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 playingDr. 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 and brilliant diagnostican Dr. Gregory
House, played by Hugh Laurie?
Yes, I would want to see Dr. House. The
thing about House is that he is the best. House is the doctor that they send
you to when all else has failed. His bedside manner is rude, but he is a
straight shooter and he will find the right answer nine out of 10
Has being on all of these medical
dramas made you a hypochondriac?
I wash my hands a lot more now because
that is how germs are passed on. In the past few years, the only times that I
haven’t caught a bug that is going around on the set is when I have been
diligent about washing my hands.
You have three kids ages 9, 4, and 1.
It must be hard to stay healthy when they are constantly bringing home
Yes. They are like petri
Speaking of fatherhood, what has been
the most exciting part for you so far?
To see them learn something and to really
see them go from zero to past zero.
What have you learned from your
I have learned to keep my innocence. I am
an artist, so I have it in me to find the wonder in life. My kids are also
pretty disciplined and determined. If they set their mind to do something, they
will accomplish it and that is pretty admirable.
Any tips or advice for new
When it comes to parenting, there are
many books and a lot of helpful things, but nothing can really prepare you.
Once you are driving that ship, it's the hardest, yet greatest job in the
Who wakes up with the kids at
It’s tough. When I work, my wife sleeps
in the one year old’s room. My hours are too crazy and I can’t deal with
midnight wake ups, so we make do.
Who makes the doctor’s appointments in
My wife pretty much keeps that in
How do you eat healthy when you are on
the set and filming all day and presumably bombarded by trays filled with