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Kevin Hart, Ebony Magazine

Ebony Magazine

Kevin Hart has opened up about what makes him tick.

"Regardless of how much I joke and play around, my family and my lady don't respect that about me," the increasingly busy actor and comedian—he's hosting Saturday Night Live tonight, in fact—says in the April issue of Ebony.

"I'm serious, because I'm responsible for their well-being. I take that very serious. When it comes time to get naked, I'm serious there, too."

Well, that's certainly good news for his lady—as is the 32-year-old Hart's revelation that he's no longer a liar.

"When I was married, I definitely went through a lying period," the divorced father of two tells the magazine. "I just turned into a liar, but you learn from your mistakes. Being that guy once upon a time has helped me develop into the man I am now, and I approach relationships in a completely different manner."

Well, the man that Hart is now is a man who hosted the MTV Video Music Awards last year, is starring on the BET spoof Real Husbands of Hollywood, is hosting SNL tonight and has at least three films in the pipeline, including Grudge Match with Robert De Niro (whom we bet will appreciate Hart's serious side).

 As for his first love, comedy, Hart abides by a few rules when he's doing stand-up. First off, he never talks about politics.

Kevin Hart, Ebony Magazine

Ebony Magazine

"I'm afraid of the government," he says. "I watched Enemy of the State. That movie scared the s--t out of me. I keep my mouth shut."

And, he never cracks gay jokes "at all."

"The repercussions for saying certain words are harsh, and careers have been shut down," Hart explains. "I can understand how people could be affected by certain words and slurs. I get it. My way of showing respect is to not play around with it, not mention it, not joke with it at all. I understand how serious it is."

Sounds like another reason why Hart will continue to enjoy the respect of his fans and the showbiz community for a long time to come.