DrDrew 5 minutes with Tiffani


Having recently gone blond, uber-hottie Tiffani-Amber Thiessen definitely has a new look about her these days. But it'll take more than a dye job to disguise a face that continues to appear on TV day and night. Case in point, as we are walking out of a San Fernando Valley, California restaurant, the teenage host stops Thiessen to ask for an autograph. Having been a fixture on TV since adolescence, the former child model is used to the attention. She first came to prominence as Kelly Kapowski on NBC's Saturday morning phenomenon, Saved by the Bell, before going on to another full-fledged phenomenon, Beverly Hills, 90210, as the buxom vixen Valerie Malone. Thiessen bailed out of the show prior to its farewell season, looking for a return to her comedy roots. She can soon be seen in the upcoming film Ladies' Man, based on the popular Saturday Night Live skit starring Tim Meadows. In addition, she has a starring role in a horror movie spoof tentatively titled I Know What You Screamed Last Summer (she says her parody was filmed prior to Scary Movie, but won't be out until early next year). What's her greatest fear? Her favorite book? Her favorite album for a romantic evening? Read on and find out.

drDrew.com: What's your favorite thing to do when no one else is around?

Tiffani Amber Thiessen: Organize and clean house. It actually brings me joy.

drDrew.com: Name a guilty pleasure.

TAT: Oh God, I have lots of them [laughs]. Probably Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Either that or french fries.

drDrew.com: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

TAT: Oh God, a million things. I hate my hands. And I would change my metabolism in an instant.

drDrew.com: If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?

TAT: I would come back as a dog, but in a good home.

drDrew.com: Who would you like to trade places with for a day and why?

TAT: My mother. I'd like to see what it's like to be a mother and to see what it's like having me as a daughter. Maybe I could come out appreciating our relationship a little better.

drDrew.com: What's your greatest fear?

TAT: Being unhappy.

drDrew.com: What's your favorite album for a romantic evening?

TAT: Maxwell. My favorite.

drDrew.com: What accessories would a Tiffani Amber-Thiessen action figure come with?

TAT: A palm pilot.

drDrew.com: What was your most memorable celebrity encounter?

TAT: Give me Tom Cruise any day. He was always my favorite. I haven't met him yet, but I'm hoping. I would go crazy over him—I don't know what I'd do if I met him.

drDrew.com: What Hollywood star would play you in a movie based on your life?

TAT: Just because I get Yasmine Bleeth all the time, I'm sure her because people think we look alike. Who would I like to do it? Sarah Jessica Parker, just because of her body. And Meryl Streep, because she's an amazing actress. Not that I'm saying that Sarah Jessica Parker isn't a good actress. She's brilliant and I love Sex & The City, but I covet her body. She's so beautiful.

drDrew.com: When you were a kid growing up, who did you imitate standing in front of the mirror?

TAT: I just imitated Belinda Carlisle because I was a huge Go-Go's fan and I always thought that I looked like her. I want to play her in a movie.

drDrew.com: Name a book you read recently and liked.

TAT:. Seed of the Soul, by Gary Zukoff. It's one of my all-time favorite books and I read it over and over.

drDrew.com: Name a movie you saw recently and liked.

TAT: I loved Bring It On.

drDrew.com: Name an album you heard recently and liked.

TAT: I'd have to say the Vertical Horizon album is my favorite right now.

drDrew.com: What will you remember most about the 90s?

TAT: One of the biggest changes in my life was when "Saved by the Bell" hit really big. And I went out on tour and realized that there were 8,000 kids in this mall packed in to see little old me. I think my sense of reality was a little taken back and that changed my outlook on the business and what I was doing for a living. Was that the 90s? Maybe that was the 80s. When did that show start [laughs]? God, I'm terrible.