Morgan Freeman is not just about playing God in movies. The Oscar winner's curiosity in science led to his current project, narrating Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman (Wednesday, 10/9c, Science Channel), which explores the universe's greatest questions—like whether God exists.
TV Guide Magazine: You narrate so many shows that Family Guy spoofed you!
Freeman: Sometimes I get the impression that nobody else does narration.
TV Guide Magazine: Were you a science geek as a kid?
Freeman: No, I was playing sports. But in my twenties, I got into science fiction.
TV Guide Magazine: Wormhole takes on big questions, like is there a Creator? What mystery would you like solved?
Freeman: Time travel! The nearest star is 4.5 light years away, but scientists believe that space/time is like a fabric. If you get enough energy going, you could fold it, so you could travel there in no time.
TV Guide Magazine: The series uses animation to explain complicated concepts. Is it a way to get kids interested in science?
Freeman: Absolutely. I've been interested in education for years. [My] Rock River Foundation raises money for schools in Mississippi. I also work with Nelson Mandela's educational foundation.
TV Guide Magazine: Why do you always wear an earring?
Freeman: When I was a kid, I saw a pirate movie with Burt Lancaster, who wore an earring. I thought that was sexy. Then I learned that sailors wore gold earrings to pay for funerals if they died in foreign lands. I'm a sailor, so that nailed it.