Dot is 6 feet 4 inches tall.
Dot: Out of high school, I turned down basketball scholarships to focus on track and field-I was a shot-putter. The strength coach started us on lifting. I went from 5'6" to 6'1" in eighth grade so I was big, and my coach said, "Why don't we do some dead-lifting?" You know what that is, where you just pick up the barbell from the ground and your hands are at your side and you pick it up? I had one meet-when I was 19 years old-that would have been a world record but it wasn't a sanctioned meet. I lifted 518 pounds.
Dot: (On how she got into acting) A friend of mine in 1991 was an alternate on American Gladiators, and called me and told me about a new show they were working on called Knights and Warriors, and I drove down for the auditions. I was living in Fresno and they were here in LA. That first day was all physical agility, from rollerblading to tackling someone, stuff like that. I think there were three or four hundred people auditioning. And they said they'd call that night by 8:00 if they needed me for a cold read-and that threw me. I thought: Do we have to read in a freezer or something? And they didn't call, and I thought, Oh well, I have a full time job with the county back in Fresno. Then at 8:30, they called, and they had me come back for a cold read. I said, "What should I wear?" and they said, "Wear your best warrior outfit." I thought, Good thing I brought that from Fresno, because I just keep it in the trunk, right?
Anyway, at that time I was working out a lot, doing some competitive power lifting, and I had some baggy workout pants and a zebra sweatshirt, so I threw something together. Two weeks later the phone rings and the woman says, "How'd you like to be a warrior?"
Dot: (On her dream Glee guest star) I read on the Internet that Carol Burnett is coming in to play Sue's mom, which is brilliant, and I just hope that I'm there when she's there. I will definitely go to work that day anyway just to watch them, I can't even imagine, that's going to be wonderful and if anything it will be a wonderful learning experience. I grew up with "The Carol Burnett Show," how could I not want to be there? I'll definitely know when she's going to be there because I'll have the script. I also heard that Javier Bardem is possibly going to do an episode, which that would be great to watch him do an episode as well.
Dot: (On Glee's "Never Been Kissed" episode) It's such a heartbreaking episode and yet so rewarding. And how cute are those boys singing that Katy Perry song? I have it on my Facebook page. We watched the episode on the set. I was like, "Oh my God, this is amazing." Matt [Morrison] and I saw each other afterwards and he goes, 'Come here. Give me a kiss.'
Dot: (On how she landed a role on Glee) I said to him, 'I want to be on Glee. I love it.' Brad goes, 'Can you sing?' And I said, 'Well, I'm not Mariah Carey, but I can carry a tune.' And I'll be damned if they didn't call my agent and asked my availability starting the middle of July because they were creating a character for me.
Dot: I've had 11 knee injuries. On my left leg, they cut out a pie wedge about three inches above my knee. When I get my knee replacements, I'll be back up to 6-4.