updated 11/07/2007 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/07/2007 AT 6:20 PM ET
Anne Heche, who is dating her Men in Trees co-star James Tupper, says onscreen love scenes are “less challenging” with a real-life boyfriend.
“Usually when you’re doing a love scene with somebody you’re not in love with, it s like you kiss and you kiss and then you think, ‘Oh, great.’ And then they yell, ‘Cut,’ and you just split apart right away and act like you don’t really like the person,” she tells Extra.
However, during her scenes with Tupper, she says, “when they yell, ‘Cut,’ we just lay there and wait for the next take to go!
As for their relationship, which made headlines earlier this year, Heche says she’s relieved that it’s out in the open.
“We’re so much more comfortable now that our feelings are exposed and everybody knows about them,” says the actress, who has a five-year-old son, Homer, with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon.
Asked whether she’ll expand her family, the 38-year-old actress responds, “Gotta leave it open, ya know what I’m saying?”