The leading man in many a ’90s teen girl’s fantasies, Christian Slater hits the small screen in the new Fox comedy Breaking In (Wednesdays, 9:30/8:30c). His role? A shades-wearing, cigar-smoking mastermind behind a security company that engineers real and cyber break-ins to scare firms into hiring his crew (which just happens to include hottie Odette Annable). Fittingly named Oz, “the guy behind the curtain calling the shots who has his finger in a lot of different pies,” Slater finally has the perfect TV showcase for his comic charms. But the actor known for Heathers, True Romance and Interview With The Vampire hasn’t given up on movies. He has a half-dozen films on the way including Guns, Girls and Gambling with Gary Oldman and Without Men with Eva Longoria. A few years older and wiser, he takes a crack at our nosy questions.


MADE MAN: What item of clothing, gear or gadget do you never leave the house without?
CHRISTIAN SLATER: A ring that says “This Too Will Pass.” I wear it on my right hand. A buddy of mine had it made for me. I like it because it’s a reminder that all this stuff, all structures, are unstable. We forget.

MM: What’s your drink of choice after a tough day?
CS: A venti four shot nonfat iced latte from Starbucks.

MM: What grooming, style or fitness thing can a guy do in the morning to look and feel good all day?
CS: Eat right—have a good breakfast. Oatmeal is good, or a power shake.

MM: What’s the best advice you’ve received about women?
CS: You’ll never understand them, so stop trying to figure it out. Also, don’t lie. That’s just not good.

MM: What can Breaking In teach guys about being better men?
CS: I think the show is going to open up a whole new world for everyone and expose a lot of tricks. I think it’ll surprise you.

MM: Any parting words of wisdom?
CS: This too will pass!

(Gerri Miller is an entertainment journalist who writes a weekly Ecollywood celebrity column for and contributes frequently to, TV Week (Canada), and Wild Blue Yonder.)