'80s Heartthrob Lorenzo Lamas Talks About His New Career As Helicopter Tour Pilot (VIDEO)

08/01/2014 09:26 am ET | Updated Aug 01, 2014
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You may recognize Lorenzo Lamas for his roles in long-running series like "Falcon Crest," "Renegade" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," but the '80s heartthrob now has a surprising new profession: helicopter tour pilot.

An avid lover of aviation, Lamas now works as a pilot for Elite Helicopter Tours in Van Nuys, California. He first became interested in flying when his children were young and living in Arizona with their mother, a flight away from him. To see them, Lamas figured he could take lessons, become a pilot and fly to pick them up himself. Now, Lamas' work as a pilot serves another purpose, as he tells "Oprah: Where Are They Now?"

"Every day, I'm working on my aviation career so that I don't have to think about working as an actor," Lamas says in the above video. "You can't count on things happening if you're not in control of them happening. I'm in control of things happening in my aviation career. And I'm not in my acting career."

That's not to say the former soap star doesn't appreciate his Hollywood career.

"I love to act," Lamas says. "But aviation is paying the bills now."

"Oprah: Where Are They Now?" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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