In real life, Eric is married to a woman, but for eight years he's played a gay character. Does he worry about being typecast?
"I think it crossed my mind. It always does, but now I've seen a lot more straight actors take on that challenge—television, film, whatever, Brokeback Mountain—and with a lot less fear. So I'm kind of proud."
Eric says playing a gay character allowed him more physical freedom than some other roles. "All of a sudden you're playing a gun-toting cop," he says, "and you really have to make sure that the pinkie's not up."
Leaving Will & Grace will mean leaving a whole way of life for Eric and the gang. "Sitcom life in general is a pretty good way to live. With our show, we worked about three hours a day," Eric says. "Now people are like, 'Oh, you must be happy to have a break.' I'm, like, 'No, now the hard work starts—the break is over!"