It's so short in the great scheme of things, the time you spend really full-on.'These days a project has to be particularly interesting to prise him away from home. 'At the moment I'm doing a lot of writing and sculpting.I've just done a psychological thriller called Blackwood with a glorious collection of folk.I need to be away from the city.''We put pressure on ourselves to achieve and we're fixated on leaving a legacy. 'We're very lucky we have a set-up that allows us to take time out, but I wouldn't have wanted to give my children to someone else to look after while I carried on as I'd lived beforehand.But, within seconds of making these things, they're gathering dust on the shelf. That's why I'm more interested in experience.' 'We tried IVF again a few times after having her and it didn't work,' he says. Your life changes inexorably when you have a child.'I spent a lot of time in Borneo a hundred years ago and lived in Australia,' he says. Then we all had our new experiences together of Ecuador and the rainforest and the Galapagos.More often than not we all hang out with each other anyway in the middle of nowhere. But then you pick yourself up, look around and see this unbelievably beautiful little baby you've got anyway.well, you need to watch his new musical movie Walking On Sunshine (think Mamma Mia!meets The Full Monty) which is why we're here, but more of that later.'Did she say that? 'Actors have sabbaticals all the time because you're away working.
They visited Borneo, Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, the Galapagos and ended up with 'some mates' in Jamaica.
Then we hang out and talk and go through the day, by which time it's washing up and then bed. I've interviewed the likes of John Travolta and Dominic West, but there's something about Greg – something you can't quite put your finger on – that's disarmingly sexy. I shaved her head before she started then she kept it very, very short for a while afterwards because I loved it. 'You're an orphan whatever age you are when your parents go. It pulls you up short.''I cleared the decks when she was getting very ill and managed to be with her for a couple of months. She was pretty much unconscious for the last chunk of time, but she wanted a piece of music playing for her when she slipped off so I made sure that was on. A glorious piece that allowed her to float off.''I've been truly miserable a few times,' he says.
That's where real life lives – around the hearth and the cooker.' What about monogamy? There's no one that way (he points upwards) any more. 'Even though you think you're never going to get through it, you do, and it's important. There have been miserable moments even since becoming a dad, but you've got to learn from it.
I am in my mid-forties and I have been online dating off and on for about 2½ years and dating in general for 4 years.
I am a year and a half out of a relationship and in that time, I have found only one guy I was interested in but he did the vanishing act.