January 08, 2007 12:00 PM

Cybill Shepherd

Shepherd, 56, is new to the cast of The L Word, starting on Showtime this month. She’s a married college chancellor who comes out of the closet.

ON HER MOM’S REACTION

She said, “What’s the ‘L’ stand for?” I said, “Lesbian.” She said, “Oh, my. You’re not playing one, I hope.” I said, “Yeah, Mom, I am.” And she said, “Ohhh, my !”

ON REAL-LIFE DAUGHTER CLEMENTINE FORD, 27, PLAYING HER L WORD DAUGHTER

It got very intense. Every mother and daughter could probably use role-playing like this. You can have all these big emotions in a safe environment. It gets out any leftover anger.

ON PLASTIC SURGERY

I’m terrified by needles. Though I’ve had acupuncture… but it doesn’t hurt, and I don’t let them do it on my face.

ON WORKING MOTHERHOOD

I got this part two weeks before my twins [Ariel and Zach, now 19] graduated from high school. It was very hectic: I needed to make sure I was there for my kids, but I wasn’t going to miss this part.

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