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'Arrow' star Kelly Hu teases 'hanky-panky' with Esposito on 'Castle'

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Kelly Hu appears on "Castle" Monday night.

A beautiful vixen is attracting the attention of Det. Javier Esposito (Jon Huertas) Monday night on "Castle" -- and her name is not Lanie Parish (Tamala Jones).

Kelly Hu ("Arrow," "The Vampire Diaries") is guest starring as Scarlet Jones, a bodyguard whose client is murdered in an episode titled "Death Gone Crazy." During the investigation, sparks fly between Esposito -- recently rebuffed by his ex, Lanie -- and Scarlet.

"There's just a little hanky-panky," the actress revealed to The Clicker. "There's a date … a little attraction going on."

No wonder, considering Javi's Special Forces background, it seems natural that he'd be drawn to such a fierce femme.

Hu plays a similar character on "Arrow" -- China White, Oliver Queen's iconic adversary.

"For some reason I'm always getting these roles, and everybody thinks I'm such a badass," said Hu.

She has a black belt in martial arts, but Hu insisted with a laugh, "In reality, no person in their right mind would hire me to guard their body!"

"I'm not as tough as people think I am," she added.

Sounds a lot like Esposito, no? Despite his brash exterior, he still has a soft spot for a certain sexy medical examiner.

Even guest star Hu admited, "A lot of people are pulling for (Esposito and Lanie) to get back together."

Why should Castle and Beckett have all the fun?

"Castle" airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC.   

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