Emily Procter: Guns, Nail Guns, and Blueprints – oh my!

Emily Procter: Guns, Nail Guns,

and Blueprints – oh my!

Detective Calleigh Duquesne may be an intense, gun-toting ballistics expert on “CSI: Miami,” but in real life, Emily Procter
is a charitable, sweet Southern belle, with a passion for interior
design. In between 12-hour days filming the forensic science drama and
a mix of other appearances, the native North Carolinian sets aside time
for volunteer work for homeless programs and organizations such as
Habitat for Humanity, which has garnered the celebrity support from
stars such as: Alec Baldwin, Julie Bowen, Sarah Carter, Snoop
Dogg, Jared Leto, Kristin Cavalleri, Rachael Harris, Paige Hemmis, Joel
Madden, Sharon Stone, Kanye West
, and many others.
“When Habitat for Humanity asked me to be a part of [their
homebuilding cause], I said, ‘Yes’,” the actress/interior designer, who
has always made volunteering part of her routine, stated emphatically.
In an exclusive interview with CelebrityEverything.com, Procter chatted
up guns, “CSI: Miami” scoops (season 7 premiere is Sept. 22), volunteer
work, her workouts, and hot kisses on the set!
Q: What was it about Habitat for Humanity that drew you to support it? Was it because of your interest in construction?
E: I think for me, I have a love of building and faith. I have
always felt that if everyone had a calm and peaceful and loving
environment, the world would be a different place. It’s been one of my
primary interests for years. What I love about Habitat is that it’s a
group of people making good shelter for someone else, and I just think
it’s a loving thing to do.
And I certainly have a love for power tools. I remember the
Christmas my parents said, ‘What do you want?’ and I said, ‘I really
want a Snake Light!’ and they said, ‘Is that a flashlight?’ I said, ‘It
is!’ And it’s grown from there.
Q: Did you get the volunteer inspiration from your mom?
E: I love that my parents raised me in an environment where
volunteer work was part of a weekly routine. It feels so good. I think
if people have never done anything like that, they think the person
doing it is doing something nice, but I almost think there’s more
reward in having someone letting you love them like that. It’s such an
Q: What’s going on with Detective Calleigh Duquesne this upcoming season?
E: I have to say there’s a bit more romance – the triangle between Det. Jake Berkeley (Johnny Whitworth) and Eric Delko (Adam Rodriguez)
and Calleigh deepens a little bit. There’s also a lot of heavy duty gun
work so far. I was like, ‘Whew! I need to do some pushups before I pick
up that one’ But it’s a fun show, and we have a really good time.
Q: Did anything funny happen off-camera so far this season?
E: There’s a scene in our opening show where Adam Rodriguez and I are tearing towards the tarmac because Horatio (David Caruso)
has been killed, and I asked Adam if he’d like to drive because we all
take turns driving the Hummer. Adam wears glasses, but he doesn’t have
the best vision, for lack of a better way to put it, and during the
first take we were tearing up, I was like damn Adam, that was close!
And he said, ‘I’ll be honest with you, I can’t really see.’ I was like,
‘Why is he driving? Why is he driving?’ (laughs) So life imitates art
and art imitates life.
Q: You have quite the hottie to have a romantic fling on the show, no?
E: I know and I’m very, very lucky! Not only is Adam good looking
and I get to pretend he’s my boyfriend, but he has a tiny puppy at work
this year, so I get to play with the puppy. He lures it over me,
because he has another dog already and says, ‘You know Emily, if the
new dog doesn’t work out, maybe I’ll give it to you’ so everyday, I
ask, ‘Am I going to get the dog?’ He’ll say, ‘I don’t know, it’s
working out today!’ He teases me with the dog.
Q: Are you single in real life?
E: I have been dating someone for the past couple of years. I always
keep it under wraps. I never talk about him. He lives out here with me,
but he does something entirely different than [acting].
Q: Do you go to ranges and shoot firearms for training on “CSI”?
E: I trained through the sheriff’s department, but now I shoot so
much at work, that it’s very easy to keep up with it. I was originally
shooting with a Mack 10 and it was a really heavy, big gun. But we have
a new A.D. on our set, and it’s their job to make sure there are no
accidents or problems, and he said, ‘Emily we’re going to be shooting
this,’ and he was being really careful, because I’m considerably more
girly than Calleigh in real life, so he was very nervous. So then I
just walked up and fired a bunch of rounds and he said, ‘OK, I guess
you got it!’
Q: Do you have a favorite gun to shoot?
E: I like the gun that I carry at work because it has multiple cases
on it, so there couldn’t really be an accident. It’s a nice weight and
I think it handles nicely. These are things I never expected to have a
conversation about (laughs)!
Q: What do you do for workouts?
E: In college I was a dance minor, and after 10 years off, I’ve gone
back to dancing and I’m so happy. It’s such a great, fun workout! I
just love it. I do hip-hop dance. I did ballet before, but I thought
there’s no way I’m going back to ballet because it would be sad for me,
so I thought I’d try something I’d never be capable of doing, so now
I’m doing the Caucasian shuffle in the hip-hop class, and it’s
hilarious but I’m having a really good time. It’s an amazing life
workout! I feel like everything is back in its right spot.
Q: You are a judge on HGTV’s “Summer Showdown” premiering Sunday 8/3, correct? Why this competition?
E: It was a very fun thing for me to do. I guess they knew that I
really liked designing houses, which is my first love, and they asked
me if I wanted to be a part of it and I really loved it.
Q: So you’re judging interior designers on their home?
E: We are, and various celebrity designers are going to give their
input on different rooms and what works better and why. I have to say,
designing really is my first love without a doubt.
Q: So why not design fulltime, rather than part-time?
E: We joke that I’m the only person who says acting is my day job. It really is! Designing is what I truly love.
Q: I hear you do architectural work as well as interior design, right?
E: Absolutely. I’ve got a project happening right now with a friend
of mine. I was just there, and what is so difficult is when you start
opening up walls, it makes people nervous and people say, ‘Why are
there all these holes?’ And I say, ‘It’s going to be fine, we’ll put it
all back, don’t worry.’
I’m one of those people – I see a wall come down and thing the ceiling is going to fall through.
E: And I love nothing more to take it all down! I like houses naked.
Q: What kind of home do you live in now?
E: The house that I’m in at the moment has a really open floor plan,
which is something that’s really popular now. I don’t love having a lot
of excess space in rooms; I like it a little bit cozier. But I’m not
complaining! I love the house that I’m living in right now. The last
house I lived in was 1,200 square feet, and this one is 5,000 square
feet. I’m looking forward to being in a smaller house soon, but I’ve
acquired all the furniture to put in this one, so I don’t know where
I’ll put it all.
Q: I hear you’re doing a cameo in “Barry Munday” – what’s that all about?
E: A friend of mine (Chris D’Arienzo) wrote and directed the movie and I read the movie, and all I do is make out with him and Patrick Wilson and I thought, ‘Wait a minute, how did this happen?’ (laughs)
Q: Well, are they at least both good kissers?
E: I have to say I was really surprised – they were great kissers!
And I was really impressed – they were lovely and I had a really nice
Q: Since we’re on the kissing topic, now I have to ask, is Adam Rodriguez a good kisser?
E: I don’t know! We’ve never kissed each other! But you know how TV
is, we might be giving each other longer looks and we might hold hands
at some point…but Adam and I have never kissed.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time, when and if you have any?
E: I fill all my spare time with other [design] projects but I do
read a lot. I’m a big reader. That’s my guilty pleasure is to wake up
and then read in bed in the morning. That’s what I like to do.
Q: Back to volunteer work, what advice would you have for
people looking to tap into some type of structure or guidelines for
volunteer work?
E: My advice to people is always do things that you love. If you do
things you love you will always be successful. Sometimes people fall
into the trap of doing things they hate trying to earn a heavy living,
but then they never have enough. And volunteering is the same thing. If
you volunteer doing something that you love, it will make your life

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