It's been quite a summer for Charlie Sheen. The Two and a Half Men star has an Emmy nomination and a new girlfriend, as well as a messy custody battle over his children with estranged wife Denise Richards. Sheen opens up to TV Guide about his roller coaster of a life.
TVGuide: What do you make of your Emmy nod for lead actor in a comedy series?
It was not about the work. It was about the year I've had. It was about the town saying we have really got your back. At least that's what I think it is, if that's the reality. But that's up for debate. Win or lose, the nomination is a huge victory.
TVGuide: What's it like to be nominated with your dad, Martin Sheen (as guest star on Two and a Half Men and lead actor on The West Wing)?
It is pretty cool that my dad and I got nominated. He is the odds-on favorite for best actor. At least Jimmy Gandolfini is not in the category this year. Jimmy is the thorn in the Sheen family's side.
TVGuide: How are you doing after such a rough year?
I'm great. There is a lot of stuff I'd like to talk about, but can't for personal reasons. It is not the type of behavior that I have pursued or supported, but it is very tempting to lower myself into that cesspool and engage in some battle. At this point all I can control is my reaction to stuff.
TVGuide: How's your family holding up?
My kids are doing great, and my dad is going off to college in Ireland in September.
TVGuide: What's your new girlfriend, Brooke Mueller, like?
She's fabulous, a very sweet lady.
TVGuide: Any other new projects?
There's not time for anything else. I spent the summer being demonized and persecuted, and now I am going back to work.