updated 02/06/2014 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/06/2014 AT 12:00 PM ET
“I was surprised to get the invite,” the actor, 45, tells the February/March issue of NYLON Guys. “But they like our show, and I guess we’re both on popular shows, so it makes sense.”
Reedus gave thanks with the Robertson family prior to the controversy over Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments.
“Those guys are fun to sit down and eat a meal with. A bunch of weird dudes. Come to think of it, they seemed pretty sophisticated to me,” he says.
And Reedus can fit right in with a group of hunters, considering he’s killed someone in 39 of his 42 film and television appearances.
But the actor clearly has a stake in what his character does or doesn’t do on the show – he’s quite opinionated about Daryl’s love interests, for example.
“Sometimes they suggest this or that, but if Daryl’s going to get busy with another character, it has to be just right,” he says. “The producers are smart, man. Smart enough to know that Daryl can’t have the kind of love interest that you might think. I feel pretty strongly about it.”