Tanja Reichert - Bluejean Baby
If Tanja looks familiar, it is probably because you’ve seen her on TV or at the movies. The Canadian’s resume includes a regular role opposite Tia Carrere on “Relic Hunter” and roles on the sci-fi series “First Wave”, “C.S.I. Miami”, “The Chris Isaak Show”. She has starred in such movies as Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde as Reese Witherspoon’s Delta-Nu sister, Chef Kelly in the Brozen Lizard’s Club Dread, Freddie Prinze Jr.’s undercover FBI partner in Universal’s Head Over Heels, and a part in the Wayans brothers’ horror spoof hit Scary Movie.
She appeared last fall on “Desperate Housewives” as one of Gabrielle’s modeling friends from New York City, and Tanja was also on the big screen opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang. She recently shot a part in the new Adam Sandler comedy Click and filmed Bottom’s Up with Paris Hilton and Jason Mewes in 2005.
You would think that a girl who has worked with so many big name celebs would have a few tales to tell, but Tanja isn’t one to hold her co-stars too high on a pedestal above herself. She’s also surprisingly girly to have such a cool, laid back attitude.
“I’m not high maintenance – unless I’m ordering at a restaurant,” she said.
Savvy talked to her about show biz, fitness and fun in this interview…
Savvy: Tell me about your Savvy shoot.
Tanja: Oh, so much fun, I love, love, love the photographer, Brie Childers. I had shot with her once before and was really looking forward to the Savvy shoot. She had great ideas and made me feel sexy. It was her idea to rip up the wife beater and spray water on the floor and me. We had a lot of fun with that.
Savvy: We had fun looking at the photos. What do you think might come from your appearance in Savvy?
Tanja: I hope to bring world peace to the world.
Savvy: This isn’t a beauty pageant! (Laughs) Do you get back to Vancouver often?
Tanja: I try to. My family is there and my sister just had a little girl, my first niece. I’ve lived in Toronto, Los Angeles and I spent 11th grade in Japan as an exchange student.
Savvy: Wow, so the hot foreign exchange student fantasy goes both ways. Geographically, I mean. Which of those places is your favorite?
Tanja: The best thing about Vancouver is how close to nature it is for a city. It has really clean air. It has a little bit of everything, especially for people who love the outdoors, which I do. Just check the weather report before you come because it rains a lot.
Savvy: You must get ass-deep in snow up there.
Tanja: The most fun I’ve ever had was snowboarding after a big storm, on fresh powder in the sun, having the whole mountain practically to myself.
Savvy: You into sports?
Tanja: I go snowboarding whenever I can. I watch F-1 racing and soccer, but usually only the World Cup. I like Tonya Harding, I think she got a raw deal, plus we have the same first name. If I weren’t a model and actress, I would probably be in the health or fitness fields right now.
Tanja: But on the topic of places, I do want to add that there is something magical about Japanese culture. The people are so friendly and giving. Plus, I love their food.
Savvy: Okay, we’ll add that. Let’s talk about your career a little bit before we get into the racy topics, okay? I see you were on “Relic Hunter”? I cried when that show went off the air.
Tanja: They based the character of Karen Petrusky on Erin Brockovich because that was shortly after the movie about her swept the Oscars. They made the character a younger version of what she’s like.
Savvy: That was a cute, hot role. What are some things you have coming up?
Tanja: I did an episode of “One on One” that is airing in April on UPN. I also want to mention Click coming out this year, as well as the Paris Hilton movie, Bottom’s Up. I also hope people will visit my website at Tanjareichert.com. I have a bunch of new photos I am putting up.
Savvy: What was Paris Hilton like?
Tanja: What’s she like? I play a member of her posse but we don’t actually like her character so we kind of talk shit about her. I did not actually have any scenes with her and I don’t see her at parties so it’s not like I’ve ever had a conversation with her.
Savvy: Oh. What about some of the other celebs?
Tanja: I’ve met some celebrities, but I can’t say I know them that well.
Savvy: So no moments of ever being star-struck in your life?
Tanja: (Thinks, then Laughs) I went to some of the Oscar parties and I saw Anthony Robbins. There were tons of other celebrities around, but I was, like, “Oh My God, that’s Anthony Robbins!” I don’t know why, but I was so taken aback. I wasn’t so much star-struck as I was shocked to see him. It was not the place I would expect to see him. He’s very charismatic.
Savvy: Did he use his motivational powers on you?
Tanja: No. (Laughs)
Savvy: Ever wish you were not a celebrity yourself? Does show biz consume your soul?
Tanja: It’s totally crazy, but its fun and an adventure. It’s a fun ride, you know? I definitely enjoy it. I’m still waiting on my “big break”. It has been predicted.
Savvy: I’d bet on it. What’s been your coolest experience in show business so far?
Tanja: It was pretty cool working on “Desperate Housewives”. I was really struck by how laid back and not stressful it was. Usually when you work on shows, there’s a ton of pressure and go, go, go. People pressure you to hurry up. It’s a very high-stress situation. I found the attitude of all the people I worked with on that show very laid-back, easygoing and cool. That was surprising because you expect a real big show to be very hectic but it wasn’t.
Savvy: Speaking of surprising, what’s something that people may not know about you?
Tanja: I’ve been pretty open. (Laughs) I think I’ve put it all out there. I like to bake and cook. I go snowboarding. I’m really into fitness and nutrition. I’m fascinated with anything have to do with health. I love working out. It makes me feel strong. I aim to do something active every day – running, hiking, spinning. I have to be careful with weights, though, because I get muscles just looking at them. But I’ve kind of spilled the beans on all of that already.