Shonda Rhimes: Eric Dane’s Daughter Is “Beautiful”

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Eric Dane — who debuts the first photos of 2-month-old daughter Billie in the new Us Weekly (out now) — isn't the only one who thinks his baby girl is beautiful.

Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes told Wednesday at the Television Academy Honors in L.A.: "He's a great guy and he has one of the most beautiful babies."

Dane — who plays Mark Sloan aka McSteamy on the hit ABC medical drama — welcomed his first daughter with Rebecca Gayheart on March 3.

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"When she came out, she was really alert and her eyes were open. The doctor gave her to her mom, and I was so … you know, I was obviously very emotional," says Dane, 37.

Dane tells Us Weekly fatherhood has been "life changing. It changes how you look at things and how you feel about things. I like to think of myself as an artist — but now I'm working for my kid. Now I'm a father. I've got a lunch pail, I go to work and I come home and I make sure my kid is taken care of, and I make sure my wife is take care of.

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"Childbirth is a miracle," he adds, "and we've created this life."

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For more – including additional exclusive photos of Billie, how many hours Gayheart's "difficult" labor lasted, why they named their daughter Billie, how their baby has taken their marriage "to the next level" and their plans for another little one — pick up the new Us Weekly today!

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