BRADLEY COOPER IS HOLLYWOOD’S favorite actor these days. He’s received Best Actor nominations three years running, and has also starred in one of the most successful franchises of the last few years in The Hangover trilogy.

But before he made it big, Cooper was a travel show host for an old Discovery Channel show called Globe Trekker. Cooper heard about the show while he was in school by reading a newspaper ad which called for an actor with “extreme sensibilities, but no experience outdoors.” You can see a clip from one of his episodes — where he visits a Croatian nude beach — in the mildly NSFW video above.

Cooper explained his history as a travel show host to David Letterman.