Kevin Sorbo Q&A
YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY?
Business wise, obviously its Hercules. If it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t have anything that followed. That led into Andromeda, and that led into all the movies I’ve been doing now. I’ve gotta brag a little bit, we did pass Baywatch by our third year – – we became the most-watched TV show in the world, topped out at 176 countries, it’s still in 60 countries all these years later.
LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU?
The biggest one happened at the end of Season 5 on Hercules. I. had a problem with my left shoulder. I was blowing all that stuff off because I was working out two hours every day, doing all my stunts, working 12 to 14 hours each day on the set, I came back from New Zealand to America to do some promotion, and I finally went to see the doctor. They found a lump in my shoulder, and before they could do a biopsy on it, an aneurysm exploded in there, hundreds of clots in my left arm, three clots in my brain, and I suffered three strokes.
So I spent the next four months learning how to walk and balance again – – it could took me three full years to recover from all the effects it had on me. There’s still some repercussions – – I didn’t think anyone would be able to tell, except me, but I did speech therapy I still have a 10% loss of vision in both eyes.
I wrote a book called True Strength and the subtitle is “from Hercules to mere mortal, and how nearly dying saved my life.” It opened a new door me in terms of speaking events – – I’ve been doing a lot of speaking events ever since then. I do about 12 to 15 speaking events each year, and I’ve got my next follow-up book called True Faith coming out next month.
Those strokes were not fun – – I would not recommend them – – but I was pretty lucky. I could have been killed or paralyzed me for the rest of my life, so I look at things as if I was pretty fortunate.
DO YOU SET ASIDE “ME-TIME” IN YOUR CALENDAR, AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME TO RELAX?
For me, hanging with my kids is the best. I spend time with the kids, we home-school the kids. They’re awesome, they’re now 18, 15 and 14. The boys go golfing with me, and my daughter and I have these great conversations. She’s into art and dance.
To me, golf is a totally relaxing time for me. I’ve already been out this morning, played 18 real quick. And work is fun. I work every day. I’m actually heading to a funding meeting shortly with a guy wants to look at funding some movies, wants to talk to me about financing. I do a lot of independent movies and the hardest part is raising money for these wonderful little movies.
WHAT’S THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE YOU’VE DISCOVERED WHERE YOU CAN GO TO CHILL OUT?
The golf course. I find the golf course very relaxing even though I usually play by myself. It’s a game I grew up because of my dad. He was a schoolteacher, summers he worked at a golf course. I’m the fourth of 5 kids, all the kids spend at least 3 or 4 summers working out there in Minnesota. You know, the only time you could golf out there is during those spring, summer and fall months.
I just find it a very peaceful place to go be. I go out by myself, usually play 2 or 3 balls. I don’t have the patience to wait for others, so I usually play 18 in about an hour and 40 minutes. It’s a place I can think. I keep a lot of notes when I’m walking around the course, I always have a paper and pad with me. To me, it’s just a great place to go and catch up with my own personal life.
DOES PHILANTHROPY PLAY A ROLE IN YOUR LIFE, TO WHAT EXTENT AND HOW?
I have a foundation, A World Fit for Kids, we are in our 23rd year, we’re the number 1 after-school program in the State of California. Our public school system is failing our kids, there are always exceptions. America ranks 27th in the world so the reality is that our schools are not great overall. We graduate kids who can’t even read. It’s pathetic. It’s all about getting them through the system so they get their tax dollars. It’s really sad.
So the three hours we spend with our kids every day, we do a lot more than the local school district does for their kids. The local system has a 54% dropout rate for their kids! We have averaged consistently, over the past 23 years, a 97% graduation rate and a 67% higher GPA. What are we doing with these kids during those 3 hours that the public schools aren’t doing?
WHO IS ON THE GUEST LIST FOR YOUR IDEAL DINNER PARTY, PRESENT OR PAST?
Marilyn Monroe, Abraham Lincoln and Arnold Palmer.
CAN YOU OFFER ANY WORDS OF WISDOM FOR OUR READERS?
Never let anyone set your limitations. Too many people hold back. FDR said it right, the only thing to fear is fear itself. Follow your dreams
People hold themselves back, people are afraid to become successful as much as they are afraid to be a failure. So they stay where they are and, what happens, is people become incredibly unhappy with their lives. I look at people who troll the internet and all they do is attack people with their negativity and hate and anger and divisiveness. I guarantee you, those people are incredibly unhappy – – they hate their lives, they hate their jobs, they hate their relationships, and that’s really sad for me. And they think their anger and hate towards others makes them feel better, and all it does is put them into a bigger black hole of anger and hatred. These people need to find light in their lives somehow, wherever that may be, I hope they forgiveness, redemption, hope and love into their lives.