Q: I'm 16 and have a passion for acting. I was wondering how you got started in the business, and do you have any advice? —Danielle, TX

A: I got started locally. People think they can only do something in New York or Los Angeles, but there are also local plays and industrial shoots you can participate in. When you do a good job at something, you get enough positive feedback and attention that can take you to the next step. As long as you keep going and stay interested, eventually you’ll end up there.

Q: How do you like your character on “Army Wives”? —Loretta, NC

A: I love that’s she’s very real and down-to-earth. She’s irreverent but trying to be a good person, in an honest, hardworking way. She is trying desperately to be someone she admires, and that’s a very big deal to me.

Q: Was it hard to play such a strong female character helping to support her family? —Rhiannon, OH

A: There have been episodes where even though she is a good woman, she does things that I don’t think are the best choice. It was hard for me to accept that a good person can do bad things sometimes.

Q: What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of playing an active duty member’s spouse? —Mandy, NE

A: Having met a lot of the real wives, their excitement at being exposed in a way they feel comfortable with and that they feel appreciated has been much more of an honor that I ever thought it would be. I think the show has done a great job at being respectful about something that so many people can’t resist having an opinion about, and at being objective.

Q: How was it pretending you were carrying twins? —Jenn, CA

A: I had to wear a padded bra and tummy. It was impossible to go to the bathroom, I got a little dehydrated and my lower back was killing me. It was almost Method acting. But I was there for my sister’s pregnancies and most of my mother’s too. I remember quite vividly the backaches and crankiness. Even though I don’t have children, I feel very close to motherhood in that regard.

Q: I was in tears when you gave the babies back. When you were filming, did you get emotional? — Gina, FL

A: Absolutely! I don’t have children, but just the thought of it made me an absolute wreck. I can’t imagine having to do such a thing. I am a sentimental person, so, thinking about it, I could hardly keep myself together.