"It s like an Urban Dictionary thing now," the actor told PEOPLE

By Sara Hammel
April 14, 2015 10:10 AM
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Sure, Walking Dead star Norman Reedus copped to licking the occasional person and/or zombie on Conan last month.

That doesn’t mean the actor is going around putting his tongue on just anyone.

“The licking thing, that got way blown out of proportion, I’ll be honest,” he told PEOPLE on Monday at the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s (EFA) 7th Annual Blossom Ball in New York City. “I do lick people from time to time, and they asked me to stop licking people, but I don’t lick strangers – I lick people I know.”

Reedus, 46, adds that reports of his licking have become “like an Urban Dictionary thing now. That’s insane.”

Either way, fans still ask other odd things of the personable performer.

“The weirdest other thing is, I had some girls from Japan come to New York, and meet me and they asked me to blow in a bottle,” he explained. “And then they sealed it up and took it back to Japan. That was pretty weird.”

When asked what motivates him to support women’s issues, the actor – who has spoken out in support of breastfeeding moms – joked, “Is this the nipple thing again?”

Getting serious, he said, “I was raised with women, strong women, and my sister’s a real strong, positive woman. My mother ran an orphanage in Kurdistan, and she’s taught school in Harlem and the Bronx. She’s always been a tough woman and you know, I do what I can.”

He’s also close pals with one of EFA’s founders Padma Lakshmi, and he showed his support Monday night by spontaneously auctioning off one dance with him, ultimately raising $1,700 for the organization.

“We’re buddies. I came last year and had a real good time. I wanted to come back and support it again,” he said of Lakshmi.