Emmerdale's Jeff Hordley says he couldn't be more different to his soap alter-ego - baddie Cain Dingle.
The actor said his wife wouldn't tolerate any misbehaviour at home.
He told The Sun: "I tried Cain's menacing stare with the children once and they just laughed."
Jeff, who is married to actress Zoe Henry, who plays vet Rhona Goskirk in Emmerdale, said: "Cain might rule the roost in Emmerdale but not in my house. I'd certainly never dare take home any of his bad temper or irritability - Zoe wouldn't allow it.
"There is a good balance between the two of us but Zoe has got the edge. Blokes like to think they're in charge but Zoe is really the boss."
The father-of-two added: "I'm nothing like Cain when it comes to women either."
Jeff said he likes to spend his spare time walking his dog Rita and tending his allotment.
Viewers have seen his alter-ego descend into increasingly nasty behaviour, including punching his father, and seducing three women.
He is finally about to get his comeuppance in two Emmerdale episodes broadcast next month, entitled Judgement Day.
And Jeff says he wants to stay in the soap, telling the newspaper: "I love the character and the people who work here. Now I'm back I've no plans to go anywhere."