Former Teen Heartthrob Christopher Atkins Gives Advice to Jonas Brothers
02/06/2009 AT 05:40 PM EST
"I was recognized all over the planet. Everywhere. It boggled my mind," Atkins, 47 tells PEOPLE in its latest issue. The actor, along with six other former teen idols, examines fame on VH1's Confessions of a Teen Idol.
Looking back on his younger days, Atkins offers a bit of advice to today's heartthrobs, namely the Jonas Brothers.
"I have a saying: He with the most stories wins because if you have stories you've had adventures and if you've had adventures you've lived life," Atkins says. "There is a fleeting aspect to fame … so just live. And even when it's gone, have fun."
For more on Atkins, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.