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a lot of it." He also appeared in two forthcoming films: Making Babies with Eliza Coupe and Ed Begley Jr. ("It was fun to play this guy, because I didn't play silly or stupid, so that was interesting.") and Netflix's Game Over, Man! with Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson. "I play a homosexual bad guy. It's the Workaholics guys and they have some cool people in it." The bad guys take over the hotel, and as Steve and his partner are clearing a room, they indulge in an intimate moment. "They look at each other, full-on kiss —me and this guy Mac Brandt, who is this big, redheaded guy. I'm like, 'Real quick!'" he says about the kissing scene. "And he's like, 'Yeah.' I take my shirt off. He rips open his shirt and I grab him and I throw him and we get on the bed. The other guys are hiding and going, 'What the fuck is going on?' It's going to be really weird, but really funny. I really like that role 'cause he's so different from Kev, and that's the fun of it." Getting to perform his own stunts in the film was a definite highpoint for the future action star. "I got to fly out of a window, had a harness on. Pulled my shoulder. It was great. Fucking awesome. Got hit by a bed," he says excitedly. Always on the lookout for his next project, when Steve is on hiatus, he's either reading scripts or busy writing –which doesn't leave him with much free time. "I'm a working dad with fucking kids, tr ying to stay sane. This is why people drive into a lake with their kids. 'Oh, why are the kids wet?' 'I drowned them.' Might sound morbid, but this is my way of not doing that to them, 'cause I just joke about it. Any parent would agree. People that don't have kids are just like, 'Oh my God, that's aw ful. That's horrible to say. That's your child. Why would you say that?'" he says in a voice that sounds exactly like Stuar t's mother on MADt v. "It's because they're demons." He rips open a Splenda. "And they don't realize they're just trying to divorce their parents. Do you guys want us to stay together? 'Cause I'll get another family," he deadpans. "It's just crying for no reason, just bloody-murder crying. What!? You're fed. You have everything you need. Why? OK. Just go. Here. Frozen. Let it goooo. Let it gooo!" he breaks into song. "Story of my life. Over and over and over again." Jokes aside, as a father, Steve is as caring as he is protective of his children, especially when they're all out in public. "I don't have problems being harassed because I dare you. I get weird with my kids. I'm not going to leave my kid to take a picture with you. I have to say a lot, 'I'm with my kids, I'm sorry.' I make it respectful. You have a responsibility by giving that person a good story or a bad story for the rest of their life basically… Anonymity, it's precious when you don't have it. Everybody is chill. I like this level —that's why I really want to do more directing, producing, investing." Will Wolf, Violet, and Knox be following in mom and dad's footsteps? "We're not going to let him. I mean, I'm not. I don't know what his mom thinks." He's talking about Wolf, who is at the age where he knows what his parents do and has been to set and called "cut." "We haven't really talked about it. I mean, the only way he's going to get into the business is if I'm right there, so if I have time to do it, yes. If I don't — because I'm not having some producer or some shithead talk to my kid the way that they talk to these kids. It's cruel and it's fucking child abuse," he says vehemently. Innately protective, Steve has had to step in to protect the children on set a few times, making him even more aware of what his kids would endure should they pursue a career in show business. "There was supposed to be this scene where I'm supposed to hit this keg to threaten this Russian guy, I'm like, 'Get the fuck out!' Boom. Hit the keg with this bat. I'm like, 'This is going to be really loud.' And she's holding the kid. I went, 'No. I'm not doing this.' I told the director, 'This is going to hurt our ears. We're putting this kid that has little baby eardrums….' And they're like, Uh? I'm like, 'I don't give a fuck, man. I'm not going to put this kid in danger.'" And when the dialogue is overtly sexual, he asks that the kids be removed from the room. "There's some bad people in this industry. Kids are vulnerable and they can be taken advantage of. And I'm not even talking about the gross shit. I'll kill somebody…I don't even want to talk about it anymore. But that's the thing about being a dad, you think about that shit. And being in this industry and having him become an actor. I don't trust people that are good, let alone the ones I don't even know," he says ardently. Then there's the constant rejection actors experience, and the Herculean effort it takes to not feel damaged or take things personally, he tells me. "But your flaws are what make you so special. Also, it's one of those things like, especially for actors, your problems are like an imaginary friend. No one knows that you have one, and no one cares. No one can hear your thoughts, so keep them inside." Steve has a few of his own projects in the works. "It's a little premature 'cause we don't even have a company name. I'll be starring in it, directing it, producing it," he says about the project he and his partner are in the midst of writing. Originally intended for a YouTube channel, once it's complete, it will be pitched around. "The pendulum for a lot of the stuff out there swings from mediocre to just fucking terrible, so you gotta be careful. This is like the same thing but different," he teases. Recently, Steve made his first foray into the tech world by investing in OpkixOne, described on their website as "the smallest, most powerful little camera that is smartphone friendly," before it has gone public. He takes out his phone to show me a commercial-like video (produced by Apple) of the camera. "Apple wants it, but we're not doing that yet. We're not going to sell it that fast. I have an influencer agreement. There's a couple of things that need to happen in the tech world first. That's a whole other industry I know nothing about. Getting into that opened up things and I just thought: I could do this. I like this idea." Rest assured that Steve is not walking away from acting yet. "I love acting. I love the process. I'm also good at teaching it. We're all individuals and we're all very special. Whatever you've experienced in your life, put that in your acting… Comedy is drama with an attitude. It's harder than drama. Comedy is a finesse." Heed his advice, this is a guy who has mastered the art. ML Keep up with Steve on Instagram and Twitter: @SteveHowey and Snapchat: @SteveHowey13. And don't miss Shameless on Showtime Sundays at 9 pm ET.

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