''Melrose Place'' alum joins ''American Dreams'' -- Daphne Zuniga talks about what it was like to play a former Playboy Playmate

By Jessica Shaw
November 12, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

You can take the girl out of Melrose Place, but. . . Back in prime time, Melrose alum Daphne Zuniga, 42, is injecting a little sin into NBC’s wholesome drama American Dreams (Sundays, 8 p.m.). Zuniga’s Shelly, a Playboy Playmate-turned-supervisor, ”teaches Bunnies where to put their talls.”

Will we see flashbacks of you in a Bunny suit?

I hope so. I pay a lot for my gym membership. Let’s exploit it.

Was it strange going from playing a twentysomething to playing the mom of a teenage son?

Milo [Ventimiglia], who plays my son, is much older than he is on TV. Not long ago I was dating guys his age. But If I’m gonna play moms, a former Bunny is a good way to go.

Who’s got the better wardrobe: Shelly or Melrose‘s Jo?

Shelly! I love putting on fake eyelashes and stuffing my bra. I’m flat as a board. They got me two sets of [cleavage enhancing] filets. I was like, I don’t think I need two. But one day someone said, ”Oh, you decided not to wear them,” and, I was like, ”I am wearing them.”