As they talked, Moore's son tried to get some "Walking Dead" scoop from Reedus regarding the second half of the fourth season, which returns at 9 p.m. Sunday on AMC. Reedus didn't divulge any secrets, but he told the family, "The next eight episodes to finish out this season are the best yet."
"I was so outside of my body," Moore said of her time on the couch with Reedus. "I knew I had to talk; I wanted to say a million things, and part of me felt like I was rushing to get stuff in, but I also wanted to shut up and hear what he had to say."
She said one thing she was glad to be able to tell him was just how much he means to her. While it was binge watching "The Walking Dead" on Netflix that got her hooked on Reedus, she has since come to appreciate his other endeavors, including his production company, Big Bald Head, and his photography.
"I follow the stuff he does, so I've gotten to see who Norman is versus Daryl," she said. "The crazy thing is he's the exact opposite of Daryl as Norman. He's very sensitive; he's just your dream-come-true guy.
"He's got a rough, edgy look, and he's an artsy guy, but at the same time, he's a dad," she continued. "We talked a lot about family. He has to wake his son up in the morning; I talked about waking my kids up. I said they're zombies when I wake them up, so I have to de-zombie them."
While talking about Reedus' photography, and his recently released book of photographs, "The Sun's Coming Up . . . Like a Big Bald Head," Moore got another surprise. "He said, 'I want to get you guys a box full of gifts together.'"
And despite Moore and her children only being in the city for a few more hours after the visit, he did. She said when they returned to the hotel from lunch, a box was awaiting them at the front desk, filled with goodies including a "Walking Dead" hoodie and t-shirts, books and the "Walking Dead" PlayStation 3 game for her son.
"It was just a box full of great stuff," she said. "He even wrote on the outside of the box 'To Jaime, From Norman.' I'm never throwing that piece of cardboard away!"
(There's some more cardboard from the trip she's keeping, too: life-size "Walking Dead" cutouts of Reedus and a zombie. They're currently positioned in her dining room.)
"I left New York with a huge smile on my face," she said. "Thank god for pictures and video, so I can relive it as much as I want to."
Moore noted that she and her children were fans of Toaster Strudel before all this, but she said she's an even bigger fan now.
"They absolutely went above and beyond what I ever would have expected. It just kept getting better and better. It was a total dream come true.
"People might laugh when I say this whole thing changed my life, but truly it has. I haven't been able to say my dream has come true in many aspects, but this dream did come true, and I'm forever grateful to them."
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