Eddie Cibrian Stripped Down to His Underwear for Movie Audition

 David M. Russell/Rachael Ray Show

Eddie Cibrian sure knows how to play to his strengths when it counts!

In a new interview with Rachael Ray airing on her talk show Friday, LeAnn Rimes' hubby reveals the strangest thing he ever did to snag an acting gig.

To audition for his 1998 appearance in Living Out Loud, Cibrian, 38, dressed to impress — then quickly doffed his duds.

"I played a masseuse in there that had to get basically down to his underwear, so I got down to my underwear in the audition," Cibrian tells Ray. This time around, Cibrian says, scoring the gig had little to do with his acting talents.

"[My Living Out Loud costar] Danny DeVito told me the story later. He goes 'you know how you got hired? When you took off your pants, the camera girl [gave you the once over], looked back up and we knew that [character] was you.'"

Remembers Cibrian, 13 years later: "That was strange."

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These days, Cibrian is still oozing sex appeal for his role on NBC's The Playboy Club and recently went half-naked to shoot a print campaign as the spokesman for Charisma bath and bedding products.

"Being half-naked is incredibly uncomfortable," he admitted at the time of his Charisma shoot. "Especially with everybody around watching you! But… [photographers] give you encouragement. [They say], 'My god, that's great! Man, that's beautiful. It looks great. Man, those sheets look good. Those towels look good.'" It's like wait! What about me?"

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