10 Things You Didn't Know About Carmen Electra

Carmen Electra is the host of Ex Isle, a show in which five on-off couples gather on a remote island for intense therapy to try and mend their relationships. We found out some interesting facts about the show's host, model/actress/presenter/singer Carmen Electra:

  1. Carmen was born on 20th April 1972 in the US state of Ohio. She is the youngest of six children, with four older brothers and one sister. 
  2. Her birth name was Tara Leigh Patrick, but she changed her name after she was told by Prince: “You're not a Tara. You're not Tara. You're Carmen."
  3. Electra has an extinct species of fly named after her. Carmenelectra shechisme, originating in the Baltic region, was named in a tribute to Carmen by Neal Evenhuis.
  4. She released an album in 1993 with the help of Prince, who wrote some of the songs on the album. The two were said to be dating at the time.
  5. Carmen was the recipient of the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss for her three-way kiss with Owen Wilson & Amy Smart in the 2004 film version of Starsky & Hutch.
  6. Carmen substituted for Amanda Holden during the sixth series of Britain's Got Talent. She was rumored to be coming on as a permanent judge, but these rumors never materialised. She and Simon Cowell dated for a brief period. 
  7. She has been married twice. In 1998 she married basketball player Dennis Rodman, but the pair split after only five months of marriage. Electra later revealed that she married Rodman in order to distract herself from the deaths of her mother and sister, which had occurred in quick succession in 1998. She married musician Dave Navarro in 2003. In 2006 Carmen filed for divorce, which was finalised the following year.
  8. Carmen starred in Baywatch in the 1990s. Her character Lani McKenzie was a lifeguard who was later hired by Pamela Anderson's C.J. Parker to work at her beach club.
  9. She has appeared in a number of spoof films over the years. These include the original Scary Movie, as well as its third sequel. She also starred in Date Movie, Epic Movie, and Disaster Movie.
  10. Her most recent acting role was in the TV series Jane the Virgin, playing herself.