For fans of Grey’s Anatomy, the recent departure of Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw, on maternity leave) and, in leaving, the end of her relationship with Callie (Sara Ramirez) has been traumatizing. But re-enter Dr. Mark Sloane, aka Eric Dane, who plays the hospital lothario and talked about the drama and what is to come during today’s press junket for the film Burlesque, the new film in which he co-stars with Cher, Stanley Tucci and Christina Aguilera.
While viewers may not be happy in the way Arizona left (she took a 3-yr gig in Africa and dumped Callie at the airport) the fact that Callie wants to move in with Mark does not bode well for her staying out of Sloane’s bed, a place she’s been many a time before in her pre-Arizona relationship. Rest assured, Dane said, casually, “Arizona comes back.” And, referring to Callie going back to sleeping with men, he revealed that what happens between Callie and Sloane is temporary. “I can tell you this, you get her back. You get her back. She’s already out on loan because her girlfriend left. She left her. It was cold! But she comes back, Callie loves Arizona.”
Also, fans have been wondering if and when Sloane will get back together with Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) since they broke up last year. There has definitely been a lot of flirting going on between the two, such as the recent episode where Lexie catches Sloane eyeing her form-fitting jeans at a bar, scolds him for it but then breaks into a smile when she turns away from him. Dane confirmed, “I get back together with Little Grey.”
On a personal note, Dane’s real life went through a huge change earlier this year when he and wife Rebecca Gayheart welcomed their daughter Billie Beatrice. What were the biggest surprises in becoming a parent for the first time? “I was prepared for everything in that I wasn’t prepared for anything. There’s no way to prepare. You can get the right crib and changing table and diapers but nothing can ever prepare you for that.”
Dane also said that the way he feels about his daughter is something he couldn’t have prepared himself for either. “I was very surprised in how I felt about it in that aside from the other obvious stuff I really felt like ‘This is another person that I would gladly step in front of a bullet for.’ You don’t know what it’s like until you actually feel it. How many times have we said ‘Hey, bro, I’ll take a bullet for you’ and then you see this person and…I can very, very sincerely say that I’ve lived a really great life and I would gladly step in front of a bullet for this person. I think it’s kind of restructured my priorities.”
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC. Burlesque opens in theaters on Thanksgiving Day.