He’s kicked ass everywhere from the football field (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) to Vietnam (Platoon) to New Jersey (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai). He’s an Oscar winner (The Last King of Scotland), Emmy winner (Door to Door), producer, director, father of four (with a hot wife) and outspoken advocate for human and animal rights. With Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (Wednesdays on CBS at 9/8c), Forest Whitaker is also a series star. As Sam Cooper, he leads a team of serial killer hunters in the spinoff of hit procedural Criminal Minds. And as Made Man’s inaugural Man of the Moment, he crushes our six-pack of life advice questions.

 

MADE MAN: What item do you never leave home without, and why?
FOREST WHITAKER: I’m normally wearing some form of jewelry. I have a necklace that my brother gave to me and another that Carl Lewis gave to me. They’re all different and represent different times in my life.

MM: What’s your drink of choice after a tough day at work?
FW: Hansen’s soda. I’ve been trying this new flavor, pomegranate. I try not to imbibe too much alcohol. I’m pretty health conscious. I’m vegetarian.

MM: What grooming, style or fitness thing can a guy do in the morning to look good all day?
FW: Moisturize. Take a shower and put some lotion on. I use a natural brand I get at Whole Foods. I used to use cocoa butter but started using this one.


MM:
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about men‘ class=’linkify’ target=’_blank’>women?
FW: Everyone always says “The woman’s always right,” but I don’t think that’s the case. I think it’s to love — to continually love and express that love.


MM:
What can your new show teach us about being a better man?
FW: That you are connected, not only to yourself but to everyone around you. One of the things that the show brings out is that people all have this source of light inside them and how it’s uncovered. And I think that we as men need to feel confident and comfortable in understanding our own spirituality and our connection to a higher power. It’s important for individuals not to be afraid of that.


MM:
Any parting words of wisdom?
FW: Live true, find purpose, and experience joy.

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