Faith Ford Plays it Straight on Hope & Faith

Since her breakout role on Murphy Brown, Faith Ford has become a go-to for straight-woman roles, in no small part because of her turn opposite Kelly Ripa on ABC's Hope & Faith. To mark the first season's DVD release Tuesday, caught up with the 44-year-old Alexandria, La., native. She looked back on the premiere's massive food fight between her and Ripa, plus the show's madcap costume changes and a slew of special guests, including Regis Philbin as Handsome Hal. She also talked about why her first-season teenage daughter was replaced by a then-newcomer named Megan Fox.

Like her character on the show, Ford is always busy. The avid cook and gardener stars in a web series for women on the go, urges film projects to take advantage of Louisiana's tax incentives and diverse landscapes, and has just signed up for the Lifetime movie Sorority Wars.

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