“Whaaaaat?! Is it today? Oh my God!”
Tyra Banks clearly wasn’t counting down the days until Coyote Ugly’s 15-year anniversary -- which is Tuesday -- like we were, but when we caught up with her at the summer TCA press tour for her new talk show, FAB Life, she was happy to reminisce about her days dancing on the bar.
“You know what's so crazy? I did like two scenes in Coyote Ugly,” she recalled to ET. “I was like, 'OK, I'm done. I'm finished. I did my stuff.' I only shot like two, three, four scenes, whatever.”
Tyra played Zoe, a Coyote who graduates from the bar at the beginning of the movie to pursue higher education. She continued, “Then they called me and were like, 'We want you on the poster!' I'm like, 'I'm an extra in this damn movie, why do you want me on there.'”
Her role may have been short and sweet, but Tyra left a lasting impression on us. If only because she’s the crux of the one burning question we’ve had about Coyote Ugly since it came out in 2000. One that Tyra’s FAB Life costar, Chrissy Teigen, actually brought up first:
“She was just trying to get through law school,” Chrissy weighed in. So did Zoe ever pay off those law school loans?! We now have the answer, officially:
“I paid off those loans!” Tyra exclaimed. “Zoe did!”
A decade and a half later, Zoe is debt free and performing law somewhere in the New York tri-state area, probably. (Spin-off, please?) Meanwhile, Tyra has a whole nother reminder of her time as a Coyote.
“I tore my lateral meniscus on that damn bar and now I have coyote uglies,” she laughed. Maybe it’s better if we don’t know what that means...
--Reporting by Leanne Aguilera
Now, check out this flashback to the set of Coyote Ugly in 2000: