Picks and Pans Review: PPushing Daisies Star Lee Pace Recipe for Relaxing? Games!

updated 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Up for an Emmy as best actor in a comedy, the 29-year-old star is back on the set of ABC's acclaimed mystery-fantasy after the first season was cut short by the writers' strike.

HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE THE NOMINATION?
I have friends over for games, [so] we raised a glass. Our favorite game is Mafia, but we also play running charades and celebrity. Better than going to some horrible club.

YOU SOUND LIKE DAISIES' NED!
I'm shy, but [costar Anna Friel] is very gregarious and outgoing. She's good at getting me out of my house. My weekend is staying at home and going on hikes with my dog.

WAS IT TOUGH TO GET BACK INTO THE GROOVE OF SHOOTING THE SERIES?
We'd only shot nine episodes when we ran out of scripts, but, oddly enough, the first day back we had the exact same crew that we had when we left—and it was kind of like we had left on a Friday night and came back on a Monday morning.

HAVE YOU LEARNED TO BAKE PIES?
The last thing I want to do when I get home is bake. But we all get to eat on-set. This season Ned puts on 15 pounds!

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