Tom Selleck Has ‘Never Sent a Text’ and Doesn’t Email: ‘I Have a Hard Time Writing Things Down’ (Exclusive)

In this week's cover story, the 'Blue Bloods' actor discusses technology and his new memoir, 'You Never Know,' out May 7

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Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck prefers to stay off the grid, and isn't afraid to say so.

Speaking with PEOPLE for this week’s cover story, the Blue Bloods actor, 79, says that he is only faintly connected to the technology in his life.

“Occasionally I've looked up my name,” he says. “That started really with the book, but I've never sent my own email. I had a secretary. I've never texted anybody.”

Though Selleck keeps away from electronic messages himself, that doesn’t mean that he's incommunicado. Selleck says that his wife Jillie, 66, who he met in London in 1983, will send texts on his behalf.

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Tom Selleck

“I have a certain luxury where I probably couldn't survive otherwise,” Selleck says. “But I don't know. I have a hard time writing things down, which is weird for a guy who's pushing a book.”

The book in question is Selleck’s memoir, You Never Know, out this spring via Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. In it, the actor reflects on his “accidental career” on screen, which ranges from his early days on dramas like The Young and the Restless to his breakout role as private investigator Thomas Magnum on ‘80s classic Magnum, P.I.

Along the way, the star also shares recollections of his California childhood and his foray into his now-iconic career, which includes credits like Friends, Three Men and a Baby and Las Vegas.

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Looking back on his life in Hollywood, Selleck recognizes that his journey doesn’t look like most people’s. He doesn't consider himself to be someone who was "bitten by the acting bug," but instead just wanted to buckle down and work.

“I don’t have the hooks that a lot of people do,” he says. “I didn’t rehabilitate myself or have this tragic life. I had my own share of certainly ups and downs, but I’ve been very fortunate.”

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Tom Selleck on the April 29 cover of PEOPLE

Selleck also tells PEOPLE that he keeps things relatively calm at home, when he's away from the cameras. He enjoys spending time in nature, watching the wildflowers bloom on his 63-acre ranch in Ventura County, Calif.

In keeping with his largely offscreen existence, the actor admits that he isn’t an active TV-watcher. He likes to spend his free time looking over scripts for his CBS show, Blue Bloods, currently in its final season.

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As for his decades-long journey in the entertainment industry, Selleck hopes to showcase the dedication it takes to make it in a challenging field.

“If you’re going to get in the acting business, you better get an appetite for it,” he says. “And I tried to communicate that...Because it was kind of a long road.”

You Never Know will hit bookstores on May 7 and is now available for preorder, wherever books are sold.

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