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updated 11/16/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/16/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

>Jennifer Aspen

It takes a lot to faze Jennifer Aspen. A troubled pregnancy? No problem. Stripping? Ditto. The 27 year-old L.A.-based actress plays former dirty-dancer Daphne on FOX's sudser Party of Five. "But that's not the only thing Daphne does," says Aspen of her character. "She sold cheese in a mall too." Plus, she just gave birth to a girl, her child with Charlie Salinger (Matthew Fox).

Aspen became a semiregular on Party after guest spots on NYPD Blue and Beverly Hills, 90210. She has been acting since she first heard some music while sitting in detention at Santa Cruz High School in California. "I thought it was the cheerleaders, who I had a thing against because I always wanted to be one and I couldn't," says Aspen. It turned out to be students preparing to audition for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. She tried out, landed a lead role and has been succeeding in the-business ever since. Whether stripping or pretending to be preggers, her acting secret is preparation. Aspen studied Lamaze and is still reeling from a strip-club field trip she took to pick up pointers on Daphne's former profession. Says Aspen: "Those guys watching the strippers? Total morons!"

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