Q&A With Kevin Hart
With two new movies on deck, the actor and comedian talks to us about work, parenting, and health.
"When I started there were rituals and prepping and meditation, but now I've been in it so long that I kind of have it down. It's a different kind of excitement for me now. It's fun. To get to do something that I love and make people laugh, to have fun getting to talk about what I want to talk about, there just isn't that pressure on me that there used to be."
What's the biggest difference from performing live and for the camera?
"Having a live audience, having that immediate feedback, hearing that laughter, that's what you live for, that's what you love the most -- hearing laughter, hearing that response. When you're live, when you hear that reaction, it is motivation not just to go on, but to keep hearing that laughter and to hear it grow. I don't think there's a better feeling in the world."
Is there anything that you won't joke about?
"I'm not big on joking about politics or on jokes pointed at the gay community. That's not my agenda. That's not what I strive to do. I leave those things alone. Things have really changed between where comedy is now and where it used to be."
You have two young children. Did either of them get the funny gene?
"My daughter, her personality just makes me laugh, but I'd say both my kids have got my funny gene."
Family is a favorite topic for you onstage. Is there any joke you've told about your kids that you hope they will never hear?
"No, no, everything that I have said comes from a funny place, and I think my kids will understand it as they grow older and respect it."
Has being a father changed how you view your work in any way? It's certainly provided a ton of material.
"No, it's just given me a different level of being focused, that's all."
How do you find the time to balance family life with the demands of your career?
"There is no time. You have to prioritize. You have to make time for what's important, and my kids are definitely important. Sometimes it takes almost killing yourself with multitasking and going above and beyond, but it's worth it because at the end of the day that hour or three hours that you are spending with them is time that you need both for you and for them."
What do you do to relax?
"To me, to relax is spending time with my kids or being in my house on a nice comfortable couch watching TV. Right now, I'm watching Ray Donovan and season 1 of Breaking Bad."
How do you stay physically fit?
"I have a group of guys that I hang out with and we all love physical fitness. We try to get in a workout 5 or 6 days a week. But if I have to do it early in the morning or late at night or take stuff with me to work and do it between sets, I do it. I do core exercises and some weights but not too much. I don't want to be the little strong guy with too many muscles who can't move. I just try to keep naturally fit."