TODAY | November 05, 2013
>>> you probably know hill harper best as the eskren trick dr. hawks from "csi new york " a role he played nine seasons. now he's taken on something new.
>> "covert affairs" calder michael who likes to shake things up a bit. in real life he's a best-selling author. graduated from harvard law school .
>> excuse us.
>> friends with the president. please.
>> nice of you to --
>> to join us.
>> slumming with us.
>> wearing a suit from "covert affairs." let's go back a little bit. so you went to harvard. am i right?
>> yes. for grad school .
>> for grad school . where did you go before that?
>> brown undergrad.
>> magna cum laude.
>> you're very fancy.
>> how did you go from those universities to acting?
>> my parents ask they that question all the time.
>> both doctors, right.
>> when i went to brown i took my first theater class, but i still wanted to go to grad school . i decided to get my joint degree at harvard law school and kennedy school of government . i kept acting while in grad school and i joined a company in boston. i come down here to new york and do a lot of theoffer. over time took over.
>> did you take the bar exam ?
>> no. you only take the bar -- i got my degree but you only take the bar if you're going to practice law .
>> well how did your parents feel about all that --
>> no, no, no. they had always reinforced to me --
>> they weren't mad privately mad. they always told me that there was nothing i couldn't do.
>> nothing i couldn't achieve. whatever is in your heart go for it.
>> that's great.
>> i followed their advice.
>> did it take you a while to get traction in the acting world?
>> you know what, i was really fortunate, spike lee gave me my first break, put me in a movie called "get on the bus" with ozzy davis and charles dutton .
>> ozzy is amazing, right?
>> that started me off. i credit spike lee . he put me in another movie called "he got game" and helped my career at the beginning.
>> now you've been on lots of great shows and you always seem to be some sort of a law officer or some sort of thing. this is a --
>> solving crime.
>> solving crime. but this time you get to travel the world.
>> that's cool.
>> you know, wherever the story line goes in "covert affairs" you pick up and go.
>> that's what makes "covert affairs" so special. having done "csi" for nine years in a lab the whole time it's nice to be on a show where we go everywhere. the first season we go to columbia, frankfurt, copenhagen, final two episodes are set in hong kong , amazing episodes. three episodes left of the season and couldn't be more excited.
>> it seemed like it would be so pricey of course everyone is trying to cut costs but that's not the case when you travel overseas.
>> when we go overseas, they've been doing it a while, i just joined the show this year, but they have it down to a science and they take a pretty skeleton crew .
>> they hire a lot of local crew.
>> which is great for the local economy .
>> awesome. and it's good. it's great.
>> we mentioned at the top you're a "new york times" best-selling author. what kind of books do you write?
>> nonfiction motivational books. today my fifth and final book is coming out.
>> why do you say final?
>> this is it. this is it. no.
>> never say never, nothing you can't do.
>> just like jay-z i'm dropping the mike and walking off. that's it.
>> you are not.
>> i put everything i have. this is a motivational book for the incarcerated individuals and their family and any people in type of a prison whether it be a job that's got them stuck, death that's got them stuck, and i couldn't be more proud of this book. by far the best book i've written and that's it. this is it.
>> i don't think so.
>> you're going to come back in five years with a book.
>> no, i'm not. i'm coming in right now with a book. i have two book for the guests. this is for both of you.
>> that's a great cover. that's great "letters to an incarcerated brother".
>> thank you so much.
>> great to meet you.
>> she got it right. terrific. thank you so much. give our love to piper. we're crazy about her.
>> she's the best.
>> i love her.
>> she's a doll.
>> "covert affairs" thursday at 10:00 ,