Actor Evan Handler on Life After Cancer
How this 'Sex and the City' actor manages career, health, well-being -- and a new baby -- after leukemia.
How do you stay in shape when you are filming?
It's very difficult. Exercise wouldn't be that hard, but
it's difficult to motivate to begin with. I used to run, but I don't run very
much anymore, now I lumber. I have been hitting tennis balls against the wall.
Physical fitness is an ongoing challenge. Eating is a real problem both on the
set and when I travel. I am either in a small town where there is nothing good
available or in a big city where all I want to do is go out to good
You mention your family's genetic propensity toward obesity in your new book. How do you fight that?
Luckily for me, I didn't have any of those issues for the first 30 to 35
years of my life. I was the skinniest kid in the neighborhood and the kid who
could eat whatever he wanted without gaining a pound. The last few years have
brought about a steady swelling.
How does one stave off "steady swelling"?
I try to make myself more and more naked every time I weigh myself.
When you were filming Sex and the City, the tabloids widely reported that you suffered from "intractable hiccups" that stopped filming. Care to comment?
It was not true. I have no chronic hiccupping condition. I met a couple of
writers in a bar and was hiccupping and it had been bothering me. That's all.
It ended up being reported that I had them for two years and they disrupted
filming. I got emails from all over the country from people wanting me to
be a spokesperson for hiccup solutions. It's funny, I have had serious medical
conditions in the past and I was never able to get as much press for them as I
did for my nonexistent hiccups.
You and your wife recently had a daughter. How has that changed your perspective on life?
My wife and I have a hyperawareness of the bad things that can happen, and I
underestimated how parenthood brings risk back into
my life. I am back in touch with feelings that had gone blissfully dormant. We
try to keep whatever anxieties we have from bubbling over and we take comfort
from the fact that everything is great right now.
Your Sex and the City wife, Charlotte (Kristen Davis), had onscreen fertility problems. After your cancer treatments, you were supposed to be infertile, but that turned out not to be the case. Will there be a similar miracle in the movie?
My wife and I somehow managed to conceive in spite of what was supposed to
be fertility problems. There are
some things in the movie that are similar to my story.