A ballerina dances back into Charlie's life on tonight's Two and a Half Men (9 pm/ET on CBS), when Emmanuelle Vaugier who is seemingly everywhere these days reprises her November 2005 role as Mia for several episodes. Will the Saw II siren be the one to finally make Charlie Sheen's player cough up the "commitment" word? TVGuide.com spoke with the actress about that, her run as Lex Luthor's honey and more.
TVGuide.com: What brings Mia back? Didn't Charlie selflessly let her go, out of deference to poor li'l Jake's crush?
Emmanuelle Vaugier: Yes, I know! It's never really explained, but there was a time lapse during which I guess Jake got over it. It's established that Mia and Charlie have been dating for a little bit.
TVGuide.com: What's the purpose of Mia's return? What zany misadventures ensue?
Vaugier: It's all about the big sex question whether or not to.
TVGuide.com: Wow. Charlie Harper's moving slowly with you.
Vaugier: [Laughs] Well, we've got to spread it over a few episodes, you see. But yeah, it's all about whether or not to, whether we're in a committed relationship, all that sort of stuff and the comedic things it brings about.
TVGuide.com: He must practically cough up a hairball when talking about being "committed."
Vaugier: Pretty close, yes!
TVGuide.com: Mia is a ballet teacher. How good a fit was that for you?
Vaugier: Well, I took seven years of ballet when I was a kid, so I have some training, but... that was a while ago.
TVGuide.com: During your first appearance, Charlie touted Mia's backside as "a ripe peach." Did seeing that in the script intimidate you? "Gee, I've got to hit the gym hard."
Vaugier: Actually, that line came about on the day [of taping] it wasn't in the original script and it became this whole wardrobe thing.... It needed to be somewhat obvious but not too in your face." [Laughs] It was really quite funny. It's like, "I hope that my butt is still lifted that half an inch from this morning at the gym."
TVGuide.com: How long does Two and a Half Men have you around for?
Vaugier: I'm around for a couple more episodes.
TVGuide.com: Are we building up to some grand February sweeps wedding?
Vaugier: Um, I'm not sure. That could be interesting, though!
TVGuide.com: Do you enjoy limited little runs like this? You've done them on One Tree Hill, Smallville, Charmed....
Vaugier: You get to hop around different shows and not get stuck in one thing for too long a period of time, so it's nice in that sense. But it's also really nice to be a series regular in something and build the sort of "family" that you do off of something like that. But I like to do movies, so these episodic things are great for me.
TVGuide.com: Whatever happened to Lex Luthor's Smallville wife, anyway?
Vaugier: She just jumped out of a plane and never came back. They got engaged, decided to go on the plane, I end up trying to kill him, we have a big fight and I get thrown out of the plane.
TVGuide.com: Thrown or... parachuted away safely?
Vaugier: You never see if I have a parachute or not, so... I think Helen's living large somewhere in the tropics. [Laughs] She'll waltz back into his life someday.
TVGuide.com: Tell me about Painkiller Jane, which aired on Sci Fi Channel in December.
Vaugier: They did it as a sort of backdoor pilot, so they haven't decided yet one way or the other whether it's going to go as a series. That was a really fun role, and that would be something exciting to do as a show.
TVGuide.com: What is Jane, some military type exposed to this, that or the other thing and...?
Vaugier: And she becomes somewhat invincible. She has the ability to heal herself.
TVGuide.com: What about House of the Dead 2 what's going on with that?
Vaugier: I had a blast on that, a really good time. I'm not sure what the release date is, but it's a bunch of zombie-killing and running around with guns.... It doesn't take itself too seriously, nor should these movies. They're meant to be entertaining.
TVGuide.com: It is, of course, based on a video game. Are you any good at button-mashing?
Vaugier: I'm not a big video-game person. I used to be, back in the day of Super Mario Brothers I used to love Super Mario Brothers but then the games got way too high-tech for me. They don't look like games anymore, they're all 3-D....
TVGuide.com: Plus, at the arcade, it costs like a buck to play anything decent that isn't pinball!
Vaugier: It's expensive, it's true. I have friends who are old enough that they shouldn't be stuck in front of a TV for 12 hours at a time, and they will disappear for days when a new video game comes out.
TVGuide.com: I suppose it's safe to say, no Saw III for you, huh?
Vaugier: I guess not, although you don't really see me die, do you? I have these visions of me coming back with, like, stumps for arms, dragging myself across the floor or something. [Laughs] But no, I'm assuming I'm not.
TVGuide.com: What else do you have coming up?
Vaugier: We're looking into a romantic comedy as a movie right now.
TVGuide.com: Thank. God.
Vaugier: I know! I need a little lightness in my life there's been a lot of blood and killing. After Saw II, I was like, "OK, we need to lighten up the load here. We need some happiness, some laughter."
TVGuide.com: Get you in some cute, frilly outfits that don't wind up drenched in blood.
Vaugier: Exactly. I want to be clean at the end of the day. I don't want to shower three times because I've got blood and alien guts spewed all over me. [Laughs] I've also got Unearthed coming out, a sci-fi thriller along the lines of John Carpenter's The Thing or Alien....
TVGuide.com: Emmanuelle, that doesn't sound like a romantic comedy.
Vaugier: I did that one in the summer. It was the last thing I did that entailed the horror genre. But yeah, the whole comedic angle has definitely been at the forefront of my list of things to do. I need a change in direction.
TVGuide.com: Speaking of being at the forefront, you're on the cover of the new Maxim, your publicist tells me. Do your photos push the envelope?
Vaugier: Yes. No. Um... there were many conversations about that, but yes, I am very happy with the way it turned out. It's tasteful, but still sexy, feminine and classy.
TVGuide.com: People are finally going to see that scandalous tattoo you have, eh? I foresee a phone call from your mom.
Vaugier: Yeah, right! [Laughs] "When did you get that?! Get it removed!"