I don’t know how I got so lucky, my life could’ve been very different. "When he has time, he still loves to race, adding, "I have a passion and a talent for auto and motorcycle racing."To those aspiring to the craft of acting, he says, "Only pursue it if you are truly passionate about making art.It is not difficult to keep your feet on the ground. All these fame- driven maniacs that act like they deserve the world on a silver platter have just forgotten why they are on this earth. It seems like the acting aspiration came out of the blue, but it did not. I’m not gonna start this and in three months go home—as long as it takes, I’m going to be here."It is the rare person who decides to go into show business and has an easy time of it, even someone with Cohen's dreamy good looks. In high school, he was a sportsman, playing football, running track, and autoracing. After graduating with a degree in business from Florida State, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.He claims never to have dated much, calling dates "weird," so it seems natural that he met his wife in a work situation.He does tell this story about one girlfriend: "I designed a tattoo for a girl once and she got it, which I thought was pretty cool. She'll always remember me, though, I can guarantee that."Of Mandy, he says, "She’s the best mom and wife, so supportive. Life’s so much harder but so much easier." On their son's birth: "[Mandy] labored in the house for 70 or 80 hours and then at the last second the cord got wrapped around his arm so we had to go to the hospital. I look at him and my wife sitting on the floor playing and I’m like, ' I’m so sorry.' But she's so kickass about everything!
I remember when I was a kid, my parents thought there was something wrong with my voice but they thought I was going to grow out of it. Once I get over the hump of looking like I’m at that puberty-looking age, it’ll help. You might end up sounding like Harvey Fierstein when you’re 40. I moved to California with the intent of changing my life a little and I just became overwhelmed with a passion for the entertainment business. I fell in love."Cohen says that his father's advice motivated him as well. The N channel was a time-sharing channel with Nickelodeon, and today is known as Teen Nick."My dad’s my best friend and gave me the best advice. Cohen played a high schooler, and he was one of the older ones in the cast -- 23 when the show began (born in 1982)."I’m not here for the fame or pictures or parties," he says.Cohen is a philosophical guy, and one who feels he has been changed by the power of love and family.