10 Questions With... Ricki Lake
The fabulous Ricki Lake answers Andy's questions.
Ricki Lake will always be a classic. As the original Tracy Turnblad ("Hairspray"), she showed the world that fat girls rock. She changed the face of daytime TV with her own talk show that ran for 11 whopping years. Ricki has beautiful children, is a great "game night" host, is a fox, and is hosting a marathon of vintage game shows on CBS starting tonight! How did I know when she called that I could get her to reveal to the world when she lost her virginity?! Me and Ricki pretend we are on the set of "Cry Baby"
LET'S GET INTO IT. I LOVED VISITING YOU ON THE SET OF "FAMILY FEUD" HEARING YOU SAY "LET'S PLAY THE FEUD!" WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF GAME SHOW LINGO TO SAY?WHAT WAS THE HARDEST SHOW TO HOST?
"Let's Make a Deal" was technically the hardest, but I actually did OK with that one. Probably "Beat the Clock" was the hardest for me because I didn't know it as well.
WHAT WAS THE EASIEST?
Oh Man — "Press your Luck." I just stood there behind the podium and WENT. No one even had to explain the rules to me because I KNOW "Press Your Luck!"
YOU ARE A REALITY SHOW NUT — WHAT ARE YOUR FAVES?
There are so many — Project Runway is definitely up on top. I love Amazing Race and Survivor. I love all of them. I think it goes back to my talk show background. I love real people and their stories. That interests me more than celebrities on talk shows or dramas. I just find real people so compelling and I love competition and seeing what people will do to win.
Oh, without even saying it — it is my favorite reality show. I'm not happy about Taylor winning. He's a nice guy though. One of the major perks about Game Show Marathon was that I was next door to Idol's set. My dressing room was next to Simon's which was a big deal to me. I picked Katherine from the auditions to win. Taylor is a nice guy. I had a bet with Craig Ferguson about who would win and lost a hundred bucks. I will buy Katherine's album but I can't promise I'll buy Taylor's. We went to the finale and my son was so into it — those are the perks of being a celebrity to go to those things.
WHAT DO YOU MISS ABOUT THE RICKI LAKE SHOW?
I miss the people I worked with for 11 years. So many stayed with me. It's that, more than the day-to-day job. I miss New York and my friends in New York but I like my life in LA and what I'm doing now, so it's been a great transition.
OK, LET'S PLAY CO-STAR WORD ASSOCIATION!
Johnny Depp: hot!
Shirley MacLaine: generous
Brendan Frasier: charming
Sonny Bono: great sense of humor about himself
Jerry Stiller: crazy
Traci Lords: the opposite of what you'd think of her! Prudish!
HOW DID YOU STAY SO LARGE WHEN YOU WERE MAKING HAIRSPRAY?
Fat you mean? I ate a lot! They honestly force-fed me Dove bars and chocolate bars to keep me fat for continuity!
WERE YOU A GREAT DANCER PRE-TRACY TURNBLAD?
No! I think it's more attitude than skill. I'm not a great dancer but for a big girl I could move and I had the 'tude — which is what it's all about.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE WHOLE NEW LIFE FOR THAT PIECE? I MEAN THE "HAIRSPRAY" MUSICAL AND MOVIE OF THE MUSICAL?
Conflicted. I think it's so flattering and I am so happy that the project that I worked on 20 years ago is living on. I had to make peace that it was going on without me. I lived in an irrational world where I thought I could maybe play the fat 16 year old again! It took a while for me to get over the fact that there was another fat girl playing my part.
I LOVE THE MOVIE "CRY BABY" AND YOU HAD SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPEN ON THE SET OF "CRY BABY" THAT I AM HOPING YOU'LL SHARE WITH READERS OF ANDY'S BLOG!
I know what you're talking about. OK, I got laid for the first time! I lost my virginity on the set of that movie! It was about time, is how I felt. I wanted to get it over with. It was barely finished before I was calling everyone to tell them... literally he's sleeping and I'm in the other room dialing the phone.
HOW OLD WERE YOU AT THAT POINT?
I was 20. I was a late bloomer.
THAT'S NOT BAD. AND DO YOU STILL KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE GUY?
No, I don't. I've lost touch with him. I'm not gonna give his name because he went on to have some success. I was definitely not his first, I know that. It was a positive experience and of course it made the making of the movie so positive for me. Everyone on set knew — from Johnny Depp on down. They were like: "Thank God for Ricki! She can go on and do something else now."
AND YOU CERTAINLY DID! THANKS FOR CHECKING IN SWEET LADY! SEE YOU ON TV TONIGHT!