TERI POLO: SHE'S NOT A HOOTCHIE
BY DIANE BARONI
Executive Editor, Moviecrazed
When I profiled Teri Polo for Interview
Magazine in 2000, I was impressed by how unpretentious she was--no
attitude whatsoever. Polo's proof that you don't have to play the
starlet game to succeed. --D.B.
Teri Polo was called to go to New York to do a screen test for "Meet
the Parents," the new Robert De NiroBen Stiller comedy,
she was in full witch costume in the kitchen. It was Halloween 1999,
and Polo and her husband had turned their L.A. place into a haunted
house. The whole neighborhood was there, hanging out.
"The producers wanted me to fly out that same night. I was
in complete and utter shock," the thirty-one-year-old recalls.
Somehow she made in onto the red-eye and read for the part, and
soon was on set trading lines with two big-time players. Polo, whose
first acting gig was on the ABC daytime soap "Loving,"
moved from New York to Hollywood five years ago and says it took
some getting used to.
"You know, the big breasts, hot car thingthe kind of
thing I fondly refer to as Hootchieville. When I first got out here
I tried dressing like a hootchie. I tried acting like a hootchie,
but it didnt work. I guess Im just not a hootchie at