Ah, the good old times when all people wanted to see were hot men and women wearing lifeguard swimsuits running in slow motion across the Cali beaches. Baywatch was a vibe and a half during the 90s as it became known for its blend of drama, action, and the “good parts.” Even though the show made a lot of names quite popular, it also was the reason for suffering, either directly or indirectly.
Today, we’ll look at the unfortunate cast members of Baywatch and uncover some tragic details about the so-called Baywatch Curse.
1. Alexandra Paul
Alexandra Paul, who played Lieutenant Stephanie Holden, had a pretty fun run for four seasons as the former lover of David Hasselhoff’s character, Mitch Buchannon. In Season 7, the writers had to get rid of her, but she returned as a ghost in an episode of Baywatch Nights. Despite the fame, Alexandra had to deal with unwanted attention. She recalled feeling uncomfortable in public places due to people constantly staring at her. In 2013, the actress even had to get a restraining order against a female stalker from Germany who had met her at the gym and wouldn’t leave her alone after learning about her Baywatch role.
Carmen joined the cast in season 8 as lifeguard Lani McKenzie, filling the gap left by Pamela Anderson. Producers weren’t thrilled with her acting skills, to say the least. Apparently, she was very hard to direct, but on the other hand, Electra was a real looker, so it all worked out in the end. However, before appearing on Baywatch, she was close to becoming homeless and had very little to her name. The model recalled moments when she was about to say “screw it” and go back home to Cincinnati. Fortunately, she didn’t. She reached out to a choreographer, worked her butt off, and eventually climbed her way up to success.
3. Brooke Burns
Brooke Burns, who played Jessie Owens in the last three seasons of Baywatch, watched over Malibu beaches before the show ended in Hawaii. A few years later, she had a scary pool-diving accident where she snapped her neck. A paramedic friend was there and knew not to move her, which saved her life. After months in bed and a bunch of metal screws in her neck, Brooke made a full recovery. Now, she’s all about advocating for safe swimming and using her platform to educate others on water safety.