Zachary Levi on his favorite hands — “the most beautiful ones”

Written by R and O’ O, CNN

Zachary Levi is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and well-known stars. From on-screen heroes to brilliant fashion models, Levi has appeared in “Chuck,” “Chuck, Inc.” and “Chuck.” He first made his mark in television and film, playing Chuck Bartowski on the hit comedy “Chuck,” which aired for six seasons from 2010 to 2013. In 2012, Levi appeared in the film “Looper,” opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. He also reprised his role as Chuck Bartowski on NBC’s hit series “Chuck,” which ran for one final season in 2014.

Levi is also the founder of Diamond Ranch Christian Services, a grassroots 501(c)(3) charitable organization created to empower and minister to homeless and runaway youth in the greater Los Angeles area. Each year, Diamond Ranch Christian Services offers more than 1,000 youth ages 13 to 21 the opportunity to get back on their feet and start fulfilling their life potential through intensive one-to-one mentoring, which includes long-term employment skills training, placement and continued support.

CNN is sharing its love language around the world this month. Have you received more than one comment about hands? Write us about it.

Levi spoke to CNN about his iconic love language — “wonderfully lovely” hands — and his work with Diamond Ranch Christian Services.

CNN: The rest of the world seems to love your hands. How did your love language develop?

Zachary Levi: I’m pretty open about the fact that I have issues communicating with my hands. That’s a flaw in my character. People have always said that my hands are incredibly beautiful, especially if you’re someone who appreciates them.

I’ve noticed over the years as I’ve gotten older that my hands have been the locus of my fascination. I want to know how I can reproduce it. When you’re developing, anything that helps to deepen the artist and to be more expressive, or you’re writing a book — especially when you write a book, what you’re going for? And this would be sort of the opposite of that. I’m trying to figure out if I can type out something that I would love to have as my hands.

CNN: What are some of the big differences between good hands and great hands?

Levi: I think you have to be deeply and consistently creative in order to learn to speak your love language to people. You have to know your own true nature in order to speak your own truth. And that’s something that’s incredibly rare in our culture of talking so much about the moment and literally the here and now.

CNN: What are some of the most basic things to say in your love language?

Levi: I’m a big fan of saying “wow.” I think it’s quite nice to say “no.” Saying “wow” is sort of like a change of gears. When something is really overwhelming — whether it’s someone [who is] really kind and really wonderful and intelligent, but it’s like they’re winning the Nobel Prize on the same moment — I feel like we have to say “wow.” I know that sounds small and cheesy, but I find that if someone’s feeling really something or thinking something and it’s going to completely flip someone off, I find that words like “wow” are much more effective than anger.

CNN: Are there any touchstones that you’ve used to pick out your best hand-stampers?

Levi: One of the things that I have learned over the years is I always have a hard time with anger. When people have something that’s obviously wrong — which is what most people’s hands are dealing with a lot — because of anger, it’s almost like you’re saying that ‘this is just how it is.’ But if someone really does understand the situation and it’s not about that person, that’s a different hand language.

CNN: What would you say to other creatives who are struggling with their fingers and trying to figure out their love language?

Levi: The other thing that’s amazing to me is how I’ve found just the most beautiful ones that I can talk about to our program youth. I’ll never forget working with one of our breakaways. I was like, “I feel like your middle finger is really making a lot of meaning.” She was like, “No, no. My middle finger is showing how I feel. It’s showing the depth of my pain and frustration, and that’s really what I want to share with you. Don’t be scared.”

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