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
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Chemistry seems to be the buzzword for James Tupper these days. Fans of Grey's Anatomy are watching to see what happens between his character, Dr. Andrew Perkins, and Teddy, played by Kim Raver. On the big screen, another chemistry is brewing. Tupper stars alongside Jim Carrey in the new movie Mr. Popper’s Penguins, which opens in theaters June 17.

Back on the homefront, Tupper is headlining a Lifetime movie, Girl Fight, with real-life squeeze Anne Heche. MORE got the lowdown on all the chemical reaction. An edited version of the interview follows.

More: I have a confession—Grey’s Anatomy is my favorite show.
James Tupper: Who are you voting for, Scott Foley’s character or me to win over Teddy's heart? I was stunned when I read the script that Teddy chose Henry. I am starting an online poll. I still think I am the better match.

More: Any chance Dr. Perkins will come back next season and beg Teddy for another shot?
JT: It depends on this article [laughs]. Want to hear something weird?

More: Sure.
JT: Kim Raver’s son is in my son’s class. I am friends with her husband, and they are friends with my family.

More: Wow. What a coincidence. And congrats on your new film, Mr. Popper’s PenguinsWhat was it like working with Jim Carrey?

JT: He goes in and out of it. Sometimes he is very introverted, and then he goes into his trailer to read a book on psychology. But once he is on set, he is really fun. He knows how to get the best out of people. My nine-year-old was flabbergasted I got to work with him.

More: You have such a successful career yourself. Have there been any positive female role models that helped you get to the level you are at today?

JT: Anne Heche.

More: Speaking of Anne, are you guys married yet?
JT: We just got engaged again. Her birthday was last week, and I gave her another ring. Homer, our nine-year-old, got down on one knee with me and said, “Will you marry us this time?”

More: What did she say?
JT: She said "yes." I have been giving her a ring every year since we met.

More: When is the date?
JT: Anne says we are eternally engaged.

First Published June 6, 2011

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