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She vamped it up on True Blood, got super on Heroes, and broke hearts on How I Met Your Mother. Now the Florida native is playing a hot mom (and hot mess) on House of Lies, a black comedy about the consulting biz. Take our word for it: Dawn Olivieri is about to make it big.

Video: Dawn Olivieri: Television Temptress

How crazy is your House of Lies character, Monica?
She's your quintessential powerhouse. She runs a company and is also trying to fit in as the matriarch of a family, but she doesn't have all the tools. I think she also uses drugs to make it easier.

The show is pretty salacious—we get a shot of your costar Don Cheadle's ass in the first scene!
Count on Cheadle's ass being on the show. You actually could make a drinking game out of it. But it's not gratuitous. I think the situations will lend themselves to revealing his ass.

Is there lots of sex?
Early on it was a fear of mine that it was going to be a bit heavy on that, but the way the scenes have come together, especially those particular scenes, there's so much humor infused that it takes away...it softens the blow, so to speak.

What's the biggest lie you've ever told?
I have one that involves a police interrogation, so I don't know if I should tell you about that.

It's probably past the statute of limitations.
You think?

Actually we have no idea! Let's not get you in trouble. What's the worst pickup line you've ever gotten?
Probably the worst pickup line is no pickup line. I mean, at the end of the day, what is the worst that could happen?

What do you notice first in a guy?
I'd say style, which maybe extends to swagger. If you're comfortable with who you are, it shows in your walk.

What if we're very comfortable with who we are, but we happen to have a peg leg?
Even with your peg leg, you're going to adopt some kind of cool. It will work. Trust me, my theory will hold true!

Dawn Olivieri