Henry Winkler Says That at Age 72, He's Finally Emotionally Grown Up: 'I'm a Late Bloomer'
“I am now 72 years old, only recently did I become the actor that I thought about, that I talked about when I was 27,” Winkler tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue (on stands Friday), comparing his emotional evolution to that of a not fully-blended smoothie. “I was so fershimmeled [Yiddish for confused] inside as a human being. Like a fruity blend, so I was still chunky, I never quite got the blend and now, honest to God, not hyperbole not humility, just now I am becoming that smoothie.”
Henry Winkler and Bill Hader in Barry
How can that be, for someone who’s been so successful for so long?
“Because I’m a late bloomer,” he says. “It took me a long time to emotionally grow up.”
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Winkler, who currently stars opposite Bill Hader in their critically acclaimed HBO series Barry, is grateful for every role he gets and still enjoys the audition process.
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“No matter who you are or what you’ve achieved in your life in this particular industry, you’re always at the starting line,” he says. “I have loved every minute of [my career]. I am living my dream. I would lie in bed on west 78th street in New York and I would dream. I ate it I slept it, I walked it I talked it, I needed to be an actor and here I am.”
Barry airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on HBO.