Picks and Pans Review: Spotlight on
updated 07/17/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/17/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Birthplace: Newcastle, Australia
Married to: Details editor Dan Peres
Plays: Florist Beth Walsh on the NBC drama Windfall, about friends who win the lottery.
ON HER JACKPOT ROLE
I love the idea of people winning the lottery and that it connects them as a group. In this day and age people are so obsessed with money. Growing up, you'd aspire to fly first class one day, but now people don't aspire to first class anymore, they aspire to the jet. It's gotten out of control.
ON HOW MONEY CAN'T BUY HAPPINESS
Everyone asks themselves, "What would I do if I won the lottery?" This show challenges the idea that money makes life easier. You still have problems—they just become more expensive. I don't think money would screw me up, frankly. I have a good head on my shoulders.
ON PLAYING THE LOTTERY
The only time I've played was for Christmas when production gave us scratch tickets. I didn't win. But I've won the lottery anyway. To be able to work as an actress and to afford to go on holiday—I already hit a jackpot.
ON HER OWN LUCKY STREAK
I won a raffle once. I was pretty lucky, because other people were winning gag gifts and I won a VHS/DVD conversion machine.
ON WORKING WITH LUKE PERRY
No matter which way you look at it, he's still Dylan McKay from Beverly Hills, 90210. Sometimes I'll look at him in a scene and I'll be out of it because I'll think, "Oh, this must have been what it was like for Shannen Doherty looking into those gorgeous eyes."