The actress is taking a cue from her character on the series
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Taking a cue from her character on the firehouse drama Rescue Me, Callie Thorne is dating a real-life firefighter.

“We met while I was doing volunteer work in New Orleans,” Thorne, 38, told PEOPLE of new beau Adam Woodruff at a Leary Firefighters Foundation event Dec. 10 in New Orleans (where she filmed the comedy Welcome to Academia this Fall). “I had dinner at his firehouse – he cooked a fine meal.”

And while she may endure some friendly teasing from her Rescue Me castmates over the ironic new relationship, Thorne says that in this case, it’s not so unusual for life to imitate art: “Don’t all women imagine dating a real-life firefighter at some point in their lives?”
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