Live with Regis and Kathie Lee on October 5, 1999
Regis: Best known for her role on tv as the crime solving psychologist on Profiler. Now of course she has left that show and is moving on the big screen in a big way- Here's Ally Walker... Ally!
Hello's are exchanged (ps... you can REALLY tell how tall Ally is next to R&KL!)
R: Ally, ally, ally... you know that many people don't walk away from a hit tv show and start a movie career.
Ally: No, I know.
R: But you did!
A: Yeah. Uh, I really liked doing the show and I had a lot of fun, but as an actor, you want to do different things and Profiler was a very intense show and the character was extremely intense.
KL: And the hours were long, you had a newborn at the time...
A: Yeah. I had a newborn... the first year I was pregnant, and then I had my son, and it's just like- it's 12 to 18 hours a day...
KL: It changes everything.
A: And it just takes over....
KL: And you don't want to miss those years. You never get them back.
A: No. It's really great, now.
R: So making a movie takes time too!
KL: But it's isolated time.
A: It's only like a month to three months at a time. I take my son with me all of the time- I have a really good nanny, so they go with me to the trailer. They went with me every day on Profiler- but now that's he's 2, and he's going to be 3, and going to go to school, we need to have a life together, where I can take him to school.
KL: Good for you...
A: It's really important for me.
KL: Otherwise, you'll pay for it later...
A: You do.
KL: And he does- he pays for it big time.
R: So he's two years old now?
R: So are these really the terrible twos?
A: (laughing) He's a really sweet little boy- but my son, he's become- he's very verbal. He's always been very berbal from a young age.
KL: Unusual for boys...
A: I know! But he'll say (imitating) "We should not do that mama- we should not do that!" Or we go to the doctor, and he says "Dr. Jay is not a good guy- Dr. Jay is not a good guy!"
R: So any changes in his life- has he- some boys get physical early on...
: Yeah! He's hitting! He hits me! His little friend Augie hit him at school the other day, and so now he's been hitting. He's been hitting mama, doesn't hit daddy...
KL: Smart boy.
A: Very smart when it comes to his father... but he's- he's throwing things. It's really amazing- it's genetic. They're boys. I mean, he doesn't want to play with dolls. He wants to play with trucks, he wants to throw things, and run around screaming. He's just turning into a little boy. It's really wonderful. He's not a baby anymore. But... It seems like... I tired all of the time!
KL: You think being an actress is tough!
A: It's like- you wanna quit hitting me? I wanna get another series and get out of the house! (laughing) no, just kidding.
R: We're going to pause and come back and talk about Happy, Texas.
R: So, tell me about yourself Ally Walker. You've got quite a background. You studied biology?
A: I studied biology...
R: Genetic biology?
A: I got my degree in chemistry and biology, and was working at a genetic engineering firm and I almost blew up the lab. So, it was like maybe this isn't the thing I should be doing... and I so I traveled around the world for a bit, and came back and got seen in a restaurant in LA, when I was trying to get into UCLA med school.
KL: Now did you believe the person when they originally asked you?
A: No! I was with my boyfriend at the time, who was an actor, and he said "No! This IS a legit film!" and actually this person also found Tia Carerra in Hawaii and we were both in this little film.
R: So these things do happen!
R: In a restaurant in the UCLA hospital?
A: No. I was in LA on business- I had an interview for UCLA and I was in this restaurant, just having dinner and a lot of fun, and this guy just came up to me and said "You've got a funny way, would you be interested in auditioning for this film?" And I was like "Yeah- right- whatever" and my boyfriend was like hitting me and was whispering "No, no- he's real, he's real!" So I was like "sure- okay" and I got the movie.
R: What was it called?
A: Aloha, Summer.
R: I saw that movie!
A: No you didn't! (laughing)
R: I did! I don't remember seeing you though
A: Because I ended up on the cutting room floor!
KL: But it was enough to give you a start!
A: I got my start. Then I was a Clairol Girl, then I got a soap opera, then I just kept working. I mean, I have had some dry spells, but really, I've been working consistently for twelve years.
R: Good for you! Then came Profiler on Prime Time, and now the movie career begins!
KL: Happy Texas, a qwirky movie!
R: Typical Miramax film, different- eccentric!
KL: Great performances!
R: Why don't you explain...
A: It's about these two guys who- two convicts- who escape from prison and steal this winnebago that belongs to these two gay beauty pageant throwers- so they roll into Happy, Texas...
KL: Work with her here!
A: It could happen (laughing), So they roll into Happy, Texas, where this beauty pageant is supposed to take place and we all think- I'm the banker of the town, sort of the responsible one- anyway we all think that they are the gay beauty pageant throwers. It's really a sweet little movie. It's a great comedy. All these people come to find out, through these two guys, who they really are. Do you have a clip?
R: Yes we do... (sets up clip)
R: Lots going on in this movie!
A: It's a great movie!
R: Good to see you again!
A: Thank you!
END of INTERVIEW