When celebrities brighten the screen or the stage, it's pretty clear what their talents are. They use their gifts and imagination to transport viewers to another time and place.

But in everyday life, what can they do? Can they program their TiVos? Can they play golf? Can they balance their checkbooks? We recently asked some of them what they can and can't do when they're out of the limelight.

"I can't draw to save my life," says Kate Hudson (Almost Famous). "I can't paint anything - I'm a stick-figure only or some horrible spatters on a paper. I wish I could draw, that would be my favorite thing. I'm a good athlete. I'm a good skier and fast runner."

By contrast, Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) is a professional painter, boasting 14 one-woman shows a year. But Seymour admits she's hopelessly messy. "I'm terrible at staying tidy because I move too fast. I'm terribly impatient and try to do too many things at once and sometimes I'm moving three things from a room and mislay them, I'm very bad at that. . . . I can actually do 10 things at once but can't actually find all the bits and pieces or put them all away in the right order. I'm not a bad cook, but I am good at having ideas and I'm pretty good at following them through."

Edie Falco (The Sopranos) says, "I'm good at snuggling my kids and making them laugh. I'm awful at any computer-related stuff. I feel like a very stupid person. I just have no aptitude for that."

James Woods (Shark) is great with computers and once owned his own computer company. But he admits he's a lousy singer. "I'm a good dancer - I can cut a rug pretty well and am not afraid to do the cha-cha and rumba and swing. I'm smart with the Macintosh. I've had one since 1984. Actually, I'm a very good photographer. In fact the cover of Bette Davis' autobiography, I took her picture. That was her favorite picture of her ever taken. But my judgment in women is bad. I'm serious. I've had terrible judgment with women."

Jonathan Rhys Myers (The Tudors) confesses he's a lame tennis player. "On Match Point, Woody Allen beat me, but he plays every day, so it's not so terrible. It's not a game that requires age, it just requires experience, so that's what I'm really terrible at. And what would I be really good at? I keep my hands pretty clean. I hate untidiness. I can't be in a place that's untidy; it drives me bananas. So I have to have a tidy, clean, organized space."

Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse) says she feels like an alien in her kitchen. "I'm not a good woman in some ways. I don't really know how to take care of a household. But I'm good at where-there's-a-will-there's-a-way, and I'm good at making lemonade out of lemons and trying to always look on the bright side and find the sweet in the seemingly sour. I'm an optimist. I'm a realist which sometimes is also my demise. I'm a super pragmatist and also a realist and stubborn goes along with that. But I've really been trying to change my perspective and my perception a little bit and see things in a lovelier light."

David Duchovny (The X-Files) says he's a hopeless handyman. Things are always broken and he can never repair them.

Timothy Hutton (Leverage), on the other hand, is expert at fixing things. "I don't need to call anybody in. I have an old farmhouse and like to fix it myself in Upstate New York. That's really my base. But when Milo's [his son] is in school, Paris is it. I can build a pretty good tree house, but I'm bad at cooking. My wife can cook but doesn't know how to build a tree house."

When it comes to sheer menial labor, none of them can beat Tom Selleck (Magnum, P.I.). Selleck owns a 63-acre ranch and does most of the chores himself. "I do basically the grunt work. I sometimes clean out stalls. I plant a lot of trees, I do brush clearance. I do really hard physical work. Yeah, I could pay somebody to do it, but I'm cheaper, and I don't like going to the gym. If I dig a hole and plant a native oak tree I've planted - directly or indirectly - probably 2,500 trees on my property - they're all native trees except for my avocado operation. I have 21 acres of avocados."

Tony Shalhoub, who plays the obsessively clean Monk, admits he's a little like his character. "I'm a big sweeper. We have a dog - people make fun of me for sweeping. I like to walk barefoot and ... when there's grit and sticky stuff, I don't want to feel stuff under my feet.

"At the end of day, I have to put the kitchen back to square one because I don't want to come down in the morning and face anything that's not put away. . . ."

Though she always looks carefully put-together, Glenn Close (Damages) confesses, "I am terrible at figuring out what to wear and terrible at packing. I'd be very happy to wear the same thing every single day. If I could have a uniform that was comfortable, I'd be sooo happy. But I have great stuff from my friend, Mr. Armani."