However, throughout the interview, Norman was friendly and cheerful, nothing like the Daryl Dixon he plays on the show. His unpretentious disposition, by the way, only made us want to gaze into his eyes even more...
TVGroove: What do you think of your Japanese fans?
They’re fun. I mean, all the fans everywhere have been very supportive of the show and we work really hard on the show so it’s nice to get that feedback. They’re cute, Japanese fans, mostly girls, I have to say. They go like this. (makes a heart with his hands; a gesture a lot of girls do in Japan when posing for a photograph or for a good-looking guy like Norman)
TVG: Where have you been in Japan so far? What have you done?
Just bouncing around, saw a few friends yesterday. I want to go to Kiddyland (a toy store) tomorrow. I heard in Harajuku you don’t have the bands anymore. Years ago, I saw the [many many bands lining the streets of Harajuku], and the guys with the Elvis hair doing this (rock’n’roll dance moves) and stuff, it was awesome. Maybe I’ll go back to Harajuku and reminisce.
TVG: Why do you think the show "The Walking Dead" is so popular?
Because of this handsome devil right here (points at picture of Andrew Lincoln next to him). You know, it’s not really a monster show or a zombie show, it’s more about people that would never [normally] hang out together having to rely on each other for survival.
Everyone’s infected so time is precious and the clock is ticking and everything you say is important and everything you do is important. These are your feet on the ground and what are you going to do with your life, how are you going to spend your time on this planet? I think there’s a lot of things about this show that resonate with people. There’s also the element that we all have an expiration date. It basically comes down to time and sincerity with people.
TVG: How did you feel at first being on a show about zombies?
There’s something called pilot season in Los Angeles so I flew from New York to LA and that’s where all the new television shows are presented. There was a buddy-buddy cop show, lawyer shows, doctor shows, roommate shows, and then there was "The Walking Dead" and this amazing script.
I fought to get in on it but it had Gale Anne Hurd -- amazing producer -- Gregory Nicotero, Robert Kirkman -- who’s a whole world -- and Frank Darabont. It was sort of a no-brainer.