By Tom Gliatto Laura J. Downey
March 05, 2007 12:00 PM

24‘s Carlo Rota

The actor, 61, plays Morris O’Brian, the CTU computer whiz who seems to have won the heart of Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub).

MOTOR MOUTH My first day on the job I was speaking really fast—I was thinking this is 24, and there’s only 24 hours in the day. [Executive producer] Joel Surnow came up to me and said, “It’s a fast show, but you still speak like you would normally.”

DOUBLE AGENT Mary Lynn has this way of looking at you: You don’t know whether she’s appreciative of you being there or if she’s judging you.

COOKING’S THE BOMB Food is a big part of my life. My father was a chef. My all-time favorite meal to prepare is any one I’m preparing. I put passion into it.