Amid a bitter divorce, the actress says time off has been all about her son

By Sara Hammel
Updated July 27, 2007 12:00 PM

As a bitter and very public divorce from estranged husband Coley Laffoon rages on, Anne Heche says she’s trying to see that the couple’s 5-year-old son, Homer, has “the best summer of his life.”

“[I hope] that we can stay focused on the love and blessings of my life,” Heche, 38, told PEOPLE at the ABC Television Critics Association party in Beverly Hills Thursday night. “Summer has been about providing [Homer] with that.”

The Men in Trees star said that the pair engaged in typical summer activities – sports and reading.

“I hope that I learn from the things that I go through and hopefully I can be a loving parent – certainly for Homer, who’s had the best summer of his life,” Heche said.

Heche’s personal life over the past several months – which brought about a romance with Trees costar James Tupper – has been tumultuous. In February, Laffoon, 33, filed for divorce.

Now that Trees has resumed production in Vancouver, Heche says it’s a relief to be away from the attention of her marital breakup and spend this quality time with Homer.

“I’m so glad to be back at work,” she said. “These beautiful cast members that I’m running around with are like playmates and I have [Homer] riding around on his bike on the set, playing hide-and-seek in everybody’s trailers.”

Jenny Bicks, the show’s creator, indicated season two will focus on Heche’s character’s love life.

“I’m into it!” Heche said of Bicks’s transforming her “into a sex symbol.”

Reporting by MONICA RIZZO