Eric Dane: It’s Not Upsetting to Be Called McSteamy, But It Is Tiring
Has it gotten old after all these years?
That’s an affirmative — he said so on his press tour for Season 4 of his TNT drama, The Last Ship.
“I’ve been called a lot worse,” he said.
“And it never did anything bad for me, that nickname, so I don’t mind it… It’s not what I’m doing now, so it does get a little tiring, but it’s not something that really upsets me.”
The actor has had a complicated relationship with Grey’s since he left the show in 2012.
In 2014, for example, he showed gratitude toward the medical drama, and in the same breath, he said he was just eye candy…
“The series has brought me everything. In Grey’s Anatomy, I was only a piece of meat. In The Last Ship, I became a piece of meat but macho,” he told French outlet Télé-Loisirs, laughing.
“I absolutely loved this series. It did not bother me to have a nickname, and Grey's Anatomy allowed me to find myself here to talk about my own series.”
In 2016, Eric quasi-dissed Grey’s boss Shonda Rhimes — after she told us Twitter followers to stop disliking Donald Trump because we have wives and daughters and to start disliking him because we know right from wrong.
“How bout this,” Eric tweeted in a now-deleted, typo-ridden post. “F—k @realDonaldTrump and I could give no f—ks about @shondarhimes opinion. My wife and 2 girls. He needs to [be] [bitch]-slapped.”
(Her response: “Um?”)
In other news, Eric also made headlines recently for taking a timeout to seek treatment for depression, and he opened up about that struggle on TODAY on July 31,
“I was dealing with some depression, which was kind of odd to me,” he said.
“I felt very conflicted about it, because I didn't feel like I had anything to be depressed about.”
From an outside perspective, it certainly seems like this 44-year-old has it all — with a wife and two kids and a lead role on a hit TV show.
But he soon learned clinical depression needs no reason to take hold.
“It's a very serious thing … It’s very real,” he said.
“And that was the scary thing — when you wake up and you’re like, ‘I don’t want to get out of bed.’”
“I was seeing these doctors, thinking there was something physically wrong with me because I’d never felt like that,” Eric continued.
“I’d dealt with depression throughout my life, and it was always manageable. I just felt, you know, everybody feels a little blue.
“This just hit me like a truck. I had to take some time off. I went away, I took care of it, and I’m feeling great.”
Feeling great and, might we add, looking McSteamier than ever!