Krista Allen has made a significant mark in the entertainment industry with her talent and beauty. She currently stars as A-lister "Jennifer Bell" on The CW’s critically acclaimed TV series "The L.A. Complex." Krista is perhaps best known for her memorable performances in projects such as "Anger Management" opposite Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, ABC's "What About Brian," NBC's "Days of our Lives," her break out role in "Liar Liar" with Jim Carrey and "Final Destination 4" which earned $186 million worldwide - making it the highest grossing installment in the franchise.
Krista received enormous recognition starring as the underdog hero, "Tuffy," in the Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Project Greenlight Production of "Feast." She was also well received in the film "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" opposite Sam Rockwell and on the HBO series "Unscripted" created by George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh about struggling actors trying to make it in Hollywood.
Additional television credits for the actress include recurring roles on "Dirty Sexy Money" (ABC), "The Philanthropist" (NBC) and "The Starter Wife" (USA Network) as well as numerous guest starring appearances on programs such as "Arli$" (HBO), "CSI" (CBS), "Spin City" (ABC), "Charmed" (The WB), "Smallville" (The CW), "Just Shoot Me" (NBC), "Frasier" (NBC), "Two and a Half Men"(CBS), "Monk" (USA Network) and "Life Unexpected" (The CW).
Away from the television and film studios, Krista stays active with charities such as Children of the Night, the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Planet Hope, the Bailey House, and P.E.T.A. She speaks regularly at functions that help women affected by domestic violence and organizations that support young men and women who are trying to break into the entertainment industry. Krista is an animal activist and promotes many groups that are consciously working towards bringing awareness to animal cruelty. She has been a vegan for 5 years and has made a name for herself by "veganizing" recipes that would otherwise include meat.
In 2008, Krista became a licensed yoga instructor and often teaches privately to many of her celebrity friends, industry professionals as well as those in Mixed Martial Arts. She is also an avid surfer, paddle boarder and a fan of S.U.P YOGA (stand up paddle board yoga). Krista currently reviews and blogs all types of products for OM Magazine and recently became a contributing writer for One Green Planet.
After a self imposed hiatus from acting, Krista is back on TV in the CW’s second season of "The L.A. Complex" playing "Jennifer Bell," an A-list movie star who is fighting to stay relevant in Hollywood by all means necessary. "The L.A. Complex" has received glowing reviews since it debuted in America in May 2012.
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I have always loved story telling and characters. When I was little, I was obsessed with SNL. I would spend hours making up skits or pretending to be Gilda Radner. I loved Roseanne Roseannadanna. I found that I could make people laugh and smile in the midst of hard times. I think Gilda Radner was very important to my inspiration as well as Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball. I thought (and still think) they are amazing.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? I could list so many names. I think the Cohen Brothers are brilliant across the board, and I love everything they do with their characters. It's wonderful to see the darkness in comedy and have those "OH MY GOD!" awkward and hilarious moments. It's just like life! When you can see the hidden humor in ironic circumstance in the most uncomfortable moments, things are never as bad as they seem.
3. What do you identify most with about your character "Jennifer Bell" on the WB's "The LA Complex"? Well, my character, "Jennifer," has been a top grossing A list actress for years...that's not something I am familiar with, but I have seen the perils of that status first hand by people in my life. The thing I can identify with is the fact that Jennifer is a woman who feels as though she is fighting against the ever-ticking clock of relevancy. There's a saying, "You're only as good as your last project."... I think the only amendment I would make to that is, "You're only as 'relevant' as your last project."... "Jennifer" has had a few bombs in succession, and the 20 year olds don't know who she is anymore. So she hires a hot, young newly discovered TV actor, played by Jonathan Patrick Moore to "be her boyfriend." I think for me, although I am not in the frame of mind to track down a 20-something up & comer to sign a confidentiality agreement to be my fake boyfriend, I can relate to those insecure moments.
4. From 1996-1999 you starred as "Billie Reed" on "Days of Our Lives." Looking back, what did you enjoy most about this time in your life? What did you learn about acting from being on a soap opera? It was a blessing to be on DOOL. I loved the cast and crew, and it was on those stages at NBC in Burbank that I was given the tool of learning mass quantities of lines to perform the next day. The only saving grace was that I pretty much said the same thing over and over for a few months, so it wasn't as overwhelming as I originally thought it would be. DOOL was and always will be where I hypothetically took off my training wheels and learned to ride the acting bike....sometimes with no hands! Weeeeee!
5. You are also the host of Veggie Boom Boom, a blog dedicated to the vegan lifestyle, specifically a plant based diet. What made you want to start this venture? I have been a vegan for about 5 years. The choice is my personal belief that the quality of life of animals, or all living things for that matter, should be respected. I have a hard time thinking about the conditions that most of the meat and dairy industry keep their food sources living in. I think everyone WANTS to do his or her part, but it comes down to supply and demand and price point. Many restaurants and suppliers simply can't make a profit on range/cage free, no hormone or antibiotic product. However, I believe that if more people cared about what actually goes on with those animals, the prices would drop and more people would start to support the eco-friendly and humane farms. I think that would be a great start to learning about a more kind way of living, and ultimately would create a healthier society. If an animal is in fear and has a miserably tortured life, and then that animal is eaten, there is an energy that is taken in by the consumer. I bet if everyone just started cutting back on their meat and dairy consumption and ate responsibly; there would be a huge shift in consciousness...and a much healthier group of Americans!
6. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I have learned that I love entertaining people. For me, being an actor and stepping into so many different characters has been fantastic healing for the parts of me that I didn't want to look at early on, or the parts of me that I was hiding that were actually amazing and strong that I didn't even know I had! Funny thing, it's all in there. Always was. I just needed to choose to own it. And that's the beauty of life! Acting has been a sort of therapeutic crow bar for many feelings and emotions that I might never have tapped into. I was so happy to get the call to play "Jennifer Bell" on "The L.A. Complex." I had been away from the screen for a few years doing some of my own "seeing-the-hidden-humor-in-ironic-circumstance" and the job came as I was finally laughing with myself. I got the job on my birthday. I like to call it my RE-birth-day!
7. What's the best advice you've ever received? "Let go and Let God."...That's it. That's the biggest and truest, and also the scariest and most vulnerable advice ever. It's like playing that game of "Trust me" with friends as a kid, where you fall backwards with your eyes closed and just have faith and trust that the person standing behind is going to catch you. Only now, as an adult, I get to play that game with God. He always catches me, all I have to do is choose to allow myself to let go and trust.
8. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I would dream of my family members that have passed on. My grandparents on both sides, my cousin who recently died of an overdose, My step dad who took his life 12 years ago, my great aunts and uncles...and the ones I never met too. I'd like to visit them in my dreams and tell them thank you for watching over me and my son....Okay, and I might need to create a little dream about Dean Martin singing to me in Vegas, too. And I guess Frank and Sammy could be there as well.
9. Favorite way to spend your day off? I am a yoga lover and a surfer girl. So I get to the beach a lot. I hang out with my son and marvel at what an amazing person he is at 15. I play with my dogs and have lots of laughs with my friends doing game nights or watching movies and cooking dinner at home or going out to a fun girls night dinner.
10. Favorite way to stay in shape? Well, that would be yoga and surfing again...but I am starting pilates soon with my dear friend Kelley Electa. She just got certified, and she has told me that she is going to kick my bootie. @KelleyElectra
11. Favorite designer? My favorite designer is Tiffany Parros from LTR Brands. She is truly a genuis when it comes to designing for women’s bodies. Everything, and I mean everything, she makes is soft, sexy and feminine. She is 100% eco-friendly which makes it even cooler to wear.