Jason Lewis Reveals the Guy's Side of Sex and the City
The hunky star tells all -- about playing Samantha's lover, his love of the outdoors, and his new foundation, Operation Amped.
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But the ocean is where Lewis prefers to flex his muscles. Surfing, sea kayaking, scuba diving, and swimming are his first loves, and these have indirectly led him to his latest philanthropic effort: helping amputees learn to surf though Operation Amped.
He explains why: "My buddy Mark, someone I've known since I was 25, lost his leg last year in an accident. He needed some support. So I moved him into my house as my roommate. Then I met another guy with a similar above-the-knee amputation who was using a new mechanical knee prosthetic -- and he could surf! So I wanted to get these two together. A whole group of us went to Hawaii, and the idea was to get Mark back into the warm water and into life. … It was great. By day three he was sitting on top of his board and totally riding the waves. And I thought, I'd like to do more of this."
So the actor is getting into the water with others who've lost limbs -- people who yearn to remain active, including Iraqi war veterans. His pal Mark is giving back, too: He's a trained chef, and during his tenure in the Lewis household he's seasoned the kitchen with a whole new level of cooking. Lewis has always been into healthy nutrition -- when he was growing up, his family had "a two-acre farm in the middle of Long Beach" and he "planted my own garden and canned my own jellies with my grandmother" -- but now he and Mark swap recipes.
What's Next for Jason Lewis
For now Lewis has found true love with his dog, a Rhodesian ridgeback named Beqa (pronounced "Benga," after an island near Fuji where the actor once filmed), who, at 13, still regularly takes five-mile hikes with him. "Dogs just bring out that decency in you -- plus, they're yummy to hug."
The career is going well, too. Lewis finished a two-year stint on the ABC television drama Brothers & Sisters, where he played a closeted gay man -- and engaged in some groundbreaking (for network TV) make-out sessions with co-star Matthew Rhys -- in 2009. And now he's assuming a new identity. He's just completed a pilot, Rio, produced by the team behind the TV series Las Vegas. If it gets picked up, he'll move to the Brazilian city for six months out of the year.
"I'm already studying Portuguese," he says. "Plus the lifestyle there suits me fine. I'll do a lot of surfing!" While he waits to hear if a relocation to Rio de Janeiro is imminent, there are plenty of other obligations to distract him. In addition to hitting the beach, where, he tells WebMD, he's heading to meet a pal the minute this interview wraps, there's the upcoming publicity machine behind SATC2 -- attending premiere parties, giving television interviews, and hanging with Sarah Jessica Parker and the rest of the gang.
It must be hard to be Jason Lewis. But don't hate him because he's beautiful.