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NATHAN FILLION

The actor, 42, stars as mystery novelist Rick Castle on ABC’s hit series Castle (Mondays).

Castle’s 100th episode airs on April 1. How does that feel? At my age, I don’t have a lot of “firsts” anymore, so this is very exciting. I’ve been acting a long time, and I finally have this milestone. Your character is charming, intelligent, attractive. How much of him is you? All the good parts—especially the good-looking part. That’s so me. [laughs] He also has flaws, so I think he’s easy to like. In all my characters, I try to find an iota of myself, and in Castle, I found a lot. He gets away with a lot, so that’s fun. You got your first break on the soap opera One Life to Live. Is there ere camaraderie among former soap stars? Absolutely. It’s like a secret society. We did a one-hour story every day with no hiatus, and it was incredibly redibly challenging. I don’t think anyone else knows what hard work it is. s. How do you like to spend your free time? I like doing things where ere I can get dirty, work with my hands, and use power tools. Last weekend, I did some grouting. Send questions to personality@parade.com or P.O. Box 5001, Grand Central Station, New York, N.Y. 10163-5001.

Q: Is it true that Fred Astaire wasn’t the first choice to star in Easter Parade? —Mike T., Aspen A: Yes; the role of Don Hewes was slated for Gene Kelly, who broke his ankle playing football three days before filming began. So Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in Easter Parade >

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Dwayne Johnson

Q: Did Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson play with G.I. Joes as a child? —Meg T., Venice, Fla.

A: “Not only did I play with them, I pretended I was G.I. Joe,” says the actor, 40. “In my world, my G.I. Joes and Star Wars action figures coexisted in relative peace and harmony—until I made one of my Joes slow-dance with Princess Leia. Inevitably, my Han Solo doll would take offense and swing at Joe!” Johnson stars as Roadblock in G.I. G Joe: Retaliation theaters now). (in theat was sad that 666 Q: I wa Park Avenue was Park canceled. What’s can next for Vanessa n Williams?

Hugh Dancy

Q: Did Hugh Dancy watch the Hannibal Lecter films to prepare for his role in Hannibal? —June C., Adel, Ga. A: “I didn’t,” says the actor, 37. “I read Red Dragon, Thomas Harris’s second book [on which the NBC series, premiering April 4, is loosely based]. I wish I had that on every job.” And filming in Toronto hasn’t separated him from his wife, Claire Danes, and 3-month-old son, Cyrus. “The family is all here,” he says. “That’s been great to come home to.”

—Tony B., Reno

A: Fans can see Williams, 50, in W Tyler Tyl Perry’s Temptation tati (in theaters now), now and she’ll star on Broadway this Br spring sprin with Cuba Gooding Jr. Jr and Cicely Tyson in The The Trip to Bountiful. “I was lucky to be unemployed for a week or so and to be offered a lot of different things,” she says. <

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