FX's 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' Star Elaine Hendrix Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

The actress plays Denis Leary's sarcastic lover, Ava, in the gritty new music comedy.

Photo: Mara Casey | Design: Rafael Hidalgo

In FX's new music comedy Sex & Drugs & Rock & RollDenis Leary stars as Johnny Rock, a former singer whose early '90s New York band, The Heathens, self-destructed faster than any other group in rock 'n' roll history. Fast forward twenty-five years later, and the washed-up musician is trying to re-ignite his ailing career and play his way into music history. The show, which is created, written, and directed by Leary, stars John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, and John Ales

Stepping into the role of Leary's longtime love and backup singer, Ava, is Elaine Hendrix (The Parent Trap, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion). With the show's premiere just on the horizon (July 16 at 10 p.m.), the actress took a break from showing off her musical chops (like Empire, the show will feature original music from the cast) to answer our 26 burning questions. 

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Actor you admire most:
Denis Leary. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Best concert you've ever been to:
Blondie because Taylor Dayne took me, and she took me back stage to meet Debbie Harry. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Celebrity you've met that made you starstruck:
Debbie Harry.  

FX's 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' Star Elaine Hendrix Answers Our Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Dance move you approve of:
The robot. 

Elaine Hendrix Answers Our Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Embarrassing story you're ready to share with the world:
I told Debbie Harry she looks like my mom.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Favorite character you've ever played:
Ava on Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. 

Elaine Hendrix Answers Our Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

GIF that accurately describes how you feel today:
Here's a GIF gem from my fellow SDRR star John "Rehab" Ales that pretty much sums up how I feel everyday.  

Elaine Hendrix Answers Our Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Hardest thing you've ever done:
Get over the fact I told Debbie Harry she looks like my mom.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Interesting fun fact about the making of Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
We have a music rehearsal room on set and use it between scenes.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Job you would probably have if you weren't an actress: 
A poacher hunter. In fact, that's probably gonna be my retirement job.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Karaoke song you slay:
Bad Company's "Feel Like Making Love."

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Last TV show you binge-watched:
Sons of Anarchy.

Elaine Hendrix Answers Our Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Movie you watched as a kid that scared you even though it wasn't meant to be scary:
I saw the original Halloween when I was 6, so we'll just skip this question.

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Nineties music video you still really love:
Hmmmm, do I pick one of the myriad of rap videos I did during my early dance career, or do I pick some other one?! Hmmm... 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

One random fact about yourself:
I regularly obsess over the fact I told Debbie Harry she looks like my mom.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Person you admire most: 
My dog Ellie. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Question people always ask you about The Parent Trap:
Was the lizard real? 

Elaine Hendrix Answers Our Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Revelations you've had about your SDRR co-stars: 
They're just like my own dysfunctionally wonderful family... but set to music.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Song that never fails to pump you up:
Journey's "Don't Stop Believing," of course. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Three things TV fans should look out for in SDRR:
Denis Leary's ass, John Corbett's ass, and my ass. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Up-and-coming band you hope blows up soon: 
"The Assassins" on SDRR. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Villain from the big or small screen that weirds you out the most: 
The whole family from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Talk about dysfunctional. 

Elaine Hendrix Answers Our Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

World mystery you would love to see solved:
Why the hell did I tell Debbie Harry she looks like my mom????????

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Since we will not ask for your favorite "X word," we will simply ask for your shameless plug here: 
Hendrix with an "x" marks the spot: elainehendrix.com

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YouTube video you have been showing your friends:

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

If you didn't know Zimbio was an entertainment site, what would you think "a Zimbio" was?
A pretentious indie rock band.

I'm the editorial director of Zimbio. Instagram: @anela_bella Twitter: @laniconway
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