‘Saving Hope’ Star Daniel Gillies on Wife Rachael Leigh Cook: ‘We’re Like Beauty and the Beast’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Although Daniel Gillies plays a the sexy Dr. Joel Goran on the NBC summer series Saving Hope, the Canadian-born, New Zealand-raised actor isn’t too keen on his looks — at least not when they’re compared to his wife, actress Rachael Leigh Cook.

“I do think we’re [like] Beauty and the Beast,” Gillies, 36, quipped of his marriage to Leigh, 32.

“When you’re in that kind of proximity to someone that beautiful … There are times when I’ll look at her next to me and I’ll literally look Heavenward and give God and a little thumbs up, like, ‘Nice craftsmanship! Beautiful work!'”

Gillies continued to praise his wife, whom he married in 2004, saying:

One thing nobody talks about in marriage is how increasingly attracted you can get to your partner. It’s one of those things that nobody ever discusses. I find her more attractive every day. I know that sounds like a cute thing to say — but it’s true. I find her more beautiful all the time. She’s so delicious. Luckily she wants to be with me. I don’t know why.

Saving Hope, which premiered June 7, offers a new twist on the medical drama; its Chief of Surgery (played by Michael Shanks) quickly discovers that he can roam the halls in spirit form.

Gillies — who previously appeared on the CW series The Vampire Diaries — says he’s proud to be part of the series, and says its quality is akin to what you might see on the big screen.

“It’s so good!” he said. “It’s the best new show. It’s such an easy thing for me to say, because it’s sort of what I’m supposed to say. But it’s like a movie from week to week.

“And it’s a damn good movie,” he added.

Although he’s appeared regularly on television shows for years, Gillies said he doesn’t spend too much time watching other shows, except for South Park and Archer. In fact, he even said he never would have watched The Vampire Diaries had he not played the role of Elijah.

“It’s not because I’m a snob,’ he said, “It’s mainly because I like to geek out and read.”

Current books on his nightstand include a biography on Albert Einstein and some by Noam Chomsky.

“I’m not clever. I’m trying to be but I’m failing dismally,” he said.

Saving Hope airs Thursdays at 9/8c on NBC.