When Norman Reedus joined AMC's zombie drama The Walking Dead in 2010, he could have never predicted just how much the hit series would shape the events of his life. Somehow playing the crossbow-wielding Daryl Dixon has forever changed the 47-year-old actor — for the better.
"It's weird how this job, the timing of this job with the timing of the events of my life somehow ended up like this... Somehow doing this job, with these people, in this environment, with this crew and this material it's made Norman a better man," he says in a preview clip for the February 11 episode of Inside the Actors Studio.
Norman continued that the role has even changed the way he parents his 16-year-old son, Mingus Lucien Reedus (whose mother is '90s supermodel Helena Christensen). "And the timing with that, with my son at the age that [he was when] we started doing this, I mean, I work harder. I take care of myself more. I listen to other people. It's made me a better father in a lot of ways... I had opportunities and I've done good things, but I didn't really value them as much. And somehow the timing of all this has made me a better person in general. And it has to do with them, and it has to do the people that watch this, and my son and the work ethic. It's weird how life works somehow."
Filmed on the set of the series in Georgia, the episode will also include co-stars Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun, and Lauren Cohan, as well as executive producers Robert Kirkman and Scott Gimple. It will air ahead of the show's February 14 season premiere.
Check out more highlights from the upcoming episode, below.