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BY DONNA FREYDKIN

Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford is all bark -- and lots of bite -- in the new production of "Sylvia," opening Oct. 27.

She plays Matthew Broderick's canine, who has a foul mouth, and even worse habits.

"There's a part in the play where I sniff a crotch. It's so crazy. Dogs do that because they're trying to figure out what's going on with you and how your day was. They want to see if you're OK. They love that smell too. They love the worst smells in the world," says Ashford.

Coincidentally, Broderick's wife, Sarah Jessica Parker, played the role of the pooch in 1995. Now, it's Ashford's turn to get up close and very personal with him.

"Yesterday, I patted Matthew's butt. He's got such a genuine warmth and vulnerability and a childlike energy about him. He makes me laugh so hard, I can't look at him on stage," she says.

Ashford has had quite a run herself. She won her Tony for the revival of "You Can't Take it With You," and she plays Sarah Silverman's lover Betty Dimello on Showtime's acclaimed "Masters of Sex," which returns for a fourth season next year. And refreshingly, she takes nothing for granted.

"I'm so grateful that I still have a job. We're just telling stories. We're not doing brain surgery," says Ashford. "Having a live audience is a rare and magical gift. Broadway is the peak of that art form."

She went to dog training classes all summer with her own pet, Gracie, and read nine books about canines. Her two favorites: "Animals in Translation" and "The Other End of the Leash."

"Thank god that I have a dog. This morning, I said to my husband that she's really afraid of cats. There's a scene where I see a cat and I cuss it out. I have a potty mouth. I'm very sassy. When I go into heat, I'm a full-on bitch," she says. "And then he gets me spayed."

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been processed using digital filters.) Actress Kristin Chenoweth attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been processed using digital filters.) Actress Kristin Chenoweth attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Host Kristin Chenoweth attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Helen Mirren attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Ashley Tisdale attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Alicia Quarles attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been processed using digital filters.) Actor James Monroe Iglehart attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Actress Judith Light attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Judith Light attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been processed using digital filters.) Actress Laura Bell Bundy attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Actress Laura Bell Bundy attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Kevin Moore, left, and Laura Kepley arrive at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Designer Joseph Altuzarra (R) and Model Vanessa Axente attend the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Beth Behrs attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been processed using digital filters.) Actress Annaleigh Ashford attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Annaleigh Ashford attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Actor David Zinn attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Matt Doyle and Beth Behrs attend the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Marg Helgenberger attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Debra Messing attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been processed using digital filters.)Actress Debra Messing attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Taylor Schilling attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Actress Ashley Greene attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Thalia attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Grace Mahary, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne attend the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Nick Jonas attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Beth Behrs attends the American the Theatre Wing's 69th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
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