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Robert Sean Leonard 'Looking Forward' to Raising Daughter Away From Hollywood

12/08/2009 at 08:00 AM ET
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House star Robert Sean Leonard — who has portrayed Dr. James Wilson on the hit show since 2004 — says that being a stage actor is more conducive to family life being a television actor.

Having recently welcomed his first child, 10-month-old Eleanor, Robert notes in a new interview with Deadbolt that arriving at the theater at 7:30 p.m. and arriving home by 11 p.m. would be a vast improvement over the hours he currently keeps.

“Getting up at four in the morning and getting home at 7:30 at night is, you know, unless you’re William Randolph Hearst, it just seems a little excessive to me. I have a daughter and my wife, and my dogs, and I like reading, and I like the hours of stage a lot better.”

Not that he’s complaining! He concedes that House has “financially” given him the opportunity to someday pursue a simpler life far from the glitz and glamor of Hollywood.

“I’m so looking forward to skate keys and homework and driving her to soccer and being back in New Jersey, and just being home,” he adds.

Eleanor is Robert’s daughter with wife Gabriella Salick.

Source: Deadbolt

– Missy

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mary on

He sounds so down to earth. I can’t imagine those hours. Love him on House and love his daughter’s name!

marfmom on

Hope this doesn’t mean he’s planning on leaving House soon!!!

Nodlikeicare on

Who has used skate keys in the last 30 odd years?

sad on

Oh I hope he’s not leaving House, but I would understand….if he did. I love him on that show!

Laura on

I didn’t realise he had a baby. Every time I see him, I still think of Claudio in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’! I had SUCH a crush when I was fourteen or so! :)

Jackie on

Wow. I must really be out of the celebrity baby loop, cause I didn’t even know Robert was married, much less had a daughter! It is my understanding, though, that he is a very private person, so I shouldn’t be so surprised. Anyway, I like him a lot (he’s really the only reason I watch “House”), and I wish him and his wife well. I LOVE the name Eleanor!!
P.S. Wouldn’t it be a hoot if Hugh Laurie ever babysat? I giggle just thinking about it!

Sarah M. on

Jackie – Hugh Laurie has 3 kids of his own. They’re older now, I think, though…

I also didn’t realize he was married, much less had a baby. LOVE him on ‘House’, as well.

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