TVGuide.com: First off — and you had to know I'd ask this — what is a hardtail?
Debbie Beal: Somebody asked me that like two years ago, so I had to go find out. A hardtail is a bike with no rear suspension.
TVGuide.com: Ahhh. Ergo, it's "hard" on your "tail."
Beal: Yep. [Laughs] Very much so!
TVGuide.com: In your own words, what is Texas Hardtails about?
Beal: It's a comedy about Strokers, a real bar and dealership, and all of us that you see on the show really do work there. We work off a scripted outline based on some crazy things that have happened and, of course, they add to it. But it's mostly true.
TVGuide.com: And what is the real Debbie's position at Strokers?
Beal: I beer-tub, I model lingerie, I model swimsuits, I model bikes.... What you see on the show is really what I do.
TVGuide.com: You "beer-tub"?
Beal: It means that if you come up there on a Sunday, I'm working the beer tub outside on the patio.
TVGuide.com: Now I feel silly for asking. So I poked around some Hardtails boards and found a lot of guys — and even a few girls — saying that you're a major reason they watch the show. How does that make you feel?
Beal: It's great and very flattering. I love it.
TVGuide.com: One episode that my TiVo coughed up had "Debbie" practicing her shrieking for a horror-film audition. What other story lines have you sunk your acting chops into?
Beal: Let's see, I've learned to dance on the bar, just to try to liven the place up a bit for Rick. And there was one where I had to seduce Rick's banker to get a loan. It turned out the guy was my uncle, so it wasn't that hard after all.
TVGuide.com: It wasn't hard getting the loan or — eww — seducing your uncle?
Beal: Getting the loan wasn't that hard — seducing him was impossible!
TVGuide.com: How did you come to be on Hardtails?
Beal: I was already working there, so I auditioned for the part and got it.
TVGuide.com: Did you have any reservations about dipping your toe into the world of acting?
Beal: I was terrified. But I saw it as a challenge, one that has turned out to be fun and exciting. Besides, Rick is like my dad, so to help him out, I would do pretty much whatever he asked.
TVGuide.com: Is he the same in real life as he appears on show?
Beal: Rick? No... [Laughs] He's not that mean at all.
TVGuide.com: Has Hardtails made you hungry for other acting gigs?
Beal: It really has. I love it and I'm anxious to challenge myself to do more.
TVGuide.com: Is there anyone whose career inspires you?
Beal: Pamela Anderson has kind of done it all. Sex symbol, acting — you name it, she can do it. But I'm also a big fan of Jaime Pressly, who's on that new show [NBC's My Name Is Earl]. I really like how she has taken her Southern roots and built on that to create a very colorful and funny character.
TVGuide.com: OK, this is weird — I have a Jaime Pressly interview running the same day as yours.
Beal: Are you serious? Then she might read this. Hi, Jaime! Love you!
TVGuide.com: What kind of TV shows do you like?
Beal: I'm usually too busy, but I love watching Storm Stories on The Weather Channel; I'm kind of a nerd that way. Oh, and I also watch America's Most Wanted.
TVGuide.com: A show where, I imagine, you spy the occasional ex-boyfriend.
Beal: No, but I'll see a few customers here and there. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: What are you up to when Hardtails isn't filming? Do you hit motorcycle rallies?
Beal: I do! I love the industry that I'm in, I love the people with whom I work and I love to ride. So I go a lot.
TVGuide.com: As a bartender, what are the worst pickup lines you have heard?
Beal: "You smell so young" — that's the grossest one I've heard. "Would you like to go for a ride on my bike?" of course follows every pickup line. Oh, and "My wife would be really mad.... but she'd understand."
TVGuide.com: Were you motorcycle-savvy before you worked at Strokers?
Beal: Oh, no, I didn't know anything about bikes. After four years I don't know a lot, but I know enough.
TVGuide.com: OK, show off some lingo.
Beal: Well, younger girls like choppers; baggers are more comfortable for a long haul, though. Also, a 'do rag and sunglasses are a must.
TVGuide.com: Time for some helpful pointers: Suppose I have to go into a biker bar to, I don't know, use the pay phone. What is one thing I should not say?
Beal: "Who's got the cute bike out front?"
TVGuide.com: What would be a good move to "get in good" with the guys? Buy everyone a round of Cosmopolitans?
Beal: You probably shouldn't — no Cosmos, no Shirley Temples. How about just saying, "The beer's on me!"
TVGuide.com: Let's say I accidentally back my Nissan Altima into a row of bikes outside, sending them all toppling in classic domino fashion. Should I leave a note?
Beal: You should leave nothing but rubber! I hope you have a V8.
TVGuide.com: Have you ever broken a beer bottle over a guy's head during a bar fight to get a friend released from a headlock?
Beal: Not yet.
TVGuide.com: What's the best remedy for "bugs in teeth"?
Beal: Just a toothpick will do!
TVGuide.com: What is your message to all of the heretofore info-deprived Debbie lovers out there?
Beal: Come on down and stop by the Strokers Ice House! I really do work there.
TVGuide.com: If they mention TVGuide.com, will they get a free beer?
Beal: Um, I'll see what I can work out with Rick.
TVGuide.com: I am going to title this Q&A either "Hardtails' Debbie Revs Fans' Engines" or "Hardtails' Debbie: The Biker Girl Next Door." Do you have a preference?
Beal: Hmm, I don't know.... Surprise me!