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Tammy Lynn Michaels

Tammy Lynn Michaels talks about nannying -- The former ''Popular'' star dishes on creative ways to deal with bratty kids

Four years after playing nasty cheerleader Nicole Julian on The WB's Popular, Tammy Lynn Michaels returns to series TV as a wry nanny who bends rules on NBC's comedy Committed (debuting Jan. 4, 9:30 p.m.). Which rules? Check out what she's putting in the sippy cups.

You married your girlfriend [singer Melissa Etheridge] last year. How's the attention level been? I don't think either of us was ready for the wattage. It was a full-time job!

What kind of nanny is your character? She's not necessarily a villain, but she's hard-edged and realistic. She ends up putting bourbon in the sippy cups. That's pretty great.

Is the maxim about working with kids and animals true? If a kid has manners, I can work with them. I told producers if I have to work with kids, then somebody's going to have to do a brat check.

Originally posted Dec 20, 2004 Published in issue #798 Dec 24, 2004 Order article reprints