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article imageBaywatch actress Alexandra Paul talks acting and animal rights Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 8, 2014 in Entertainment
Actress Alexandra Paul, best known for playing Lt. Stephanie Holden on "Baywatch," took some time from her schedule to chat about her recent endeavors, animal rights and upcoming plans.
Paul's television career commenced while she was modeling in New York in 1982. "I was 18 years old at the time, and I was cast as the lead in a movie called Paper Dolls, which was a TV movie about aspiring models. They were looking for an unknown model for the part. I was the lucky person," she admitted. "Television movies were really big back in 1982, and that was one of the top movies of the year."
She starred on the hit television show Baywatch from 1992 to 1997, where she appeared in 93 episodes, making her the female actress with the second-most screen time, right after Pamela Anderson (who appeared in 111 episodes). "I loved doing the show. I was on for five seasons. It was the best job I ever had, and I have had almost 100 jobs," she said with a sweet laugh. "That says a lot, because I have been happy in every job I have had. One of the reasons it was such a wonderful experience was that people like David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson were so great to work with."
Paul revealed she would get up at 3:30 a.m. to work out before arriving at the Baywatch set at 6 a.m. "I like getting up early," she said.
On the key to longevity in the entertainment industry, she remarked, "It is important to adjust to career fluctuations and changing times. In most jobs, you start from the bottom and keep rising steadily, but acting careers don't do that. They go up and down depending upon your stage in life and how your last project did. You need to be flexible and not take things too personally."
The actress is a champion for animal rights. "I am now a vegan, but I have been a vegetarian since I was 14 years old. Even in my early twenties, I had it in my contract that I would not wear any makeup tested on animals. In one of the Baywatch episodes, I asked the producers to write me out of a Sea World scene, as I abhor marine parks, zoos and circuses, and they did. I will always appreciate how very respectful the producers were of my beliefs," she said.
Paul has been driving electric cars since 1990. "I am proud to say I have owned electric cars longer than almost any woman in America. Maybe that just means I am old," she laughed. "My husband and I both drive electric, and each car is powered by solar".
A former Ironman triathlete and marathoner, Paul now participates in long-distance swims. She swam a 12.5 mile race around Key West in 2012 and said, "I am considering a 13.6 mile race in Acapulco Bay this November."
On balancing a personal life with a multi-faceted career, she feels extremely fortunate for the support of her husband, Ian Murray.
Paul noted that she just finished a movie in Bulgaria last month, which will be out this fall. "I am producing two movies, one of which has an animal rights theme, and the second one is called The B Team. It involves a lot of my Baywatch cast members and also stars John Cleese," she said.
For hopefuls who wish to go into acting, Paul recommends they move to Los Angeles if they want to do television or film acting. "Move to New York if you want to be in theater. It is also vital to study and take acting, singing and dance classes," she said.
Paul shares the same birthday (July 29) as country star Martina McBride and ironically enough, McBride made a cameo on a Baywatch episode entitled "Western Exposure" and sang two of her hits "My Baby Loves Me" and "Life # 9." "Martina was so nice. I was excited to work with her as I am such a country fan," she recalled.
The Baywatch beauty concluded our interview by stating that she has the "best fans ever." "My fans are so wonderful. They like me based on my acting background, or my athletic endeavors or my activism, so they are a diverse bunch," she said.
Paul defined the word success as "being happy and fulfilled with our choices in life and feeling balanced."
For more information on actress Alexandra Paul and her latest endeavors, visit her official website.
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