Picks and Pans Review: TV's Favorite Polygamist, Bill Paxton, Big Man on Campus

updated 03/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>• On the HBO drama Big Love, the actor, 53, plays a polygamist with 3 wives and 8 children. But at home it's just wife Louise and kids James, 15, and Lydia, 11.

AFTER SO MANY FILMS, HOW DO YOU LIKE TV? I was so into The Sopranos and always wanted to do an ongoing character. It's so original, so keep it coming!

DID YOU FOLLOW THE NEWS ON THE FLDS CULT LAST YEAR? Oh, yeah. When that happened in Texas, the image of those children being taken away from their mothers; in a weird way our show has given a face to a culture that's so alien to Americans.

DO YOU EVER WATCH YOUR OLD MOVIES? I found a VHS copy of a film I did called Mortuary. I showed it to my son and daughter, and we had a good laugh. My son said, "You sure have gotten a lot better!"

ARE YOUR KIDS STAR-STRUCK? Justin Long was at the Big Love premiere; my daughter has seen Accepted 100 times. He talked to her, and it was so cute to see her trying to play it cool, even though she was jumping out of her skin.

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