We're fans of the CBS hit NCIS. We particularly like Pauley Perrette, who plays Abby Sciuto, and how she sometimes puts her boss in his place. What can you tell us about her?
—M. & A. Acoleo, Albuquerque, N.M.
Perrette got into acting almost by accident. As a college student working on her master's degree in criminal science in New York, she was bartending to make money when a music-video director saw her and thought she had on-camera potential. He began using her in videos and commercials, which led to other opportunities and eventually to Hollywood. "I had no connection to this business at all," says Perrette, 36, who's worked steadily as an actress for the past 10 years and loves her role on NCIS. "Abby and Gibbs [her character's boss] have a great relationship," she says. "I always think it feels familial." Perrette lives in Los Angeles.