The Hoff fancies our Lucy

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 13:10 09/01/2011
 David Hasselhoff
MARK TAYLOR
DO NOT HASSLE: David Hasselhoff is swamped by the crowd at Mt Maunganui.

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The Hoff had the hots for Xena.

Baywatch cult hero David Hasselhoff has told how he once tried to chat up Kiwi actress Lucy Lawless, sexy star of Xena: Warrior Princess.

"I chased Lucy Lawless one night and she said, `I waited tables on you 10 years ago'. I laughed my butt off, because now she's a big star," Hasselhof told Sunday News.

"I knew she was from New Zealand and God, she looks pretty in person."

Lawless was a teenage part-time waitress in Parnell, Auckland, when Hasselhoff – then the star of the hit TV show Knight Rider – visited New Zealand in 1986.

When the pair next met, in America during the mid-90s, he was headlining Baywatch – the most-watched TV show in the world, with over 1.1 billion viewers.

She was named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" by People magazine after steaming up the small screen as Xena. Hasselhoff failed to win Lawless' heart, but, even at 58, he still had an eye for the ladies earlier this week on his latest visit here to promote a new ice cream.

"One girl was sitting next to me and I asked her what she did.

"She was a singer, so I thought, `Maybe we should do a duet together, about an old guy and you being too young for me' – I could pull that off," he laughed.

"But she was beautiful and if I never see her again, I'll always remember how real she was."

Hasselhoff said he was taken with how natural Kiwi girls are.

"They're not like all the girls today, there's no make-up, no `look at me', just real.

"They reminded me of my daughters, they reminded me of real cool California girls and they're different. There are a lot of different races mixed together – it's really exotic."

And The Hoff knows his ladies. After 11 years on Baywatch, he has worked with some of the most famous beauties on TV. But don't ask him to pick just one. "There were so many girls on the show. They were favourites for different reasons. My favourite to work with was Alexandra Paul. She was a triathlete, she could swim, she could act, she worked for Greenpeace and she used her celebrity in a real positive way.

"Yasmine Bleeth was probably the most exotically beautiful.

"But the one that I'm still really close to is Gena Lee Nolin because she was this tall Fargo girl, typical, absolute knockout."

And what about the most famous owner of the red swimsuit?

"Pamela Anderson was just adorable. We are still close friends."

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