Eric Dane has played a few authoritative roles in his life — most notably Dr. Mark Sloan on Grey's Anatomy and now Captain Tom Chandler on the new TNT drama The Last Ship. But he says he's not the authority at home — his wife is.

"My wife is definitely the one behind the steering wheel," the 41-year-old silver fox informs Bild.de (per Cover Media). "She does, so to speak, wear the trousers."

That wife, in case you didn't know, is 42-year-old Rebecca Gayheart — an actress you might recognize from Jawbreaker, Nip/Tuck or perhaps Beverly Hills, 90210. She and Eric have been married since October 2004, having met only ten months prior.

The happy spouses have two daughters together: four-year-old Billie Beatrice and two-year-old Georgia Geraldine. Eric tells Bild.de that he hasn't been able to pass on much paternal wisdom yet: "They're too little for any big pieces of advice," Eric said. "They're more at an age where you have to and want to keep them out of any trouble."

It'll be a big summer for the Dane-Gayheart clan, as The Last Ship premieres a month from now — starting Sunday, June 22, at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.

With Eric undoubtedly busy and working long hours as his career flourishes, it's good that Rebecca is the one taking charge on the homefront!

Source: Bild.de (per Cover Media)

Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!