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Q&A With Royal Pains' Mark Feuerstein

The actor talks about his TV doctor role, the real doctors who saved his daughter's life, and his parenting philosophy.
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You're 40 now. What's your best health habit? Your worst?

Best: Jogging, mountain climbing , biking, yoga, and meditation. Worst is that I drink coffee twice a day, but I recently quit Diet Coke, so I've got that going for me.

What are your guilty pleasure foods?

Black-and-white cookies at Pick A Bagel, Crumbs cupcakes, Reese's Big Cup and a Fast Break, which is a phenomenal candy bar by any standards.

Is there one food you absolutely refuse to eat?

Liver!  Though in its chopped, more Jewish incarnation, I quite enjoy it -- particularly on a piece of well-baked, heavily seeded Rye bread. And cilantro -- hate it!

In a Sex and the City episode, you infamously played the guy who couldn't satisfy Miranda. Luckily, life doesn't imitate art -- you've been married for six years. What's your secret to making it work?

Apologizing. Whatever negative energy, stress, and blame you can absorb without running the risk of imploding from resentment, do it and then pretend it's all good until it actually is -- because it always gets back to good if you're patient. I believe in honest, open communication -- the more angry and uncomfortable, the more it probably needs to get out. You won't know what challenges your relationship can handle until you put it out there. That said, and because of it, we have a wonderful marriage filled with joy, honesty, humor, and deep faith in and support for each other.

You have three kids, ages 5, 3, and 1. What's the most important lesson you're trying to instill in them?

The Dalai Lama said, "My religion is kindness," and that's a good one, but I think Pinkalicious' mom [a popular kids' book character] said it best, "You get what you get, and you don't get upset."

How do you unwind when you're not working?

My favorite way to unwind is watching TV with my best friend from 4th grade, Eric Diamond. Once a week we get together, talk about life, and watch our favorite shows.

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