Anne Heche Talks About Being a Long-Distance Mom

updated 10/11/2007 at 01:00 PM EDT

originally published 10/11/2007 02:40PM

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The man with whom Anne Heche shares a log cabin in real life – her Men in Trees costar James Tupper – is "adorable," but he has nothing on the guy who flies into her arms: 5-year-old son Homer.

"Homer flies a lot ... twice a month to see me," Heche said on Wednesday's episode of The View. Homer's father, Hollywood cameraman (and Heche's ex-husband) Coley Laffoon, shares custody with the actress. Twice a month, Heche also flies from Vancouver, Canada, to L.A. to be with her son.

Meanwhile, Heche explains, she gives him a lot of love over the phone. "It's hard," she admits. "You've got to open up your heart as if he's right in front of you."

Laffoon and Heche wed in 2001, and the marriage ended in February 2007, with the blame falling on her then-budding relationship with on-camera love interest Tupper (known as "McTreemy" on the Men in Trees set), who split from his wife late last year.

"I'm so happy," Heche said on The View before quickly clarifying her remark to say, "I don't think anybody says, 'Yay, divorce. That was a lot of fun.' "

View host Barbara Walters, who has interviewed Heche on several occasions in the past, admitted to her guest about the union with Laffoon, "I didn't think that marriage was going to last."

When Heche asked to know the reason, Walters replied, "I don't think you always think with your head."

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