Christopher Meloni, 61, discussed his career’s second act and being labeled a ‘zaddy’

Christopher Meloni
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Christopher Meloni has fully embraced his role in pop culture as a “zaddy.”

In a new PEOPLE cover story the “Law & Order: Organized Crime” star said he’s currently just taking in this part of his career that’s a “second act to a certain degree.”

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“It’s great. Are you kidding me? I’m 61-years-old and a zaddy. The lucky streak continues,” The “Wet Hot American Summer” actor said.

Meloni stock has soared in pop culture recently with a much-discussed nude Pelton ad.

“It’s a gas. It’s fun. I don’t know has anyone else been crowned zaddy? Once it’s bestowed upon you, you have to just ride that horse as long as you can,” Meloni told PEOPLE with a chuckle.

He also discussed how his wife, Sherman Williams, and two kids, Sophia, 21, and Dante, 18, feel about their dad’s hot title.

“My wife, she’s lovely, she gets it. Meaning she’s like, ‘Eh, whatever,’” the actor said. “My kids, on the other hand, invariably once a month, it’s ‘Really? Really?’ Their friends will send them a meme that’s come out.”

"I think secretly in their hearts, they get it,” he jokingly continued. “It’s cool, because we all have a good goof with it. My children’s friends bust my chops. It’s an honor.”

Last year in a Men’s Health cover story Meloni even asked for meaning of the “z” word.

“Daddy plus? Daddy platinum?” he inquired. “I just thought it was a cutie thing.”

Meloni currently stars in “Law & Order: Organized Crime” Thursday nights on NBC.

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