The last leg of our journey through Culver Studios for The Starter Wife, features three new but integral characters on the new series. We talk with Danielle Nicolet, who plays Liz Marsh, one of the new moms at Molly's daughter's school, one who will actually talk to her, Reggie Austin, who plays Liz's famous Dodger pitcher Devon Marsh, who's adjusting to his newfound fame in the City of Angels. But first, we talked to Daniel Gerroll, who plays David, the cranky drunk of a British actor, who cozies up to Judy Davis. Here's what this hilarious actor had to say.

Daniel Gerroll

Your scenes with her when she was picking you-when Joan was picking you up-Judy. I keep calling her Joan.

Daniel Gerroll: My character gets the name wrong all the time, so you're allowed to.

The scenes at the airport when she was picking you up were great, and you were just so vile and delicious.

Daniel Gerroll: Oh, I was vile, yeah, yeah.

Yeah, so who did-what famous celebrity did you pattern your bad behavior after?

Daniel Gerroll: You know, all of them are like that. No, I'm joking. None really. It's just-you know, the great thing about this is if it's well-written, you don't have to do-I'm not a research type. You know what I mean? If it's there, you do it. It's as simple as that. I mean, there have been all sorts of situations with celebrities overindulging in one thing or another and making slight fools of themselves. And it seems if anyone does it now, it's wide open, largely because of the media. Remember the old days when the used to cover it up and hide you. You'd go to a Beverly Hills mansion and be put in a gilded cage until-the studio handled the stars-it doesn't happen. Now, not only do you get it in the paper, you get an actor playing you doing it in a TV series.

Can you tell us a little bit about your character?

Daniel Gerroll: Okay. He's an English, London-based movie star who lives in Santa Monica who has a bit of a drunk and philandering problem. And he's busted for drunk driving by two rather butch female cops, and he makes off-color remarks and gets thrown in the back. And then he's sent to rehab, and that's where Judy Davis' character, who she herself had-is in recovery and part of being in recovery is to work at the rehab place. She's assigned to this asshole to sort of-to wrangle him. And the great part of-the great thing is that his character becomes-he just falls for her, I suppose, he spends the time either trying to escape from rehab or seducing her, and that's the story line.

That's great.

Daniel Gerroll: It's actually-it's a really good [full]. It was funny. When they-I was back east, and when they sent me the script, they made a mistake. They sent the script, and they said, "You're reading for the much older husband of a middle-aged woman." And I was like, I went to my wife, and I said, do I look much older? I mean, there's a-and they say, you know, Hollywood's cruel. And then I said, well, you know, I'll do it. I'll suck it up. I'll do it. I mean, you know, I need a job. I'm not proud. I've no vanity, and I'm reading it, and there's this really cool character of this English movie star who's drinking and womanizing. I'm like, well, those days are gone, I suppose. I used to play all those roles. So I just did this karma thing. I learned the part, drove into New York. Manager rang two minutes in. Terrible mistake. You're not reading the geezer. You're actually-they want you to read-and I was like, A) fantastic! B)it's in two minutes! And that's how it started.

I was going to ask how you ended up also getting the script and getting involved.

Daniel Gerroll: Well, no, you know, they said, apparently they'd been casting it in LA, and I don't think they really wanted to go to the expense of flying somebody from further away than Las Vegas, you know? But somebody in the casting thought of me, and so I just got a call, and I went into the office in New York, finally with the right role, put it on tape a couple of times, and they brought me out here to meet Judy and, you know, and that.

So I came here with enough clothes for a weekend and ended up having to stay, which was a little embarrassing. I actually went swimming in the hotel pool in my workout shorts A), because I didn't have any swimming trunks, and B) it was the only way I could, like, get laundry done, you know?

It's true. Then after a few days here, I got a chance to go home and get-I'm not saying which hotel-I'll never been allowed back in there.

Have you had the chance to be in any of these fantasy sequences?

Daniel Gerroll: I'm in one-I'm in the next one.

Is that your first?

Daniel Gerroll: The next episode. Yeah, I think it's the first. Yeah, I don't think I was in any of the other ones. I've been doing this now since June. I can't quite remember what-no, I don't think I was in any of the others, except maybe one. I got-oh, yes, I am in one. I knew there was one. I'm on horseback. They've had me swimming, horseback riding, now I think I'll be singing, without asking me whether I can to any of them. You know, it's like, fine. But yeah. The scene-actually probably one of the best hooks this series has, these marvelously well-brilliantly-done fantasy sequences [they've got], plucking from every different genre of Hollywood movies. Very, very clever. Very clever.

Does your character actually attempt recovery, or are you kind of always skirting on the edges and like, right on the verge of taking another drink?

Daniel Gerroll: Well, he is in-he is in recovery. He goes through the program, but he-you know, he certainly finds it tough. You know, I mean, even I don't know how it's going to end up, to be honest, you know. But it's nice. I mean, I'd hate it to be too happily-ever-after because, you know, as we all know, it's such a common thing now. We all know how difficult it is.

You know, so it'd be a shame to-I just feel a big squeamish having a drink the first week. When I went to the bar, like, "Whew, that was a hard day's work, playing a drunk in rehab. Can I have a martini?" But you know, I don't know what-how they're going to do it. It's actually-it's actually more fun playing pre-recovery than post-recovery, but fortunately, like, during the period when there's a recovery, there's this really great kind of sort of-it's not exactly a torrid romance, but it's a very edgy relationship with the Judy Davis character, and that's what-that's what's really great fun, you know.

Could you go more into that relationship between David and Joan?

Daniel Gerroll: Well, it's really great because they have-what I love, maybe it's because, you know, we're all my generation, we're all baby boomers, and so people in my generation are still writing love stories about people of my age. You know, because it's-otherwise, you're always going to see people, like, 22 years old falling in love. So Judy and I have this really great-you know, she married, and I want her, and she's, you know, torn. And she's just beastly to me all the time, which doesn't put me off. It's a marvelous-the Shakespeare play, Much Ado About Nothing, [the scene] where they're slamming each other the whole time, but really, they're in love. So it's kind of got [a little bit] of that, which is really-it's a classic story. They do a-they do it really well here because it is after all something of a satire on the Hollywood scene. You know, both domestic and professional.

Is your character eaten up with guilt when her husband dies?

Daniel Gerroll:Yes. Just did that just now, actually. Oddly enough. How'd you know the husband died? Like, they give you the whole story, then?

We saw that scene.

Daniel Gerroll: Oh, I see, I see. Okay. All right.

Did you watch the mini series before you-

Daniel Gerroll: I did, I did. I sat down. I thought-I didn't-I hadn't been watching them. I have kids and a life, so I hadn't really watched a whole lot of TV. And so I-and I'd seen Debra Messing on the stage years ago. I thought she was brilliant, and she was all over these busses all over New York, Starter Wife, but I never-I saw it, and I thought it was only a pilot, and this was a series. So I sat down to watch for an hour. Six hours later-but it was great, and I had friends in it, and so actually, it was a good-it was great to be able to watch something and actually take a meal break and want to come back and watch it. So I knew it would be something I'd want to do. That was before I knew I was going to do it, like, while I was auditioning.

Did that influence the way that, then, you approached your character and interacting with Joan?

Daniel Gerroll: Yeah, because it's important to understand-when something has any element of comedy to it, you really have to know where everybody is pitching it. You know, you can't clown where it's light comedy, you know, and you can't be too dry. You know, you just have to know what everybody is doing. And you can carve out your own niche and find your own style, but you can't, you know-very often, people can be very mocking in comedy where it's actually meant to be told very truthfully and visa versa. So it was very helpful to see that to--[it was really good]. And the two main women, Judy and Debra, two of the most accomplished actresses in the business. You know, so it was like, to be honest, as soon as I knew who was in it, that's why I was going to play the old guy if they asked. Really. It doesn't get better than-so much depends on who the main actors are for a show to-and also, it's funny because the writers said to me that, they said they loved writing for my character because it's very kind of delightful.

And when you have, like, really good actors like those girls are, too, you know, it brings out the best in the writers, and that's a wonderful sort of chemical reaction that happens to some of the most successful shows on TV. Same sort of chemistry. A friend of mine-Kelsey Grammer's an old friend of mine, and you know, my god, his dry wit in Cheers. I mean, the writers fed off that for years, and it just blossomed, and that's really cool about-American television's gotten so much better over the last 15 to 20 years because the writing is so good. Maybe some of the actors aren't so good.

So you're from England. You're from London?

Daniel Gerroll: I'm from London.

You've lived in New York, worked in New York, and now you're here.

Daniel Gerroll: I lived in-my wife did many TV series during the '80s and '90s, and we lived out here during that period. So for about ten years, I would commute back to do theater while she did her thing, you know? Her name's Patricia Kalember. She was on Sisters and thirtysomething. And so I kind of knew the scene, but I was never really part of this part of it because I was such a theater person. So that's changing.

What's your preference? And this is obviously not your home country, but what's your preference in America? Or do you find strengths in both coasts?

Daniel Gerroll: You know, we lived in the Pacific Palisades, and it was bliss, and I loved it. And then now-so we found-we now live in Connecticut, which is like the East Coast version with seasons. You know, it's kind of good. And I actually love-I look forward to getting back out here whenever, and I'm one of the only people who will ever admit it. I love LA, and not in the Randy Newman, you know, [arts] way. I just-I just really think it's great. I just love it. I mean, mind you, I'm usually working. Well, I used to say that I love living here, being out of work. When I got a job, it was very-you know, 5:00 in the morning, Burbank, makeup, eight hours to-it's, like, stuck to your skin. But this has been the best gig I've had.

Do you think English perceptions of drinking problems are different than American perceptions?

Daniel Gerroll: Totally. One of my closest friends, he was somewhat older than me. He was a famous playwright, and he died a couple of-about a month ago, and I went to his funeral in England. And he had nearly died from alcohol about ten years previously, and we were-and my wife came with me.

I have a lot of friends I hadn't seen for 30 years or so. And English actors are famous drinkers, and we used to go the pub and drink during movie-you know, making a movie, and then doing our thing. There's a huge refusal to believe that it's a disease, which was true here many years ago, but now it's an acknowledged thing in America's, [to think] that it's a disease.

And in London, it was rather like New York 35 years ago. They're not-they're almost there. You can feel it coming, but it's still-it's like, you know, some very close friends of mine. I would look at them. I'd realize-and they'd say, "Oh, yeah, you know, I'm probably an alcoholic, so I'm only drinking white wine." You know, and I'd be like, "This is so bizarre." So yeah, there's a huge difference. It's quite shocking.

The pub culture is something which we don't have in America. It really is, you know, you're either at home, in bed, or at work or at the pub. But yeah, there's a difference.

Do you notice that there's a lot of British ex-patriots? I was reading somewhere that Southern California, next to Nice and Australia was, like, the largest British population of people from, obviously, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, retiring. Do you find a lot of your fellow people here, I mean, like, a large-

Daniel Gerroll: My fellow retirees?

Yeah, no, not retirees, but just people getting out of England. I mean, there's just a huge exodus.

Daniel Gerroll: I know there's a lot of actors come over here. I know that because they all call me and say, "How do I do it?" I don't notice that here. There's people I know-Tuscany is full of Brits. I know that because they all go there, but I don't what-what you're referring to I'm sure is right, but it hasn't really sort of crossed my radar, so I can't really comment on it.

What do you miss about home?

Daniel Gerroll: I hadn't been to London for a very long time until last month, and I stayed in a really nice area. A friend of mine's house, and there was no noise. I mean, there was no noise. And my wife said, well, what about the bugs, the crickets. You actually sit there, I could actually hear my ears ringing. You know, when you're in complete silence, if you go like-so I miss that. I'd forgotten how gentle certain parts of London could be when it's rain washed and quiet, late at night. It's just magical.

But I don't miss much else. The people, politics, I miss going to the theater. This sounds terrible because I mean, I hate going to the theater, even though I'm a theater actor. I couldn't wait to go to an English theater, even though-and some of it was really f*#$ing awful, but I just loved going. So I guess I miss that somewhat.

Do have a dream sequence idea you kind of wanted to pitch for the show?

Daniel Gerroll: God, I haven't thought of that. The funny thing is, though, that I was in Chariots of Fire, and it'd be funny because that's another sort of a genre. It'd be funny to do that, but there was a scene where I was in a swimming pool, and Judy would say, come on come on, out, out. As I was running through I started singing the Chariot song. I thought, well, that was clever, you know. I wonder who will pick up that I was actually in it? And when I was in New York, they said, no, we got to have you sing something else. We can't afford the rights to have you singing a movie I was fricking in. And I've still got the chapped legs from running on the beach, and we had to-[indiscernible] rule Britannia, but that would be one that'd be kind of fun. But I try not to get involved in their job, you know?

I'm not sure which episode it's in, but you bring Joan back to your home, and you have your stripper pole in your apartment.

Daniel Gerroll: Oh, yeah, right, right, right.

And you do that quite naturally. Was that a talent of yours?

Daniel Gerroll: I don't know. I haven't seen it yet. First of all, I thought it was-how-you know, how-who-that's pushing it. Actually, I couldn't-nothing-anything you see here is, you know, it's out there. That was kind of fun. I just-you see a pole, you dance. I mean, you know.

You did a great job.

Daniel Gerroll: Did I? Oh, thank you. My wife's a dancer, too. And she said-[I said I got] she said, "Is somebody going to like, you know, you're the klutz in the family." She said to me, "Is anyone going to help you with it?" I'm saying, no. Oh. [phone rings] My son put this (the ringtone) on for me. Hello? Darling I'm in a press conference, honey. Can I get back to you? I'll call you back in two minutes. Okay. Bye. That's very funny. I've always wanted to say that.

After that humorous exchange with Gerroll, were were introduced to the lovely Danielle Nicolet, who plays Liz Marsh, a young wife, new to town, who's having some difficulties adjusting to her husband's, a L.A. Dodger relief pitcher, newfound fame. Here's what Nicolet had to say.

Danielle Nicolet

So, your character is really going through a hard time, adjusting to Los Angeles life. So I wanted to know about your character and how you approach your-if you knew any famous 'wives of' that you got into their headspace and talked to them about what the heartache and the challenge is being married to such a famous guy? Can you talk about that, and the characters?

Danielle Nicolet: Well, it's funny. To a certain extent it wasn't that difficult to draw on my own life experience. Not that I'm married to a famous guy, but just being from a small town and the experience that one has getting thrown into this world of being an actor. And I have a lot of friends who have famous parents and who grew up in this business, and here I am from small-town-nobody's-ever-heard-of-it, USA. It's called Ashatabula, Ohio. Its claim to fame is that Bob Dylan mentioned it in a song somewhere in 1963 before anybody even really cared about Bob Dylan yet. And it's kind of challenging sometimes because the essence of who you are maintains your core values of where you're from, and you get in this crazy environment where, especially for me, every woman is 100 feet tall and the ideal of beauty is to be 5'10", blond hair, green-eyed and weigh 100 pounds. And to not fall into the trap of all of that and find a way to like yourself and still be a creative being in this, is kind of hard. I think it's not that far off from what Liz goes through. Particularly early on in the series, Liz doesn't have a clue anymore how to like herself because so much of her sense of self has been as it's reflected in her husband's eyes. And so she gets progressively more insecure, and the less time he has to reassure her, the less comfortable she feels. And fortunately she meets Molly and has a new friend and some place to go with all of that.

At the end of the second episode it seems that she's a little pissed at Molly.

Danielle Nicolet: A little.

I guess that eventually resolves itself.

Danielle Nicolet: Yeah. I mean, A, how can you not love Molly because it's so obvious that she would never do anything to deliberately hurt anybody. But yeah, fortunately it's this really great friendship. It starts off a little rocky, but I think the challenge that they go through in the beginning just serves to create a nice strength in the friendship and certainly a level of trust that they eventually have, which is something that I think if they didn't have this conflict in the beginning it would have taken a much longer time to establish.

And how does she fall into the mix of friends with Rodney and Joan?

Danielle Nicolet: Slow-I don't know about slowly, but in a lot of ways Liz is so, like, new kid on the block, new kid at school. So to a certain extent Rodney and Joan kind of haze her, which, it's who they are. You can't not. And thank goodness Liz has Molly to protect her. But Liz is full of drama, and Joan loves drama, so they kind of connect on that level. And Rodney sort of loves having a new toy to play with, so that's kind of what Liz is for him.

How is it working with each of them, with Debra and then with Judy and Chris?

Danielle Nicolet: Oh, god. I sort of knew I was going to get asked that question, and I thought really hard about how to come up with new and creative ways to not sound like somebody told me to say that they're awesome to work with. So with my limited vocabulary, it's been-

Well, what do each of them bring to the table when you're working with them that might be different from the other one?

Danielle Nicolet: Debra brings her unbelievable laugh, which is crazy and infectious and makes you feel instantly comfortable with the fact that you're with this comic genius in the room. And she's so charming and puts you so at ease that it makes it much easier to be creative around her. Not to mention the fact that she's a lovely friend and a really great person.

Judy has this really sort of regal quality to her that is instantly intimidating but at the same time instantly inspiring. She reminds me to do the work and try to live up to this material because without question Judy Davis will. And after spending a little time with her and getting to know her, you come to realize that she's actually as intimidating and fabulous and regal and Judy Davis as she is, she's actually just like this really mellow person who's incredibly shy and loves her kids and her husband and her horses and her garden, and you could talk to her about politics for hours.

And Chris Diamantopoulos, the first thing I think when I think of him is, "That is a guy who's so crazy in love with his wife," that you can't help but fall crazy in love with him and hope that you'll marry somebody who thinks of you that way, too. He's so precious and so real and just everything that he is, is in front of him. You know it the minute you meet him. So I'm incredibly lucky, and I have nobody to complain about, which is amazing.

So how did you come about getting this part and such an amazing thing of all these Emmy nominations and stuff to drop into a show that was so successful?

Danielle Nicolet: I haven't got a clue. I have some crazy angel on my shoulder or something who just sort of drops me into amazing situations, because in my wildest dreams I could not have fantasized myself into a better show or a better position or working with better people.

The show that I was on last year got unexpectedly cancelled because of the strike, and I had no idea what I was going to do and I had no idea where I was going to end up, and I got a call one day to come in and audition for this show The Starter Wife. It was actually the material from Episode 2, the scene that takes place in the bathroom. That was the beginning of what I read. It was the first few pages of what I read, and I went, "Oh my gosh, I think this is where I'm supposed to be." And I talked to my husband about it and I said, "I think this is my job." And he went, "Oh, you're crazy. Just learn the lines as you go in."

The next thing I knew I was sitting there with Debra and we were instant friends, and before I knew it I had this great show. And I'm still sort of spinning around going, "What the heck happened?" I don't even know how I got here in front of you guys. And this point I don't want to wake up, so if it's a dream just leave me be. Don't touch.

What was the previous show you had done?

Danielle Nicolet: I was on a hospital drama called Heartland on TNT. Yeah. With Treat Williams.

Yeah, it was short lived.

Danielle Nicolet: Yes, it was. Sadly so. It was a good show and a good group of people. It was just it was a tough time slot to live up to The Closer and then when the strike came, between the strike and frankly Holly Hunter kicking our asses, that wasn't going to happen.

Had you watched the mini-series and had you watched Will & Grace previously?

Danielle Nicolet: I did not live under a rock, so yes in fact I watched many episodes of Will & Grace prior to this. I didn't see the mini-series. I had heard about it, and I decided not to watch it while I was in the process of getting this job because I didn't want to be influenced by it in any way, with what I was doing. So I got the job and I was actually on a plane. I was flying out to visit my husband. He was working out of town. And I watched the mini-series on my computer on the plane. And God's honest truth is, one day some woman will call the tabloid and say that I'm crazy because I started crying hysterically in my seat because I had no idea that I was on such a good show. Honestly, I just cried, and fear and being totally overwhelmed at where I just ended up washed over me while I sat in that seat. So watching the mini-series after getting the job was almost a better day for me than the day I got the job because I didn't really know what I'd got myself into when I showed up at USA Network that day.

So are you in any of the fantasy sequences, or do you have plans for any of those in the upcoming ones?

Danielle Nicolet: I am. I'm in a few, and they're my favorite scenes to shoot. Every script, the first thing I do is look to see if I get to be in a fantasy sequence because it's my favorite thing. The Indiana Jones fantasy sequence I think is my favorite one, early on. And then we have another really great one that I don't know if you guys know about, so maybe I shouldn't say. Can I? There's one. It's a take on Hello, Dolly! but it's Hello Molly. And all I can say is Hart Bochner in a song-and-dance number is-it's totally worth the price of admission! That's all I can say.

So you're a small-town Ohio girl. You're out here in Los Angeles, you get this big, hot show on a great network. What are some of the annoying, Hollywood-wife, LA woman peccadilloes that you noticed here that you will never succumb to?

Danielle Nicolet: I like to eat. I do. A lot. Daily. Several times. I love eating. Like, I like to wake up in the morning and do it. And I love to not-I don't want my life to be centered around how I look. And that's a really difficult choice to make as an actor because people love-people love when you look bad. But I just feel like that Hollywood wife stuff of-a fraudulent amount of thought goes into lunching and shopping and how you look and what you drive. And I don't know, more important to me than that is, if I can spend more time thinking about how I'm affecting other people and how I'm contributing to the world that I live in, if I can do 51 of that and 49 of, "I hope my hair looks good," then maybe I've succeeded without this town completely corrupting me. And I really like pasta. And bread.

That's against the law here in this county.

Danielle Nicolet: I'm half Italian. I grew up on pasta and bread, and I don't understand not being allowed to eat it. It hurts.

Can you talk a little bit about how your character evolves throughout the season? Where she starts and where she kind of ends up?

Danielle Nicolet: Liz, in a few ways she evolves. And one way certainly is her relationship with Devon. It goes to a very deep valley and then it sort of peaks again and comes down again. Her level of insecurity gets higher and higher and higher throughout the season, until finally there's an eruption and the beginning of a healing, which for me as an actor was a really great process to get to go to. And as far as her friendship with Molly and being part of the coven, Liz does start to feel more comfortable, which is really nice because as it is I'm sort of the new kid in school on the show, meaning in life as well. Debra and Judy and Chris have all worked together before, and they spent three months in the trenches in Australia. So in a lot of ways my experience personally has kind of paralleled Liz's, so as I've gotten more comfortable with my new friends so has Liz, which has been really nice for me.

And last, but certainly not least, we talked to Reggie Austin, who plays the hottest relief pitcher in the major leagues, Devon Marsh. Here's what he had to say.

Reggie Austin

How did this script first come to you for this series, I mean other than-were you aware? Did you watch the mini-series?

Reggie Austin: No. I mean I was aware of the mini-series. I remember hearing about it-just hearing about. But I didn't really watch it. But my manager was the one who found it, and heard about, and was like, "You've got to get on this. This is right on the money for you." And I came in, read for the producers and everything, called back, and had a camera shoot/read with Danielle Nicolet, actually my wife. And it was magic.

In the first two episodes, we only see you, I think, in one scene. Is that correct?

Reggie Austin: I don't know what you've-you guys saw the first two episodes?

Yeah, I think it was at the charity.

Reggie Austin: Oh, yeah, I think there's two scenes? Two scenes, three scenes? Something like that. I forget. I don't remember.

How does your character then get involved with everybody else in the future episodes?

Reggie Austin: I mean, limitedly, I do get involved with other people. I mean there's Debra, and then her friends, Chris Diamantopoulos and Judy Davis's characters, and Danielle, one of her friends, and I play her husband. So, it is sort of-I mean this show's sort of origin, it's Debra's show, and it's her life as it flows out from there. So, it's sort of-we exist almost in separate worlds. Like, I feel like [table reads] is the only time when all of us are actually seeing each other together. So, I mean you'll have Chris's character either with Debra and Judy, or with the actor playing Felix, James Black, doing his thing. Or you'll have Danielle and myself together.

So, it's sort of just separate things, you know, Hart and Debra. But you don't really have all of us together at once too often. I think it happens once or twice, actually, over the course of the series so far.

If you'd just backtrack, can you just tell us about your character?

Reggie Austin: Sure. I play Devon Marsh who is the all-star relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, traded from the Yankees I think. And, yeah, I come into town and just-this big upstart guy, and it's sort of Danielle who plays Liz Marsh, my wife, sort of, has to deal with being the wife of this famous person, in this case, an athlete, somewhat similar to what Debra had to go through in the mini-series being like the big-time producer and whatnot. So sort of help each other out in terms of just dealing with being in the spotlight in that way, and she's a little jealous, I guess, because of my fame and whatnot. So, that's a bit of an issue over the course of the series [and whatnot].

Do you know any baseball players that you can ask questions?

Reggie Austin: I do not. A friend of mine used to play baseball in college. I talk to him a lot about it, because there are some baseball scenes that we shot for the show, which, hopefully, look good. They tell me it looks good, but I had wanted to make sure that it wasn't laughable to anybody who actually liked baseball, to be watching it. And so I think it turned out pretty well. But, yes, I have a friend of mine who played the baseball in college. Another guy in the crew who actually played-was a pitcher for the Brewers, so he was able to teach me lots of stuff and everything. And I enjoy baseball. So, I'm just getting comfortable with shooting [and other things].

How does it feel suiting up?

Reggie Austin: Pretty good. Unfortunately, we didn't get to actually shoot at Dodger Stadium. Don't tell! But, no, it was great. There were things like college scenes somewhere in Long Beach, and they filled, or partially filled a stadium with hundreds of extras and everything, and had a bunch of college players who were actually pitching and hitting, and also like there was a lot of fun. But, oh, yeah, it was good.

Are you a big Dodgers fan?

Reggie Austin: I am. Oh, please, no. No, no, no. I'm actually from New York, but I just moved out here three years ago. But I am a Dodgers fan. That's the team I adopted. They're doing great this year. They're in first place by a game and a half, I believe, at this point, and have an easy schedule the rest of the way. So, they'll probably win the West. So, hopefully, they'll make it to the playoffs. We'll see.

Does your character fall into these stereotypical traps that a lot of the big sports guys do? Can you reveal any little tidbits of-maybe does your character succumb to this fame?

Reggie Austin: Sure, I'll now tell you the entire story. I mean, that is addressed. That's definitely something. When you're a professional athlete, you have to deal with fans and people fawning over you, and stuff like that, and that does come into play. But I guess I'll say, I mean Devon and Liz I feel like do have a really good marriage. I feel like it's probably one of the strongest relationships on the show. So, you root for them. Things aren't always easy. I mean, there's trouble sometimes. I mean, it'd be boring if there was like, "Oh, they're great," and then nothing ever happened. But I feel like you root for them.

{bold{Has there been talk about getting the actual Dodgers or maybe (Dodger manager) Joe Torre on the show?

Reggie Austin: That's what I'm hoping. I really think that's what I'm hoping. I think at this point, I'm not sure-I just worked on nine yesterday. And then for ten, I don't know. I don't think there's going to be any baseball in it. It's only a ten episode season for the first season. So, when we come back next season, and after the show, there's tremendously [will]. That's what I hope, I'd love to [tour] Dodgers Stadium, get to meet Manny, Nomar and Joe Torre and everybody with the Dodgers. That'd be great. I'd love that. But who knows? Who knows? It's always a possibility, I guess.

Did you grow up playing baseball?

Reggie Austin: No, not really. It was somewhat of a concern going into the audition since I didn't play baseball at all, unfortunately. I only came to baseball-I didn't play in the little league even-like nothing. And, actually, watching baseball growing up, I thought it was boring. Like this is the lamest sport ever. Give me football. Give me basketball. Let's go-boom, boom, boom. Baseball to me was like, "And there's the pitch. Ball one. And this player's from--." But anyway, it was just, "Oh, my God. What's happening? Let's go. This is so boring."

It's only in the past few years that I've really gotten into baseball, and I think it's a great sport, and I really enjoy it a lot now. But growing up in school, I did play a little bit of football. I played basketball a lot. Actually, I won the State Championships in New York in basketball with Elton Brand who plays for the 76ers, and he used to play for the Clippers. We actually went to high school together. So, we played, and we won the States two years in a row, which was pretty cool. But, yeah, I was athletic, I guess, but since I didn't really have any specific baseball experience, I was like, "Oh, oh." But it's worked out, I guess.

And with that, our long day at Culver Studios on the set of The Starter Wife has come to a close. Thanks for checking out this huge three-part series on the set of what will likely be the USA Network's next hit series, which premieres this Friday, October 10 at 9 PM ET on USA. CLICK HERE to check out my review of the pilot, The Forty-Year-Old Virgin Queen.

It was a very long day but we talked to some awesome people and I discovered that being the lone guy at an event like this isn't so bad after all. Like Danielle Nicolet said before our interviews, "Brian is the only boy, so he's the only one I'll remember." I can live with that, for sure... Peace in. Gallagher out!