Tricia Helfer On Working Hard, Playing Fair, and Overcoming Obstacles, Including Herself

Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What inspires you?

Tricia Helfer: I am inspired when I see goodness in other people. I am inspired by hard work and honesty. And I am inspired by nature.

RP: What is the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life?

TH: I think sometimes the hardest obstacle is yourself. I can certainly be my own worst critic and oftentimes forget to enjoy the here and now. Physically, the hardest obstacle I have overcome was severe back issues. [This] resulted in finally getting surgery to replace four discs, which changed my life back to active—which is how I am happiest.

RP: How do you stay healthy?

TH: I have always been physically active. I grew up a tomboy and [was] into sports, so staying active is something that I enjoy. I get antsy and annoyed if I am sedentary too long. I mix up exercise—yoga, Pilates, hiking, running, and weights. I also eat well. I do not eat meat or poultry—have not since I was eighteen. I eat vegetarian. I am just drawn to clean eating, and although I do not deprive myself of sweets or French fries once in a while, my body just feels better if I give it good fuel to work with.

RP: What’s the best advice you could give someone about life?

TH: Well, I am still learning, myself, but I guess I would say to be aware of what is around you. Do not expect anything; there is more to be gained by earning it. Work hard, play fair, be kind to all living creatures, and take a moment to just sit back and breathe.

RP: What projects are you currently working on?

TH: I filmed a movie called Isolation earlier this year and did a couple small comedy bits on Con Man and Key & Peele. Predominantly, though, I have been working to try and get a project going—a series of books that I love. Dark and twisted, but [it] would be oh-so-much-fun to play. So I have been working behind the scenes a lot this year. Looking forward to hopefully bringing this character to the screen soon.

Tricia Helfer is an actor and model. She’s featured in Battlestar Galactica, Razor, Suits, and Dark Blue.

PHOTO: Russell Baer

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