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Adding to a ré­sumé that in­cludes TV come­dies The Come­back, Tro­phy Wife, Chil­drens Hospi­tal and Subur­ga­tory, the Swedish-Cana­dian ac­tress, 38, is back in the thick of drama, power, sex and money Sun­day nights on sea­son two of Show­time’s Bil­lions. She plays Lara Ax­el­rod, the wife of hedge-fund ti­tan Bobby Ax­el­rod (Damian Lewis). The cou­ple is try­ing to stay one step ahead of U.S. At­tor­ney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Gia­matti), who is de­ter­mined to bring them down.

Talk about Bobby and Lara’s re­la­tion­ship. They grew up in blue-col­lar fam­i­lies, so they come from the same back­ground. I think that they get a lit­tle turned on, a lit­tle tit­il­lated, by this power, and it be­comes the fore­play in their re­la­tion­ship.

Are you like Lara in any way? I would take a bul­let for my family. If any­one messes with my family, I think I can get just as fierce as Lara does. But the way I nor­mally deal with peo­ple, I’m more of a kill-them-with-kind­ness per­son.

Has star­ring in Bil­lions taught you any­thing about high fi­nance? I’m not really in­ter­ested. I’ve learned what the au­di­ence has learned. I don’t think I’ll ever put money in stocks. I don’t think I’ll start that gam­ble be­cause I think peo­ple get ad­dicted and it’s hard to get out of.

Does be­ing blond af­fect your ability to get roles?

I like to be­lieve that we have come a lit­tle bit fur­ther than that. I am happy to change my hair color if that’s what is needed to make a role cred­i­ble or real. It’s so silly to me but, of course, I’m a chameleon; I’m here for my craft, so what­ever it takes. Has Shirley MacLaine re­tired? The last thing I re­mem­ber see­ing her in was Down­ton Abbey. —Ned M., Provo, Utah A: Not at all! MacLaine, 82, ap­peared on TV’s Glee (as so­cialite June Dol­loway) and has worked on sev­eral films since wrap­ping her role as Martha Levin­son on Down­ton Abbey. In the up­com­ing The

Last Word, in the­aters March

3, she stars as a re­tired busi­ness­woman who writes her own obit­u­ary to con­trol what it says. MacLaine fol­lows that with The Lit­tle Mer­maid, a live-ac­tion ver­sion of the Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen fairy tale, due in the­aters some­time later this year.

My cousin and I have a bet. She says Wy­att Rus­sell is Kate Hud­son’s brother. I say Kate’s brother is Oliver Hud­son. Who’s right? —Diedre J., Lub­bock, Texas A: You both are. Kate, 37, shares fa­ther Bill Hud­son and mother Goldie Hawn with older brother Oliver, 40 ( Scream Queens and Nashville). Wy­att, 30, is Kate’s younger half brother, the son of Hawn and Kurt Rus­sell. Wy­att isn’t as well-known as his act­ing sib­lings be­cause he played pro­fes­sional hockey be­fore re­tir­ing due to in­juries and switch­ing to act­ing. Wy­att can be seen in Ta­ble 19, a com­edy about a bunch of mis­fits at a wed­ding in the­aters March 3.

Wy­att Rus­sell (left) and Oliver Hud­son

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