Val­ley of the Sun: Gena Lee Nolin

Ac­tress, model and au­thor Gena Lee Nolin on act­ing, her fa­vorite spots around the Val­ley and more.

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Val­ley res­i­dent Gena Lee Nolin is mul­ti­tal­ented. She’s an ac­tress known for her tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances on “The Price is Right,” “Bay­watch” (Neely) and “Sheena” (Sheena); a model; and an au­thor (“Beau­ti­ful In­side and Out— Con­quer­ing Thy­roid Dis­ease with a Healthy Happy ‘ Thy­roid Sexy’ Life”)— as well as a wife and mom. Here, she shares her sum­mer tips, her fa­vorite Val­ley spots, and what she’s do­ing now.

As a cast mem­ber on “Bay­watch,” you spent a lot of time at the beach. Any sum­mer tips you picked up?

I never go in the sun with­out my Neu­tro­gena face and body SPF. Also, wear a big beach hat— it’s stylish and keeps your face pro­tected. Al­ways carry breath mints—you never know when you'll have to save a life.

Are you ex­cited for this sum­mer’s “Bay­watch” movie?

I'm ex­cited they fi­nally got it made. It's been a long jour­ney, with sev­eral dif­fer­ent writ­ers, tweaking the story, di­rec­tion and find­ing the right comedic di­rec­tor. The A-list cast was def­i­nitely a game-changer—Steven Spiel­berg knows what he wants and gets it. I'm hon­ored to be a part of some­thing so iconic. The red suit lives on!

How in­volved were you with the movie?

I feel like my char­ac­ter, played by Priyanka Cho­pra, was per­fec­tion! She por­trayed Neely Cap­shaw as the ul­ti­mate bad girl with a twist of honey. She’s smart, mys­te­ri­ous, and oh so bad!

What do you miss most about play­ing Neely?

I can't be­lieve I'm say­ing this, but I miss the abil­ity to play an ab­so­lute b*tch, and get paid for do­ing it! I re­mem­ber the pro­duc­ers send­ing me home with movies to il­lus­trate what they wanted from Neely. I was ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fied, be­cause all I wanted to do was sew cur­tains for my apart­ment and or­der take­out. That's a tad far from bad.

What are you up to now?

I've been host­ing, which I love. I'm also read­ing com­edy scripts. I have a quirky, fun side most peo­ple don't see. I love mak­ing up­tight peo­ple laugh. I think it's hi­lar­i­ous to say some­thing in­ap­pro­pri­ate for a price­less re­ac­tion. Life is far too short not to laugh!

You are an ad­vo­cate for thy­roid health. Why is this so im­por­tant to you?

My thy­roid ad­vo­cacy is some­thing near and dear to me. I wrote a book, "Beau­ti­ful In­side & Out," in which I share my life­long jour­ney with Hashimoto's dis­ease. It's im­por­tant that I help oth­ers who are strug­gling by shar­ing the knowl­edge that I've al­ready ac­quired. My Thy­roid Sexy Face­book page is a great way for men and women around the world to get help and sup­port.

What do you love most about liv­ing in the Val­ley?

I love that I can be in L. A. in an hour, and I love the in­cred­i­ble restau­rants and this weather. And, my kids go to amazing schools and have qual­ity friends here. There's a sense of com­mu­nity with other fam­i­lies through sports and ac­tiv­i­ties that I love. This will al­ways be home base for us!

Any fa­vorite spots?

The Fair­mont Scotts­dale Princess is num­ber one for its sea­sonal fes­tiv­i­ties. That's also where I work­out and en­joy the Well & Be­ing Spa. I get my Hy­draFa­cials at In­side Out, and all der­ma­tol­o­gist pro­ce­dures from Al­li­son Wood­worth and Trina Rae at Re­genix Med­i­cal Cen­ter. If I'm not at any of those places, you'll see me hik­ing Pin­na­cle Peak.

How about restau­rants?

I'm ve­gan so I can eat al­most any­where, but my fa­vorites would be Kale & Clover, Flower Child and True Food Kitchen. All home runs!

Where’s one place you al­ways like to take peo­ple when they visit you?

I think the most beau­ti­ful place to take our out-oftown-guests for dinner is Sanc­tu­ary Camel­back Moun­tain. The views, the food and the rooms are one-of-a-kind.

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