Dirty Laundry

Christopher Meloni attends the "Stillwater" New York Premiere at Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on July 26, 2021 in New York City.

Christopher Meloni’s coveted caboose has landed on September’s cover issue of Men’s Health.

The 60-year-old Law & Order veteran shared his butt workout, showed off his splits, and explained how he’s embracing the title of “zaddy” in the third act of his life.

When Men’s Health writer Anna Peele tells Meloni he’s having a cultural moment, he responded, “My a– is.” Through a big grin he added, “It’s cool as s—.” “The aspect of age comes into play as far as the cover of [this magazine] and how I feel about it. A friend of mine said, ‘Did you ever think in a million years you’d be on the cover of Men’s Health?’ I said, ‘Certainly not at age 60.'”

Meloni asked what exactly is a “zaddy,” saying that he “just thought it was a cutie thing.” “Daddy plus?” he asks. “Daddy platinum? It’s reserved for an older gentleman,” Meloni said. “How much am I allowed to taste of this fruit? How much am I allowed to enjoy this?”

For those who don’t know, zaddy is defined as an “attractive man who is also stylish, charming and self-confident.” Meloni has come to be the poster child of the term. In June’s Interview, he fully embraced the title of “zaddy,” saying, “Who am I to argue with it? Sure, I’m a zaddy.”

“There are bigger things, more important things. I know how important this is to me, but I have a clearer vision of life,” Meloni said about his career and understanding his priorities. “I know a little more about love. I know a little more about real pain. I know about joy. I know better management skills. As you go through life, you get a clearer understanding of things, of your holes and of your gifts.”

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