July 27, 2009 12:00 PM

>• He may play an undercover cop on the new TNT drama, but the Practice actor, 47, is happiest in his everyday role as dad to Colette, 13, and Charlotte, 3.

WHAT’S IT LIKE PLAYING A COP? It’s a lot of fun. You kick in doors and you’ve got a gun and handcuffs. That iconic male saving the day is so imprinted in our culture that when I’m that guy, it’s such a high.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK WITH BEING A DAD? I try to let this all go on weekends with the girls and just be with them. [We] go to the park, watch SpongeBob.

WHAT DO THEY THINK OF THE SHOW? [Charlotte] calls me the “cop player,” and [Colette] hangs out with me on-set. She drives a golf cart around and has the best time.

PLAYING A COP MUST WARD OFF HER POTENTIAL DATES That’s why I took the role!

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