Plays: Prurient, potty-mouthed widow Sheila Keefe having a tempestuous on-and-off affair with firefighter Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) on the FX drama.
ON SPARKS BETWEEN SHEILA AND TOMMY Not only are Denis and I doing love scenes in front of a crew--he's my boss [exec producer]! We're brotherly-sisterly off-camera, which means we have a free-for-all on-camera. I feel safe with him.
ON THE SMOKIN' SET We all smoke, so you'd think we'd have our lighters. But everyday, people pat themselves going, "Uh, do you have a lighter?" That set would shut down and heads would burst into flames if smoking was banned.
ON DATING, RESCUE ME-STYLE They're my protective brothers. One date turned into a deaf mute. The boys said, "Give him another chance!" I can't with a guy who lets me drive the bus. They try to set me up and second-guess themselves. --CYNTHIA WANG