The 5 Year Plan

Mekhi Phifer

5 YEARS AGO ''I had just moved out to California from New York. The first job I got was I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. I bought a house. I got married, and then about two years later I got divorced, got another place, and that was that.''

NOW ''I was recently in San Antonio judging the Miss USA contest. That's the most fun I've had all year. You just pick -- out of all these great women -- which one is the most elite. Miss Minnesota had a really good presence.''

5 YEARS FROM NOW ''I plan on directing. Hopefully, I'll also be starting a family. I want five kids [he has a 3-year-old with ex-wife Malinda Williams]. Right now, I'm single. There's somebody I'm seeing more seriously than others...but I'm busy a lot.''

RESUME

AGE 28

EXPERIENCE Films include Clockers, O, and 8 Mile.

CURRENT Dr. Pratt on NBC's ER. Will star with Jessica Alba in the film Honey.

REFERENCES Spike Lee, Eminem, Noah Wyle

Originally posted Apr 11, 2003 Published in issue #704 Apr 11, 2003 Order article reprints
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