By Tom Gliatto Lesley Messer
December 24, 2007 12:00 PM

• The Scottish actress dishes on working on two hit shows, her unusual fashion choices and playing second fiddle to a feline.

EVER BEEN AN EXTRA? In my first TV role, I played “the girl in the betting shop.” The character didn’t even have a name! There was a Persian cat, and I know it got paid more than I did. Depressing!

AND NOW YOU’RE ON TWO SHOWS. People say, “I love your show!” And I’m thinking, “I don’t want to sound arrogant and ask, ‘Which one?'” So I wait to hear if they say, “Ricky Gervais is hilarious,” or “Ugly Betty is so funny!”

YOUR COSTUMES ARE GREAT! ARE YOU FASHION CONSCIOUS? I am, but I’ve had a few misses. As a teenager in a small Scottish town, I used to wear anything that attracted attention, like shoes that were two sizes too big, just because I liked them. The extreme was a kettle for a handbag! And I used to be anal about doing things like matching my underwear to [my outfits]. But I’ve kind of loosened up a bit!