Q&A with Burn Notice's Sharon Gless
SR: When you play strong characters like Madeline, do you see a part of yourself in them?
SG: Well, I'm capable of being hurt, and [Michael] hurts Madeline. Also, my husband says, "They're paying you to smoke." You can always tell an actor who doesn't smoke. Doing cigarette scenes and it just doesn't look good. I like using a cigarette because you can use it like people use their glasses or people use a prop. And it drives Jeffrey Donovan crazy. He hates cigarettes, and he hates smoke. He says, "Sharon, do you have to rehearse with it?" But this season, I'm trying to be a good guy. I don't light it until the cameras roll. He's a good guy, he works really, really hard.