Matt Cavenaugh: It may be. But there is a mechanical bull, and I do ride it, and it is a sexy show. And there used to be more nudity on my character's part. There was a song cut in previews where more [of my body] was exposed. So I guess at the time, it wasn't that false. TVGO: Does it bug you that your abs are getting more attention than your singing and acting?
Cavenaugh: Yeah... it's an interesting thing when you know the way you look is how a project is going to market itself. To overcome that and say, "There's more here!" is a challenge. TVGO: So, how does one get abs like that? Personally, I've been doing crunches for 10 years and all I've got to show for it is a one-pack. What's your secret?
Cavenaugh: Genes, I guess. To be quite honest, I work a lot. I'm going constantly with this show so my metabolism and my energy is always going. Plus, I'm at the gym a lot and I stay away from carbs. I'm pretty much a meat and potatoes guy, just now, I don't eat as many potatoes. Mostly meat. TVGO: Has Jennifer Love Hewitt started stalking you yet?
Cavenaugh: No, not at all. (laughing) That's funny, because I'm friends with one of her ex-beaus, [theater vet] Patrick Wilson. That's funny. TVGO: Speaking of which, and I know you've dodged this question before, but are you spoken for?
Cavenaugh: Actually, I am in a relationship, and that's all I'll say. TVGO: Fair enough. I understand you met Al Gore on opening night. Tell me: Who's more animated, the former V.P. or the mechanical bull?
Cavenaugh: (laughing) I'd have to say the mechanical bull. TVGO: You know, some might say that I'm a bit of a theater star. Do you recognize me?
Cavenaugh: I don't. What did I see you in? TVGO: I did some community theater in New Jersey. Biloxi Blues...
Cavenaugh: I love Biloxi Blues. TVGO: I played Arnold Epstein.
Cavenaugh: Was that the Matthew Broderick part? TVGO: No, Arnold's the nerdy friend. I was also in Six Degrees of Separation...
Cavenaugh: (growing uncomfortable) That's a great show. TVGO: ... and Music Man, Anything Goes...
Cavenaugh: (begins to squirm) All the classical musical theater pieces. Well, that's great. Very cool.
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