The Walking Dead actress, 34, says she idolized the singer growing up.
“When I was five, I had an obsession with Michael Bolton, which is really random, but I did,” she tells PEOPLE in the latest issue.
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As luck would have it, Cohan would meet the “When a Man Loves a Woman” crooner years later.
“When I was 21, I was waitressing and I waited on him,” says the star of horror film The Boy, who admits she got emotional during the encounter.
“I started crying! Pretty embarrassing.”