10/09/2007 AT 12:00 PM ET
Not only does Kate Walsh have a brand new TV show (Private Practice), but she also has a brand new husband (Alex Young) – and her first weeks of marriage have been filled with living, loving, learning… and picking up dog poop.
“There was this kind of funny moment, after we were like we’re married and all of the hoopla was over and we were like, ‘What do we do now?’” Walsh tells Ellen DeGeneres on her show Tuesday. “We’re married. Alright, I guess we just live and love and learn from each other.”
The 39-year-old actress wed Young, 36, a production co-president at 20th Century Fox, over Labor Day weekend in the town of Ojai north of Los Angeles.
The star tells DeGeneres that she’s been married for five weeks but soon corrected herself. “Actually five and a half weeks,” she says.
DeGeneres then complimented the actress on her wedding ring, and Walsh couldn’t hide her excitement. “Thank you,” she says giggling. “It was a gift from my husband.”
She also jokingly offered the massive diamond to DeGeneres as a token of appreciation for her success. “I think I’m pretty responsible for your job,” DeGeneres says.
But it’s not all glitz and glamour for the actress, who turns 40 this week. Walsh admits she still gets down and dirty. “Basically everything’s the same except that we have a bigger house. I still pick up my own dog poop,” she tells the talk-show host.
“You just can’t ask someone to do that. I can’t. People are like, ‘Listen there’s a service.’ I’m like, I can’t in good faith,” she says. “It’s a good exercise in humility. You just got to get down there.”
“There’s nothing like a picture of me in the backyard holding up a bag of poop,” she jokes.