Hair Apparent

Jaclyn Smith on the success of Bravo’s Shear Genius, her Angel years and the quest to gain more inner strength

BY Greg Archer

June 23 2008 12:00 AM ET

Do you still catch certain episodes? Well, I haven’t lately. But when I visit mom, she will be watching it, and memories flood back. No matter how long ago it was, what was going on was very distinctive to that day, that shoot. It’s very hard to get reacquainted with the past, but when I watch the show it puts me there in a very clear way.

Any favorites episodes, because that cliffhanger toward the end of the series’ run -- the one where Kelly’s car flips over in midair -- was pretty amazing. That’s one of my favorites too.

Yeah? Yeah. Because I always liked it when I was called upon to do something emotive, and as I recall, that show was very emotional.

Although, out of all the Angels, I think Kelly’s story lines always went a bit deeper, you know? I think they put me as the emotional one. And I am in real life. I am a very emotional girl.

Well, you have a big gay following too. It’s wonderful. You can only be appreciative and grateful to loyal fans, who appreciate your work. There could be nothing better. It’s a validation, and it’s a great feeling.

So what’s the best advice you’ve been given? Certainly, to be true to yourself and never sacrifice your values. And to live beyond yourself. It certainly gives you a better life when you learn to see the bigger picture -- live beyond yourself, face your fear, don’t hide from it, go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. You can’t just shy away from things that scare you because it bites you back. I say, when you run from the dogs, they come after you. But when you place your hand down toward their chin, they’re yours. It’s like me going into business. People said, “What are you doing? Why are you doing that?” But it’s been terrific. And it’s opened up a whole new world. I am always one to say, “Don’t be afraid, go toward it.”

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve been learning about yourself lately? Oh, my! [Laughs] Hmm. Some of them are so personal, you know? I love to laugh, but that’s not the one I really want to tell you. It’s that I know my strong points and my weak points very clearly now. As you get older, you do know that. Before, you didn’t identify why you did some of things you did. I think I’ve learned that I need to be stronger, and I can’t tell you quite why, but I am very emotional. I need to be stronger, that’s all. I take everything to heart. I wear my heart on my sleeve, and I think sometimes I’m overly sensitive. I wish I could tell you more, but I don’t know if I want it in print. [Laughs]

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