Believe it or not, Sharon Leal's off-the-market status is a good thing. No, really. Prior to her wedding bells, the Tucson, Arizona-bred actress was no easy catch. Prospective suitors needed the resolve of a Jehovah's Witness even to approach the future Hollywood player, an angelic vision who served more rejections than Marcus Camby. A real daddy's girl, Leal's first date didn't come until age 17, and that guy still went through hell. "My father had a habit of doing background checks,â€ says the black-Filipino mashup. See, you wouldn't have been in the running anyway.
Your mother is Filipino and your father is African-American. Thanks for not making up ethnicities like "Cablinasian.â€
When I was growing up, there weren't too many kids that looked like me in the States. I lived with my mom, who remarried to another Asian man, so people would be confused on first sight. "Did that Asian family adopt that little black girl?â€ I always had to explain what my mix was.
And now you're wrapped in a scarf getting the red carpet treatment. Did our photographer at least leave the heat on?
It was pretty painless. We had four setups, and it went smoothly. I had one in a short sweater dress; I was pretty conservative, with the exception of one outfit. I'm not really the girl with her booty to the camera, but we got some sexy shots. I was happy with what I was able to see.
Advice: You can see more with fewer clothes on. Remember that. Even dressed, though, your frame is picture-perfect.
I'm definitely not the skinny-ankled girl. I kickbox, so I have stronger legs than the average woman. A lot of it is genes; my mom has naturally muscular legs, so I have that going for me, and the kickboxing helps.
With all the Tae Bo you're doing, who has better stemsâ€”you or BeyoncÃ©?
I'll say hers. She's getting way more mileage out of them.--Jerry Barrow