Actor Eric Dane has been turning heads for the past two seasons on the hit HBO series Euphoria. On the show, he plays Nate’s dad Cal Jacobs, a closeted queer man who uses his hyper-masculinity as a facade for the outside world. Early on in the series, viewers find out Cal is living a double life. In season 2, Dane got to develop the emotional undercurrent brewing inside Cal, until it ultimately comes to a dramatic confrontation.
Before Euphoria, the actor played the hunky head of plastics surgeon Mark Sloan on Grey’s Anatomy for 7 seasons. The actor’s good looks became such a commodity that he was simply known as “McSteamy.” After Grey’s Anatomy, he moved on to the TV show The Last Ship playing Admiral Tom Chandler.
Dissatisfied, the actor reached a turning point in his career. ” I felt like I had been doing sort of the same thing in my career over and over again,” said Dane. “I felt like it wasn’t allowing me to grow or stretch as an actor, as an artist, and really show that I’m more than a doctor on a hospital drama or a captain of a naval destroyer.”
His role on Euphoria was a chance to subvert the archetype he’s so well known for. The actor continued, “It’s counterintuitive to play the same guy for eight years in a row, but here I get an opportunity to play a guy who’s constantly changing and evolving. In season 1, Cal was very contained and very composed, and, in season 2, he gets to literally break down the wall and shed this suit of armor that he’s built for years.”
The result is some of the most interesting work from the actor and one that’s certainly worthy of Emmy consideration.
Eric Dane sat down with Awards Radar to talk about reappearing on Grey’s Anatomy, his new chapter on Euphoria, and his relationship with co-star Jacob Elordi.
Watch the full conversation below: