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Catching up with Jordan Spiro

Catching up with Jordan Spiro — The ”My Boys” star talks about her role as TBS’s favorite tomboy

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Two years ago, Jordana Spiro — star of the TBS sitcom My Boys — almost gave up on acting. ”It can be a little self-involved, and I didn’t like the way it felt,” admits the Manhattan native, 30. With just minor TV and movie roles on her résumé, Spiro turned to less selfish pursuits. ”I worked at a day-care and a homeless shelter,” she recounts. ”It was really random.” Maybe, but the good karma paid off. She soon landed a bit part canoodling with John Cusack in 2005’s Must Love Dogs, a job she says ”reinvigorated me. Everything changed after that.” For one, she’s got a regular gig on My Boys (Mondays, 10 p.m.) as P.J. Franklin, a sportswriter whose best friends are all guys. ”They know a hell of a lot about sports,” she says of her costars. ”But I try to keep up.”

Spiro sees herself as an Everygirl who made it. ”There’s a certain demand on actors to be physically perfect, and I was frustrated by it,” she says. ”And here came [Boys], where the character embraces being normal. Betsy [Thomas, the show’s creator] firmly believes that no character should eat pizza, drink beer, and still be a size zero — and I agree.”

Before she was famous…she took whatever parts she got! Of all her blink-and-you’ll-miss-her TV gigs (Beverly Hills, 90210, MTV’s Undressed), Spiro claims the funniest was playing an abused wife on a 2005 Cold Case episode. ”That’s not the funny part,” Spiro clarifies, before elaborating: ”I had these bruises on my face and I went to a drive-thru. The guy looked at me with so much concern. I’d forgotten I had all that makeup on!”

Would she ever trade those sneakers for stilettos? Absolutely! Spiro (who can next be seen as Jimmy Fallon’s childhood crush in the 2008 indie Rockett) admits she’s eager to flaunt her feminity: ”P.J. spends so much of her time pushing her sensuality aside. I think it’d be fun to play a character who leads with her womanness.”