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The New McDreamy?

Published October 22, 2006 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of ABC.
James Tupper James Tupper in Men in Trees
When Grey’s Anatomy took network television by storm in its midseason slot, it turned Patrick Dempsey from the go-to awkward ‘80s teen to Dr. McDreamy. Now any man candy worth his salt has that standard to live up to. In the new romantic series Men in Trees, some are suggesting newcomer James Tupper is the show’s McDreamy.

Interview: James Tupper Talks Being McDreamy... Uhh... Men in Trees

“I’ve heard that,” Tupper shyly admitted. “I’ve even heard McTreemy. It makes my dad chuckle. I got a call from my cousin. He heard about all of this and he said, ‘You have to take anti-nausea medication everyday.’”

Tupper plays Jack, the strong, silent type who catches Marin Frist (Anne Heche)’s fancy. The actor knew looks had to be a factor in his casting. “I did. I don’t know, I guess part of it was that. A couple of years ago I was in LA trying to get a job as an actor and I started working as a carpenter. I was building houses up in Hollywoodland. I think working with wood and materials and stuff, it kind of grounds you in a really specific way. I feel like when I read the script that character had that kind of calmness or grounded-ness. I really related to the part.”

Hmm, a carpenter. Lots of successful people started out that way. And of course we’re talking about Indiana Jones. “Yes, that’s entirely true. Harrison Ford, he’s a wonderful actor. I’ve actually heard stories about him from Anne because she worked with him on Six Days, Seven Nights. And just what an amazing guy. He’s always been a hero of mine.”

Men in Trees airs Fridays at 9 on ABC.

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