Matt Cohen is a star on the rise with his TV debut on The N's high school drama South of Nowhere, playing basketball star Aiden Dennison. The 23-year-old self proclaimed fitness fanatic confesses that he always carries a Men's Fitness magazine - which makes him perfect fodder for our Lucky MF'er column. MF recently chatted up the South of Nowhere star to find out how he stays fit and what exactly makes him so damn lucky.

MF: Matt, what makes you so damn lucky these days?

MC: Oh jeez, (laughs) what doesn't make me lucky? We just wrapped production on a new TV show South of Nowhere were I play one of the lead male characters and I consider everything that happens to me lucky. I'm in New York doing some PR work for the show and it's really great. I've been blessed this past year, 2005 has been huge for me and the show is a huge success right now and the viewers are loving what they are seeing and I couldn't be more satisfied.

Do feel that your character Aiden somewhat resembles you in high school?

The character is really similar to me, which is kind of crazy. You have this jock guy who at first glance, you think he's typical Joe jock and on the inside he's passionate about everything he does in life and he has a huge heart and cares so much about the people that are around him. Everybody judges a book by it's cover and I think this is a classic case of that with Aiden because he's not what he looks like on the outside, he's very emotional, he's torn up about a lot of things that have happened to him. His ex-girlfriend had a miscarriage and his new love interest might be gay it's emotional roller coaster for Aiden.

Wow that's real intense.

Yes it's pretty crazy.

If you found out that your real life girlfriend liked women would you be upset?

That's a great question; no one has asked me that before. You know I don't know if I would be as upset as much as it would really kick my ego in the ass. That's kind of hard news as Aiden himself questions, is there something wrong with me, you know I would think the same way what could I have possibly done that would make this women not like men anymore it would make you question your manhood. And just who you are as a person.

You wouldn't invite the other "friend" in bed with the both of you?

You know...I don't think so. To be honest I'm a one women man you know, I like to give my full and total attention to the person I'm with. I'm not big on sharing.


How do you keep fit and maintain you're under 18 look?

I lost about 10-15 pounds of muscle for the character. I played football all my life throughput high school and ran track. I work out seven days a week and I love every minute of it. It really is a way just to get away. I weight train and do cardio and stay active as much as possible everyday, I have to just to clear my head. I love to get into the gym.

What has been the craziest thing you've done to get a girl's attention?

A girl that I was interested in college, I was friends with her friend and I had never been the type of guy that approaches a girl. I have to know that she's somewhat interested in at least; I think I'm so scared of being shut down. It was a Valentine's Day and I was actually going out of town. I bought a bunch of roses and took all the pedals and put them all over her bed and room. I left some chocolate and stuff and wrote her the innocent note, I think your beautiful and I'd love to get to know you and meet you sometime. I kind of got her attention with that one for sure. The next time I saw her she was beat red and ran up and just gave me a hug. We never dated but we did become good friends.

Now that your experiencing being a celebrity, how has the dating scene changed for you?

Ummm... There has been none (laughs), to be honest with you. Its like work, work, work for the show. Living in LA it's next to impossible to meet somebody. It's just to hard to get involved with somebody that's in the industry because you have the clash of egos and the clash of just everything, it's really hard to meet somebody. I haven't had a girlfriend since I've been in Los Angeles for the past year. It's been a little a slow.

If you weren't starring in your own series, where would we find Matt Cohen, if he had normal existence?

I would probably still be in school right now, studying business and probably still messing around in theater... things like that. I wanted to play football all my life and when I got accepted to Florida State it was academically, it wasn't for any kind of scholarship. I kind of sat down and said I'm not going to make it to the NFL, I'm not he size nor the skill. I didn't give up on football but I kind of smarted up and realized that I need to study and make a career out of something.

So, what's next for you?

I'll be in auditioning, trying to get some good roles, hopefully a film or something. I'm on the TV show and it looks likes it's going to be picked up for a second season so I obviously can't be a series regular on another show. I'm hoping to do some film work.