David Arquette

David Arquette

David Arquette of "Dancing With the Stars"

Q: What were the factors involved in your agreeing to do the new season of "Dancing With the Stars"?

A: I like to have fun. I like to entertain people, and this show is huge on entertainment. I think that's why it really resonates with people. Song and dance is part of the human experience, and I've discovered it to be something I'm looking for in my life. This is a way of doing it in a natural and healthy way.

Q: Did you talk to any past "Dancing" contestants?

A: I did talk to one person who had a lot of sound advice, and gave me a real awareness of what to expect.

Q: What kind of exposure have you had to the world of dance previously?

A: In Senegal, where I recently went with (the organization) Malaria No More, we went to a village and filmed these African women dancing. It was so alive, free and connected to something deeper.

I've also been doing research by watching the "That's Entertainment" movies and older episodes of this show, and by YouTube-ing Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Just looking at the history that dance has in entertainment, it's so remarkable.

Q: You give the impression of being someone who constantly embraces new experiences. Is that accurate?

A: Yeah, I do. You know, life is a gift, and it's precious and should be treated so. I recently lost a friend really suddenly, and it shows you just how you don't know what's next.

Margo Martindale of "A Gifted Man"

Q: Last season, you played country crime-family matriarch Mags Bennett across from the lawman played by Timothy Olyphant in FX's "Justified"; this season you're playing Rita, the assistant to surgeon Dr. Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson) in CBS' "A Gifted Man," premiering Sept. 23. Does having such handsome co-stars bother your husband?

A: My husband's just delighted I have a job. I've had some beautiful leading men, beautiful. Not that I'm having relationships with them, but I have had some that I have had … anyway, Timothy and Patrick, pretty good, and Michael C. Hall (from "Dexter").

Q: What do you know about Rita?

A: I know I'm a nurse, so I will get into medical stuff. I'm happily married, I know that. I have no time for my husband, though, so who knows how that's going to go? But, I have great protection over Michael Holt, Patrick. I keep tabs on everything about his emotional life as well as his professional life.

Q: Rita doesn't seem one who suffers fools gladly.

A: No, that's good, and I hope we can go more into that. I hope there's more of the funny, so that you could see that Rita and Michael share a sense of humor, and it'd be nice to have some kind of personal story.

Q: How do you mesh with Patrick Wilson?

A: Patrick's hilarious. He's cut from the same cloth as me in that he's Southern, he's Broadway, and he's got a really wicked, wonderful sense of humor.