Topher Grace: Dating Ivanka Trump ‘wasn’t a political statement’

When he romanced Ivanka Trump back in 2006, Topher Grace likely had no idea his she’d become a First Daughter … or that he’d still be answering to that relationship more than a decade later.

In a new interview with The Daily Beast, the 40-year-old reluctantly admitted to having dated the now-36-year-old daughter of President Donald Trump. “Uh… I did,” he replied.

As the website noted, Grace and Ivanka were spotted dancing, cuddling, and kissing at her 25th birthday party at Las Vegas’ Pure nightclub at the time, a party Chelsea Handler and Adam Levine also attended. By that point, Grace had reportedly dated Anne Hathaway, Ginnifer Goodwin and Emmy Rossum; and Ivanka had been linked to Lance Armstrong and Pierce Brosnan’s son Sean.

But in the new interview, the star of That ‘70s show downplayed the relationship with the fashion designer. “Certainly it wasn’t a political statement,” he explained. “This was a decade ago. I met her here in New York and we went on a couple of dates. I wouldn’t say that we ‘dated,’ but … I didn’t do it for political reasons.”

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NEW YORK CITY, NY - OCTOBER 14: (L-R) Ivanka Trump, Melania Trump and Barron Trump attend Quest and Q Magazines Host Ivanka Trump Book Party at Trump Tower on October 14, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
9/13/99 New York, NY. Donald Trump with his girlfriend, Melania Knauss (l) and daughter Ivanka (r) at the NYC 2000 Fashion Show. Photo by Robin Platzer/Twin Images/Online USA, Inc.
Melania Knauss, Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump during Inside arrivals- The Costume Institute celebrates 'Dangerous Liasions: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century' at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump inside Madonna and Gucci Host 'A Night to Benefit Raising Malawi and UNICEF' at the United Nations on February 6, 2007 in New York City. **EXCLUSIVE** (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump during Olympus Fashion Week Spring 2007 - Seen at Bryant Park - Day 3 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by John Parra/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 19: (L-R) Melania Trump, Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump attend Molly Sims Hosts OPERATION SMILE, 'The Smile Collection' Benefit featuring the J. MENDEL Spring 2006 Collection and Jeweler BOUCHERON at Skylight Studios on May 19, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump and Melania Knauss during Dennis Basso Fashion Show - Fall/Winter 2004 at Cipriani in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Shane Gritzinger/FilmMagic)
Melania Trump wife of Republican Presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump (R) and his daughter Ivanka Trump leaves the stage at the conclusion of the the Republican Presidential debate sponsored by Fox Business and the Republican National Committee at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center in Charleston, South Carolina on January 14, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Donald Trumps wife Melania Trump (R), daughter Ivanka Trump (2R), and son's Eric Trump (2ndL), and Donald Trump Jr. look on during the Republican Presidential debate sponsored by Fox Business and the Republican National Committee at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center in Charleston, South Carolina on January 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Donald Trumps wife Melania Trump (L), daughter Ivanka Trump wait for the start of the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate, October 28, 2015 at the Coors Event Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH, FL - JANUARY 05: Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump attend the 2014 Trump Invitational Grand Prix at The Mar-a-Lago Club on January 5, 2014 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images for 2014 Trump Invitational Grand Prix)
TRUMP TOWER, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2016/04/19: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Melania Trump attend Donald Trump victory celebration after New York primary at Trump Tower on 5th Avenue. Donald John Trump is an American businessman, politician, television personality, author, and candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, center, smiles as wife Melania Trump, left, and daughter Ivanka Trump, right, look on during a primary watch party in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 9 , 2016. Trump re-assumed his front-runner status in the Republican nominating contest after finishing second in the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1 to Texas Senator Ted Cruz, despite leading state and national polls for months. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Melania Trump (L), Ivanka Trump (C)and Republican candidate for Vice President Mike Pence wait before the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on September 26, 2016. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off in one of the most consequential presidential debates in modern US history with up to 100 million viewers set to tune in. / AFP / POOL / joe raedle (Photo credit should read JOE RAEDLE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: (L-R) Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Kai Trump, Melania Trump, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Tristan Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump pose onstage during NBC's Today Trump Town Hall at Rockefeller Plaza on April 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
Republican nominee Donald Trump (R) is cheered by his wife Melania Trump (C) and daughter Ivanka Trump (L) at the end of the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. Democrat Hillary Clinton and rival Donald Trump face off in their last presidential debate on October 19, with the Republican candidate spiraling downward amid allegations of sexual misconduct and wild charges of a 'rigged' US election. / AFP / POOL / joe raedle (Photo credit should read JOE RAEDLE/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (R) and Melania Trump (L) appear before the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2016. / AFP / POOL / RICK WILKING (Photo credit should read RICK WILKING/AFP/Getty Images)
Melania (L) and Ivanka Trump are seen during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on September 26, 2016. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off in one of the most consequential presidential debates in modern US history with up to 100 million viewers set to tune in. / AFP / POOL / joe raedle (Photo credit should read JOE RAEDLE/AFP/Getty Images)
Melania Trump (L) and Ivanka Trump look on as Republican presidential elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (2nd L), the daughter of US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (R) visit the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalems Old City on May 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Heidi Levine (Photo credit should read HEIDI LEVINE/AFP/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 24: Pope Francis meets United States First Lady Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner at the Apostolic Palace on May 24, 2017 in Vatican City, Vatican. The President Trump will return on Italy on Friday attending the Group of 7 Summit in Sicily. (Photo by Vatican Pool/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - AUGUST 21: First lady Melania Trump stands with Ivanka Trump before President Donald Trump delivered remarks on American involvement in Afghanistan at the Fort Myer military base on August 21, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. Trump was expected to announce a modest increase in troop levels in Afghanistan, the result of a growing concern by the Pentagon over setbacks on the battlefield for the Afghan military against Taliban and al-Qaeda forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: Ivanka Trump talks with first lady Melania Trump before a joint statement between U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rose Garden of the White House June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump and Modi met earlier today in the Oval Office to discuss a range of bilateral issues. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
(L-R) Ivanka Trump, US First Lady Melania Trump and US Vice President Mike Pence await the arrival of US President Donald Trump to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia, on August 21, 2017. Trump is addressing the nation about Afghanistan. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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Grace — who’s currently shooting the drama film Breakthrough with Chrissy Metz and Mike Colter — started dating actress Ashley Hinshaw in 2014 and proposed to her the following year. The couple got married in May 2016 and welcomed daughter Mabel Jane in November 2017.

Now, Grace seems shellshocked by the Trump administration’s actions. “It’s a daily deluge,” he told The Daily Beast. “I can’t even think what the scandal was five weeks ago.”

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Ivanka Trump speaks along side her father US President Donald Trump following a tour of the H&K Equipment Company in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania on January 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Participants of the ""Launch Event Women's Entrepreneur Finance Initiative", among them (L-R) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, US President Donald Trump,, the daughter of the US President Ivanka Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend the "Women's Entrepreneurship Finance Event" at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Patrik STOLLARZ/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump listens to his daughter Ivanka speak during a visit to Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump walk toward Air Force One as they depart Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
White House senior advisor Jared Kushner (top L) and his wife Ivanka Trump (top C) look on as U.S. President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump participate in a wreath-laying at the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump (R), joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, his daughter Ivanka Trump and his granddaughter Arabella Kushner, gives a fist-pump when schoolchildren tell him their two goals are "college and heaven" during a visit to their classroom at Saint Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Florida, U.S. March 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Donald Trump greets his daughters Tiffany and Ivanka during inauguration ceremonies to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kisses his daughter Ivanka Trump as they attend a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. November 7, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
(L-R) Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Tiffany Trump and Ivanka Trump attend an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Trump International Hotel in Washington U.S., October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka sit together as they meet with the spouses of active U.S. military members during a campaign stop in Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S., September 6, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump looks at a monitor with daughter Ivanka doing a sound check during Trump's walk through at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, U.S., July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks with his daughter Ivanka on the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) speaks at the opening of his Turnberry golf course, in Turnberry, Scotland, Britain June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump motions to his daughter, Ivanka Trump, as she takes the podium at a campaign rally in Concord, New Hampshire January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Donald Trump (C), entrepreneur and host of the television reality series "The Apprentice" poses with his wife and children (L-R) Donald Trump, Jr., Tiffany, Donald Trump, wife Melania, and daughter Ivanka at the party following the live telecast of the finale of season five in Los Angeles June 5, 2006. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Doral Golf Resort owner Donald Trump (L) poses with Britian's Justin Rose (C) and daughter Ivanka Trump after Rose won the WGC-Cadillac Championship PGA golf tournament at the Doral Golf Resort in Doral, Florida, March 11, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
Donald Trump (C), flanked by his children Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., addresses the media in Chicago May 10, 2006. Trump was in Chicago to speak about his Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago that is being built on the old site of the Chicago Sun-Times building on the north side of the Chicago River. REUTERS/Stephen J. Carrera
Donald Trump (2nd L) poses with his children Donald Jr. (L), Ivanka and Eric (R) during a news conference to mark the opening of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto April 16, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA - Tags: REAL ESTATE BUSINESS)
Ivanka Trump (R) kisses her father, real estate developer Donald Trump, after a luncheon speech at the National Press Club in Washington May 27, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS REAL ESTATE MEDIA)
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American real estate magnate Donald Trump with his first wife, Ivana (nee Zelnickova) and daughter, Ivanka, 1991. (Photo by Tom Gates/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
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Real estate mogul Donald Trump wearing a Yankee baseball uniform w. children Eric and Ivanka at a Police Atletic League softball game held at Yankee Stadium. (Photo by Robin Platzer/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
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Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump during Trump Magazine Celebrates 'Going Public' with Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump at Trump Tower in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend the Turkish Society Annual Dinner Gala at The Plaza Hotel on October 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: (L-R) Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump and Melania Trump attends European School Of Economics Foundation Vision And Reality Awards on December 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for European School of Economics Foundation)
BEL AIR, CA - AUGUST 23:Donald Trump, Hayden Panettiere. actress Tiffany Trump, Ivanka Trump pos e at the Nakheel Introduces Trump International Hotel and Tower Dubai party featuring a performance by Christina Aguilera on August 23, 2008 at The Tar Estate, Bel Air, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
(L-R) Real estate developer Donald Trump and his children Eric, Ivanka, and Donald Jr., attend a press conference at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago on September 24, 2008. Trump's 1,360-foot (414.5-meter), 92-story tower is expected to be finished in six months and will stand as the second-tallest building in Chicago, after the Sears Tower. AFP PHOTO/Amanda Rivkin (Photo credit should read Amanda Rivkin/AFP/Getty Images)
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