June 03, 2016 06:20 PM

Forest Whitaker may have starred as Fiddler in the History channel’s event series, Roots, but the actor admits he still gets starstruck as well.

Chatting with PEOPLE for this week’s issue, the 54-year-old Oscar winner also revealed how he’s pretty handy around the house and why he was in awe of his daughter’s basketball skills.

Forest Whitaker (as Fiddler) in Roots
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Last Time I Was Starstruck

It was fantastic to meet the Dalai Lama. It was his birthday celebration, and they asked me if I would come to introduce him, so I got a chance to spend the afternoon with him. It was really very moving. It was centered around peace.

Last Game I Played

I gamble, and I’ve been playing craps a little. I did really good! And I played Scrabble with the kids. I hadn’t really played it [before], but we had a great time.

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Forest Whitaker
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Last Time I Watched the Sunset

I was working in the countryside in Louisiana, and I was driving back at the end of the day. To see the colors change and the lights between the trees was absolutely beautiful.

Last Person I Complimented

I gave one to my youngest [daughter True]. I was telling her how proud I was of her because her basketball team won the league championship. It was a big deal.

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