The Betty Interview: James Tupper

The Mercy star is a fantastic actor, true romantic, great dad, and is fun to look at. What's not to love?
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You’ve had a lot of amazing guest stars on Mercy including Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, Jerry Stiller and even some of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Who’s been your favorite so far?
Jerry Stiller was great. He’ll probably be my favorite until Anne [Heche] comes on. It’s still being worked out, but I hope she’ll play my love interest.

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Dr. Sands seems to have plenty of those!
Yes, indeed. And as we’ve seen from the big fight with Mike, all of that is starting to catch up with him. The fight scene was actually really fun for me. With all of the stunt doubles, break-away glass and choreographed fight sequences, I got to feel like an action star for a day. What guy doesn’t dream of that?

You also have a part in Me and Orson Welles. What’s your character like in that?
I play Joseph Cotten, who is an old-Hollywood icon from movies like Citizen Kane. We filmed in London, and with all of the TV, movies and theater I’ve done, this is the role I did the most research for: studying his movies, getting his voice down, trying to get in touch with his widow. I learned a lot about him in order to become him.

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During your hiatus from Mercy, do you plan on doing more movies?
Come April, all I want to do is fly home to Los Angeles so I can nuzzle up with Anne and my two boys. Then I’m going to try to find a way to make football fun for Homer. That’s my goal. Right now, he’s a big fan of football stats. He collects the player cards and follows the Patriots, but I want to really teach him to love the game like I do.

You seem to have seamlessly become a big part of Homer’s life. What are your tips for other blended families?
I don’t know that there’s a tip. It has to be a truthful relationship. You can’t pretend it’s something that it’s not. You just have to be open and loving and hope it works itself out. I love Homer to death. I love kids in general. I think it has something to do with my upbringing. My dad was the principal of an elementary school and he adopted a little girl whose mother passed away and whose father was unable to take care of her. So my dad said, “There’s no way you’re going to a foster home, you’re coming home to live with us.” He brought her home, and she’ll always be my sister to me.

Do you want a big family with Anne?
I’m trying to work on it! I would love to have a daughter. But seeing as how crazy our bicoastal lifestyle is now, I think we’re going to have to wait till things get more settled down. It takes a lot out of kids to have to travel so much — that’s why I’m trying to do the brunt of the flying. But it’s also great to have the kids in New York City. Atlas and Homer are coming to visit once a month. I recently took Homer to all of the big hits: the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Billy Elliot on Broadway, the zoo in Central Park, the Met. But he’s traveled a lot at a young age, so he was a little jaded, comparing the size of the Statue of Liberty to the Eiffel Tower. I was like, “You’re 7 — shut up!”

James Tupper, Anne Heche and Homer

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