Fans of ABC's hit show Wipeout no doubt are familiar with Jill Wagner's humor and great television presence. Others may also remember her as playing the role of Krista Starr in the television show Blade: The Series. After starring in Wipeout the last 4 seasons, she recently left the show so she could put more of her focus on her acting career, which led to her starring in the first season of MTV's Teen Wolf.
TH: I think I speak for everyone when I say that you'll be deeply missed on ABC's hit show Wipeout. Whether you were busting out impromptu dance moves or riffing with the contestants, your deft wit kept things lively and entertaining.
Both the Wipeout courses and John Henson's penchant for double entendres, appear to also be "safely padded" for a family audience, but as we all know, real life is never quite that "safe." Can you recall some wacky participants or crazy collisions that had to be cut out once they were deemed "too hot" for primetime?
JW: I have seen a few shorts fall off in that water. That's all I am saying.
TH: You originally hail from one of my favorite cities, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After graduating from North Carolina State University in 2001, you moved to Los Angeles to pursue your modeling career.
Having lived extensively in both of those cities myself, in a majority of the cases I found the people and their philosophies to be polar opposites. What was the biggest culture shock for you when you arrived on the west coast?
JW: I think it was the pure size of the city. I was used to a one stop light town kind of map, then I opened the Thomas Guide (map of L.A.) and started to cry. I still get lost driving out here and I have been here for ten years.
TH: Your recent work on MTV's Teen Wolf was fantastically entertaining. We here at Talk Humor, thought your performance was the best reason to tune in.
TH: I've read that you had success gearing yourself up for some of the scenes with some hard-charging music by Marilyn Manson.
Successful actors like yourself always have a full "bag of tricks" when approaching challenging scenes. So now that we know about the music, what's another technique you've found to be a perfect way to connect to your character?
JW: I try to create the kind of environment your character lives in as best you can. If I am shooting a sad/emotional scene then you won't find me at Disneyland. I'll lock myself in my room, watch sad movies, and won't answer my phone all while listening to some sad country song.
TH: Growing up with a father being in the Marines must have had a profound effect on your life. You've been quoted as saying as a child, you abstained from Barbies and instead preferred the rough and tough G.I Joe. What are some of the other ways your Dad crafted your early years?
JW: He was a pretty cool role model, my dad. I watched him wheel and deal at his tire shop since I was born. Buying an old car for $3,000 and selling it the next day for $5,000. I feel like I got my gift of gab from watching him all of those years. He can still convince someone they need 4 new tires when they just stopped in for an oil change. I also feel I have gotten my value of honor and honesty from him. Not to mention he taught me how to play basketball, shoot a gun, and catch a fish from time to time.
TH: You have that rare combination of being both effortlessly funny and beautiful. In the industry, both of those factors can have a major impact in the success of an actor's career. If you had to sacrifice one of those qualities, which would you pick?
JW: First of all, thanks for the kind words. I would just say that looks fade, I would rather have the humor that would last a lifetime.
TH: I've heard that you have a phobia in regards to bees. That's a perfectly rational selection due to the fact that those pesky critters can inflict some painful damage. Can you share with us any other phobias that are more benign?
JW: I can't have anyone touch my elbows or knees unless they are bent. Strange, right?
TH: You were once rumored to be involved in a "Wonder Woman" film adaptation. While you certainly have our vote as the perfect fit, the movie appears to be in limbo. Any chance it'll be green-lit in the near future?
JW: I have no idea. I would love to get a shot. Wonder Woman kicks ass, depending on the writing I guess.
TH: Maxim listed you as #90 on their top 100 list of the hottest women in 2004. Despite the extremely subjective nature of such a compendium, did you think to yourself "I am way better than number 78, 25-28 and 14"?
JW: If I looked at the Maxim list to define beauty then I would have bigger problems than being 78.
TH: Flash forward to five years from now. Has your career mostly favored humorous projects or have you veered to more dramatic roles?
JW: Action roles, I hope.
TH: We end all interviews with word association. I say "wombat" and you say...