Man candy Bradley Cooper, 38, is a serious actor. He's a serious person, really, and would appreciate it if we perceived him as such, and not as the boozy ladies' man he plays quite often. In Details magazine's May issue, the Oscar-nominated star opens up about his father Charlie, who passed away two years ago, his mother, with whom he lives now, and his plans for starting a family of his own.

"My father's death had this impact on me," Cooper tells Details. "[It] addressed some of the fears or quandaries I had as a child about mortality. It was his parting gift to me. Watching this man -- my father -- leave his body and go. Watching him die. All of a sudden I was like, 'Oh, right, I'm going to die too.' Here it is. It's not in a book. It's not in a movie. It's not in a story that was told to me. It's not driving by an accident or watching it on TV. It's someone you love dying in front of you. I was like, 'Okay. This is death. And this is going to happen to me one day.'"

Nowadays, the eligible bachelor lives with his mother, Gloria, who was also his date to the Oscars. "It’s probably not easy for her ... to be living with her son," says Cooper, who explains: "My family is very close, and my dad dying was brutal for all of us. It was a schism, and its aftershock has not stopped. And we need each other. So here we are. But don’t get me wrong. It’s not without complications ... But here’s the thing: She’s a cool chick. We can hang, and she can roll with the punches. If that wasn’t the case, there’s no way.”

Since he comes from such a tight-knit family, one can't help but wonder when -- if at all -- Cooper plans to plant his "Sexiest Man Alive" seed (women doing most of the wondering, naturally).

“Of course I have (thought about being a dad)," Cooper tells Details. "I really hope I have that experience in my life. I saw how much joy fatherhood gave my own dad. So I hope it’s part of my journey. You go through stages in your life, and fatherhood seems like a natural stage."

For more on Cooper, his spiritual journey, breaking the typecast and keeping himself in check (hint: he peeks at online message boards to stay humble), head over to Details.com or pick up the May issue, on stands April 23.

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  • CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 14: Actor Bradley Cooper accepts Best Male Performance award for 'Silver Linings Playbook' onstage during the 2013 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on April 14, 2013 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Actor Bradley Cooper attends 'The Place Beyond The Pines' New York Premiere at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on March 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

  • WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • Best Actor nominee Bradley Cooper arrives on the red carpet for the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Actors Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Gloria Cooper arrive at the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

  • SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 23, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • GOLETA, CA - DECEMBER 08: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the SBIFF's 2012 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence In Film during the Santa Monica Film Festival on December 8, 2012 in Goleta, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the Screening Of The Weinstein Company's 'Silver Linings Playbook' at The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on November 19, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Actor Bradley Cooper attends 'Silver Linings Play Book' New York Press Conference at Regency Hotel on November 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Actor Bradley Cooper attends Tribeca Teaches Benefit: 'Silver Linings Playbook' Premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on November 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the 'Silver Linings Playbook' special screening during AFI Fest 2012 Presented by Audi at the Egyptian Theatre on November 2, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for AFI)

  • HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Actor Bradley Cooper (L) and writer/director David O. Russell arrive at the 'Silver Linings Playbook' special screening during AFI Fest 2012 Presented by Audi at the Egyptian Theatre on November 2, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 22: Honoree Bradley Cooper arrives at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala presented by The Los Angeles Times held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 22, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for HFAG)

  • TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Actors Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Tucker speak onstage at 'Silver Linings Playbook' Press Conference during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 9, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Actress Jennifer Lawrence (L) and Actor/ Executive Producer Bradley Cooper attend the 'Silver Linings Playbook' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festiva at Roy Thomson Halll on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Terry Rice/Getty Images)

  • TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Director David O. Russell and actor Bradley Cooper attend The Weinstein Company film premiere party hosted by Grey Goose for 'Silver Linings Playbook' at Soho House Toronto on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images For Grey Goose)

  • TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Actors (L-R) Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling attend 'The Place Beyond The Pines' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)

  • TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Actor Bradley Cooper attends 'The Place Beyond The Pines' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 04: Actors Bradley Cooper (L) and Zoe Saldana arrive at the premiere of CBS Films' 'The Words' at the Arclight Theatre on September 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 25: Actor Bradley Cooper attends 'The Words' screening at Goose Creek on August 25, 2012 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Actor Bradley Cooper poses with actor Victor Garber backstage following his performance at 54 Below on August 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for 54 Below)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 14: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives to the premiere of Open Road Films' 'Hit and Run' on August 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 14: Actors Dax Shepard and Bradley Cooper arrive to the premiere of Open Road Films' 'Hit and Run' on August 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Bradley Cooper attends The Moet British Independent Film Awards 2011 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 4, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

  • Actor Bradley Cooper arrives for the world premiere of 'All about Steve' at the Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, on August 26, 2009. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Bradley Cooper attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards at The Royal Opera House on September 6, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 08: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the premiere of New Line Cinema's 'Valentine's Day' held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on February 8, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actor Bradley Cooper accepts an award onstage during Spike TV's 'SCREAM 2011' awards held at Universal Studios on October 15, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Actor Bradley Cooper arrives on the red carpet for the premiere of the Warner Bros. film, 'The Hangover Part II', at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California on May 19, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the Cinema Society & Bing screening of 'The Hangover Part II' at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on May 23, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. 'The Hangover Part II' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on May 19, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 20: Actor Bradley Cooper looks on during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Hornets on April 20, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 31: Actor Bradley Cooper attends 'Limitless' (Sin Limites) premiere at Kinepolis Cinema on March 31, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Actor Bradley Cooper visits 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on March 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the New York Times TimesTalk at The Times Center on March 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the Maxim screening and Q A of 'Limitless' at Regal Union Square Theatre, Stadium 14 on March 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Maxim)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Actor Bradley Cooper visits the New York Stock Exchange on March 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Actor Bradley Cooper attends Relativity Media's world premiere of 'Limitless' presented by Deleon Tequila at Regal Union Square Theatre, Stadium 14 on March 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Relativity Media)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Actor Bradley Cooper attends Relativity Media's world premiere of 'Limitless' presented by Deleon Tequila at Regal Union Square Theatre, Stadium 14 on March 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Relativity Media)

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    Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the Los Angeles Special Screening of 'Limitless' on March 3, 2011 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 03: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at Relativity Media's Los Angeles Special Screening of 'Limitless' held at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on March 3, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 03: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at Relativity Media's Los Angeles Special Screening of 'Limitless' held at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on March 3, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the Tommy Hilfiger 25th anniversary celebration at The Metropolitan Opera House on September 12, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Actor Bradley Cooper poses at the Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 12, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for IMG)

  • NEW YORK - AUGUST 25: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the Nike Tennis Primetime Knockout event at Pier 54 on August 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

  • TOKYO - AUGUST 16: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the Japan Premiere of 'The A-Team' at Differ Ariake on August 16, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. The film will open on August 20 in Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

  • TOKYO - AUGUST 16: Actor Bradley Cooper waves to fans as he attends a stage greeting for the Japan Premiere of 'The A-Team' at Differ Ariake on August 16, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. The film will open on August 20 in Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Bradley Cooper attends the UK Film Premiere of 'The A-Team' at Empire Leicester Square on July 27, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 26: Actor Bradley Cooper attends 'The A-Team' photocall at ME Hotel on July 26, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

  • US actor Bradley Cooper poses in a car in front of the Eiffel tower on June 14, 2010 in Paris during a photocall for the release in France of the A-team film, directed by US Joe Carnahan. The movie, to be released on French screens on June 16, 2010, is an adaptation of the eponym serie that was broadcasted from 1983 to 1987 in the US. AFP PHOTO FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)