorgeous.
    Not sure what the hell was going on at TWD premiere with that suit and bow tie though. 3 days to premiere, such a geek, I’m really looking forward to it.

    Andrew Lincoln is fab too, and such a gent apparently.

  9. Bodhi says:

    Dead f*cking sexy. Hes been on my freebie list since Boondoock Saints

  10. jinni says:

    If any actress looked like this guy not only would she never be considered attractive in any shape or form, but she would also probably never get work, especially in mainstream Hollywood.

  11. Sixer says:

    Oh, well, if he’s a fan of the Clash he can go on my list.

  12. HiHa says:

    Axl without the Botox, and the braids?

  13. Eileen says:

    Have mercy. I have adored this man since 15 years ago when I saw Boondock Saints. Its now a top 3 favorite movie of mine. He is the perfect Daryl and yes, I’d hit it….and never quit it!! They film close to me. I think I need to get a part as a zombie and stalk him.

  14. Leah says:

    I think he is hot in a ugly beautiful way. Sexy. Also his son is named after charles mingus so thats a bonus point!

  15. JustaGirl says:

    I think his character in TWD is amazing, he seems like a great person, but he doesn’t do a thing for me looks-wise.

  16. Macey says:

    I love Norman but I dont find him attractive in most of his press shoots. They totally over do his hair and that just takes away from his hotness. I really cant stand that “hot ironed” hair look on any guy, the rugged the better for me. I prefer dirty Darryl but I am glad Norman is finally getting recognition after all these yrs.

  17. Sway says:

    I’ve been in love with this guy forever. He’s got that subtle sexiness that can throw me off my feet in a second. I’ve watched videos of him with his fans on conventions (mostly females) and he’s got that incredible skill to make any woman feel special using tools which men have been using for centuries, but making it seem so genuine and sweet that women moon over him. He does everything with sincerity and it shows in his eyes, his gestures and his smile. Everyone feels it and appreciates him even more, not only as an actor, but as a person, too.

    Also, his voice is my favorite voice in the world.

  18. Agnes says:

    I love him! I like the name “Dixon’s Vixens” but it applies more to the fans of the show.

  19. Adrien says:

    I get a David Bowie, Sean Bean vibe on this guy.

  20. Patricia says:

    He looks EXACTLY like one of my cousins, who is a Vermont woodsmen with the same kind of personality (minus the racist beginnings and abusive past, etc). Sometimes my husband and I just can’t believe how much he looks and talks and acts like my cousin, he is a doppelgänger! And my cousin recently became a father so we have even had the image of the big tough guy with a sweet baby in his arms, just like Daryl haha.

  21. eliza says:


    The End.

  22. mommak918 says:

    I wish I could include my brother’s instagram account link! We just saw him in Dallas at the Cowboy’s stadium (my brother works for the Boys!) My brother spotted him and they talked for a good while. He was very cool, down to earth and looked a thousand times better ‘under-dressed’. I dont watch the show but i LOVE boondock saints!

  23. Axis2ClusterB says:

    Have loved him since Boondock Saints – any interview involving him and Sean Patrick Flannery is absolute gold.

  24. JuJuJen says:

    His hair is hurting me! He’s gorgeous but the hair! Why? Why did he do that?!?

  25. Quinn Parker says:

    He’s one of those guys who looks hotter in jeans and slightly dirty…I feel the same way about Brad Pitt.

    The hair in the main picture is ALL kinds of wrong…it looks like a messy up-do…NO BUENO. Also…the color isn’t good on him…too dark.

    For you diehard Norman fans…he looked really hot in “Messengers 2″…a low budget horror movie from about five years ago. Yum.

  26. d says:

    YUM. But needs to cut his hair and they really need to stop with this styling nonsense.

  27. Penguin says:

    He has a 19 yr old girlfriend @ age 44. I’m sorry but that’s just gross.

  28. Falula says:

    A few of the junior high aged girls I have taught are OBSESSED with this man. Thanks to them I know a lot about him and he does seem like a pretty cool guy. It’s a little weird that he is older than their parents but otherwise it’s kind of adorable.

  29. Pants says:

    I’ve met him, he is the NICEST GUY. Really and truly, he’s a doll! He is the only celebrity I’ve seen and approached, I couldn’t help myself, and it was worth it. MORE NORMAN REEDUS POSTS!

  30. Chris Jurgie says:

    He looks like he’s got a case of permanent hangover face, like Benicio del Toro. No thanks.

  31. Mandy says:

    I usually dig a scruffy guy, but I don’t think it works very well on Norman. He doesn’t really do it for me, but I love his character on WD. I need this show back in my life. BB has left a hole in my cold heart.

  32. Lempicka says:

    he´s one of those weird-hot guys like Woody Harrelson – anyone else looking really forward seeing him on Catching Fire?!

  33. Lucky says:

    He is not my type at all but I would hit that hard and often. Andrew Lincoln is a very sexy guy as well. Can’t wait for Sunday

  34. d b says:

    Love Norman, but not his very artfully mussed hair.

  35. Kit says:

    Norman’s a conundrum: he’s got an intense, almost serial killer/stalkerish vibe, but at the same time he comes across sweet, bashful and shy in interviews.

    There’s a Reedus fan video on youtube called “Dirty Mind Saint”, and anyone who finds him remotely attractive simply MUST watch it. Sexy as hell.