Glamour: We have to talk about Ms. Crazy Pants Peggy. She’s so out of control, which makes me wonder—why did Teddy never ask her for an ultrasound picture of the baby?
Eric: That’s a good question. I think maybe he’s so focused on the other stuff going on that he’s had. I’m sure maybe behind the scenes she’s like, “Oh sure, I forgot to do that, I have to ask,” or “It’s a little too early at this point for that.”
Glamour: Earlier in the season we saw Rayna wonder if Teddy wanted to get back together with her. Do you think years from now that could be a possibility?
Eric: Maybe one day in the rest home. [Laughs] I don’t know. In the hopeless romantic’s world—and I’m a hopeless romantic myself—I think it would be great to see them come back together. I’m a sucker for that kind of story. I know there are fans out there that want Teddy and Rayna to get back together, so maybe at a different time in their life it may work.
Glamour: On a personal note, you are married with two kids, ages 12 and 15, and spend nine-plus months out of the year in Nashville. Aside from geographically, how has life changed for you since the show premiered?
Eric: I have to tell you, in my career, I’ve never really experienced anything like it. I’ve been doing this for a couple decades now, and the level of the fans excitement is something I’ve never seen. I get to meet a lot of really cool people, which has opened up a lot of amazing opportunities for me.
Glamour: And the downside?
Eric: I’ve had times where I’m in the middle of eating with my family and someone will stick a camera in my face, and I say, “Hey, if you don’t mind, can you wait until I’m done?” because I’m always up for signing autographs or taking pictures. But people get excited, which I understand, especially if it’s out of context and they are at dinner and see someone and say, “Oh my gosh, that’s Teddy” But for the most part, people are really cool. I tried to avoid the honkey-tonk places because that’s when they are drinking, and it can get a little wild. [Laughs]
Glamour: Let’s play word association. Tell me the first word that comes to mind when you think of each costar. Go!
Eric: OK, great.
Hayden Panettiere: Spitfire.
Lennon and Maisy Stella: Lovable.
Sam Palladio: Hipster.
Chris Carmack: Texas. He’s just cool. I like him.
Jonathan Jackson: Caring.
Clare Bowen: Ethereal.
Kimberly Williams-Paisiley: Lovely.
Chip Esten: One of my dear friends. Full of life. Fun.