Alan Alda has discovered what’s unique about acting.

“There’s a kind of ecstasy in it,” the 83-year-old actor described to Variety.

The SAG Life Achievement honoree has devoted his life to acting, or simply, “connecting with other people” as he describes it. The star of “MASH” and “The West Wing” sat down to reflect on his storied career and what’s next (besides his already popular podcast Clear+Vivid).