You are one of the 26 models on the game show Deal or No Deal. How often are backstage bra-and-panty fights breaking out?
For the most part, the girls get along. I relate it to a sorority. There are different personalities, but we are all working towards the same goal. At the end of the day, we want to make the show really great and get out of the dresses and shoes as soon as possible. Those days can be 18 hours!

At the same time, you're playing a hooker on Crash. There's a big difference between those two shows.
Oh my god yes! Crash is more of an adult role—seducing men and causing problems. It's fun to play the vixen.

Did you expect to be getting sexpot roles when you started out?
Not at all. I don't take myself too seriously. I'm silly and a nerd. Now, all of a sudden, I'm being thrust into this female limelight. I'm not complaining, but it's always like, "Really?”

How are you handling the fellas now that your star is rising?
I'm still trying to figure out how I'm handling that [laughs]. I'm single and I date. You want to make sure that you are dating someone who likes you for you and not just so he can say, "I'm dating one of the girls from Deal Or No Deal.”

How can you tell if a guy is into you or simply wanting you to be his Deal Or No Deal wanton?
I go with my instincts. A guy who calls you during the day instead of just at night. A guy who takes you to lunch instead of to the club. You cannot just text message me and expect me to stop everything I'm doing to hang out with you at the club. Be a gentleman.

You did a revealing KING spread and dropped your clothes on Crash. Seems like you're at home in the buff.
Yeah, I am. I'm really comfortable. I don't know if it is because I was a dancer growing up, but [nudity] is almost liberating. People are going to say what they wanna say. I have read good things and bad things about me. It's like, whatever, here I am.

Your willingness to show some skin would come in handy for your Pam Grier fantasy project.
My dream. They can't hire another actress to play her. First of all, I don't even know who would do it. Second of all, I would find that girl and…get her out of the country [laughs].

How does a 25-year-old woman get put on to Cleopatra Jones anyway?
Netflix is so dope. Those are my absolute favorite movies and it is so hot to remake them. She is strong, intelligent and stands on her own two feet. She uses her sex appeal in order to get justice. She is the baddest woman that ever was.—La'Juanda Knight / Photography by Dimitry Loiseau / Hair & Makeup by Valerie Noble / Styling by Pegah Sasani


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Hayley's first KING apperance