The blonde bombshell from the controversial Ultra Tune ads returns to MAXIM to talk working with Charlie Sheen, social media haters and doing this swimwear shoot in a sub-zero ice bar…
Congrats on your second MAXIM cover, Tyana. It’s also the first cover on your own – how does it feel?
Thank you so much! It feels great. I love shooting for MAXIM Australia because it’s a local publication which means I can go down to the store and see it on the shelf, which is pretty surreal.
What have you been up to since we last saw you?
I’ve been working a lot, filming for Ultra Tune, obviously, as well as shooting for different publications around the world. I also bought a house and did a bit of travelling around Europe and Asia.
Nice. Tell us something we wouldn’t know about you.
Hmmm… not many people would know that up until I was about 19 I used to want to be a flight attendant. I even got a job with Emirates but I didn’t end up pursuing it as I had more opportunities here in Australia working other things.
What do you do when you’re not posing for MAXIM?
You’ll either find me on a beach or with my head in a book – I’m a huge fan of crime thrillers.
This is a cool [pardon the pun] photo shoot – tell us the idea behind the ice bar theme?
It was actually Sean Buckley’s, my boss, idea. He messaged me one day and was like, “Hey, I have a great idea – I want you to do a swimwear shoot in an ice bar. We happened to be in Melbourne at the time, and found an ice bar in Fitzroy, and so it went from there.
Seeing as you’re in nothing but a bikini, how hard was it trying to stay warm in there?
Extremely! It was minus fifteen degrees in there and at one point my skin was stuck to the ice and felt like it was on fire. Luckily I had a few faux fur items to keep me warm, but I guess it’s sort of like unintended cryotherapy which I hear is really good for you.
Tell us about the latest Ultra Tune TV commercial you filmed in Melbourne with Charlie Sheen?
Well, this is the second commercial I have filmed for Ultra Tune – the first was with Mike Tyson. This time I’m sitting in the backseat behind Parnia [Porsche, last month’s MAXIM cover girl] and again my role was that of a damsel in distress – aka an Ultra Tune Rubber Girl.
What was it like working with Mr Sheen compared to Mike Tyson?
Both guys are extremely lovely but I feel it’s like comparing apples and oranges. Charlie is an actor so as far as his onset abilities he was amazing. A lot of the time he was improvising with his lines – he’s actually extremely funny and witty.
Any funny on-set stories you can share with us?
Probably the most memorable was when we were driving towards the end of the pier and they told Parnia to floor it – I don’t think the director thought she would take it so literal. We almost went off the edge for real.
What do you love most about this commercial?
I love that it doesn’t remind me of anything else. The concept is so original and I think that along with the controversy it’s why this ad is so popular.
If there’s one actor you’d love to work with who would it be?
Probably Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel or Tom Hardy – I really can’t choose. I love them all.
What do you love most about being an Ultra tune Rubber Girl?
I love all the opportunities it brings and the people I get to meet. I also love working for such a good company – the advances they’ve made in the automotive industry, as far as making car servicing affordable, is unprecedented.
Are there any cons of being an Ultra Tune Rubber Girl?
Probably just the hate I receive on social media – but that’s a given with any sort of fame per se. It just goes to show how unhappy people are when you do well.
Do you still have to deal with all the controversy surrounding the Ultra Tune ads?
Yes, I do, every day. But I’ve grown a thicker skin because of it. It’s sad to say but a lot of the hate comes from women which is quite disappointing – you’d hope we’d all be empowering one another.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
That worrying and stressing over something isn’t going to change the outcome.
What’s the weirdest thing someone has sent you via social media?
Where do I start? People send me weird videos all the time – from them singing in the shower to them patting a dog… Mind you, these are all random men so you can understand why I find the videos strange.
What’s one thing men should always know about women?
Women always find out the truth – I kid you not. We are basically FBI agents.
What’s the best way for a man to win his way to your heart?
Take me on a spontaneous trip overseas.
Got any big plans for 2019?
I have a lot of travel planned this year, from Brazil to the U.S. and maybe a sneaky trip to Europe. I also want to try and get into television, so we will see how I go. But honestly, I just want to be happy this year. It’s so easy to get caught up in social media and the rat race, so I hope I can take time to enjoy the little things.
FULL NAME: Tyana Maree Hansen
BORN: April 1, 1995
HOMETOWN: Redlands Bayside, Qld
LIVES: Gold Coast, Qld
FIVE WORD SELF-DESCRIPTION: “Talkative, stubborn, funny, persistent, friendly.”
HOBBIES: “Roller blading and swimming in the ocean. Also, eating – does that count as a hobby?”
HIDDEN TALENT: “I can put my foot behind head.”
WORST HABIT: “Eating other people’s food after I have finished my own meal.”
PHOBIAS: “I’m deathly afraid of fish. It’s so weird – I love swimming in the ocean but once I see a fish my day is ruined and I have to get out of immediately.”
FAVOURITE DRINK: “I have a few – vodka water (not soda), anything sour or Baileys on ice.”
BEST HANGOVER CURE: “Garlic bread.”
GIRL CRUSH: “Scarlett Johansson is an all-time favourite and also my wife Laura (@lauratully_) – she is just stunning inside and out.”
BEDTIME ATTIRE: “Nothing… which is surprising considering how much Peter Alexander I buy.”
LIFE MOTTO: “You can have anything you want, as long as you want it bad enough.”
PHOTOGRAPHED BY ARTHUR ST JOHN
INTERVIEW BY SANTI PINTADO
HAIR & MAKE-UP GEORGIA NEWMAN
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