Alexis Dziena, <EM>Invasion</EM> Alexis Dziena, Invasion

When ABC's Invasion returns tonight at 10 pm/ET with its first new episode in five weeks, it will seem more and more unlikely that Sheriff Underlay will be able to keep the hybrids' secret under wraps much longer. Once Dad is "outed," how will his daughter, Kira, take the news? TVGuide.com phoned Alexis Dziena  who has had experience battling other kinds of creepy-crawlies in Mimic 3  to talk about her role on one of TV's most intense, if unsung, new series.

TVGuide.com: Where did I catch you at?
Alexis Dziena:
I'm at the Coffee Bean, sitting outside, enjoying the sun and drinking an iced coffee.

TVGuide.com: When did you start the whole acting thing?
Dziena:
I was sort of acting my whole life, but it's been about three years professionally.

TVGuide.com: What do you remember most about your first gig, on the Yancy Butler series Witchblade?
Dziena:
I remember that it was my birthday the day that I started, and they brought me a huge cake. I was like, "Wow, that's so sweet!"  and then I sort of sat there with this gigantic cake, not having anyone to share it with. "Anyone want some cake?" [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: What was the first project where you thought to yourself, "Oh, man, I should not be here. They must have called the wrong actress"?
Dziena:
Every single job, every day I go to work! I'm so grateful and surprised to be where I am, in such a tough business.

TVGuide.com: Some fans liken your look to That '70s Show's Mila Kunis. Is there anybody else you get mistaken for?
Dziena:
People in Hollywood love to liken you to other people, so I get all kinds of comparisons. A couple of years ago at a concert, I was asked to sign an autograph for Fiona Apple.

TVGuide.com: Oh, I totally see that now that you mention it. You both have the smoky-eyes thing going on. Did you sign the autograph?
Dziena:
No, I didn't. [Laughs] I was tempted to ask for some money for it, but I didn't do that.

TVGuide.com: Among the costars you've had thus far, who are the best friends you've made?
Dziena:
On Invasion everyone is pretty close. I went over to Tyler Labine's house the other day for Easter dinner. The people I'm working with now are the ones I am closest to.

TVGuide.com: Sharon Stone played your mom in Broken Flowers. Did that give you any sort of "familial obligation" to go see Basic Instinct 2?
Dziena:
I wouldn't say I feel "obligated," because I think she's a terrific actress and I would see anything she makes. But I haven't seen that yet. I haven't been to the movies in months.

TVGuide.com: Whoa, why not? You're young and single, this is the time!
Dziena:
I know, I wish I had time to, but we're still shooting and wrapping up the season [on Invasion]. It's been a lot of long hours on set.

TVGuide.com: Which proved to be more difficult: filming your prolonged nude scene in Broken Flowers or fielding reporters' endless questions about it?
Dziena:
[Laughs] I would say that actually doing the nude scene was probably tougher than answering questions about it. But it wasn't nearly as scary as it would seem.

TVGuide.com: Let's talk about your TV dad, William Fichtner....
Dziena:
He's a fantastic actor, so working with him is kind of a dream. You learn something every day.

TVGuide.com: I Q&A'd him a few weeks ago and he was such a pleasure to talk to  outspoken, funny, good stories to tell....
Dziena:
He really is a sweet guy!

TVGuide.com: How does it feel to be on one of the new sci-fi/alien shows that survived?
Dziena:
It feels great. I guess because we're not just a sci-fi show, we have a larger demographic than something that is strictly sci-fi. That helps.

TVGuide.com: Do you have any idea how big [Invasion creator/onetime teen heartthrob] Shaun Cassidy was at your age?
Dziena:
I've heard stories. My mom and her generation all had crushes on him growing up.

TVGuide.com: He doesn't walk around the set going, "You know, back in the day every girl in America had my poster in their bedroom...."
Dziena:
No, he's very modest.

TVGuide.com: Was it torturous to have the show be on hiatus for so long?
Dziena:
It was in the sense that I didn't get to see it! [Laughs] It was a Wednesday-night ritual for me to curl up with some popcorn and watch the show. Hopefully we have a strong enough audience that they waited and are ready for us to come back.

TVGuide.com: And no word on a Season 2 pickup yet, right?
Dziena:
No, not yet.

TVGuide.com: So what's going on with Kira and Lewis the one-armed police officer [played by Nathan Baesel]?
Dziena:
I think they have a really good chemistry. A lot of what Kira sees in him is the ability for her to be a part of something. He seems to be the first character to really take an interest in her. Like when he showed her the Bible... he's so passionate about things, and that's an attractive quality in anyone.

TVGuide.com: Now that's all digital trickery, right? Nathan has both arms?
Dziena:
Yes, he's got two arms.

TVGuide.com: I was going to say, that'd seriously limit the casting pool.
Dziena:
Yeah.

TVGuide.com: If and when Kira finds out the truth and the whole truth about her father, do you think she will reject or embrace his hybrid self?
Dziena:
She has wanted herself to be part of what's been happening, so I think she will embrace it and be happy to get some attention.

TVGuide.com: OK, a coworker wanted me to ask you this: "Are your girlfriends jealous that you get to work with the hottest guy on TV?" She even included a little smiley face. But I don't know who she meant  Bill, Nathan or Eddie Cibrian. Oh, she just e-mailed me clarification: "Eddie Cibrian and his dimples."
Dziena:
[Chuckles] Eddie's really cute, but no, I haven't had anyone tell me they were jealous that I get to work with him. Not a lot of my friends are actors, so that'd be kind of a strange comment for them to make!

TVGuide.com: Have you wrapped on the season finale?
Dziena:
No, we haven't finished yet. I've seen the script, though....

TVGuide.com: What can you tease about the cliff-hanger?
Dziena:
I guess I can say that it's something very surprising that will catch people off-guard and leave a lot of places for us to go next season.

TVGuide.com: Do you have any plans for the summer?
Dziena:
I'm kind of playing it by ear. I may be working on a film, or maybe traveling a little. It's kind of up in the air right now.

TVGuide.com: But your phone, it's been ringing a bit more since Invasion launched?
Dziena:
It's easier in the sense that if people want to see some of my work, they can tune in to something that's on weekly. I'm slightly more accessible in that respect. But the audition process is always as tough and scary as it was the first day!

Additional reporting by Rhoda Charles