Norman Reedus Wasn’t Looking For Success When The Walking Dead Came Along

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Norman Reedus Before The Walking Dead

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Norman Reedus spent about twenty years making dark, violent movies for small audiences before The Walking Dead came along. Other than The Boondock Saints, most people hadn’t ever seen him until he stepped onto episode 3 of Dead.

Reedus wasn’t ever the type of guy to look for stardom, but he found it on The Walking Dead. When asked what he was looking for at that time, the 45-year-old actor responded with a simple idea: “Just peace with myself.”

“Sort of a quiet, happy life,” said Reedus in a GQ interview.

Finding Satisfaction Within The Work

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

“I wasn’t really looking for anything other than being satisfied with what I’m doing every day, and being excited about what I’m doing every day. I really matured a lot in my mind and become a happier person in this job because I really like this job and I like the people I work with and I like the environment I work in,” said the actor.

Norman Reedus seems to have found that sweet spot where you can finally stop worrying about success and let it find you. Based on his responses (and his personality), the actor seems content in finding the challenging roles.

Above all else, he seems satisfied, which is all anyone ever wants.

Following Your Creative Interests

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

It’s really serendipity that Norman Reedus found a series like The Walking Dead. As a photographer, he enjoys “having grotesque things and finding beauty in them,” which is certainly true about the sets for the series.

“I’ve always been a fan of horror films and I like aggressive music and I like aggressive people—they all kind of were interesting to me. I mean I really don’t see myself ever being, or wanting to be, in some sort of light romantic comedy about nothing,” said the actor.

The Walking Dead returns in October in AMC.

Do you have a favorite pre-Daryl Dixon role from actor Norman Reedus?

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