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04/24/2012 AT 04:00 PM EDT
Like any actor, Noah Wyle prepared for his moment in the spotlight.
The former E.R.
star had warned his estranged wife
and two children, ages 6 and 9, that he might run into trouble with the police at a Washington D.C. protest this week.
"I think they're really proud of the old man right now," Wyle, 40, told the Associated Press
Monday while waiting to be processed after his arrest.
The actor, who now stars in TNT's Falling Skies,
was among about 100 protestors taken away in handcuffs
during a Capitol Hill protest by the group ADAPT to urge Congress not to cut Medicaid.
Calling the experience "slightly surreal," Wyle was arrested just a month after his former E.R.
costar George Clooney
was handcuffed at a protest
outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington.
Wyle tells AP he would "let George focus on the international; I'll deal with the small domestic issues."