Deadwood's Robin Weigert Sounds Off

06/09/2006 at 05:20 PM EDT

Deadwood's Robin Weigert Sounds Off
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Gun-slinging. Booze-guzzling. Cussing. Not exactly what you'd expect from a classically trained, "naturally shy" actress, but as Deadwood's Calamity Jane, Robin Weigert wouldn't have it any other way. Still, her feelings are bittersweet: The HBO drama is kicking off its third – and last – season (Sundays, 9 p.m.). "Just when you're comfortable is when the rug usually gets pulled out from under you," the Washington, D.C., native, 36, says of the unexpected cancellation. Luckily for Weigert, Calamity Jane will saddle up again for two HBO movies "to round out the story-telling." PEOPLE.com recently caught up with Weigert to get her take on the show's demise, her own vices and her Wild West fashions.

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On wearing those @#!&-ing corsets:
"I had one experience of wearing the corset for a long shoot, and I felt like such a wuss. I was just miserable and I thought, 'God this is what (the other women in the cast) have to do all the time!' "

On the new Deadwood movies:
"I had a dream a couple of weeks ago that was very sad, of taking the character's costume and folding it up and putting it in a suitcase," she says. "So this is great. I'm sure there will be a lot of storytelling to pack into four hours. Right now it feels like this wonderful reprieve. Its like, 'Ahh! Stop the demolition of the sets!' "

On playing nice in the Wild West:
"There's no bitchiness about anybody. There are people that come into the set when they're not called for work just because they want to hang around each other. Where else do you see that? That’s the world we're talking about. "

On her first nude scene:
"This was very hard on my soul. I wont lie to you," she says. And because Calamity Jane is "so homely, it's not only being naked, it's being naked in an incredibly unflattering light and being covered in filth. The first time you take your clothes off in front of a lover you want to look appealing, and it’s the same thing if you're taking your clothes off in front of millions of people."

On setting up shop in L.A.:
"Deadwood – that little strange place – is about as real to me as the city of Los Angeles … with all of these artificial sets and imported plants and the fake lawns. There's this weird feeling in which it’s a contrived atmosphere in L.A. as much as it is on the set."

On her own saloon-style vice – poker:
"I basically have paid for a piano and a flat-screen television completely with my poker earnings. I'm pretty good at it," says Weigert, who recently started playing the no-limit version of the game. "Now I find myself watching professional poker all the time on TV. I've turned into one of those horrible people who becomes obsessed. I haven’t done Celebrity Poker Showdown and I would love them to have me, but I think I'm not a big enough celebrity yet to get on there."

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