Gena Lee Nolin is an Author, TV Personality, Actress, Model and Healthy Living Advocate. Best known for her time on time on Baywatch, she is in production for the reboot and accompanying documentary due in late 2022. Gena’s foray into the world of health and wellness came in the form of her first book, Beautiful: Inside and Out, published by Simon & Schuster. It was an in-depth, personal look at Gena’s 20-year long struggle with a misdiagnosed thyroid disease, marriage, motherhood, and relationships. The book became a New York Times Best Seller and was rated the number one health book by Barnes and Noble that year. Gena is in the process of writing her second book. She has signed with Gerrish MedEsthetics as their spokeswoman in a four-year deal. Gena has become an international health and wellness through her social media channels for ‘Thyroid Sexy’ and her own personal accounts, with over 350k followers across Facebook and Instagram.
A long supporter of charity work, Gena makes the time to work with a number of local and international causes. Throughout the year, Gena and her family volunteer at homeless shelters throughout the Phoenix and Los Angeles areas. She has gone on to raise awareness for mental illness with the ‘Imperfectly perfect’ campaign, supports Save The Children Foundation and traveled to a Kosovo Army base to entertain US Army troops stationed there. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation named Gena the ‘2007 Honorary Woman of Distinction.’ As an animal advocate, Gena has done work with PETA on a campaign against the use of animal testing, as well as working with Remembering Wildlife for several years.
A native of Duluth, Minnesota, Gena’s family moved to Las Vegas her senior year of high school. At the recommendation of friends, she entered and won the Miss Las Vegas contest. She quickly caught the attention of several modeling agencies, having won the Ford Agency and Elite Agency regional ‘Look of the Year’ contest and Miss Barbizon USA national title. As luck would have it, she answered an ad in the paper for the CBS’ The Price is Right and became a showcase model. Gena would go on to appear on Daytime series The Young and The Restless and Bold and The Beautiful. Gena would go from the ‘girl next door’ to the ‘girl seen around the world’ after she was cast to play ‘Neely’ on Baywatch for four seasons. She would go on to the TV series Sheena: Queen of the Jungle.
Gena has made numerous guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Howard Stern, Regis & Kelly, Extra!, The Sharon Osborn Show, and The Doctors.
Gena Lee is happily married to former NHL hockey player Cale Hulse. They divide their time between Los Angeles and Scottsdale, Arizona, raising their three children along the way.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Gena Lee Nolin, an exceptionally talented Author, Actress, Model, TV Personality, and Healthy Living Advocate here she talks about her fitness routine, her diet, and her success story.
You were born in Duluth, Minnesota, US, and later moved to Las Vegas for your senior year of high school. Early in life you entered and won the Miss Las Vegas contest that caught the attention of several modeling agencies, you won the Ford Agency and Elite Agency regional ‘Look of the Year’ contest and Miss Barbizon USA national title. This propelled your acting and modeling career to the height where you have been at the top of the world as an actress and as a glamour model. Tell us more about this journey of hard work, tenacity, and endurance?
Gena Lee Nolin:
I knew at an early age I wanted to be in California. I had won a few beauty contests, but ultimately wanted to be on the west coast. At the time, I didn’t have any money and I didn’t know anyone there, but when you don’t have anything you have nothing to lose. That was my attitude. That’s what thrusted me towards LA.
You appeared on the Daytime series The Young and The Restless and Bold and The Beautiful. You went to become from the ‘girl next door to the ‘girl seen around the world’ after you were cast to play ‘Neely’ on Baywatch for four seasons. Tell us more about these exceptional years as an actress and glam diva of television?
Gena Lee Nolin:
I was actually cast on [CBS’] The Price Is Right as a Barker Beauty on CBS soundstage 33. Across from us was stage 31 which housed the The Young and the Restless and stage 32, The Bold and the Beautiful. As luck would have it, whenever they needed a model or actress, they would come over to stage 33 to fill spots and I ended up their go-to girl. That was my first time ever acting. My first scene was with Vivica Fox actually. I was star struck during the scene! My intent was never to be an actress. Showing microwave ovens and cabin cruisers felt like I had hit the jackpot at the time. I was totally fine being on The Price Is Right.
I didn’t have an agent when I booked my first parts. I got the show, then I got an agent, after that I became part of the union [SAG], and finally ended up Y&R and B&B.
You are a world-leading media personality, Instagram star, model, actress, author, TV personality, Healthy living advocate, and brand ambassador. How do you manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle?
Gena Lee Nolin:
Time management is key when you have children just as busy as you are. You have to be mindful of everyone’s feelings and emotions. One kid’s hockey tournament is just as important as another one’s tournament. Yet I have to try to find my balance between work and parenting. It’s navigating around my kids. I’m at a busy time in life when everyone in my family is busy with their lives. The balance for me is taking time for myself. I need to give 100% in what I do.
What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you may wish to share?
Gena Lee Nolin:
I’m an avid walker. Could I jog? Sure, I might as well be. I walk faster than my cross country jogging friends. I also lift light weights and do Pilates. I think what you eat is the most important factor. It’s 85% of keeping in shape and staying healthy – what you put in you shapes what the rest of you will be.
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