TVGuide.com: When I saw your photo I was like, "Oh, wait, I know her... I think." Do you get that a lot?
Christina Moore: Yes, I do, because in the [roles] that I would be best known for, like That '70s Show or Without a Paddle, I don't look like myself. So it turns into that whole thing of, "Do I know you? Are you an actor?"
TVGuide.com: And they end up deciding you're Donna from The West Wing.
Moore: Exactly. [Laughs] I'm like, if I had feathered hair and had on my platform heels and bikini you'd totally know me. "Oh, ['70s Show's] Laurie Forman! I know who you are!"
TVGuide.com: Your résumé includes Friends, Suddenly Susan, Just Shoot Me, Fired Up, Wings.... How would you summarize your assorted guest-star roles?
Moore: I got to kiss all of the good boys on NBC, that's how I would categorize it. David Spade, Mark Feuerstein, Matthew Perry...
TVGuide.com: Who were you on Friends?
Moore: Joey was talking in his sleep, so Chandler took him to a sleep clinic. Chandler winds up picking me up there and when we go to bed... basically, I talk in my sleep, except I don't talk, I scream. So we wake up Joey and he comes running in with his mouth guard, mumbling, "Mude, I'm tryming to sleemp!" It was cute.
TVGuide.com: Why didn't Hyperion Bay succeed? It had it all: beautiful people, sex...
Moore: ... Zach from Saved by the Bell. We even had Carmen Electra. [Laughs]. Our original executive producer came from thirtysomething, and I think in his head he was creating "twentysomething," an intellectual drama that was heavy and smart and we'd all win Emmys. WB was like, "Um, I'm sorry? No." Our new boss came off of Melrose Place and all of the sudden it was like, "Oh, I'm getting a divorce because I cheated on my husband and I'm now going to sleep with his brother and don't ask questions, just make out!"
TVGuide.com: What's the secret to being Christina Aguilera?
Moore: Well, I can say it to you and you can find a way to print it: Her f---pants. Her red leather f---pants. [Laughs] My favorite spoof was the video for Beautiful, but it was, "Now I'm virginal/I've changed my slutty ways...." It was all soulful and thoughtful and then we just busted out into the outfit from Dirty with the f---pants.
TVGuide.com: What were the circumstances of the '70s Show recast?
Moore: I think there was some "trouble in the waters" [with the original actress, Lisa Robin Kelly]. The thing with Laurie is you've got all these cast members and she is the [lead male's] sister, so if you choose to use her everyone buys it and it's awesome and fabulous. And [now] if she just kinda disappears it's awesome and fabulous and nobody knows the difference. When she shows up again, it will be like, "Where have you been? In jail?" She's the slut, so there's always ways to explain where she is.
TVGuide.com: On Hot Properties, you're replacing someone again. [Audra Blaser played Moore's role in the pilot.]
Moore: That's the name of my game. [Laughs] I'm pinch-hitter girl.
TVGuide.com: Your character's name is Emerson Ives. We've come a long way from "Sexy Anchor" on Beverly Hills, 90210 and "Gorgeous Woman" on Married... with Children.
Moore: Thank you.
TVGuide.com: What's Emerson's story?
Moore: She's from, like, crazy-rich parents, she's a decided virgin, she's never had a job and she's going to get married to her virginal fiancé and they're going to live happily ever after in their $3 million Manhattan townhouse. But when she goes to Hot Properties you find out that two out of the three women there have slept with her fiancé. So she is forced to make some changes.
TVGuide.com: Sounds like Rachel's backstory from Friends.
Moore: Yeah.... I hadn't thought about that. Emerson is forced to reinvent herself, and what's great is she makes the choice to grow up and become a fully actualized person, instead of, "That's okay, I'll just stay in my parents house and find another rich virginal fiancé to marry."
TVGuide.com: Would you call her naïve?
Moore: She's innocent as far as like boys and relationships and working, but ask her about the truffle season in the South of France and she can write a book. [Laughs] She possesses information that is maybe a little useless, maybe a little trivial, but she's smart — just not about people.
TVGuide.com: How do you size up the Friday-night competition?
Moore: CBS is going the sci-fi route with Jennifer Love Hewitt's "I see dead people" [aka Ghost Whisperer] thing and Numbers and all that, and I think NBC is Dateline and news shows. We're on after Supernanny and Hope & Faith, so in terms of light and happy and funny baby-sitter-friendly programming, ABC's got it goin' on.
TVGuide.com: Just think, by November sweeps, no more people not able to place your face.
Moore: "You're Emerson Ives! Are you really a virgin?"
TVGuide.com: That's your cue to give them a hearty laugh.
Moore: [Demonstrating] Ha-ha-HA! Yes.