When model Rebecca Romijn turned to acting after years on the fashion runways and in the pages of Sports Illustrated, Hollywood attempted in vain to typecast her as a wild heartbreaker. After a few plunges into sexually charged drama, the statuesque beauty surprisingly found a more natural fit in comedies. However, it was Romijn's nearly nude, coated-in-blue portrayal of Mystique in the blockbuster "X-Men" franchise (2000, 2003, 2006) that instantly transformed her into a sex symbol with the comic book crowd and led to a surge in her popularity with the general public. But her continuing struggle against typecasting as one-dimensional eye-candy eventually earned Romijn excellent opportunities on television. With her quick wit and sometimes goofy personality, she proved an appealing supporting comedienne on "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-) and her own unfortunately ill-marketed vehicle, "Pepper Dennis" (WB, 2005-06), both of which helped usher in a new era of comedic television roles for the down-to-earth bombshell who was that rare commodity - beloved by both men and women.