Did you have to watch any grot to prepare for your role?
Actually, I did. I went with my make-up artist to the Hustler store and bought some kinky outfits that we thought we could use for the character of Candy Fiveways. On the way out I picked up a handful of DVDs so I could do some research. They were… interesting.
What’s your porn name?
That’s your first pet and your mother’s maiden name, right? I’m Heidi Hermes.
That sounds too much like Heidi Herpes. Your real name is Tara Patrick – that’s spookily close to our own Tera Patrick.
I know and we have a lot of mutual friends, so I’ve heard a lot of great things about her. Strangely, I’ve never met her. I’d love to; perhaps I should have met with her or Jenna Jameson before shooting the film.
Like Jessica Simpson you split up with your bloke [Dave Navarro] after doing a reality TV programme with him – do you think those shows are cursed?
I don’t believe so, though many people have been put off them. Just look at Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. Those two are totally happy and they had the cameras following them for years. I went to their place for New Year’s Eve actually, and they seemed happier and crazier than ever. It was so funny because the animals got out and began running amok and poor Ozzy was trying to round them up. He got so mad.
You have Cherokee heritage. Do you have a native Indian name?
No, but I’d love one, can you give me one now?
How about Little Big Boobs?
Okay. I also have Irish heritage – which is why I love having a good time. And some German heritage which I guess is why I can be really well organised.
We heard horrible rumours you were going to have your implants removed. Why Lord, why?
No, that isn’t true, I don’t know where that rumour came from. I’m really happy with them size-wise. They’re not going anywhere.
You were the youngest of five children, were you picked on or over-protected?
Most of my brothers and sisters were much older so I only grew up with one brother. He was very good at karate. My mum has got a third degree black belt in ju-jitsu too, so I grew up learning how to defend myself. My mum would always dress me in these sweet little dresses and pigtails – but if I needed to I could kick some serious ass.
When was the last time you got into a fight?
A long time ago. But for some reason in school I would always take on boys – never girls. There were a lot of guys who got on the wrong end of me, because I had a crush on them – it was easier to beat them up than to tell them I thought they were hot. My finishing move was to throw them over my shoulder and I can still do that today.
How did you get on with I Want Candy co-star Michelle Ryan?
I really liked her and she is so beautiful and talented. I think she could crack Hollywood if she set her mind to it. She could even stay with me – I have a spare room. She was on a show in London right?
I haven’t heard of it? Is it good?
Not as such. Anyway, Baywatch: The Movie – are you in or out?
I’m out. I’ve only heard about it through the press and nobody has contacted me to be in the film. I really enjoyed the reunion show we did though – it was fun to meet all the team again.
Any David Hasselhoff stories?
I don’t think I’ve heard any, let alone have any.
What about when he got caught with a woman in an aeroplane lavvy…
Well, I can hardly judge because I’ve done that. But I guess the difference is I wasn’t caught.
Moving on… what’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I had a job dressed up as a clown and I had to pop corn in a shoe store. The problem was I ate so much popcorn I got sick. I was getting paid $4 an hour but was probably eating more than that in popcorn. I eat a lot of junk – while I was in the UK I ate so many Flakes.
We can’t believe we’re asking you this, but how on earth do you stay so trim?
I do a lot of yoga and aerobics. Plus you can burn a lot of calories in the bedroom too, you know? I get a lot of guys coming up to me who have bought my aerobics striptease DVD and they thank me because their girls have learnt how to give them amazing lapdances.
You’re FHM’s most eligible American. Who do you think is the most eligible girl on the planet?
That’s very difficult. If I answer that, I’m suddenly being asked about the hottest guy in Hollywood – I’ll say someone and there’ll be speculation that I want to get with him, having never even met him! You read so much nonsense in the press – I once read that I did a striptease at a wedding. I would never do that!
Well, maybe if I was asked.
What’s the best date anyone could take you on?
?Keep it simple and don’t brag about what you have or what you do. It’s better to be humble and honest. You don’t want to rush things in the beginning. Dinner would be great. Don’t believe that stuff about girls not wanting to eat on a first date – sharing a romantic meal is sexy.
You were signed to Prince’s record label when you were younger. Can you confirm the rumour that he’s had a rib removed so he can suck himself off?
Oh my God, I’ve never heard that! That can’t be true!
Don’t ask us. In the movie you fall for a 20-year-old British lad. Honestly, could that ever happen?
Why not? I think British guys are really hot. It’s the accent and they’re such gentlemen. I just love the UK. In the States we think everything that is British is better – the music, the fashion. My favourite artists are Massive Attack and Portishead who are both British and I love your lingerie – Agent Provocateur and Coco De Mer. I have a lingerie fetish; I love it.
Did you like the stuff we dressed you in?
So much, all the underwear was fantastic. This was probably my favourite shoot for you guys.
Finally, if you had one sex tip for our readers, what would it be?
It’s all about communication. Don’t be afraid to reveal your fantasies. Don’t be afraid of kinky clothing or accessories, it’s fun if you get into lingerie or boots. And get your girls some high heels – it doesn’t get much sexier.
Original interview by Tom Cullen in the April 2007 issue of FHM UK magazine