October 20, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

When someone says ”Amazon,” most people think of Jeff Bezos. But those who don’t have books on the brain may think of B-movie vixen Julie Strain. In honor of her animated turn as an interstellar avenger in the sci-fi sequel Heavy Metal 2000, EW spoke to the former Penthouse Pet — who has appeared in films ranging from Beverly Hills Cop III to Lingerie Kickboxer — about self-image, marriage to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cocreator Kevin Eastman, and home defense.

You’re nude quite a bit in this flick. Did you have any say in your ‘toon physique?
Absolutely. I went to Montreal… to oversee the face structure and to make sure the character looked tall. Because I’m 6’1”. Sometimes people draw me and you can tell the body is that of a 5’8” person, and that really irritates me. There was a time… when the face looked exactly like Minnie Driver. I was like, ”Absolutely not!”

”Comic-book artist weds Julie Strain.” Sounds like a geek’s dream come true.
He didn’t even really know who I was when he came to stand in my line at a comic-book store to get a Polaroid. That’s how we met.

Were you born to play the asskicker?
There’s other strong, big girls on the planet, like Elle MacPherson and Gabrielle Reece, but I just don’t think they have the comedic edge. Or the heart and soul to carry a big AK-47 and blow people away.

Why don’t you give me an example of ”heart and soul”?
I fought off a killer in my home…. Some man jumped in my bed with a screwdriver at my throat, and I threw him out the window he came in. I was like, ”I don’t want to die! I have to be Pet of the Year next year!”

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