She was the assistant director. I was just coming out of a relationship, and not to be trusted. I'd been dating actresses but Janet was different. She wore jeans, drove a pick-up truck At first she wasn't too keen. She knew actors are a lot of work: But I managed to convince her. We had a secret affair the first season. I mean, dating crew! Actually, it was much worse for her, because she wasn't supposed to give any of the actors preferential treatment.
Over the years I have always tried to remain friends with my exes. I've just come from seeing my Canadian high-school sweetheart. I haven't seen her in 10 years but she lives here in Aberdeen she married a Scot. It seemed utterly insane to my wife that I would go and have breakfast with this girl I haven't seen in years. She just didn't understand it. But I think it's very civilised. As I said to my wife, I'm not going to dinner in a sexy spot.
I'm going to see her with her husband and her baby in the morning! But I think women think: Neil doesn't write nice guys, and it was a bit of a relief to play a man full of raging testosterone. But it was interesting that most women just didn't get it: Who goes and visits old girlfriends for the sake of apologising for something? I never felt cool growing up. I was a bit of an outsider, but I discovered theatre very early on, which got me through.
Not because of his sexuality, but in every other way, I'm just like Will Truman. I think I was very lucky that I didn't get well-known until my early thirties. If it had happened when I was younger, you might have seen me falling out of nightclubs.
I think I conducted myself as a much better human being because I was already married when all that came along I got married five months after I got the role as Will. Once in a while I wish that I'd had those crazy parties, but I'd have been scared of ending up as a year-old has-been.
Now I'm in a longterm relationship but I have a lot of single friends, so I know dating is hard. They say to me, 'I can't meet anyone, I have to go to bars!
I'm torn about late parenting. I believe people should spend their twenties living and having fun and not having any regrets later. I also think people in their thirties generally make better parents but so many of my friends are having trouble - myself included - as fathers get older.
My son was born when I was We're trying for a second child at the moment and when it comes I'll be at least It's that Woody Allen line about Charlie Chaplin having kids at I've always thought men and women were equal.
But I am starting to realise it's a mistake for a man to assume we all think the same. My wife will say: Don't hide behind that. They'll be looking good, you'll be out for a nice dinner and women will get to you by going, 'Ooh, she's hot. Honey, do you think she's hot? Sometimes I see eight gay guys walking down the street and I think, 'You are so lucky. You all know what each other's thinking.