Matt Bomer is not a man of extremes. For instance, the guy who first made a name for himself on TV’s White Collar begins every day with 20 minutes of meditation. “It’s what I do to keep myself sane,” he says. “Everyone needs a reset button so you can start your day without anxiety. For some people it’s running, for some it’s going to the gym. For me it’s meditation.”
Somewhat ironically, it’s extremes—coupled with leading-man good looks and more than a little talent—that the 38-year-old actor has become known for as of late. A little over a year ago, Bomer lost 35 pounds, whittling himself down to a scant 130 for his Golden Globe–winning role as a newsman dying of AIDS in HBO’s The Normal Heart. “I was a mess, my hormones were out of whack, I was starving,” he recalls. “My first focus was to get my body back in working order.”
Soon, however, Bomer was not only in good working order but downright ripped to reprise his role as Ken in Magic Mike XXL. He credits his “accountability partners” on set—including co-star Channing Tatum, who routinely pushed him to get “my ass to the gym seven days a week”—for helping him build back up.
Now the extremes in Bomer’s life include an abundance of opportunity: He’ll get his freak on in the new season of American Horror Story and later hit the Old West in Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven (2017).