Tom Gliatto and Cynthia Wang
July 05, 2010 12:00 PM

>• The JAG alum, 49, goes behind bars to play a convicted grifter on the new ABC drama.

AFTER YOUR CLEAN-CUT JAG PERSONA, DO YOU LIKE PLAYING A THIEF?

This is closer to my real character than any role I’ve ever played. I have always been a rogue, a scoundrel.

EVER GET LOCKED UP?

I’ve never been to jail—but I do have a checkered past, ha! And karmically, being on a show for 10 years was a little bit like jail … the closest I’ll get.

HOW DO YOU TEACH YOUR KIDS—STEPHANIE, 17, AND WYATT, 7—RIGHT FROM WRONG?

Your children need to feel that if they tell you something a little dodgy, you’re not going to flip out—like my parents used to. We’ve always made it easy for our kids: For every action there is a reaction, so be responsible for every part of your life.

ANY SUMMER VACATION PLANS?

My son was none too happy when I was leaving for New Mexico to shoot [Scoundrels]. So I promised I’d take him on a Disney Cruise.

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