David Chokachi trades in his speedo for a TV movie

Baywatch (1989-2001)

He graduated from Bates College with a degree in poli sci … He worked on Capitol Hill researching environmental issues … He’s playing a reckless hunk caught in the lies-seduction-betrayal-death scenario in the ABC movie Bad to the Bone (Oct. 19, 9-11 p.m.) … You probably know him as the 29-year-old studly sensation of Baywatch. But there’s a lot more you probably don’t know about David Chokachi.

EW: How many David Hasselhoff albums do you own?

DAVID CHOKACHI: Only one, which he gave [each cast member] as a gift. Actually, I don’t mind his music — it’s kinda hip. We had a party, and he sang a bunch of songs. He didn’t throw any big kicks, but he was a true showman, cracking jokes with the audience. I’d see him in concert.

EW: Your college thesis was titled The Politics of Deforestation in Latin America. Do you ever think of that while you’re shaving your body hair for Baywatch?

DC: It’s environmentally sound because you use less soap. But it does itch when it grows out. Yasmine [Bleeth] came into the trailer when I was being shaved and said, ”In all my years in this business, I’ve never seen an actor getting his armpit shaved by the makeup lady.”

EW: If you have a bad reputation, what is it for?

DC: Pranks. You name it and I’m doing it — putting Gena [Lee Nolin]’s underwear on my head and running around. Last year, I found this huge dead rat on the beach — it was 18 inches long. So I stuffed it in Yasmine’s bathing suit. She was really p—ed because the thing just stunk. So she went on Oprah and said how bad the ”shrinkage” is for the Baywatch men when they jump in the water — particularly David Chokachi.

EW: Tell us your deepest, darkest, most embarrassing secret.

DC: I bawled when Old Yeller got shot. Oh, man, the way they just set you up with that movie — it’s bru-tal! I love animals — more than most humans. Did you ever read Where the Red Fern Grows? It’s a great book about these two dogs who hunt raccoons. When one of them gets killed, I was like, waaahhhhh [mock-sobs profusely]. It was the saddest thing.

EW: What’s the cheesiest pickup line you’ve heard at the beach?

DC: ”Didn’t I rescue you once?”

EW: Who tried to pull that on you?

DC: No, that’s the one I use.

Baywatch (1989-2001)
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