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article image'Hercules' star Kevin Sorbo talks acting career and charity work Special

Acclaimed actor Kevin Sorbo (best known as the star of "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys") took some time from his schedule to chat about his upcoming projects and his charitable work.
For almost two decades, Sorbo has earned fame and success for his portrayal of Hercules in Hercules – The Legendary Journeys, and Captain Dylan Hunt in Andromeda, as well as Kull in Kull the Conqueror, among other film and television roles. "Being on Hercules gave me international fame. I loved it, and I loved being in New Zealand. The camaraderie, humor and laughter on the set were all a blessing, and it was great that the show went on for that long," he said.
On his latest projects, he remarked, "I do a lot of things. My most recent movie God's Not Dead has just exploded out there. With a $2 million budget, we made a close to $63 million in the United States. That has been a big blessing and it comes out on August 5 on DVD."
Aside from his acting, Sorbo has served as the spokesperson for A World Fit For Kids! (WFIT) since 1997. He has been actively involved in helping the organization grow. In 2008, he established the "Annual Kevin Sorbo Celebrity Golf Tournament," where he has used his connections and resources as a fund-raising platform. "I started it back in 1997, and that's how I got approached to do the Afterschool Alliance. We have a 90 percent graduation rate with 12,000 kids that we work with annually, meanwhile our school system in America has a 54 percent dropout rate. Our students have higher GPAs, and we have over 100 volunteers that come and work with the 12 schools, and we have people on our full-time staff. I don't get paid for this. I do this for my love for trying to make a better America," he said.
Through his leadership role in this nonprofit organization, Sorbo has become nationally known for his advocacy of after-school programming. In 2005, he was named the successor of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the national spokesperson for "The Afterschool Alliance," a nonprofit advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality after-school programs.
Sorbo was also a part of the celebrity edition of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, which was hosted by Emmy-winning personality Regis Philbin, where he raised money for charity. "That was fun, even though I blew it in the end, when we got the wrong answer, but we were still able to win $32,000 for the foundation," he said.
He is married to actress Sam Jenkins, and a father of three kids. On balancing a family life with a career, he said, "We home-school them, so they get to travel with me wherever I go, so we stay busy with that. I keep my kids busy with other activities, other than playing Nintendo and Wii all the time. We try to educate them as best as we can," he said.
Sorbo also played in The Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos, which was filmed in the beautiful Greek island of Mykonos. "I shot a movie in Mykonos about four or five years ago, and being in Mykonos as the guy who played Hercules, I felt like a Beatle there," he said. "The invitations I got everywhere I went were quite nice. The people there were wonderful."
When asked what motivates him from day to day, he revealed, "I don't like sitting around. I like staying busy. I have my own production company, and I get up between 4 and 4:30 a.m. in the morning. I am trying to keep my career going and keep myself busy. We live in a very lazy society, and my biggest motivation is to try and get people motivated again and get off their butts and start being a productive part of society."
The veteran actor offered encouraging advice for hopefuls who wish to break into the acting business. "Never give up. It's as simple as that," he said. "There is going to be a lot of rejection, but you need to study hard and work hard. If you want to make it in this business, you can, but you need the persistence and thick skin to do it, otherwise this city will eat you up."
Sorbo defined success as "doing what you want in your life, and working hard at it, and always striving to make yourself better."
To learn more about actor Kevin Sorbo and his foundation, visit its official website and check out his official Facebook page.
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