November 23, 2009 12:00 PM

>• The singer, 60, reveals a new, nude side in a guest appearance on Showtime’s Californication.

WHO DO YOU PLAY?

Rick Springfield. When I got the part, they wrote around my actual life, but this guy is very extreme and egotistical. I shudder to think I’m like that.

HOW WERE THE NUDE SCENES?

It’s not full frontal, so I had no qualms. It was comedy, though I wouldn’t shy from an erotic scene. But I’d probably draw the line at porno.

DO YOUR WIFE AND KIDS APPROVE?

[Barbara, 47] loves the show and was encouraging. For my kids [Liam, 24, and Joshua, 20] it’s “Dad is doing his thing.”

DID YOU WORK OUT MORE FOR THE SCENE?

I didn’t go, “I gotta get in shape.” I lift weights 20 minutes a day, and when I’m onstage sweating, I couldn’t get a better workout if I was having sex for two hours.

HOW IS CALIFORNICATION DIFFERENT FROM GENERAL HOSPITAL?

It’s a lot easier and more fun. You only film two scenes a day.

STILL HAVE RABID FANS?

I sign diapers. Back in the day it was training bras.

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