Eric Dane, 44, is temporarily stepping away from acting for a period due to depression.


His show on TNT, The Last Ship, will also be temporarily paused as Dane deals with his illness. “Eric asked for a break to deal with personal issues,” said his rep in a statement. “He suffers from depression and has asked for a few weeks of downtime and the producers kindly granted that request. He looks forward to returning.”

Sources report that the hiatus will continue through at least Memorial Day. The cast and crew returned to the set after a two-week break for undisclosed reasons. The series’ fourth season is set to premiere this summer, with filming for season five underway.

Dane has been open about his past struggle with substance abuse. The Grey’s Anatomy alum completed a 30-day stint in rehab in 2011 after developing a dependency on pain meds following a sports injury.

“We’ve all made mistakes,” the actor said in 2014. “My one regret is that I got the person I love most wrapped up in all that: Rebecca.” Dane is married to Rebecca Gayheart and the couple shares two daughters. “I honestly think I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be at this moment in time. And I’m really happy.”

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