Q: What's it like being an actor? —Nancy, CA

A: It's incredible. I think I have the best job on the planet. We get paid to play and entertain. It's also my form of therapy and release. I love being able to dive into new characters. For example, I just finished this NASCAR movie and I played the antithesis of Trevor.

Q: What's it like being on Army Wives? Is it fun? —Sarah, MO

A: Like any job, there are a lot of days that are extremely fun and there are days where you are pulling your hair out. I'm not going to lie and say every single day is filled with butterflies and rainbows, but overall the mood is always upbeat, people are laughing and smiling. And there's no drama; it's a blessing. The show has attracted such forces in the acting world that I think we are all grateful that we have each other to play off of.

Q: I love your character! How do you prepare yourself for such a role as this? —Mercedes, TN

A: First of all, thank you! The show is obviously poignant, with what's going on with the world right now, so I do a lot of research. I spoke with an Army ranger, who was part of the first unit to deploy right after 9/11, about training and what it was like over in Afghanistan. Also, I've had countless conversations with women and men who are left home while their spouses go off overseas about what life is like and the adjustment period when they are gone and when they come home. I am constantly watching the news and reading any magazine that has insight and specific viewpoints as to what is going on with the armed forces.

Q: Is this one of the more challenging characters you have played? —BeLinda, TX

A: It has been the most challenging and yet the most gratifying role I have played to date. Earnestness is challenging. You think that it would be so easy playing the really honest guy, but for me getting angry and cocky onscreen has always come a lot easier. I struggle with it every day. I'm always asking, "Can he have a hidden drug problem or something?" Let's give him some edge.

Q: How was it transitioning from the fictional world of "Charmed" to the very real "Army Wives"? —Melissa, IL

A: "Charmed" was difficult in its own right, because you're portraying things that don't exist. When your character is talking about warlocks and dragons and slaying, that's difficult; you're struggling to have those lines come out in a believable way. "Army Wives" is difficult in a different way, because we're portraying something that is happening today — right here, right now — and have to do it accurately and honestly.