Navy NCIS's Michael Weatherly
updated 03/08/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/08/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
HOMETOWN: Fairfield, Conn.
LATEST ROLE: Plays Robert Wagner in the ABC movie The Mystery of Natalie Wood March 1
"I'm playing an actor in a high-profile relationship," says Weatherly of Wagner, the '50s screen idol twice wed to Wood. "I had a taste of that myself, and it wasn't a taste I liked a lot." When Weatherly got engaged in 2001 to his Dark Angel costar Jessica Alba, "everyone was shocked at the 12-year age difference." Though they broke up last August, he adds, "she's one of my closest friends."
His regular gig as Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo on CBS's Navy NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) "is the coolest," says Weatherly, who has a son, August, 8, with his ex-wife, All My Children's Amelia Heinle. "There was a part of me that wanted to work for the CIA or the Secret Service when I was 13." Between takes, he acts that age too: "If you're in a bad mood, he'll pretend he's a dog or do a monkey impression." says costar Sasha Alexander. "You can't help but laugh."