After both of her fellow Practice alumni, James Spader and William Shatner, took home Emmys last month, Boston Legal barrister Rhona Mitra could have been forgiven had gold fever turned her green with envy. But instead, she awarded creative Emmys of her own to everyone associated with the whip-smart David E. Kelley spin-off (Sundays, 10 pm/ET on ABC).

"I spray-painted a flamingo gold and put it outside the makeup trailer to sort of represent an Emmy for everybody," the 28-year-old London native tells TV Guide Online. "I named [the plastic bird] Emmy, and she laid eggs that were gold, so everyone got their own mini-Emmy."

As far as Mitra was concerned, she was already a winner, simply because she was invited to cross over from The Practice to the new legal drama. "I was rightly chuffed. If James was [bound for Boston], I absolutely wanted to be wing man. Mischief seems to go very well with us," she notes, recalling their characters' titillating interplay. "We've created a pretty delicious environment for our [alter egos] that I would be happy to revisit."

If there is any downside to Mitra's continuing in her role of trouble-courting junior attorney Tara Wilson, it's that the speed with which the freshman program was picked up precluded her from doing any moonlighting over the summer. "I got married!" she exclaims, laughing. "That's what it's like [being a contract player]! I hope there will be a spring romance, though.

"In the meantime, I started working with some children," she adds. "It has nothing whatsoever to do with the movie business, but it's pretty great as far as I'm concerned. I've got to in some way share [my good fortune] in another area. Otherwise, I'll implode!"