Tom Selleck Shares Heartwarming Motive Behind Handwriting His Memoir

Exploring Tom Selleck's Unique Approach to Modern Communication.

by Nouman Rasool
Tom Selleck Shares Heartwarming Motive Behind Handwriting His Memoir
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Iconic "Magnum, P.I." and "Blue Bloods" actor Tom Selleck recently revealed to Town and Country his rather eccentric method of writing by admitting that he still prefers to write by hand—the old-fashioned way that, for him, has now become one of the signature steps in his creative process.

He has penned a 352-page memoir, "You Never Know," which is due out May 7 and spills all the beans on creative methods and personal anecdotes from a rich life in Hollywood. In the memoir, Selleck explains his decision to handwrite the book, emphasizing that he has always worked this way.

"I can't think in front of a keyboard," Selleck admits, highlighting a disconnect with modern digital tools which he believes impedes his ability to process thoughts effectively. This preference extends to his work on "Blue Bloods," where he insists on receiving printed scripts, finding that he absorbs written material better than digital texts.

Tech-Shy Tom Selleck

Selleck's aversion to technology isn't limited to his writing. He revealed in a previous interview with People magazine that he rarely uses email or text messaging, relying instead on his secretary for such communications.

Interestingly, while he admits to occasionally searching his name online, prompted by the publication of his book, he has never personally sent an email or text, a task his wife, Jillie Mack, occasionally does for him. Despite his traditionalist view, Selleck's memoir is not just about his writing habits.

He shares numerous stories from his decades in Hollywood, including a memorable encounter with Princess Diana. During a dance, after President Reagan and Princess Diana had taken the floor, Selleck found himself urged to dance with the Princess to avoid any rumors from circulating about her and John Travolta, who had danced together multiple times that evening.

Selleck humorously recalls declining to cut in on Travolta, a decision he announced rather loudly, much to the chagrin of the event organizers. Moreover, Selleck reflects on his experiences with other celebrities and his rare bouts of being starstruck, mentioning Mae West and James Garner in particular.

He notes that his admiration for fellow actors often transcends the initial awe, allowing him to engage in meaningful interactions, such as the "starstruck" moment he experienced while dancing with Princess Diana, despite his self-confessed limited dancing skills.

In "You Never Know," Selleck not only offers insights into his professional life but also delves into personal reflections and the realities of celebrity, providing a rich tapestry of experiences that underscore his enduring appeal in the entertainment industry.