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The sexy blonde has been playing diverse roles on various TV shows. Kristin grew up in Wisconsin playing sports, riding horses, and shooting guns. Her father was an avid horseman and gun collector and her mother a housewife involved in charities. Kristin moved to LA and began acting in 1994 after studying fine arts for two years in New York. She still studies drawing to this day and is an avid art collector. She lives in LA with her two dogs and a cat. Her main hobbies, besides art, are Karate and a humorous t-shirt company with Liz Vassey called Neuroses to a T(ee) at www.justdumped.com. Kristin was born on November 26, 1973, in Wisconsin, USA. A native of the Midwest, Kristin grew up in Wisconsin and got her first break when she landed a regular role on the Fox Television Series "The Crew" in 1995. Kristin currently resides in Los Angeles with her two dogs and a cat.
It’s not your typical Hollywood success story: Young and beautiful Midwestern girl from Wisconsin moves to Los Angeles, is discovered while walking down the street, and rises to fame in such roles as “Man-Hands” and “Porn Mom.” But then again, Kristin Bauer is not your average actress. This voluptuous blond is also an entrepreneur, writer and art enthusiast — not to mention a lady with a wicked sense of humor.
The latter comes in handy for her latest project, the new NBC comedy Hidden Hills, on which Bauer plays Belinda Slypich, a single mother with a pornographic Web site who is the object of desire for the main character of the show. Bauer can also be seen in a recurring role on the critically acclaimed NBC drama Boomtown. All of this television time is nothing new to Bauer who has made numerous TV appearances in roles such as “Allie” on Just Shoot Me and “Man-Hands” on a particularly memorable episode of Seinfeld.
When not in front of the camera, Bauer is busy with her new company, Neurosis to a T(ee), the t-shirt company she shares with partner Liz Vassey. The friends had both had numerous trials and tribulations in the relationship department and decided that the best place to air one’s personal issues was right on one’s chest. So they began to create shirts with comical phrases such as, “emotionally unavailable men rock,” and sell them on their Web site www.justdumped.com. Fashion-conscious neurotics should act quickly — each shirt is a limited edition and they are selling out fast!
Unbelievably, Bauer does have spare time. And during those moments, she indulges her passions. She and Vassey are collaborating on a screenplay, she enjoys art classes in drawing and has earned a blue belt with a stripe in karate. No kidding.
Meet Kristin Bauer
You know her as: A stripper-turned-porn-star in the indie movie Dancing at the Blue Iguana. If you’re sans cable, her frequent guest appearances on shows like Just Shoot Me and Seinfeld (as “man hands”) might jog your memory.
New show: Hidden Hills, a sex-in-the-suburbs comedy, which suggests that saying “I do” is a one-way ticket to the seventh level of Hades. (NBC)
She plays: Porn Mom, a neighborhood single mom with her own X-rated Web site. “I also play a prostitute on [new NBC series] Boomtown, so apparently ‘sex worker’ is my niche. Who knew?”
Found porn: “While researching Blue Iguana on a porn set, I stumbled over an economy-size jar of K-Y. I recall thinking, I’ve never seen a gallon of K-Y before! Where would you even buy something like that?”
Cellar dweller: “Growing up in Wisconsin was a lot like That ’70s Show. Actually, my dad had a shooting range down in the basement and an intercom system so that my mom wouldn’t be walking down with laundry and get shot.”
Where you’ve seen her:
As Jack Gallo’s mischievous ex on Just Shoot Me, playing a stewardess on The Crew, as the “Man Hands” girlfriend on Seinfeld, and playing a porn star in Dancing at the Blue Iguana.
“We hired strippers to teach us things like Eye Contact 101 and Pole. It was the most grueling three months of my life, but I’m so proud of it.”
“I can list my whole resumé, but when I say Man Hands everybody goes ‘Oh, my God!’”
Kristin Bauer: ''That's Life''
That's Life is a drama about Lydia DeLucca (Heather Paige Kent), a thirtysomething New Jersey woman who turns her life upside down when she ditches the blue-collar guy she is about to marry and decides instead to go back to college.
When Lydia enrolls as a freshman at nearby Montclair University, her mother, Dolly (Ellen Burstyn), fears that her choice will result in a lifetime of loneliness, while her father, Frank (Paul Sorvino), thinks she should take a computer class so she can be a viable candidate for the secretary pool. Meanwhile, her police officer brother, Paul (Kevin Dillon), continues to get under her skin, just as he did when they were kids.
Her friends, Jackie (Debi Mazar), a smart-mouth hairstylist, and Candy (Kristin Bauer), a 1988 Miss New Jersey who is still fixated on that once-coveted title, lend their support to Lydia even though they think she is making a big mistake.
Although she feels like a fish out of water, competing with students who are often smarter bookwise than she is, Lydia is determined to make her mark on campus.
PRODUCED BY: Paramount Network Television ; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Anita Addison, Maddy Horne, Frank Renzulli
Starring Heather Paige Kent as Lydia DeLucca
Debi Mazar as Jackie O'Grady
Kristin Bauer as Candy Cooper
Ellen Burstyn as Dolly DeLucca
Kevin Dillon as Paul DeLucca
Paul Sorvino as Frank DeLucca
Peter Firth as Professor Victor Leski
Kristin Bauer plays in ''There Goes the Neighborhood''
Welcome to Hidden Hills (population 12,000), a community in western Los Angeles and setting for NBC's new situation comedy about marriage, sex, and other hazards of suburban living. The series focuses on two 30-something couples, Doug Barber (Justin Louis), who doubles as the show's narrator, his wife Janine (Paula Marshall), and their close friends and neighbors, Zack and Sarah Timmerman (Dondre T. Whitfield and Tamara Taylor). In between going to work and chauffeuring the kids back and forth from school, both couples are trying to keep the passion fires burning. Zack and Sarah have no problem finding time alone. Doug is not so lucky: he's feeling neglected by Janine, who is either on the telephone or too tired to fool around.
The network airwaves are currently cluttered with domestic sitcoms (The World According to Jim, My Wife and Kids, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, etc.), so Hidden Hills tries to put a new spin on the genre by shifting the focus from the kids and the challenges of child-rearing to something a little spicier: Mommy and Daddy's sex life (or, in the case of the Barbers, the lack of one). And, in an obvious attempt to capitalize on the popularity of adult-oriented cable comedies like The Mind of the Married Man, which this show closely resembles, Hills tries to be edgy and provocative by tackling the subject of sex from a male point of view.
But don't expect any of the frank sex talk, nudity, or quality writing that's become the trademark of HBO and Showtime's original series like Sex and the City or Married Man. After all, this is NBC. So while creators Peter Segal and Ric Swartzlander may think they're pushing the network TV envelope, what they've penned is another uninspired, sophomoric comedy that has little to offer viewers in the way of laughs, let alone insights into male-female relationships.
The series pilot opens with Doug sitting in front of the television watching a news report about a problem plaguing many couples with children: lack of interest in sex. It's been over five weeks since Doug and Janine have been intimate. As our Doug explains, "Balancing family and career is tough enough, but add a second career and any chance of romance is pretty much screwed." His life becomes even more complicated when he meets his new assistant coach, Belinda Slypich (Kristin Bauer), who, according to the buzz around town, has her own porn website. "Porn Mom" sends a horny Doug's imagination into overdrive. He begins to have sexual fantasies (but only the PG-13 kind) about Belinda, whom he imagines squeezing a wet sponge over her tightly fitted blouse and sitting in a chair while water rains down on her à la Flashdance.
Doug admits his fantasies are not exactly original. No argument here. Like their male characters, series creators Segal and Swartzlander, are clearly trapped in a perpetual state of adolescence. What age group does this series taregt? The comedic situations are unoriginal (i.e., Doug and his pals get caught ogling Porn Mom's website), and the visual gags and physical humor are better suited for some high school teen comedy than a so-called adult primetime sitcom (Doug flings dog poop into the neighbor's yard, Doug gets hit in the balls by a softball).
Even more problematic is the moment when it's time for the episode's moral message, delivered with the subtlety of a bumper sticker. Though the men have acted like total buffoons, their wives are the recipients of this week's big lesson. When a nameless mom overhears Janine, Sarah, and a third woman express their disapproval of Belinda and her porn site, she chastises them for judging Porn Mom without really "knowing" her. Janine then realizes that it's not right to "judge a book by its cover" (better write that one down, folks), so she allows Porn Mom to drive their kids home from the game.
Perhaps as a way of compensating for their sheer lack of originality, Segal and Swartzlander keep the one-camera comedy (as opposed to a three-camera in-studio series like Will & Grace and Frasier) moving. There's lots of fast camerawork and cutting, as well as Doug's ongoing narration. But the quick pace only provides the writers with more screen time to fill with more bad jokes, which add up to one dull half-hour. If ever a show needed a laugh track, it's this one.
As for the cast, they are all doing the best the can with the material, though the talented Marshall, a veteran of several failed series (Snoops, The Steven Weber Show), appears, like her character, somewhat distracted -- like she really isn't listening to what co-star Louis is saying. Perhaps she knows the inevitable fate this turkey is bound to suffer and is contemplating her next move. My only hope is that a "For Sale" sign goes up quick and she gets out Hidden Hills as soon as possible.