25 Things You Don't Know About Me: Maria Menounos

Entertainment Apr. 18, 2012 AT 8:00AM
Maria Menounos in Hollywood, CA on February 26, 2012. Maria Menounos in Hollywood, CA on February 26, 2012. Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Maria Menounos, 33, (Dancing With the Stars airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 p.m.) shares the 25 things you don't know about her with Us Weekly.

1. I'm a South Park addict.

2. I own a 1962 red-and-white Corvair convertible.

3. When I was young, I had to wear metal leg braces and steel shoes.

4. I can quote lines from episodes of the original Star Trek.

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5. I had my first kiss at age 18.

6. My first word was sokolata, Greek for chocolate.

7. I started cooking in first grade.

8. I'm dying to play Roxie Hart in [the Broadway musical] Chicago.

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9. Every February, I watch Turner Classic Movies' 24/7 screenings of past Oscar-nominated films.

10. I adopt elephants through Sheldrickwildlifetrust.org.

11. I almost pursued a career in WWE wrestling.

12. My parents live with me [in L.A.] most of the year.

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13. My perfect night in includes a beer and loaded potato skins.

14. I once saved a 5-year-old from choking.

15. I can recite several Shakespearean sonnets.

16. I launched Afterbuzztv.com because I believe webcasting and podcasting are the future.

17. I sang in the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church choir for 10 years.

18. I used to be a makeup artist.

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19. I want to buy a motor home and drive across the country.

20. I have a photographic memory.

21. My first pet was a parakeet I named Pipi. Embarrassing!

22. Being outdoors makes me happy.

23. I sleep in my HoodieBuddie sweatshirt. The drawstrings are actually headphones, and there's a plug in the pocket for my iPod so I can fall asleep listening to a white-noise app.

24. I make the juiciest Thanksgiving turkey!

25. Don't challenge me to a game of Pictionary!

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