McSteamy Reveals How Many Episodes of Grey's Anatomy He's Actually Seen

Eric Dane may have been one of the biggest stars of ABC hit Grey's Anatomy but McSteamy himself claims he's only ever watch 3 episodes of the show.

Eric Dane may have spent six seasons playing Dr. Mark Sloan - a.ka. McSteamy - on "Grey's Anatomy," but the actor claims he's barely ever watched any episodes of the hit ABC series. Ever.

In an interview with HuffPost at Build Series, Dane revealed, "I watched three episodes of the show while I was on it." After all, he said, "I was there when it happened, so I didn't need to see it."

So, it's safe to say he has no idea what has become of his on-air daughter Sophia, and baby mama Callie in later seasons.

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However, he did admit to keeping in touch with some of his former cast members, including Ellen Pompeo and Justin Chambers. He also remains close with series creator Shonda Rhimes.

"Shonda's great," he said. "I'm still friends with her to this day. One thing that you do with Shonda is that you don't deviate. That's one of the biggest lessons you learn is that you stick to the script."

Dane also revealed that despite the fact that he's been off the series for more than 5 years he still get's referred to by his "Grey's" nickname: "McSteamy." That being said, he doesn't seem to mind too much.

"I've been called a lot worse," he joked. "It never did anything bad for me that nickname. So, I don't mind it ... It's not what I'm doing now, so it does get a little tiring. But it's not something that really upsets me."

Shortly after leaving "Grey's Anatomy" Dane landed a leading role and currently stars as Tom Chandler in TNT's "The Last Ship," which returns for Season 4 on Sunday. The series follows the aftermath of a global catastrophe that wipes out more than half the population.

"Tom Chandler left the Navy after doing something that he felt was morally way against everything he stood for. And he's in a self-imposed exile," Dane said.

In the latest season Chandler is living in Greece as a fisherman, and Dane says it's only a matter of time before he finds some trouble, as he tends to do.

"Tom Chandler has to find his way back into the Navy, into the fray," Dane said.

Dane says he really enjoys playing the character and can relate to some of the conflict Chandler experiences on the show. But unlike "Grey's Anatomy," starring in "The Last Ship" is physically challenging.

"It's a lot of hard work. I enjoy it. But at the end of the day, you're home and you actually feel like you worked."

So, we have one last question: Does Dane watch episodes of "The Last Ship"?

The answer is yes.

"Sometimes they'll be stupid enough to take my notes when I watch an episode," he said about the show's producers. "I always try to offer like, 'I think there's a better take in there somewhere."

But he admits, it's definitely uncomfortable seeing himself on TV, even after all these years.

"I'm not a big watcher of myself," he said. "You start looking at things you shouldn't be looking at that have nothing to do with anything of importance."

"The Last Ship" returns with a two-hour season premiere this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on TNT. Check out our full Build interview with Dane below.

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h/t: The Huffington Post