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If Acting Hadn't Panned Out . . .

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

WE ASK THE STARS

JOHN C. McGINLEY

("Scrubs")

"I've always worked with stone, [so] I would apprentice with some artists and then I would be a stone mason. [I've built] walks, mantelpieces and walls . . . in Ireland, I would build walls 20 miles long."

TED DANSON

("Damages")

"[I'd] be a butler. I love cleaning up, taking care of family and making little meals."

BONNIE HUNT

("The Bonnie Hunt Show")

"I think I would have pursued medicine. I was a nurse. I think I probably would have gone on to medical school. It's my other love . . . listening to people tell their stories in a medical situation and hopefully giving them some hope through what you can offer in their care."

ROBERT KNEPPER

("Prison Break")

"I would have done what my dad does: He's a veterinarian. In fact, I think until 'Prison Break' he was secretly sort of hoping I'd change my mind and go back into vet school. . . . I grew up being his right-hand man."

DAMIAN LEWIS

("Life")

"I'd be a professional Ping-Pong player. I'm not that good. I'm not Chinese good. But I hold [the paddle] like a pen. I hold it orthodox Western style. And that's all I'm prepared to give up about my game, in case anyone reads this. . . . I don't want people winning."

DREW CAREY

("The Price Is Right")

"Probably managing a restaurant. . . . I could have waited tables for a while; they would have made me an assistant manager and I'd work my way up. TGI Fridays. I'd be at a Chili's near you. I'd be the boss that everybody liked."

WENDY RAQUEL ROBINSON

("The Game")

"I probably would have been a psychologist. I am so intrigued by people and their stories and their

lifestyles, and I just love it. I'm affected by people's experiences and their emotions. I like the study of people."

ZACHARY LEVI

("Chuck")

"I would probably be a high school teacher. U.S. history. . . . It's something I'm very passionate about, and I think it's something that people need to know more about, especially in today's climate."

HART BOCHNER

("The Starter Wife")

"I always wanted to be a director, so that's what I've been doing mostly over the last 15 years. If [Al] Gore had won [the 2000 presidential election] . . . I wanted to be [his] environmental czar. That would have been the dream job for me."

CCH POUNDER

("The Shield")

"A gardener. . . . I grew up in England, and gardening was sort of part of my growing up. . . . It's very peaceful, and I think it's as entertaining as acting in terms of a final product. If you came and saw my yard, you would know what I mean."

MARY BETH EVANS

("Days of Our Lives")

"I don't know -- maybe a decorator or something; maybe a landscape architect. I love crafty things. I'm always painting my house or working in my garden, and I sort of love having a beautiful home of stuff that I do."

JUSTIN BRUENING

("Knight Rider")

"I was a video store clerk for a while. That was a good job. . . . I could just go surfing all the time and not have to actually do much."


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