Interview with Torrie Wilson (11/3/99)
Interview with Torrie Wilson
November 3, 1999
By Mike Samuda WrestleLine/WrestleManiacs
MIKE: How did you get involved in pro wrestling?
TORRIE: I went to a house show with a couple of friends,
and met Kevin Nash, and he called me a couple of days
later and asked if I was interested in doing a shoot.
MIKE: So you were just at a house show in the audience,
or were you backstage.
TORRIE: I was backstage.
MIKE: You have an interesting e-mail address, are you
really a fitness freak?
TORRIE: I'm a fitness freak [laughs] I used to compete
in fitness competitions.
MIKE: Where did the affinity for training come from?
TORRIE: Actually, I've been a fitness fanatic since I
was in High School, and basically, I started admiring
the fitness women in magazines and I wanted to look like
them … and I started working out, training for a fitness
competition, and just kept doing better and better in
the competitions … and I got more involved in it.
MIKE: So you were always in shape?
TORRIE: Yeah, I always worked out.
MIKE: I think I read that you're parents are divorced,
TORRIE: Uh huh.
MIKE: Do you still keep in touch with your father?
MIKE: You mentioned at one time you lost a lot of weight
TORRIE: Yeah, I was into
fashion modeling as a
teenager and got really
really thin, and harmed my
health, but I got over it,
MIKE: Are we talking about
anorexia here, or something
less than that?
TORRIE: Close to anorexia.
MIKE: How did you overcome that?
TORRIE: I knew it was not something that I could lead
for the rest of my life, and I started admiring fitness
women's bodies which are much more shapelier and a lot
more sexy, I think, and that got me out of it. I started
lifting weights -
MIKE: How often do you exercise?
TORRIE: About six days a week.
MIKE: What do you usually do?
TORRIE: Right now I'm training for a marathon, so I run
5 or 6 miles three times per week, and then on the other
days I do cardio and lift weights.
MIKE: What about your diet?
TORRIE: I eat fairly good all the time.
MIKE: Do you think sometimes you take this fitness thing
to an extreme?
TORRIE: Some people might say so, but I don't think so.
MIKE: What are your measurements?
MIKE: And you're all natural, right?
TORRIE: Of course [laughs]
MIKE: [laughs] So you ever just chill and pig out?
TORRIE: Heck yeah I do.
MIKE: Ok. What are your thoughts on the role of women in
wrestling? Does it bother you at all that in general
women are only used as eye candy?
TORRIE: Well, it definitely works. Eye candy is needed
in the sport. No, it doesn't really bother me, as long
as … with WWF I disagree with the connotations of a lot
of their stuff, but for the most part, I think it's
MIKE: Do you watch other wrestling shows?
TORRIE: I watch the WWF sometimes.
MIKE: You mentioned that you were at a house show, so
are you a wrestling fan?
TORRIE: Actually, that was the first show I had ever
TORRIE: Yeah. I was never a wrestling fan. Of course,
now I am.
MIKE: You've talked about your situation when you were
younger, admiring fashion models, and stuff like that,
do you consider yourself a role model for young girls?
Or do you want to be a role model?
TORRIE: I do want to be. I do consider myself a role
model, because a lot of girls go through body
distortions … they try to be so thin, and I'm here to
prove that you don't have to be.
MIKE: I'm sure you have your limits as to what you will
or won't do, were you ever presented with a storyline
that you thought crossed the line? What's over the line
TORRIE: Being nude [laughs]. I trust Vince and Ed, and I
don't think TNT is going to let things go as far as the
WWF. I don't think I have anything to worry about. I had
to go out in lingerie a couple of days ago, and that
basically covers more than a swimming suit does, so I
really don't have any big deal with anything, it's just
MIKE: So you've met with Vince and Ed?
TORRIE: Uh huh.
MIKE: What are your thoughts on them?
TORRIE: I think they're awesome. They're both really
cool, and brilliant.
MIKE: Can you give us a preview of what we might be
seeing of you in the future?
TORRIE: They don't even let me know, until we're getting
MIKE: What was it like kissing Ric Flair?
TORRIE: [laughs] He's a big wet kisser.
MIKE: [laughs] Were you aware of Rena Mero's situation
in the WWF?
TORRIE: You mean the lawsuit?
MIKE: Yeah. What are your thoughts on that?
TORRIE: I don't really know, so I don't have any
thoughts on that.
MIKE: Would you ever pose for Playboy?
MIKE: Is that a moral issue for you? Or is it that
TORRIE: It's just something I feel, to be a role model
for people, for girls, I don't really need to do that. I
don't see it pushing my career as far as acting goes.
MIKE: Are you happy with this wrestling thing? Do you
see it as a launch pad to perhaps bigger and better
TORRIE: I wouldn't say bigger and better things. I'm
having an awesome time in wrestling. I'm not looking too
far into the future, but I would like to do movies and
stuff as well.
MIKE: Do you have anything in the works right now?
TORRIE: Nope, just doing the wrestling stuff.
MIKE: You tried fashion modeling right? You didn't like
TORRIE: No. You're never thin enough. It's ridiculous.
MIKE: You seem to be athletic, would you ever consider
getting in the wrestling ring?
TORRIE: I've been asked to, and I'm considering it. I
don't really want to wrestle in any matches, but I will
take bumps and give a few.
MIKE: Have you had any training at all?
TORRIE: Not yet.
MIKE: When you first made your WCW appearance, were you
signed to a contract at the time or was that a per
TORRIE: Per appearance. Actually, when I first started,
I figured it was only going to be a 2-day shoot thing,
and that was it. And then they kept calling me.
MIKE: What was the original plan? Just to show up with
David Flair for a little while?
TORRIE: Yeah, that was the original plan - to seduce him
and make him betray his dad, and I think that was
basically going to be it.
MIKE: And then shortly after that, you weren't really
involved in any of the storylines. What was going on
there? A little break?
TORRIE: I guess you could call it that. I was still per
appearance, and I think they were having a lot of
creative differences with my agent.
MIKE: Did you have any contacts with any other
promotions at that time?
TORRIE: At that time? No.
MIKE: So, you've never have talks with … maybe going
elsewhere … would you ever go to the WWF?
MIKE: But you have a contract with WCW now, right?
TORRIE: No, not right now. It's actually in the works
TORRIE: Yeah, it is.
MIKE: That's strange.
TORRIE: Well my agent is pretty hard ass. They're
working it out right now.
MIKE: I would think that one of the other promotions
would try to snap you up or something.
TORRIE: Well, actually they hate my agent, so I can't
see that happening [laughs].
MIKE: How many years do you think you have left in
TORRIE: Well, I'm young -
MIKE: How old are you?
MIKE: Whoa, you're even younger than I.
TORRIE: I'll do it as long as I'm still having fun.
MIKE: OK, and are you single?
MIKE: Explain THAT?
TORRIE: [laughs] Well, I have a boyfriend.
MIKE: So you're not really single?
TORRIE: No, but I'm not married.
MIKE: What kind of guy is he? Who's the lucky bastard?
TORRIE: My boyfriend is a financial analyst. Nothing to
do with wrestling, besides the fact that he loves it.
MIKE: And that's the kind of guy you're into?
TORRIE: Well I've been into … [laughs] … yeah, I guess.
MIKE: What's your relationship with Kevin Nash like? You
know there were rumors on the net that you guys were a
bit more than friends?
MIKE: That's not true?
TORRIE: It's not true. His wife even believes that it's
still true. She doesn't believe that nothing happened.
MIKE: He's getting divorced right?
TORRIE: Yeah, he already did.
MIKE: And his wife believed the internet stories?
MIKE: How did they get to her?
TORRIE: I have no idea. Evidently, she hates me, and she
thinks it's true, but it's not.
MIKE: OK. Not that we would blame him.
MIKE: Now you mentioned before that you're an internet
TORRIE: Yeah, I am.
MIKE: You're not out there scanning wrestling sites are
TORRIE: I do like to scan wrestling sites. I do like to
see what shitty things people say about me.
MIKE: What are some of your favorites?
TORRIE: There was this one site, I don't even remember
what it was, my webmaster is a huge wrestling fan, so he
actually e-mailed me and lets me know … he scans more
sites than I do, and lets me know what people are saying
… and there was this one site, this lady named Galatea
or something … she trashes me all the time.
TORRIE: I haven't read what she's written lately, but I
think it's so funny … she would talk about David Flair's
MIKE: Uh huh.
TORRIE: The whole first paragraph, she would talk about
how shitty I was dressed or whatever. I was like - OK -
somebody is a little hostile.
MIKE: [jokingly] But you're a big WrestleLine fan right?
MIKE: Now you basically grew up on a farm? Is that
TORRIE: Well, I grew up in the mountains. Population
MIKE: Do you think you were always this attractive to
men or did you just grow into that body, what happened?
TORRIE: Hmm … that's a hard question.
MIKE: I mean, did you always have a lot of boyfriends
TORRIE: I always had a boyfriend, but haven't had lots
of boyfriends. I haven't ever been single for longer
than 3 months.
MIKE: When we see you on TV, a lot of guys my age, I
guess you can probably guess what we're thinking right?
TORRIE: Yeah, T&A.
MIKE: You're comfortable with that?
TORRIE: Hell that's what I'm there for. Totally
comfortable with that.
MIKE: Are you playing a role, or is there a lot of you
MIKE: So you don't think you're close to the Torrie we
see on TV?
TORRIE: I think there's a part of me in there, but I'm
definitely not as trashy as I come off [laughs].
MIKE: You wouldn't consider yourself a highly sexed
TORRIE: I think I'm sexual … but no.
MIKE: Now the talk is either you or Kimberly is going to
be the WCW version of Sable, in terms of popularity. Are
you friends with her; is there any friction because of
TORRIE: No, she's actually a sweetheart.
MIKE: Are you going to participate in any more
competitions while you're working for WCW?
TORRIE: No, I'm done with that.
MIKE: I'm going to toss some names out there, and you
tell me the first thing that pops to mind.
MIKE: Eric Bischoff.
TORRIE: [long pause] Gone.
MIKE: The Nitro Girls?
MIKE: Sweet? All of them?
MIKE: Are you serious? They're all sweet?
TORRIE: They're nice to me.
MIKE: No competition at all.
TORRIE: I don't have any competition
with them. They do something totally different. different with me.
MIKE: Kevin Nash.
TORRIE: Great guy.
MIKE: Yeah. Did you like that skit he ·
did on Monday?
TORRIE: I thought it was good.
MIKE: Did you really?
MIKE: No, I'm being serious, did you really think that
TORRIE: Ok, well it wasn't quite exactly like Vince
McMahon, but ---
MIKE: I thought it was Steven Regal or something. That
was bad. Hulk Hogan?
TORRIE: Great guy for advice.
MIKE: You went to Hulk Hogan for advice?
TORRIE: Yes. He has the same agent as I do, and he's
been in the business for a long time.
MIKE: This is for advice based on pro wrestling or -
TORRIE: No, professional advice.
TORRIE: When I was 15 …
MIKE: You started young.
TORRIE: … with a guy who was four years older than me.
MIKE: Where's that guy, let me call the police.
TORRIE: [laughs] My parents tried to call the police. I
dated him for two years though.
MIKE: So what were the circumstances leading up to it?
Did you think you were just ready?
TORRIE: No, I don't think I was ready.
MIKE: So you regret it.
TORRIE: Of course. I think everyone probably regrets
their first time.
TORRIE: Most girls do.
MIKE: Tell all us dreamers out there what Torrie is like
in the most intimate of settings. Do you consider
yourself conservative? Are you more on the romantic side
… or are you a freak?
TORRIE: Well, I'm definitely not conservative. I
definitely like romance. I don't think I'm a freak.
MIKE: I guess they're two extremes. You're somewhere in
the middle, you're saying.
TORRIE: Somewhere in the middle of being a freak and a
MIKE: You said you watched Raw, who are some of your
TORRIE: I like Mr. Ass.
MIKE: Ok. Go ahead.
TORRIE: Because I know him. I like … actually there is a
guy named Meat who I grew up with … I kind of grew up
with, so I like to follow him.
MIKE: So who do you think is talented?
TORRIE: The Rock.