first time former Tulsa, Oklahoma native Paula Trickey had to
put on her Lycra shorts and tight t-shirt - the snug uniforms
worn on USA cable's "Pacific Blue" - her gleaming white
smile turned to a frown. "I hate those shorts", says
Trickey who plays bicycle cop Cory McNamara, one of the police
officers who fights crime in an ocean-side California town. "Those
are the most uncomplimentary pieces of clothing you can put on
a woman's body. Bike shorts themselves don't make it, but when
I put on the whole uniform, I feel athletic, lean and strong.
I want to be a role model to young girls showing them you don't
have to be Twiggy to be beautiful. I'm a sexual being without
being a bimbo."
33 year-old actress has always been the strong, athletic type. Good
thing, too. On the beach at 6AM in Venice, California, the set of the
cops-on-bike action series, Paula has put in a full day of biking,
swimming and sweating the heat by lunchtime - and there's another 7
hours to go. It's not all sand, surf and fun-in-the-sun. If Trickey
imparts anything to young viewers, physical fitness must be part of the
message. The role of a bike cop can be very physically demanding, though
there are stunt doubles for the really difficult sequences. But the
former Miss Oklahoma Teen All-American 1985 winner (who lost the
national pageant to Halle Berry) names the various parts of her body
that are bruised and scraped from spending 12-14 hour days chasing
people on a bike. "The first weeks back from vacation, we are
always so bruised and bleeding", she says. "We get scraped
shins from the pedals. If you look real close, you can often see scabs
and bruises on my legs. We have to stay in great shape", Paula
adds. "You don't want to gain too much weight wearing those tight
shorts." But the physically demanding role is not a problem for the
former tomboy who grew up in Oklahoma. "I was such a tomboy. Riding
bikes was all I would do", says the actress and local L.A.
discovered acting in her own backyard. Like most children, she would
perform plays and skits for family and friends. In school she pursued
every play that was offered. "I always wanted to be an actress but
went the beauty pageant way", says the 5'7", size four.
"I have to admit, I was very paranoid about my weight and food back
then because I would measure everything I ate." Since those days,
Paula has learned to accept her body type as being muscular, fit and
healthy. "I'm very happy with what I see in my mirror. I see a
woman in her thirties who is maintaining a great health regime, good
fitness routine and is confident in herself. I'm a very happy
in it's sixth season, Paula has turned "Pacific Blue" into the
ride of her career. But while staying cool can be tough, staying slim is
"no sweat", laughs Trickey, even though she admits to gaining
8 to 10 pounds whenever the show is on hiatus. How can she afford such a
relaxed attitude, especially considering her TV wardrobe? "I never
panic about my weight because I know how to get it off fast", says
Paula who still can't resist foods like mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
Gone are her old days of starvation plans. Instead she says, "I'm a
creature of habit. On the set, I have a higher protein intake than when
I'm not working." Breakfast is usually an egg white burrito with
salsa on a flour tortilla with a cup of coffee. "I love putting
potatoes in there, but when I'm losing weight, I'll cut those out."
Other morning meals are a slice of melon, a 20 minute wait and then egg
whites with some granola. "Or potatoes - I'm a potato freak."
During the morning break, it's a piece of fruit. Lunch is usually a
large green salad with two hardboiled eggs and Boca burger on the side.
"If I'm lean and mean, I'll have some rice with the soy
burger", says the fishetarian. "Afternoon snack is another
piece of fruit or a good cheating snack is goldfish crackers. I'm a salt
girl instead of a sweet girl." A Diet coke washes everything down.
Dinner could be grilled fish, vegetables or a penne pasta with spicy
marinara sauce. "Power Bars or a fiber cookie are also good
12-16 cups of water a day is a given for this 117 pound (during
production) beauty. "I'm just not as hungry when I'm drinking lots
of water. I'll have a glass before eating because it fills me up."
Regular exercise is another commitment. "I normally work out three
times a week so I maintain muscle tone", she says. But if she's on
her get-skinny deadline, Paula hops on her treadmill five times a
week." Exercise with light weights - such as bicep curls and
shoulder presses - are also part of her regimen. "When I'm in my
work trailer (which boasts a TV, microwave, VCR, bed, fridge, bathroom
and shower), I'll do about 500 combinations of ab crunches and leg
raises for my stomach - those are my absolute favorites." For good
measure, Paula also adds fun calorie-burning extras like a round of golf
or a quick swim. It's easy to see that Paula's discipline for her TV
role blends into her personal life; she studies self defense and stunt
classes, police bicycle training and extensive gun training to prepare
for her role. Also crossing over the line between reality and TV, Paula
includes gingko biloba in her supplements arsenal. "Gingko helps me
memorize my lines and be more aware. Here I am riding this mountain bike
with dual suspension and trying to say my lines - taking gingko actually
helps me to have a bit more of an edge." Paula also takes Pyruvate
"which boosts my strength and stamina to work out longer", an
electrolyte supplement mix, and ginseng.
how well does Paula's fitness and quick weight loss strategies work?
Just ask her producer husband of three years, Richard Thurber who is
always the first to notice. "He's the one who really sees me naked.
When he starts complimenting me - honey, you look so firm and lean -
then I hold myself up and stand a bit taller. I just feel prettier and I
know my routines are really working."
better be. Paula says there will be lots of bike stunts, chasing bad
guys, running onto the streets and the Venice Pier "and wearing
those bike shorts. I have five of the same outfits in case one gets
dirty or we blow out our shorts. I can't tell you how many times that's
happened. Plus, I have a tendency to spill food all over the front of me
so I'm forever changing my shirts."