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Stacy Keibler on Dealing With the Paparazzi and Staying on the Best Dressed Lists

It's hard to remember that Stacy Kiebler got her start as a professional wrestler with the WWE. Since leaving the sport in 2006, she has become an accomplished model, competed on Dancing With the Stars (finishing third on season two), tried her hand at acting on both TV and film, and, most notably, began dating one of Hollywood's most sought-after bachelors: George Clooney.

Even so, Keibler recently told E! News that marriage and kids aren't on her mind yet; instead, she's doubling down on her career. She recently snagged the role of host of Lifetime's upcoming reality show, Supermarket Superheroes, a competition for aspiring food product inventors. She's also partnering with Valspar paints to promote their Love Your Color Guarantee Project benefitting Habitat for Humanity.

Keibler has even volunteered through the charity building homes for families in need. "I got in there with my hard hat and my nail gun and was totally in the trenches," she says, "To see the pride on their faces to know that they were going to have a place to call their own was just so rewarding to me," she says.

The star, 33, talked to Parade.com about how she handles stardom, her strategy for nailing red carpet fashion, and how she likes spending her free time—when she can get it.

On dealing with the papparazzi.
"I just don't really focus my energy on it. If they're there, they're there. I can't really think about it too much."

On whether she'll ever return to Dancing With the Stars.
"This season I wasn't able to because my schedule is a little too crazy, but I never say never."

On getting gorgeous for the red carpet.
"For me, it's always about finding that dress that I feel really comfortable in, because I think when you feel comfortable in your own skin, then you exude a certain kind of confidence."

On how she spends free time at home.
"When I'm home, I like a cozy, comfortable, calming space. I like my home to be somewhere where my friends can feel like they can put their feet up on the couch and for it to feel like really easy living. I really love to have my friends over, cook dinner for them, catch up, and spend quality time with quality people in my life. I'm casual all the way."

On her humanitarian efforts.
"I've been volunteering and doing things like that since I was a young girl, so it's been part of my life growing up. It doesn't need to always be money. It can be your time, it can be clothes, it can be blood. Whatever it is, I think it's important energy flow that needs to happen in the universe. I think everybody needs to give back."

On her goals for the future.
"I'm starting to develop my own healthy snack line, and I'm doing more things with the different charities that I'm involved with. I'm on the corporate advisory board for after school all-stars and I also just set up a trust so that I can raise money for different organizations that help with childhood obesity. I have my show and I have lots of other projects in the works. I'm very career-driven, so my focus and my energy has been into that."

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