Lee Pace Gives Us the Scoop on Pushing Daisies

Little known fact about TV star Lee Pace: His after school job in high school was working at Gallup Poll, doing surveys for Citibank. He made so many phone calls during his time there that if you tell him an area code, he'll know what city it belongs to. While that's quite the talent, it probably doesn't compare to bringing people back from the dead, right?

In the fantastical ABC dramedy, Pushing Daisies, Lee, 29, stars as the endearing Ned, a pie maker whose touch can magically bring life to the dead. Of course, it's not that simple--if Ned touches that person a second time, they will be dead forever.

That brings us to Ned's current predicament. He brought his childhood sweetheart, Chuck (Anna Friel), back to life, and to keep her alive, he can never touch her again. Their chemistry is undeniably palpable and adorable, but their physical separation breaks your heart.

Upcoming episodes, however, might help piece your heart back together. Though Lee admits he's not very romantic in his own personal life (damn!), he says that not only is Ned "insanely romantic," but he "is much more romantic this season than he was last season...This year he's a little more enthusiastic about making the changes that he needs to in his life, like being a better man for Chuck." Hint: Lee said his most romantic Pushing Daisies scene to date will take place in episode five. And, in episode eight, Ned comes up with a new invention: "There's a spooning contraption so that we can spoon. It's like a plastic screen with a big arm sleeve so I can wrap my arm around Chuck." Can we all say, "awww" in unison?

Unfortunately, this season Chuck decides that she should live her second chance at life to the fullest. Will that mean becoming involved with a man she can touch? According to Lee, "It's a big possibility, but we haven't shot that yet. She's headed down that road... but the thing about Chuck and Ned is that they're soul mates. It's not going to be easy for them to split up."

For all you Ched/Nuck fans out there, don't fear. Lee knows that everyone wants to see the couple together. "It's more fun to watch Ned and Chuck against the world versus Ned and Chuck against each other."

As fans of the show know, it's not always just about Ned and Chuck.They round out their posse with Pie Hole waitress Olive Snook (Kristen Chenoweth) and private investigator Emerson Cod (Chi McBride). Expect some new faces though, as the cast will be getting bigger. David Arquette is joining the show to give Ned a friend. Of course, to be on Pushing Daisies, the character has to be quirky, and with Lee's description of David's part, he's sure to fit right in. "He has a fun hobby that's similar to Ned's hobby. He taxidermies animals, so he brings animals to life in his own way." (Notice the eyeball in David's hand in the photo on the right.)

Be sure to check out Pushing Daisies on ABC, Wednesday nights at 8 pm. -- Jacki Garfinkel

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