By Mike Flaherty
Updated January 07, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

In case you were wondering, there is life after pro wrestling. Take Rena Mero, the artist formerly known as World Wrestling Federation vixen Sable; she guest-stars this week in the second-season premiere of the Sci-Fi Channel’s First Wave as an alien superwarrior. The aspiring actress has been busy since her acrimonious parting from the WWF last year (in which she agreed to stop using the ”Sable” moniker), shooting a second Playboy pictorial, mulling offers for her own TV series, and prepping for her first feature film, the action-adventure Doppelganger 224. Even so, Mero had time to wrestle with our dim-witted queries.

— Mike Flaherty

Q: First Wave is all about aliens taking over the Earth. Isn’t all that stuff fake?

A: I think we’d be conceited to think that we’re the only life forms that exist in the entire universe—but what they may be or where they may live is not known to me.

Q: You’re a killing machine on the show. When was your last real-life fight?

A: I was quite the brawler at school. It was in the 10th grade—a boy opened a door for me and it happened to hit another girl, and she didn’t like it. You know, really serious stuff. [Laughs]

Q: A lot of people aren’t aware that Rena and Sable are one and the same. Why didn’t you change your name to something more similar—like Chinchilla?

A: Sable was a character that I played for three years, but I am Rena. It would be the same as if Sean Connery went through life being called James Bond.

Q: How do male professional wrestlers keep themselves hairless? Did a lot of them try to borrow your Nair?

A: No. I mean, they could use Nair, but I’d say most of them shave.

Q: Do you think that we as a nation will come to regret Gov. Jesse Ventura?

A: I don’t think I’m qualified to answer that.

Q: What is a Chalupa, and why do people have to drop it?

A: I don’t know, because it’s just a taco in pita bread. It can’t be that dangerous.

Q: So you’re working on an album.

A: Right now I’m focusing on my acting, but I love music, so sometime this year I’m going into the studio. I’m not sure if I want to do pop or country. I’m probably leaning more toward country.

Q: Now, country music—isn’t that stuff all fake?

A: No, I don’t think so. Wait — are you insinuating that I’m going to be lip-synching?