With "30 Rock" kicking off its seventh and final season next month, Alec Baldwin says he's ready to step aside and let his wife Hilaria Thomas build her own small-screen empire.
The 54-year-old met Thomas, 28, in February 2011
at Pure Food and Wine, a vegan restaurant in New York.
"I was married and I was with somebody for 10 years and then after I got divorced, I dated people and I had one girlfriend for several years," Baldwin told Piers Morgan in January. "And right before I met Hilaria ... I did lay in my bed and say, 'This is it. I'm gonna be alone for the rest of my life, I'm gonna die alone in this apartment in this bed, I'll have my friends, I'll have Twitter, I'll have Words with Friends, I'll have my New Yorker subscription ... I'll have my quiet, unhappy life,' and then right when I put it all on the shelf, and it was over ... I walked into a restaurant ... and I met this woman who is probably one of the greatest people I've ever met in my life."
"With the show ending, this is a bittersweet day for me," he said. "But my wife is about to be in a yet-to-be-announced fitness/health show, and she's going to make a million dollars and be the next Jane Fonda."
Thomas (who will soon change her last name to Baldwin), has been teaching yoga in New York City since 2005. According to her profile on Yoga Vida
, she also incorporates dance and fitness into her classes.
"Our job as yoga practitioners is to encourage the mind to become aware of the body as it moves thus detecting and alleviating stress and suffering from our bodies," she writes. "This methodology will empower you in your own body."