1. What has been your strangest fan encounter?
Henry Winkler: One person came to me who had not showered in, probably, a millennium. And I literally had to â€” I donâ€™t know. I had to take the shirt off that I was wearing, because it was now imbued, it was filled with this human beingâ€™s body odor. And I thought, â€śI cannot even have it dry cleaned. This will be the last time I can wear this shirt.â€ť It was shocking.
2. Youâ€™re at a magazine rack and can pick three magazines. What are they?
Iâ€™d pick a magazine on photography. Because, being dyslexic, Iâ€™ve never turned a knob on my camera in my life, but I love taking pictures. For a long time, I didnâ€™t read. â€¦ Every book I read, I must own in hardback, and I have it on the shelf in my office, so I see them every day. Every one of them is a triumph. [And] I do like Architectural Digest.
3. Do you have a favorite sports team?
USC Trojans. As a matter of fact, this [weekend], my son and I are going to cheer them on playing Arizona State. I e-mail the coach from anywhere I am in the world. I do.
4. When was the last time you were starstruck?
The last time I met Bruce Springsteen. â€¦ On my birthday last year, my wife got me tickets, and we went to see the Magic tour. I go backstage, and I shake hands with him, and with Patti, his wife, and I literally could not put a sentence together.
5. Do you ever watch your own work?
I do. I have to give it time. And then I look to see whether or not I was fibbing myself â€” whether or not I did the job I thought I did. Because I donâ€™t know. â€¦ I know what I want, and I donâ€™t always achieve it.
6. What are you most looking forward to right now?
My children being healthy and happy.
7. Whatâ€™s Adam Sandlerâ€™s next film and are you going to be in it again?
I never know until I get the call. But I will say that heâ€™s one of the four brilliant, brilliant human beings that Iâ€™ve gotten to work with in my career, so far. [In addition to] Mitch Hurwitz, Garry Marshall and Ron Howard.
8. Do you get embarrassed when you hear people talk about TV shows â€śjumping the sharkâ€ť?
No. I donâ€™t, because look â€” there are several reasons: I am the only actor in the world â€” in the world â€” who has jumped the shark twice. Once on Happy Days, and once on Arrested Development. Thatâ€™s first of all. Second of all, after I jumped the shark on Happy Days, we were still No. 1 for three or four years after that.
Henry Winkler appears this month as a fatherly uncle to Brooke Burns (Miss Guided) in the Hallmark Channel original film The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, premiering Dec. 13.