Seven Questions: Alison Haislip, G4/'Attack of the Show' Correspondent
G4/Attack of the Show correspondent Alison Haislip
Today's subject is Alison Haislip.
Alison Haislip is a native of New Jersey who left the cold winters of the East Coast for Los Angeles after graduating from Boston College with a BA in Theatre Arts. This former Ford Model has been acting since she was 12, performing in numerous works ranging from films and television shows to music videos and plays, including the hit show Pieces(of Ass) which she rocked out for in both Los Angeles at the Roxy and Las Vegas at the Joint.
Alison's film credits include: Wasted, The Indian, Into The Arms of Strangers, Indigo Hearts and The Donner Party. She can be seen weekdays at 7pm on G4 serving as a correspondent for "Attack of the Show".
When Alison isn't attacking the show, you can find her playing video games. She likes playing "Peggle" when she only has a few minutes but on the rare occasion when she has three hours to spare she's playing "Left 4 Dead" or "Left 4 Dead 2" on her XBOX 360. She admits, "I just love killing zombies. I think it might be a problem of mine."
Alison took time out from her gaming and telling her 30,000 Twitter followers how Hollywood she is to chat with LAist about life before G4, food trucks, fans, Super Bowl parties and much more.
1) You were discovered by a G4 employee while working as a bartender. Where were you working? Did you think the guy was lying to you?
I was working at the Third Stop which is a beer and wine bar on Third Street across the street from Cedar Sinai. It's still one of my favorite bars to go. I go there all the time. Actually I started working at the bar because I was a regular there. I became friends with the people who worked there and one day they asked me, 'Do you want to work here?' I said 'Yeah, totally.'
I didn't think he was lying because he came in with one of my regulars. It was my regular who introduced us -- 'Chris, you should know Alison, she's a big video game geek,' and 'Alison, this is Chris. He works for G4.'
I don't think Chris believed me at first. He definitely was quizzing me over the bar on so many different things. The more beers that we got into, the better the conversation became. Once I finally convinced him, he told me I should come in for a meeting.
2) What were some other jobs you had during your early years in LA?
I have the pleasure of working on not one but two Cheesecake Factories. Although, I use the word 'pleasure' very loosely. I have been a hostess at so many restaurants. I was a bottle service girl at a nightclub in Hollywood for a while. That's when I felt very Hollywood. Clubs aren't really my scene to begin with. I remember thinking 'How am I doing this?' but the money is so good, it's hard to knock it. I had some fun moments there, got to see my fair share of wasted celebrities.
3) What's been your favorite moment so far working for G4?
On the show, it probably was my 87eleven stunt package where I got to kill multiple ninjas and look like a freakin' rock star. That was definitely my favorite on-camera moment that I've had. Also, I feel like just becoming a part of the G4 family has been rad. There's not many other places in the country, or on the planet where going to work consists of talking comic books. We also have video game systems in our lobby, so on lunch break we go and play video games.
4) I used to work in Miracle Mile, where the G4 offices are located, so I know that there aren't a whole lot of places to grab lunch in that area. What's your favorite spot for lunch in Miracle Mile?
Within the last three months the food trucks have taken over. That strip of Wilshire from 11 to 2 is just covered in lunch trucks. The trucks are so hip now, they found the perfect location because you're exactly right -- there's hardly anything over here. The only place to eat is Marie Calendar's, Baja Fresh and Koo Koo Roo.
Which is your favorite food truck?
Green Truck. It's all organic. I know, I sound very hippie right now but they have these incredible salads that I really like. And I'm not normally a salad person, so that's saying a lot. I really like that truck. I think, overall though, there's too many for me to keep track of.
I was at a food truck the other day and someone came up to me and said, 'Alison I love you on the show.' I just assumed he worked in the building because they have the TVs everywhere and you have to watch. So I asked him, 'Do you work in the building?' and he said 'No, I work across the street, I'm just a fan.' I didn't expect to meet a fan literally in front of the building.
5) Speaking of fans, what's one of your favorite interactions you've ever had with a fan?
One of the most surprising interactions I've ever had with a fan happened while I was inside N'ice Cream, the gelato place in Venice. The girl behind the counter who might have been about 16 or 17 years-old just about had a heart attack when I walked into the door. She said to me 'Oh my God! I recognize you from Attack of the Show!' My reaction was, 'Are you sure? You're a chick! I'm pretty sure you don't watch our show.' She told me she watches the show with her brother. She was so excited to meet me. That was really flattering because 98% of my fans are guys so to find a girl who's a true fan was really nice.
6) You have over 30,000 followers on Twitter. How many replies or mentions do you think you get a day? Do you read all of them?
I actually do make it a point to read every single mention that I get. Obviously I don't have a perfect batting average on that, but I'm pretty damn close. Even if I write the dumbest thing, I'll get at least, like 30 to 60 responses. If I write something that people have dubbed 'hysterical' I'll get like 300 responses or so. I actually take the time to do that, I obviously have no life.
7) You are a big football fan, your colleague Blaire Herter is a huge Saints fan and your birthday is the day before the Super Bowl. How much are you looking forward to this weekend?
This weekend is just going to be epic for me. The Super Bowl is probably my favorite sporting event of all time.
Do you enjoy going to Super Bowl parties here in LA? Do you find that they lack people who actually care about football?
Yes and that's unfortunate. That's why I only go to parties where I know the people are true football fans and that they will allow me to watch the commercials. The commercials are totally a big part of the Super Bowl and I hate it when people talk through them.
Follow Alison on Twitter and send her a Happy Birthday on Saturday, she'll definitely read it.