Details: You moved to Seoul when you were starting out as a model in your early
twenties. Any memorable stories?
Steve Jones: I did a photo shoot for a swimwear brand at a big resort with these two girls who I'm sure were Russian prostitutes. At the end of the day, the head of the company showed up with all his minions. We drank lots of beer, and around midnight, I said, "I'm tired. I'm going to retire." And the head of the company said, "I come with you." I had to put a chair against my door to stop this Korean gentleman from doing whatever he wanted to do.
Details: What's it like working with Simon Cowell?
Steve Jones: I'm constantly in awe of the sheer beauty—and horror—of the words that come out of his mouth. He said this brilliant put-down recently to this guy: "Imagine I'm a Chinese factory putting out Justin Bieber dolls. Imagine that the mold is slightly broken. That's you." I'm standing with the guy's loved ones, and my job is to say, "That's not right!" But you can't deny the wit behind it.
Details: Does live television make
Steve Jones: It's terrifying. It's like someone is holding a gun to your head. You're thinking, "I don't want to do this! Millions of people are watching." But then you think, "This is your job. You don't really have an option." I don't care how established you are—just before that light goes red, that's one of the scariest things in the world. But when you get that first line out, your adrenaline's pumping—it's just heaven.
Details: Did you know that a bookmaker recently released odds on who Paris
Hilton's next boyfriend will be and you're one of
the favorites, at 10 to 1?
Steve Jones: Well, I hate to disappoint, but that's not going to happen. I've met Paris a couple of times, and she's a very entertaining lady, but I don't think we're going to be boyfriend and girlfriend. Unless—could I put money on myself and then pursue Paris? Is that legal?
Details: It's not surprising you're a frontrunner—you've been romantically
linked to Pamela Anderson, Rose McGowan, and Hayden Panettiere.
Steve Jones: Yeah, I've always done okay with the ladies. God, that sounds awful. I just love the company of women. And men, too. I enjoy the company of both sexes. Otherwise, you're missing out on half the population. Don't be so restrictive, you know? Men and women, I'm happy . . .
Details: To spend time with?
Steve Jones: Thanks for finishing that off, so it's not open to interpretation.