Model, actress, and dancer, Carmen Electra is one of Hollywood’s most versatile personalities. From how she got started in the industry and her days on Bay Watch to appearing in video games (and much more), Carmen has lots to share with Style Solutions. Read on darlings; this is part I.
S: You have an amazing relationship with the camera. Is this natural, or were you professionally trained?
C: I was trained in musical theater and dance. My dream was to go to New York City and perform on Broadway, but I ended up moving to LA and I thought I would give acting a try. My relationship with the camera was trial and error and I learned hands-on what to do and what not to do. Being photographed came more naturally to me. The bottom line is that I love being in front of the camera, and I get to do what I love, so I am happy.
S: Your real name is Tara Leigh Patrick. Where did you get Carmen Electra and what made you want to change it?
C: I had an album with Paisley Park Records, which Prince produced. At the time, there was already an artist by the name of Tara who had a number one dance hit, so we thought that it would be better to change my name to Carmen Electra. I love having two names –it’s fun!
S: People may not realize but you’re not just a model; you act, sing, and dance. Which are you the most passionate?
C: I have always been more passionate about dance, because that is what I studied. I still love modeling, acting and singing though – I love it all! Variety is the spice of life!
S: So true! Your parents, Patricia and Harry, were musically inclined. Did they influence your career?
C: Yes, my parents influenced my career. My dad plays the guitar and my mom was a singer in his band, so they support me in the arts and inspired me to audition for SPCA in Cincinnati.
S: As a cast member of Baywatch, it was all about great looking people and particularly women. Did the superficiality of it bother you?
C: No, the superficiality didn’t bother me at all. I wanted to be on Baywatch and I knew what I was getting into!
S: One of the most interesting things I learned about you is that you have appeared as characters in video games. Tell me more!
C: What was most fun was being part of “Def Jam: Fight for NY,” with some of my favorite rap artists – I even won an award for it!
Stayed tuned for part II tomorrow where Carmen gives Style Solutions the scoop on her favorite designers, her upcoming projects and more.