Eric Dane has taken the first step to a hopeful recovery:
He has admitted that he needs professional help.
A rep for the actor has confirmed that filming on The Last Ship Season 4 has been stopped temporarily while the drama's lead takes the steps necessary to battle depression.
Filming will resume after Memorial Day Weekend.
“Eric asked for a break to deal with personal issues,” a rep for Dane tells Variety, adding by way of explanation:
“He suffers from depression and has asked for a few weeks of downtime and the producers kindly granted that request. He looks forward to returning.”
Dane has been open in the past about his personal struggles.
The 44-year old actor, who rose to fame for playing the character of Mark Sloane on Grey's Anatomy (aka McSteamy) checked into rehab in 2011 for an addiction to painkillers.
It is unclear at this time whether Dane will be doing the same in order to overcome this mental roadblock.
The fourth season of TNT's biggest hit is set to premiere some time this summer. It will consist of 10 episodes.
The network has already picked the show up for a fifth season, also scheduled for 10 episodes and likely will debut these installments in June of July of 2018.
So at least Dane does not need to worry about career stability while he battles this intense personal issue.
The actor has been married to Rebecca Gayheart since 2004.
He spoke to People Magazine in 2014 about his struggles, being both open and honest, while also remaining vague on various things that have happened to him.
“We’ve all made mistakes," Dane said at the time, adding:
"I honestly think I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be at this moment in time. And I’m really happy."
The Last Ship chronicles the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James and its captain Tom Chandler (portrayed by Dane), as the crew navigates life following a worldwide catastrophe that nearly kills off the globe's entire population.
The drama averaged approximately 7.1 million viewers per episode across multiple platforms for its third season, according to TNT, making it one of the most-watched shows on cable in general.
Dane has two sons with Gayheart and we wish him nothing but the best in his journey to recovery.
We hope it goes as well as possible for him.
As you can see above, Dane is one of many, many celebrities who have entered rehab for a variety of problems.
There's certainly no shame in making this move. Quite the opposite, in fact.