|FHM - July/August 2000
possible to pinpoint exactly when a
person is catapulted into the public eye.
Do you remember when you first became
aware of Madonna? Or Bill Clinton? Or
Puff Daddy? but Ali Landry is different.
Her big moment came at halftime of Super
Bowl XXXII, when a silence fell over bars
nationawide as Ali sauntered across the
screen in the first of her now infamous
Doritos commercials. Never before had a
snack food been the gateway to stardom
Even though Ali had already appeared on
The Bold and the Beautiful and won the
Miss USA title in 1996, it was that Super
moment that made her more recognizable
than the triangular chip she was
endorsing. "When people recognize me
they say things like, 'Oh, I want to get
a chip so I can throw it at you,'"
she says. "Or, 'Can you wide your
mouth just liek you do in the
commercial?' It's been very positive for
me, but you can see how that sort of
thing could get annoying."
Ali plans to continue her highly
successful relationship with the famous
chip, but she wants to branch out into
more demanding fields as well. In
addition to a forthcoming movie release -
Beautiful, alongside Minnie Driver - she
is currently co-hosting USA's Farmclub.com,
a combination record label, web site and
telvision show, which features such high-profile
talent as Eminem, Dr. Dre and Limp Bizkit.
In Beautiful you play a former pagenat
winner. Did they write the part just for
No. It might seem like it, but it just
worked out that way. In the film, Minnie
wins, and since I'm the titleholder, I
have to give her the crown. It's pretty
much what I do in real life as the host
of Miss USA, which made it really easy.
What was it like being Miss USA?Doing all
of those pageants, you must've been in a
chick fight or two.
It was cool, but I had a team of
chaperones. There were these three women
that I had to travel with; I don't mind
because they were really cool. but I also
had to live with someone, another woman.
That wasn't fun. She was the house-manager,
and no one - not guys, not even my
parents - could stay over. i couldn't
even close the door when I was in my room.
It was like I was 12 years old.
You know what, I was once, and that's so
not me. But it wasn't at a pageant, it
was a while ago. I had a boyfriend...I've
always had a boyfriend, but I never date.
I don't like to mess around, and I don't
like to waste my time. I just meet a guy
and he's instantly my boyfriend. But this
guy was cheating on me. I caught him at
my cousin's house with a girl. they were
watching a movie, and I walked in. She
was so much bigger than me.
Did you kick her oversized ass?
I'll never forget. i came around and
slapped her. Then I had made up my little
thing that I was going to say and I said
it. I don't even remember what it was -
just that it was well-rehearsed. It was
like one of those things you see on TV,
when they put in in slow motion. That's
exactly how it was. The guy came back to
me in the end, but I dumped him.
I guess he won't be living in the new
house you've purchased.
Oh, no. I won't live with a guy until I'm
married! I'm old-fashioned. For now,
anyway, I have a roommate. She goes with
me to get my pedicures. One time she
talked me into getting waxed. let me tell
you, bikini-waxing hurts more than
anything in the world, and I'm no
stranger to pain. I screamed so loud,
you'd have thought they were pulling out
What's the most pain you've ever felt?
I was in an accident on my way to work in
San Diego just last year. Somebody hit
me, then I hit the roadside barrier. i
don't know how my car didn't flip, but I
spun around the whole bunch of times on
the freeway. I'm all right, by my back
still hurts. Luckily the car's all right;
it's the car I won when I was Miss USA. i
still have it; it's a '96 Trans-Am
convertable. It's not really my style.
Maybe you should drive a motorcycle.
I know how. It's dangerous, but it's
really cool. I had a boyfriend who had
one, a Harley, and he taught me how to
drive it. People's jaws would drop when
I'd pull up on that thing by myself. It
was a big one, really tough and loud. i
So what was your toughest job?
I once had to do a show with the Taco
Bell dog. Beforehad, they told me, "Ali,
you have to go to his dressing room and
meet him." Apparently if the dog
doesn't like you, he won't go on with you.
I couldn't believe it. Just feed him his
treat and send him out. But no, I had to
go to his dressing room and try to bond
with him. So forgive me, but I'm not a
Taco Bell dog fan. He wouldn't stop
shaking. I guess Chihuahuas get really
cold...I don't know.
Did he have a seizure while you were
saying your lines?
No, but I had to sit like a statue while
the dog sat on a little pillow beside me.
They wouldn't even let me hold him. Every
time I moved, he'd run away. They treated
that dog better than me. He even got
better food in his dressing room -
chicken and hamburger. It was all sort of
ridiculous. I understand the dog is
making a lot of money, but come on. He
had a stand in, a stunt dog. Please!
You were on that show America's
Greatest Pets. What's the most ridiculous
thing you've ever seen a dog do?
I've seen dogs ski, skateboard and sail.
I've even seen dogs surfing by themselves.
Do you have any idea how much free time
you must have to train a dog to do that
kind of thing? A lot. The dogs were cool,
but I always wanted to see more about
Can you do any of those things?
You know what, I went to Bali last year
and learned to surf. I got up the first
time and rode in all the way to the beach.
Everyone was really impressed. It's on
tape, and it was on television too. It
was for I! Wild On; I hosted it once.
Funny you should mention that. We
spoke to Wild On's Jules Asner last month.
She said that's the one place she wishes
she could've gone. She was so jealous.
I don't blame her, it was the most
amazing experience ever. She can hate me
- that's OK. We had our own two-story
villa mad of bamboo, a sort of open-air
thing. Our bathroom was outside, and
there was this beautiful stone shower
with a marble tun in its own little hut.
You could go nude if you wanted to. My
sister and I did; she wouldn't stop. I
couldn't get her to put her clothes on
when it was time to go. It's such a
beautiful thing, and it's such a natural
thing, it's not a big deal. When you're
there, you just want to become as much as
part of nature as you possible can.
So instead of working, you spent your
days running around naked?
Let me just tell you, I'm from Louisiana,
and I know Voodoo. I'll put a curse on
you if you repeat that.
Will you really?
Actually, I've never cursed anyone.
Although I might have done a little love
spell or something like that. I think it