Exclusive! Eric Dane: 'I Got Lucky' Marrying Rebecca Gayheart

Love: Eric Dane: 'I Got Lucky' Marrying Rebecca Gayheart

Two daughters later, McSteamy reveals how his high-profile marriage has changed.

Dr. Mark "McSteamy" Sloan met a tragic demise on Grey's Anatomy (moment of silence), but the bright side is Eric Dane will be back stealing hearts as a heroic Navy commander in the TNT drama The Last Ship. The show doesn't premiere until next year, so in the meantime he's soaking up family time with his wife of seven years, actress Rebecca Gayheart, and their daughters Billie, 3, and Georgia, 1½.

YourTango: What are your plans until you begin shooting in October?
Eric Dane: Be with my kids. I'm not working intentionally because I know that in October I'll be away for a while. When I'm working, I leave the house at 6 a.m. and I'm back at 8 [p.m.], and I'm missing an entire day of my kids' lives. It's nice to watch them sleep but it's more fun when they're awake.

YourTango: Has there been a change in your relationship with Rebecca since becoming parents?
Eric Dane: Yeah. We don't bicker at all. Once you have kids, there are really no big deals anymore. We realized that the little stuff that used to bother us doesn't bother us anymore.

YourTango: What's the best love advice you've heard?
Eric Dane: I was going to say "it's work, relationships take work," but that makes it sound like relationships are hard, that they're work. Rebecca and I have always gotten along really well. We've always had a really strong connection. I'm the last guy that should be giving people advice on love, that's for sure. But I have a great marriage. I just got lucky, I guess.


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