Whenever straight actors play gay, they're asked if portraying same-sex romance is somehow difficult or challenging. Not for Erin Daniels from Showtime's lesbian drama, The L Word (Sundays at 10 pm/ET). She actually prefers love scenes with gals over guys. "There's a bond that exists between women," she tells TV Guide Online. "They understand if I say, 'Could you put your hand on my thigh in this shot? There's cellulite there, and I'm a little bloated and PMS-ing, so I'm a little self-conscious today.' Women just get it!"
Among L's circle of girlfriends, Daniels is Dana, the closeted tennis pro. Is she based on any real-life sports figure? "No," the actress says. "She's representative of a lot of athletes who are faced with the question of whether to come out, because of stereotypes. That's happened in the past to Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King. There's also the French player, Amelie Mauresmo, who came out, and she's fu