Here’s what the 43-year-old This Is Us actor had to share with the mag…
On his goal to live to 100, given the fact that black men are in worse health than almost any other demographic in the U.S.: “I think when [my father] passed [from a diabetes-induced heart attack at 45], I had sort of a recognition of the fact that 45 was young…I just don’t want to give in to the statistical analysis that says that is my fate. So I try to do things as proactively as possible to ensure that I’m around to see my children’s children and be of value to them when they come into the world. There’s so much to live for, and I don’t want to sell myself short by thinking I don’t have a right to longevity and vitality any more or less than anyone else.”
On support from his wife, actress Ryan Michelle Bathe: “Ryan celebrates my success. But sometimes it’s like, Damn, bro, when’s it my turn?”
On considering himself lucky to work regularly enough to pay the bills in his 20s: “At any point 90 percent of all the acting-union members are unemployed, and you’re just fighting to be part of the rotating 2 percent. There’s so much rejection that you have to be willing to deal with and let it sort of roll off your back. There are people I know who are absolutely brilliant who had to segue into something else in life.”
For more from Sterling, visit MensHealth.com.