|Maxim (U.K. edition) - July 2000
Did you get the role in the original
Doritos 'launderette' ad because your
surname is one vowel short of laundry?
Let me tell you, it was harder work than
that. There were 50 other girls up for
the part and we had to dance and pretend
to catch crisps in our mouths. I've
studied ballet and gymnastics so I
decided to perform a couple of backflips,
a few somersaults and finished by doing
the splits. That's why I got the part.
When did you last visit a launderette?
It was fairly recently actually. I've
just bought a town house which has a
washer and dryer. But before that I had
to go to the launderette all the time. I
used to go in with no make-up on, wearing
a baseball cap and stick my head in a
book so no-one would recognise me.
Can you actually do that trick where
you catch crisps and nuts in your mouth?
If you throw them high enough I can do it.
The problem is that those Doritos are
nearly as big as your mouth, which makes
it pretty tricky.
What's the strangest thing you've ever
had in your mouth?
When I was younger I lived on a farm in
Louisiana and I remember accidentally
putting a green stink bug in my mouth,
thinking it was a green bean.
Did you spit or swallow?
They smell horrible so I spat it out
Ever done yourself a mischief doing
I haven't because I always make sure I
warm up first. But after filming the
Doritos ad where I was doing the splits
for hours on end, by the next day I could
hardly walk. Luckily your muscles have a
memory and because I've always done
dancing and gymnastics, it's pretty easy
for me to do.
Has your boyfriend asked for a private
viewing of your splits routine?
He keeps forgetting. He's like, 'I must
get you to do that sometime.' But he was
a dancer when he was younger so he can do
flips as well as the splits, so... you
could say we're both pretty flexible.
Summer's on its way. Will you and your
boyfriend be demonstrating your
flexibility al fresco?
Sex outdoors is great. I'm not an
exhibitionist but I love the possibility
that people might be able to see. I
really enjoy being daring, it just makes
the whole thing so much more exciting.
So where have you been the most
The most recent place was on an aeroplane
on the way to London. It was very dark in
the cabin and things were getting a
little steamy so we nipped off to the
toilet to join the mile-high club. That
was a real thrill.
What's your favourite part of a man?
I always notice a guy's mouth first. I
love big full lips and a great smile.
He's got to be taller than me too. My mum
put me off going out with shorter guys.
I'd bring them home and she'd whisper,
'You can't go out with him - if you put
high heels on you're going to tower over
him and make him look ridiculous.' And I
always did everything my mum said, so I'm
afraid shorter guys are out.
Where do you like a guy to touch you?
Oh it's got to be my neck. Kiss it,
stroke it or bite it, but just pay
attention to it.
Enough said. But is it true that your
boyfriend accompanies you to shoots to
make sure things don't get out of hand?
Sometimes he's around although it's not
to protect me. But if I have to kiss a
guy he does make me promise no tongues.
In the third ad for Doritos I had to kiss
this guy. It actually wasn't difficult at
all because he was very good looking but
I had a stand-in for some of the
rehearsal shots and she actually got to
kiss him first. I said, 'Hang on, I'm not
kissing this guy if he's just kissed her
- are you crazy? That's my job!'
In the latest ad for Doritos, a guy
gets his kit off in front of you. Did you
get a glimpse of his tackle?
I couldn't help it. We had to shoot the
scene a dozen times and by then I'd got
used to seeing his bum. I felt sorry for
him because in between takes they'd just
leave him standing there. They did tape a
sock over his tackle to help preserve his
modesty but you could still see just
about everything. At first I felt so bad
that I'd shut my eyes but in the end I
got him a blanket to cover it up.
Was he a big boy then?
No he wasn't actually - it's just that
the nearest thing to hand was a blanket.
Did you see a lot of nudity when you
won the Miss USA title in 1996?
I didn't but my friend did. Some girls
were really competitive. One was an
absolute psycho. My friend was sharing a
room with this girl who would exercise
naked in front of her in an attempt to
psyche her out. She had a great body so
she'd walk around stark naked all the
time. My friend would walk into their
room and find her doing sit-ups on the
floor - totally nude. She would also talk
in code on the phone - she was a complete
nut case. Then after I won, she turned up
on my doorstep.
Perhaps she wanted to get naked and do
a few squat jumps with you.
Who knows. She scared the hell out of me
but I was very nice and polite and
managed to get rid of her.
Do you get lots of attention from
I've had it happen and it's a shock if
you're not expecting it. Don't get me
wrong, I can appreciate the sensuality
and beauty of a woman - and I find
feminine women very attractive. A few of
my friends are lesbians and I've had
offers from some of their friends. They
just come right out with it like, 'Come
home honey and I'll open your eyes.' It's
very flattering but it's not my thing.
I'm sorry but I like men too much.