Playboy.com's Exclusive Interview: The Sex Goddess, Carmen Electra

By Michael J. Lockhart

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Playboy.com's exclusive interview with The Sex Goddess, Carmen Electra


In 1996, a 23-year-old woman walked into a studio and took her clothes off on camera for the first time. Little did she know that very pictorial would launch her career, and the name Carmen Electra would soon become known by every man in America.

With fame came her debut on television, including a role on Baywatch and as a host on MTV’s Singled Out. Now 16 years later, after five pictorials and three covers gracing Playboy Magazine; Playboy.com invites you to experience Carmen’s take on battling a  2-Headed Shark Attack, her thoughts on her Playboy experience, and what got her sexy figure on stage with the Pussycat Dolls.

Playboy.com: So you’re back touring?

Electra: Yeah, I’ve been doing these one off shows with the girls. It’s just been really fun. We’re doing the same show that we did at the viper room. Mostly dancing, but also singing too. It’s just I really like to get back on stage and perform, it’s really fun and I’ve always loved doing those routines. You know? And we’ve sold out almost every show – it’s been really fun!

Playboy.com: Getting back on stage and performing, does it make you want to release another album? We would love to see one.

Electra: Oh really? That’s so sweet (Laughs), I started off obviously dancing and working with Prince so there’s somewhere inside of me that I always want to work on music for some reason everything else just seems to flow a lot easier. The acting, and commercials, and dancing, you know? I would absolutely love to.

Playboy.com: It’s sixteen years since your first appearance with Playboy, how do you think you’ve grown since then?

Electra: A lot of time has gone by, and that was really the start of it all with the very first Playboy. All of a sudden my career just started to take off and I was kind of just thrown into the mix. I learned along the way. I’ve learned so much, with all trial and error at that time. But it was so much fun.

Playboy.com: During your cover story in 2009, you spoke about how nervous you were for your first interview. Do you feel more confident now or do you still feel like that little girl?

Electra: When I’m working with Playboy I feel completely confident because I know the photographers and I’ve been able to ease into it. I’ve done it so many times now (laughs) that I do feel more comfortable.

But I remember the first time I was so nervous and I just walked in for a meeting and immediately was asked to have some polaroids taken so I really didn’t know what that meant.  I mean, to the extent of it. I walk into the room and a guy hands me a robe and says, “Ok, go, take your clothes off."  I was what? I didn’t shave my legs! I had no idea – I was really, really, nervous that day. There was no lighting, I wasn’t expecting it but they liked the polaroids so they asked me to come do a test shoot.

So I did the shoot, and I was super nervous but Arnie Freitag shot the photos. I didn’t really know, you know, that I would have to get naked.  I kept wanting to keep my bottoms on and they’re saying,  "Pull the sides down.” And I was like, “OK.”

Playboy.com: So coming back to Playboy is like coming home for you?

Electra: I love Playboy, and Hef is such a sweetheart, and I have just really loved the experience.  I sort of remember just looking up to the women of Playboy…Marilyn Monroe, and all these beautiful women and just thinking: they do show a lot, but it’s classier than most magazines, there’s something about it, and I just wanted to be a part of it.

Playboy.com: Do you remember when you first read a Playboy?

Electra: I remember sneaking into my parents’ room and reading one of their Playboys…I must have been about seven. When you’re younger its taboo, so of course you want to look.

Playboy.com: Again, you are really looking great in the new film, what’s this about a Twitter campaign for workout motivation?

Electra: I tweeted to my fans to ask them to help me get motivated. I figured I couldn’t let them down. I was thinking about them, and how sweet they were like: you can do it, you can do it! Just in that moment from Christmas to New Years I lost interest and couldn’t get back into the flow of the gym or a ballet class.

Playboy.com: Let’s talk about the amazing 2-Headed Shark Attack. What made you interested in the film?

Electra: I read the script and I found myself laughing out loud, being on my toes, feeling nervous about what was going to happen.  It’s a thriller; it’s a two-headed shark! I thought it would be really fun. We shot in the Florida Keys, so we were out in the boat for a couple of weeks in the hot sun…it was almost like a vacation.

Playboy.com: Except there was a Two-Headed Shark…

Electra: Mhmm. I’ve always had a good sense of humor and I think it really started with (MTV’s) Singled Out, that really helped me find the humor in things, and not take things so seriously. That’s been a life lesson for me. It’s what I’ve chosen to do.

Playboy.com: Did you see any of The Asylum’s other great creature films prior to shooting it?

Electra: No I didn’t, but I did know there was an underground following…they are kind of campy!

Playboy.com: Tell us about your character Anne?

Electra: She’s the professor’s wife, and the professor is played by Charlie O’Connell. We go out to see for a semester with the kids, and the ship is, you know, sunk by a mutated two-headed shark [laughs]. There are a lot of crazy things that happen.

Playboy.com: Were you afraid of getting in the water with that thing?

Electra: In Florida, being in the water – it’s scary; there’s a lot of sharks around – real sharks! Along with a lot of jellyfish, they are everywhere. We would just look over the boat, and it was one of those things about shooting in Florida that made it more realistic. Even though a mutated two-headed shark is not, there were a lot of things going on. The weather would just change and start raining and hailing out of nowhere. We were on this little boat, and there were moments when we were actually scared.

Playboy.com: So it wasn’t just a clean-cut shoot?

Electra: No, I wasn’t really afraid of the two-headed monster, but what was around it I was actually afraid of.

Playboy.com: That’s a different take on it! Did you enjoy your ending in the film?

Electra: They’re things that won’t necessarily happen in real life, so you can do it in a movie [laughs]. I mean when I read the script…I don’t want to give too much away.  When you realize it’s all going down – it’s pretty funny.

Playboy.com: Was it a dream ending for you?

Electra: It was a dream ending, it had to be like that. It’s one of those great moments.

Playboy.com: Now to that bikini scene, did it bring you back to Baywatch at all?

Electra: There were moments that I felt Baywatch being channeled.

Playboy.com: This is your sixth appearance with Playboy, so you’re getting up there with Pamela. You’ve got a bit of a Baywatch competition going on here.

Electra: Oh my god! [laughs]

Playboy.com: I guess running away from the water instead of into it?

Electra: Yeah, and that bikini scene was really a last minute thing. They came back and said, (they) really want to see you in a bikini. I was like OK; tell me, what do you want me to do? It was crazy, we had overhead helicopters flying over to get shots of me…sunbathing, in a bikini.

Playboy.com: It’s what people want to see! Along with people getting eaten of course. Now you’ve done a lot of spoof movies over the last decade, what drew you to those?

Electra: I’ve always liked to have fun and when I’m hanging out with my friends I’ve got a silly sense of humor.  So for me, it’s what it was all about. Getting these scripts and cracking up at what the scenes were.

With Scary Movie, just working with the Wayans… you just know they’re going to do it right. They can make it really funny and just seeing the reaction of other people. It’s like,  you don’t take yourself so seriously. That makes me feel good, being able to connect with a lot of people because of that.

Playboy.com: It’s a gift. Do you have a favorite moment?

Electra: With Scary Movie it was all about that opening scene.  She’s on the phone, and the killer comes into the house, and then she’s running through the woods and the sprinkler system come on… and once again I end up in a bikini and panties.

Playboy.com: So you’re just not surprised now when people ask you to uncover?

Electra: No, not at all. It’s ok, what do you want me to do?

Playboy.com: It should be in your film contracts from now on.

Electra: I actually get really happy when I’m working and don’t have to do that, it’s different.

Playboy.com: Really?

Electra: It’s something I’m not used to-not being in a bikini scene, or that sexy lingerie scene.

Playboy.com: So you’re telling us you want to be in a movie in a parka next?

Electra: [Laughs] You know, either way I’m grateful to do what I love to do, and be in a business that I really wanted to be in, with a career and a life doing this.

Playboy.com: What do you have in the works right now?

Electra: I’ve started designing my line of sexy novelty gifts for Spencer’s. It’s really fun.

Playboy.com: What are your favorite things so far?

Electra: Studded handcuffs…a cute little set of handcuffs, and a whip. There’s a black set and a pink set - the pink whip has a little heart cut out in it. There are glitter tattoos, and other really cute things. It’s been really fun for me to do. I have my new pole coming out, it’s better than ever, new and improved – it spins!

Playboy.com: It spins?

Electra: Uh huh, oh yeah, it really made sense. You know coming from Playboy and burlesque strip tease things, and all that stuff; and from doing the aerobic strip tease line.

Playboy.com: Any more of that series coming out soon?

Electra: We’ve been talking about it.

Playboy.com: What are you watching on TV these days?

Electra: I watch a lot of reality TV and documentaries.  I love Dance Moms, I love it! I love Atlanta Housewives and the Braxtons. I also love American Horror story.  It’s amazing!

Playboy.com: Going back to Dance Moms, any plans?

Electra: No, no, not yet. But you never know….It’s the one thing I haven’t experienced in life. I’m really excited for the day to come when I choose to be: I wanna be a mom! I’ve always felt like I just wanted to get everything out of the way, so I can be a good mom.

Playboy.com: Current guilty pleasure?

Electra: That would be the Jersey Shore.

Playboy.com: Is there any celeb that you could’ve slept with in the past, that you now regret not doing?

Electra: No, there were plenty of them [laughs].

Playboy.com: What advice would give to girls who want to follow in your footsteps?

Electra: I would just say if you want to be in this business start practicing your craft. Whatever you want to do: dance, sing, act; just work on it now so when the opportunity comes you’re ready. And don’t be afraid of rejection, because everyone gets rejected and you need to just keep on going. If you have the willpower, and it’s something you really want, you’ll get it.

Playboy.com: Any last words for us?

Electra: It’s been really fun talking with you because of the Playboy relationship, and has really brought me back to the first time I posed. It’s somewhat crazy how my life changed. I’ve just gone with the flow. I’m really grateful for everything that I’ve been able to do.

The Asylum has generously given us copies of 2-Headed Shark Attack on Blu-Ray & DVD! To win a copy, tweet your favorite Asylum Film to @playboydotcom with hash tag #CarmenBait

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