'Dexter's' Michael C. Hall Calls His Friendship With Ex and Co-Star Jennifer Carpenter 'Respectful'

“We've been through quite a journey."
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Michael C. Hall shocked fans back in January of 2010 when he revealed he was undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Three years later, Showtime's Dexter star, with the support of his costar-turned-wife, turned ex-wife, Jennifer Carpenter, remains cancer free.

“There is a lot of cancer in my family, people who've gone through it, survived it, died from it,” Hall told reporters at a press conference in Beverly Hills recently. “Going through that experience maybe helped me to feel closer to some of them.”

For Hall, Dexter is a career-defining role, ironic that it should coincide with his life-threatening illness. According to him, the key to getting through it was time off for treatment.

“I had the luxury to really commit to my treatment,” revealed Hall. “I have good health insurance. Truly that makes things a lot easier.”

The 42-year-old actor began his career on the HBO series, Six Feet Under, before landing the Showtime hit, about a blood-splatter expert who moonlights as a vindictive serial killer.

Carpenter, 32, plays his sister, Deb, a cop who for a long while was unaware of her brother’s bloody proclivity. After months of dating, Carpenter and Hall were married in December of 2008 and were divorced two years later, after his cancer went into remission. They continue to play opposite each other on the show and earlier this year there were rumors of a reconciliation between the two.

“I think it's a testament to our individual and collective commitment to the show,” said Hall about their evolving relationship. “We've been through quite a journey in our personal life, but thankfully that remains a fundamental friendship and respectful.”

Hall and Carpenter are thrilled about the seventh season, because Deb finally realizes her brother is a murderer.

“That's the big challenging situation that Dexter has to be vigilant about,” said Hall about the reveal. “He is ready to lay it out there, ‘This is who I am, this is what I do and I suspect if you really challenge yourself, you agree with that.”

Throughout the course of the show, Dexter has done in numerous offenders who, for the most part, deserved it. So does that mean he should get the death penalty on Season 8?

“I’m not in favor of the death penalty myself,” confessed Hall. “Maybe I should say that's what Dexter is for!”

Dexter airs Sundays at 9 PM on Showtime.

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  • Hugh
    Hugh

    "Three years later, Showtime’s Dexter star, with the support of his costar-turned-wife, turned ex-wife, Jennifer Carpenter, remains cancer free." What a train wreck of a sentence. Whoever wrote this article should be ashamed.

  • Marta
    Marta

    I think it's wonderful when two adults can remain friendly and respectful through a divorce. It's a testament to what kind of people they are.

  • lorraine curran
    lorraine curran

    we really hate laguirda;we have watched her steal doakes collar to get her job-we watched her berate everyone in the precinct-we watched her destroy her husband,who is one of the nice people on this show, so we hope she doesn't get dex-we are also fed up with debra's nagging

  • spoileralert
    spoileralert

    "Hall and Carpenter are thrilled about the seventh season, because Deb finally realizes her brother is a murderer." Wow! Way to sneak that one in there for those of us who are still catching up to the new season! Please try to be mindful of your readers next time. Include "SPOILER ALERT" in your title, or early on in the article next time.