Stacy Keibler shot down a recent story on tmz.com that said she lobbied to do a nude scene in the upcoming film Mercy, but then turned down the role after director Patrick Hoelck acquiesced.
"I got an offer for the movie Mercy, and then they asked if I was comfortable with nudity, and I said no, I'm actually not," Keibler, calling from Vancouver, British Columbia, told me earlier this week. "So I just politely declined because they really were adamant about the nudity part of that, and I was just like, 'I'm sorry. That's just not something I'm interested in exploring at this time.'
"I've been offered to do Playboy and things over and over again. Why would I do something like that for this small little movie? It was basically just a simple phone call, and I was like, 'Thank you, but no thank you.' The other thing is that I have a deal with ABC and Disney, and I have to go to them and get approval on everything I do. That's just not even something that we would take to them."
Keibler said she laughed when she found out about the story on TMZ's web site.
"Anyone that knows me or knows my personality should have laughed at that just as I did," the actress and former WWE diva said. "I don't know if it was just a small little movie that wanted to get some publicity so they threw something out there or what. I think it's just a clear example that you can't believe everything you read."
Unless, of course, you read it on Ring Posts. "Exactly," Keibler said with a laugh. "Anything that's coming from me, it will be true if it's coming from you."
Keibler has been in Vancouver shooting Samurai Girl, an upcoming six-hour special event on ABC Family. She plays the romantic rival of the lead character (Jamie Chung) and the ex-fiancee of Chung's love interest (Brendan Fehr). In addition to the romantic triangle, there's also plenty of action.
"I will be using many fighting techniques involving knives, samurai swords, and martial arts moves," said Keibler, who said that she will be doing most of her own stunts. "In WWE, I was given the choreography of a match a few hours before going on live TV. I have been up here a month being taught properly how to sword fight and how to protect myself. It is so much more fun when I am prepared and confident in my work. … This is a really exciting role for me to play."
The series airs Sept. 5 through Sept. 7.
Meanwhile, Keibler said she is continuing to work hard at growing as an actress.
"I feel like I am a freshman in college working to get my masters degree," she said. "I have a long road ahead of me. I have started a new chapter in my life, and I have a lot to learn and experience. When I am not working on set, I am in class four days a week. I don't take it for granted that I have a deal with ABC. My motto has always been: Don't wish for it, work for it."
In addition to her acting career, Keibler also continues to be a spokesperson for Axe Skin Contact Shower Gel. She is promoting a survey about men's skin that appears in the current issues of Cosmopolitan and Maxim magazines.
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