If only we'd known: Fringe's on-screen lovers got hitched in real life

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

E! Online columnist Kristin Dos Santos reported Monday that Fringe star Anna Torv secretly married her co-star, Mark Valley, over the holidays. This led reporters collectively to smack their heads and utter "D'oh!" after they'd just spent 30 minutes on a conference call with Valley and had no idea he and Torv were even an item.

Valley took part in the conference call last Friday to promote his upcoming episodes of the Fox show. He answered questions about working with Torv and threw in some unexpected compliments, which seem freighted with more meaning in retrospect. The following Q&A features edited excerpts of that call.

Since most of your scenes are with Anna, what do you think of her as an actor and as a person?

Valley: I think she's just a fantastic actor, and I really like working with her, because she has such a solid idea of what's going on in a scene and what her objective is and what she's going to do. Yes, I've enjoyed working with her, and as a person she's just delightful.

Who else on the show do you enjoy working with?

Valley: I would say I just enjoy working with everybody on the cast. Most of my scenes have been with Anna. She's delightful. She's my favorite on the show, to be honest with you, but as far as the others go, Kirk [Acevedo] is a really good actor, and I always wanted to work with him. He's a really wonderful actor, Kirk is. I never met Josh [Jackson] before, and I never met John Noble before, and I haven't had any scenes with them, either. Blair Brown, she's a wonderful, experienced actor, and Jasika [Nicole], they're all just really nice people. There's no drama on the show at all, but I would say Anna and Kirk are probably my favorites.

What has been your most memorable moment from filming Fringe?

Valley: The most memorable moment was probably in the pilot when I was covered in an inch of goo and prosthetic muscle and veins running all over me. It was probably one moment where I was just lying there. I can't think of just one specific moment. I think it was once I was walking down the hallway and somebody saw me and freaked out, and I realized just how grotesque I looked.

What else have you found challenging?

Valley: What I think is challenging is playing a character that is in her memory, or in her consciousness. It is challenging trying to think of where he comes from, where he's going, what he's aware of, and what is he not aware of, and what does he remember, and what does he not. That is a little bit challenging. It is sort of taking the character out of the ether and placing him somewhere and trying to figure out how he would react. That I find challenging.

You have a military background, graduating West Point in 1987 and serving in Desert Storm. How do you think the show represents government agents?

Valley: I'm not really familiar with the way Homeland Security works with the FBI right now. There were some friends that have worked in it. Everybody knows that it's a television show, but I think that Michael Gaston, who has come on, is really fantastic, and I think that character is really believable. I think Lance [Reddick] always lends a very authentic sense of authority to any character that he plays, and Charlie Francis [Acevedo] is really believable as an FBI agent. I think Anna, the FBI would probably take her on right now if she applied.

Fringe airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.