Actor Omar Epps has played television doctors in both ER and
House. He recently talked to WebMD the Magazine about what he's
learned about medicine from his TV roles, as well as how he keeps himself
Omar Epps, what has playing
Dr. Eric Foreman on House M.D. and
before that Dr. Dennis Gant on ER taught you about your own
Be vigilant and pay attention to your
If you were sick, would you want to be
treated by your TV boss, the ornery...
2. The first single, "(I Do) Like We Do," is about the love between people who've been together a long time. To what do you attribute the success of your 21-year marriage?
I think it's the way I was brought up and the way Jill [Goodacre] was brought up. We share the same types of values, and we balance each other out. Even more than that, we take marriage really seriously. I don't want to get married more than once. I know that it happens that way sometimes. People die or drift apart. But the ultimate goal is to put that ring on and keep it on.
3. How has being a father changed you?
I can't imagine what my life would be like or who I would be if I didn't have our daughters. They're three amazing young women who have grown into these passionate, driven women.
4. How does it feel to be working on the final season of Fox's long-running singing competition American Idol?
We've seen some great talent this year. I'm excited going into it. The ultimate goal is to discover the next pop superstar.
5. Why has it been important for you to stress music fundamentals during your critiques?
There have been plenty of pop singers who know nothing about music. You can turn on the radio and hear that. But I feel a responsibility to let them know that they can only improve and think about things that they've never thought about if they have some semblance of a knowledge base.
6. Growing up in New Orleans, what kind of foods did you eat?
We ate anything and everything that was put in front of us. My dad would make gumbo. We'd eat a regular type of breakfast -- eggs and bacon and grits. A clean meal would be boiled crawfish. A not-so-clean meal would be crawfish étouffée. It's almost like the food in France. It's made from good ingredients, but it may not be the best thing for you.