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Q&A With Terry Crews

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Q: What does a perfect day look like? 

Well, I'd start out with a workout -- I run every day. The cardio is for my health and the strength is for my looks, honestly. Then I would spend a few hours just reading. After that, I'd go to the set for a quick 4-hour workday. I love my job so much -- it doesn't feel like work when you love it. After that, I'd head to my favorite restaurant with my wife for an early-ish dinner, followed by a good movie date, and then I would probably be in bed by 10 p.m.

Q: What was the biggest challenge in writing your new book, Manhood, which is coming out this month?

One of the biggest challenges was simply finding the time. You always think you don't have time, so I had to really examine where I was wasting it.  I discovered there's more time than I would like to admit. I carved out time here and there -- even between filming scenes I was writing; I was always jotting things down. I definitely had to call a moratorium on things like Facebook or other social media. In fact, I would only let myself write Tweets but not read them. I had to cut out the "time bandits!" As for the actual writing, it wasn't that hard. I just spilled my guts. I tried to come from a very honest place. And frankly, then I relied on my editors to help smooth out some bumps.

Q: You got married relatively young and have been married for 25 years. Any secrets to making it work for so long?

You have to own up to your mistakes. And boy, I have made a lot over our marriage. You also have to evolve together, and realize that no matter how close you are, you are always going to be very different. Some people get married and think you should both see and like the same things. You have to be constantly talking to one another, and evaluating where each person is in their life. I really had to come to grips with that. My wife has been amazing throughout all my transitions, from football to acting and beyond. I think women deal with change a lot better than men. Women don't hold onto foolish pride.

Q: So how did you evolve?

You need to allow yourself freedom to change -- even your mind. Sometimes, when you're wrong, you don't even want to admit it. But over the years I learned to change that. In fact, a long time ago I actually told my kids to tell me what is wrong with me. This book isn't meant to be a textbook, but it's my story and this is where my experiences led me. Sometimes the best way to learn is through others' experience.

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