More: What did you do?
CTS: I left the show, and I got myself together. It was then I got healthy. When I did According to Jim, I wore nothing but khakis and shirts, and it was really great. It was also around the same time that I got married, got pregnant and had a baby.
More: Your onscreen romances include Andrew Shue, Jim Belushi and, most recently, Jon Cryer. Dish, who is the best kisser?
CTS: [Laughs.] I can’t answer that. I will say I got to kiss every guy on Melrose Place. I mean, the producers just kept bringing in all of these guys and telling me to just make out with them. Seriously, I have been blessed to work with great men in my career.
More: You play Lyndsey, the girlfriend of Dr. Alan Harper (Jon Cryer), on Two and a Half Men. Any chance we will be hearing wedding bells?
CTS: Hmm . . . Well, we break up every episode and then get back together. I don’t know. I can say that the show has been a complete blessing. It is the best part-time job I have ever had, and it allows me to work with great people.
More: Is the mood different on set now that Ashton Kutcher has replaced Charlie Sheen?
CTS: Ashton is a great, funny and smart guy; he is also very professional. I can say the same about Charlie. You basically just traded one great guy for another great guy. As for Jon, he is so crazy brilliant. I love working with him. This job has been such a thrill.
More: Would you let your son follow in your footsteps?
CTS: If he wanted to. But I don’t think I would let him start as young as I did. You know, people treat you differently and are extra nice to me, which is sweet. But I think if someone treated me like a normal person, I would feel rejected. [Laughs.]
More: You don’t strike me as the type who was ever left out of the crowd.
CTS: That couldn’t be farther from the truth. That's years of therapy right there.
More: I’m listening.
CTS: I had an incredibly long awkward phase, which was exacerbated by a home perm my sister gave me. I always thought during recess, Today is going to be the day no one talks to me. I was a shy kid and always wondered if I was going to fit in.
More: Is that why you found acting?
CTS: Yes. I found my voice onstage. That is where I felt confident enough to speak up.
More: You also wrote a book called Outside In, which sounds a lot like your life story.
CTS: I finally got to express my words the way I wanted to. Those thoughts came out of my mind, and for me, that was a lot of fun. For once I wasn’t speaking someone else’s words, which is what we do as actors. I was speaking my own.
More: In addition to being an award-winning actress and author, you are also a devoted mom. Tell us about this role.
CTS: It’s the greatest. I am having so much more fun than I ever thought possible. I knew it would be rewarding, but I really am having a ball. Would you believe I am actually doing LEGOs with my son right now while I am talking to you? How awesome is that?
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