Eric Dane on his wife being a mom: I’m a hundred times more attracted to her

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Eric Dane gave some quotes to People just in time for Mother’s Day about how much more he loves his wife, Rebecca Gayheart, now that she’s the mother of his child. I know that I should find these quotes touching and meaningful or whatever, but they just rubbed me the wrong way. He said he loves her “exponentially more” now that they have a kid without qualifying that he never knew this type of love was possible until he had a child. It’s like he was holding back or didn’t really love her before, but I’m nitpicking I know.

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Life has changed for Eric Dane since welcoming daughter Billie Beatrice last year — and, as a result, so has the actor’s love for wife Rebecca Gayheart.

“I don’t know if there’s any change more significant that a human being can make than that of a woman becoming a mother. There’s no change more dramatic,” the Grey’s Anatomy star, 38, tells PEOPLE during the opening of IWC‘s A Night in Portofino.

“You know, I’m a hundred times more attracted to her now and I love her exponentially more than I did before. It’s just great to see her be a mother.”

And while the couple “have a little bit of help,” Dane reveals Gayheart happily takes on the responsibilities of motherhood.

“Rebecca is really hands-on,” he says. “There’s not a lot that goes on that she’s not a part of.”

But Gayheart isn’t the only one who loves spending quality time with Billie. Dane — who admits the “unconditional love” he receives from the 14-month-old who “doesn’t know any better” is the best part of fatherhood — enjoys spending afternoon father-daughter dates at the park.

“I like watching her laugh,” he shares. “Seeing this kid laugh when you put her on the swing, or slide down the slide with her, it’s just … She owns me.”

[From People]

That’s sweet what he said about how his daughter owns him. A lot of dads feel that way. It was also really nice how he gushed about his wife. Still, it’s like he’s saying he didn’t really love her before. Like when they were hiring hookers for threesomes. (Consenting adults, yada yada.) It’s honest I guess. Men want to procreate and they only truly love us when we ensure their genetic code lives on. I’m only playing devils advocate here, but I know that I’m a cynic at heart. I’ll say something nice – that’s one smoking hot dad.

photos are from 4/28/11 (event photos, credit: WENN) and 4/22/11 (candids with daughter, credit: Fame)

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  1. brin says:

    Maybe his emotions got the best of him, I’ll give him the benefit.

  2. Happymom says:

    What weird body language in that last pic of them! While that’s lovely that they adore their baby, I still think they’re sketchy-the fact that she’s best friends with Brooke Mueller is telling.

  3. Bite me says:

    Billie is too cute

  4. danielle352 says:

    me too, benefit of the doubt. about the ecstasy(?) video too. no more recreational drug use please!

  5. Praise St. Angie! says:

    aw…so I guess the crack-fueled threesomes….oh, I’m sorry…the crack-fueled “hang outs” aren’t happening anymore?

    she run anybody else over lately?

  6. Bubbling says:

    he is hooot, that’s all I got! It’s funny how people talk about body language based on photos that are taken with high definition camera which can take like zillion (I don’t know the exact number but those things are mean) shots in a minute, just sayin…

  7. jamie says:

    i wonder if he thought she was attractive when she smoked while pregnant

  8. Jana says:

    I bet he is. He has a wife who will do coke and do threesomes with him. And then got pregnant after all the bad press they endured. Call me cynical about the timing of the pregnancy.

    But I am sure they love the little sweetie.

  9. Working says:

    Does anyone else think Rebecca looks like Amanda Seyfield’s mother?? They have the same wide-set eyes, beautiful!!
    Eric looks to have lost a lot of weight lately, i like my men with a little more bulk to them…hope he’s ok

  10. jennifer says:

    ew. totally rubs me the wrong way too. I think I’d be pissed not to mention insecure if my partner was going around telling people that. I was raised in church, the mother’s day sermons remind me of this. “You too can be the worthiest type of female human being …thru motherhood. God’s call to womankind.” Bs. Not to dog motherhood, it’s awesome. But what gets implied too often is bad enough coming from women let alone Mr McSteamy . He’s a dad, why not talk fatherhood and HIS changed life.

  11. original kate says:

    cute kid, and i love the name billie for a little girl but i don’t know who these people are.

  12. MollyB says:

    I can never look or listen to them without thinking of those pictures of her smoking in a parking lot with her big old pregnant belly sticking out. Just gross.

  13. ! says:

    I’m guessing *anything* that puts them in the spotlight and conveniently makes the public forget about crack fueled hooker trysts, is “100 hundred times more attractive” to him.

  14. The Bobster says:

    Cute kid, but Gayheart is major crazy. It’s hard to get past that.

  15. kimberly says:

    IDK

    I like him on GA, but as an actual person?

    No.

    That couple screams hollywood crackheads, and “I need PR bad!!”

    I just can’t believe their words after that crackhead tape a few years back.

    Can you imagine the crazy stories this couple has?
    screaming fights, sex parties, drugs, and still no big fame? Maybe they should get their own “reality show” on E??

  16. DeeBee says:

    Don’t forget she also killed a 9-year-old boy. From Wikipedia:
    On June 13, 2001, Gayheart struck and fatally injured nine-year-old Jorge Cruz, Jr. as he walked across a street in Los Angeles. According to the police report, the child was returning home from school when he ran across a street. When vehicles in front of Gayheart stopped for Cruz, the actress drove around the stationary cars by pulling into a two-way left-turn lane; in doing so, she struck Cruz as he crossed the street. He died the next day at Los Angeles Children’s Hospital.

  17. DeeBee says:

    Oh, look, that same year she also hit 2 parked cars:
    In October 2001, Gayheart was involved in another auto accident when she flipped her rental car into two parked vehicles. No one was injured and no charges were filed.

  18. wemmz says:

    i don’t get the problem…
    i think you’re looking at it the wrong way, but having a baby can easily open up your heart to so much more. creating something so special. yes, you love your wife before she has your child, but when she does, you realise how much more you do love her because it just opens up this WHOLE other side of you.
    i might be writing this as a hopeless romantic i don’t know. but i think it’d be beautiful if my boyfriend said this.. in the future

  19. cookie says:

    I just can’t get past that skeezy video they did with the hooker. These two are just eeewww

  20. Micki says:

    So how would he love her if she was unable to have a child?
    Sort of weird compliment. But good that he finds his wife more attractive, I felt like sh*t the wole first year.

  21. Sara says:

    I won’t ever be able to stomach the fact she killed that kid because she thought she was too important to stop when everyone else did. Why the hell didn’t she go to jail for that?