James Tupper, Father, Stepfather and Eternally Engaged to Anne Heche

The "Grey's Anatomy" says fatherhood is like having an unreasonable employer. Yet he's ready for another, but this time a daughter.

by Ilyssa Panitz • MORE.com Celebrity Reporter
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James Tupper
Photograph: Anderson Group Public Relations

More: You guys met when you both starred in the former TV series Men in Trees?
JT: Yeah, that’s right.

More: Was it hard to build a relationship because of all the stories written about your romance, since you were both married at the time?
JT: We were friends for a really long time. We had the chance to share stories. Then we became really close until it led naturally into a relationship. We maintain a private life unless we are at an airport and the photographers are there [laughs].

More: How would you describe your relationship with Anne?
JT: Fun, loving—and she is a terrific mom.

More: You also share a son, Atlas.
JT: Yes.

More: Tell me about fatherhood.
JT: I love it. To me, being a father is the most important thing I do. We go bowling, swimming, lie around in our pajamas and make Swedish pancakes every Saturday.

More: Back in May of 2009, you told People this about being a dad: “It's a bit like having an unreasonable employer. He doesn't give breaks.” Does that statement still hold true?
JT: For sure. I was joking when I said that, by the way, but no, he gives me no breaks.

More: You are also a stepdad to Anne’s older son, Homer.
JT: Yes, I am. He calls me Dad, then there is a pause, and he says, "step." We have a real connection and a real love for each other.

More: Were there any challenges to becoming a stepfather?
JT: Not so much. He understands he is loved by three parents and has two different homes he gets to spend time in.
More: Does Homer like having a younger brother?
JT: He says 90 percent. He likes cuddling with him, swimming with him and reading stories with him.

More: Any chance you and Anne will have a little girl?
JT: That is my goal.

More: What stories have been written about either you or Anne that made you really mad?
JT: People characterize Anne a certain way, and I think she is now coming out of that shadow.

More: Are you talking about her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres?
JT: Who? Oh yeah, I heard of her. I guess so, but Anne also had her fair share of troubles in the past, and she wrote a book called Call Me Crazy. Anne had a difficult childhood, and what amazes me is how she is a survivor. The person I am with is a woman who has done amazing work and is now in a great place.

More: How so?
JT: Anne has a great kindness and wisdom. Anne also has a dazzling energy and charm. You would have to meet her to understand that. Anne has a light that just shines on people. In fact, Anne takes piano lessons with Homer, and they play about 15 songs each.

More: Will you and Anne team up again on the small screen?

JT: Yes. We will be starring in a movie for Lifetime TV called Girl Fight. It is being directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal. The film will focus on how a homemade video makes its way onto the Internet and has a horrible outcome on our daughter.

More: It seems lots of celebs are posing nude. Any chance we will see James in the buff?
JT: Yes, I am going to be posing nude tonight in my bedroom. But I am not inviting a camera crew—only Anne.

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First Published June 6, 2011

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