Callie Thorne Compares TV Lovers Denis Leary, David Duchovny

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What a job – going from Denis Leary’s bed to David Duchovny’s in just a couple of weeks’ time.  Those are the breaks for Callie Thorne, whose first post-“Rescue Me” gig is on “Californication.”

Thorne is part of a “Californication” story in which Duchovny’s sex addicted writer, Hank Moody, gets involved with an actress who is playing his daughter in a movie, and with the actress’ mother.  “We went right into a steamy scene – of course,” she notes, recalling her first day on “Californication” production.  “To suddenly be intimate with David Duchovny, someone I’ve consistently been in awe of – it could have been disastrous, but instead we had an enormous amount of fun.  The credit for that goes to David.  Even though it’s a sexual thing going on, there’s such a magnitude of comedy, any nerves I was feeling went away.”

Thorne, best-known as Sheila, Leary’s crazy extra-marital paramour, on “Rescue Me,” adds, “It was also great for my psyche, the perfect timing after wrapping the series.”

So how do Leary and Duchovny compare?  “They are similar in that they are both forces to be reckoned with.  They also share this great magnetism in terms of talent and humor, and they’re incredibly handsome and sexy,” she gushes.  “In some ways their characters are alike in that they’re troubled sort of reluctant heroes, men who’ve done some really abhorrent things and yet, if you’re a guy you want to hang out with them, and if you’re a girl you want to date them.”  If they met, “They would be besties,” she opines.

According to Callie, Leary and the rest of his “Rescue Me” cohorts managed to stave off getting emotional about the end of production on the series until the very last day of shooting.  “I think that everybody was in denial a little bit.  We had really big things going on in the last two episodes we were shooting,” she says.  “But certainly that final day, when they started calling ‘That’s a series wrap!’ on each actor… The words were just too much to take.”  The award-winning FX series returns for its sixth season Tuesday (6/29) .  Season 7 is already in the can, planned for airing next year.

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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