Q Can you tell me a little about Christopher Meloni from Law and Order: SVU?
—Becky Stanfield, Rolla, Mo.
Born in Washington, D.C., the half-Italian, half-French-Canadian actor worked as a bartender and personal trainer before getting his show-biz break. Prior to the hit NBC-TV series SVU, on which he plays police Detective Elliot Stabler, he was best known for the HBO drama Oz and his role as Julia Roberts' boyfriend in the movie Runaway Bride. "Stabler and I are alike," says Meloni, 35, who lives in New York City with his wife and their two children. "We're focused on our job and couldn't see doing anything else with our lives."