Lauren Jones has that perky, boundless energy most people envy. She needs that energy cause she's quite a busy lady - as a model, actress, reality TV star and host of the new Rodale fitness DVD "Baywatch Beach Body Workout" (Rodale; 2007; $14.98; 60 minutes; www.rodalestore.com). She landed the part because of her Pamela Anderson-looks and there's a rumor a new Baywatch film is in the works, with Lauren being looked at for one of the roles. God knows she deserves it - she's one of the hardest-working individuals in the entertainment business. "I'm always working - I like to get things done," she says brightly.
Lauren Jones recently landed the lead role in the FOX reality TV show "Anchorwoman." "It was a mix of scripted lines and reality TV, way ahead of the current genre and people didn't really know what to do with it," she says. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled after a few short runs. She says it was one of the toughest things she had to detach from, because the show was the closest thing she came to instant stardom. But Jones has an intrepid belief in herself and that one day soon, opportunity will knock again.
"I heard it once said, order to be an actress, you have to have the skin of a rhinoceros," she says. Jones credits her success to having a great agent behind her. "They always put me with the right people." On her new Baywatch DVD, Jones improvised a lot of material herself. "They gave me a basic outline and cue cards to follow. For the actual routine, we had a choreographer. We were given the material one day, the next day we practiced and the next, we were out in the field shooting for two days. It was pretty quick." The DVD also features lifeguard training techniques. "I do the workout in my bedroom all the time. It's easy to do and you can do it anywhere," says Jones.
Jones has navigated her way through the entertainment waters with savvy tenacity. She was an NCAA cheerleader, a World Wrestling 'Slamdown' Diva, a Barker Beauty on "The Price is Right" and a 2006 Miss New York USA Semifinalist. She has been featured on "Guiding Light" the TV soap, Last Call with Carson Daly and the TV show "The Restaurant." In between all that, she's a spokesmodel for Met-Rx and has designed her own clothing line. Visit www.laurenjones.net.
Jones hails from Jackson, Mississippi and lived for ten years in New York while she pursued acting lessons, modeling and a fashion design degree from Parsons. "I never planned on a design career as my sole career, but as a secondary career," she says. Jones had a career in acting at the top of her list.
Three of those ten years living in New York were spent living on Long Island. Growing up in Mississippi she was always very active "I was a cheerleader and we practiced every single day. We take cheerleading seriously and it's quite competitive down in the south" she says. She also did track and field and soccer. "I was always running around and always very physical."
Jones works out in the morning for a better fat burn. "When you work out in the morning on an empty stomach, the body uses fat to burn for energy." But her workout does not come before family. As this interview was taking place, Jones was in Mississippi visiting her family, and she says, "I do my workouts from home. I'd rather be spending all my available time visiting my folks," she says. She also likes to run outdoors, because she says, "you're getting a natural workout - the natural terrain works your muscles in ways a treadmill can't." When she lives in the city, she walks as much as she can, or uses the gym in her building. "I have to live in a building that has a gym, otherwise, I would never work out. I am not perfect by any means, but I believe you should have easy access to working out, otherwise, you make excuses.
"I listen to my body. If I'm feeling a little fat, I'll do interval walking. For 30 seconds, I do an increased pace, and for 2 minutes, I do regular pace. By increasing your heart rate, you're tapping into your fat stores and challenging your body with that up-and-down, up-and-down regime," she says.
To unwind, Jones likes to sit out on her family's porch overlooking the countryside and catch up on her reading. Since she's bicoastal, Jones says the hectic life of New York and LA can really get to her, so simply relishing in simple pleasures like drinking a cup of coffee and reading magazine is her best medicine.
"Wake up every day, cause every day is a new day. Don't get stuck on diets," she says. "I knew this girl in high school who was always overweight. One day, she woke up and she lost 25 pounds and has kept it off for three years now. Everyone asked her what she did," says Jones. "It was in her brain. She made a decision it just changed the way she thought about he weight."
Jones can relate cause when she makes her mind up to do something, it happens just like that. Watch her rising star at a movie theatre near you, you know, she's the one with the blonde platinum hair and signature red bathing suit.
Front cover courtesy of Chris Carlo (www.chriscarlo.com; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) 951-757-7313; inside centerfold images courtesy of Ash Gupta, Studio 838.