11/30/2009 at 01:00 AM EST
>• The Cincinnati native, 46, stars in both NCIS and its hit Los Angeles spin-off, but that doesn't get him out of chores at home.
WHAT'S IT LIKE BEING ON TWO SERIES?
It's surreal. I'll walk on set and Chris O'Donnell will say, "Here comes Mr. Double Dip!"
DOES THE POWER STATUS HOLD AT HOME?
Director Vance doesn't wield as much power with my wife [architect Gabrielle Bullock]. I've been married for 13 years. As long as I feed the dog and the garbage is taken out, that's what is important.
YOU BEGAN ACTING IN THE FOURTH GRADE.
I was a class clown. I realized early on feeling very comfortable in front of people. My first live performance was the lead in Peter Pan.
DO YOU COME FROM A SHOWBIZ FAMILY?
I'm the only one in the family who stumbled into acting. I have six siblings but grew up an only child. I was adopted by my aunt and uncle.
WILL YOUR DAUGHTER ELISSA, 8, ACT SOMEDAY?
She is not bitten by the entertainment bug yet. She gets bored quickly coming to the NCIS set. If I were on the Wizards of Waverly Place, she'd be more excited!