|Toks Olagundoye of 'The Neighbors': 23 Things You Don't Know|
|ABC News||Sep 20, 2013, 9:00 AM|
(Image Credit: Jeff Gottlieb; Courtesy JDSPR)
Toks Olagundoye plays the matriarch of an alien family on ABC's sitcom " The Neighbors," which has its season premiere tonight at 8:30 (7:30 CT). Olagundoye's character, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, tries to learn the ins and outs of life on Earth. (Take the scene where she mimics reality-TV housewives in an attempt to blend in). The Nigerian-born actress gets candid about what's she's like when the cameras aren't rolling:
1. I'm an avid shoe fan. I got my first pair of Louboutins as a birthday gift from Jami Gertz.
2. I am scared of and really want nothing to do with other people's feet.
3. I was a strawberry blonde for more than 10 years.
4. The first band I saw was Guns N Roses, my favorite band at the time, at Wembley Stadium.
5. I was a musical theatre geek in high school and college.
6. I have a very, VERY dark sense of humor (that's the Norwegian half).
7. I truly believe that dogs are a (wo)man's best friend and that doggies should be rescued and treated like four-legged children.
8. I have written one fan letter in my entire life; it was during my freshman year to recording artist Jeff Buckley.
9. I have named three of my cars after Eddie Vedder.
10. I don't believe in paying full price for clothing.
11. I'm a "twaddict" - horribly and without a doubt addicted to Twitter.
12. I was a hostess at Sushi Samba in New York City, Red O in Hollywood and Boa in West Hollywood.
13. My first piece of furniture in my L.A. apartment was a Pier One bean bag chair, which I slept on for a week before borrowing an air-mattress from a friend. I then slept on said air mattress for a year before finally investing in an Ikea mattress. It was another year before I could finally afford a bed frame.
14. I have always wanted to play: a Bond girl, Catwoman, a Charlie's Angel and an alien (check), and wanted to be involved in any remakes of "Weird Science" (Kelly LeBrock) or "9 to 5? (Jane Fonda).
15. As a teen, my female idols were Winona Ryder and Michelle Pfeiffer.
16. I used to do a lot of background work and can be seen in several episodes of "Sex & The City."
17. I am a diehard Bruce Willis fan (get it?).
18. I have a nose and navel piercing.
19. My mother forbade me from getting any tattoos until I was 18. … Of course I got my first one as soon as I could after that birthday and subsequently got four more.
20. I stopped eating red meat when I was 16.
21. I don't t drink coffee, but I'm a tea addict.
22. I suffer from vertigo (which is not a fear of heights - use your Google, people).
23. I dropped out of my last semester at Smith to be in New York for the rigorous call-back process of replacing Daphne Rubin-Vega in "Rent" and then didn't get the role.