Dallas Malloy aka: The Phenom
Celebrity champion bodybuilder and boxer, the story of "The Phenom", current 1st place Overall and Heavy Weight Champ
What does one say about Dallas Malloy? In sitting down to write this article, it became clear it would be a challenge to not turn this into a book or a novel. Anyone who knows Dallas would understand why. First, it is the apparent accolades, but then you meet her.
Published on LatinoLA: September 13, 2009
At 16, she made boxing history when she filed a discrimination lawsuit against the USA's Boxings bylaws in Federal Court in order to be allowed to box, and won. Until then women were excluded from amateur boxing. She won the first every sanctioned match by unanimous decision.
Before that, at six years old she was trained as a classical pianist and later as a violist and violinist. She composed music, wrote poetry and novels. She knew she wanted to act, with an insatiable desire to learn and a driving force that defies nature-she knew she can do anything. She later studied German and Krav Maga.
Back home in Bellingham, Washington, her parents just supported her, they knew that whatever Dallas wanted to do; she did.
In a single moment she intuitively knew she would be an actor, that it was perfect. She was so intrigued by Marlon Brando's style as an actor, and his character from On the Waterfront (a former boxer) that she was inspired to box. So she did, later to portray herself in the opening scene of Jerry Maguire, when Tom Cruise's character spelled out clearly that "Dallas Malloy made boxing history when she was just 16".
Films being a major influence in her life, she admired Linda Hamilton doing pull ups in Terminator II, Arnold's physique and the strength and grittiness behind the movie gripped her, and she set out to acquire a ripped body. As she began to train, she saw Bev Francis in Pumpin Iron II and loved her build; and a body builder was born.
In 2006 Dallas began competitive body building. She became a nationally recognized Champion Body Builder competing in Jr. California 2006, winning 2nd place, 1st Place Collegiate, Jr. California 2007, winning 1st place and Best Poser, Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach 2007 winning 2nd place.
She recently competed in Venice, Ca 'Muscle Beach Championship Bodybuilding "Labor Day" Competition 2009 winning the Best Back Award. Her biggest challenge to date was the 2009 NPC Tournament of Champions Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Championships, sponsored by GNC, which she won 1st place Overall and 1st Place Heavyweight Winner qualifying her to go to the Nationals.
This is what she lives for, but that is just the surface. What lies under all of those tanned ripped muscles is a gentle giant with a heart of gold and a burning desire to act. So that is exactly what she set out to do.
Guest starring roles on film and TV including first the scene as herself in Jerry Maguire, and a major guest starring role on Eli Stone. Rarely achieved, she has had numerous roles that were written in for her due to her unique qualities and out-of-this-world talent as a Champion show stopper.
She has been featured and guest starred in the films American Dog, So Far Kush, Dragon Slayerz, Postcards. In television, she has co-starred guest starred or featured in True Blood, My Family Tree, Burning Hollywood.
You could next see her in the independent comedy feature film Lean Like A Cholo (2010) produced by Urban Family Entertainment. She showcases her unique quality looking and acting like a trans gender.
She plays a man and woman as convincingly as humanly possibly. With a drop of her voice, no make-up and hair pulled back she looks like an ordinary, built handsome man. And with a switch of clothes, red lipstick and acrylic nails; her blond hair framing her ice blue eyes; she has an angelic face with a body of a Arch Angel Michael.
I asked her about playing a trans gender character on ABC's Eli Stone; this is what she had to say, "That was one of those dream characters where I felt instantly connected from the moment I heard about him--I was playing a male transsexual minister who has been fired from him church after transitioning from female to male. I completely became this character and made it my own, he was different, misunderstood, spiritual, and determined to do what he loves. I got it."
Not only is she a groundbreaking female athlete, but a champion competitive bodybuilder, writer, and personal trainer, but excellent actress.
"I've just always gone my own way, I've always been driven, compelled to do what I love, and I never question it. Discipline, believing in myself, commitment, integrity, being fearless about doing what I want to do regardless of what anyone thinks--these things are essential to me."
But, it always hasn't been so sunny in Dallas land, there has been a serious battle with addiction that she has powerfully overcome, and is now helping others. "When my drive has gone in the wrong direction it's taken me down a totally self destructive path. And though it has been quite an undertaking, overcoming addiction continues to be a great gift."
Her daily practices of 'balancing her mind and body in training, her Spiritual prayer and meditation, living in the moment, staying conscious, and physically working out, continuing to become more intuitive as to what my body needs, and what my mind needs' is what has propelled this humble champion into the stratosphere.
She has no desire to choose acting over body building, she will always do both. In asking how she felt about acting, her response, " The more I have studied acting-through both study and experience, it is continually confirmed for me that this craft is so perfect for me. It is an intelligent art, and I've always loved psychology and have always been very introspective, this all benefits my acting."
In asking about her acting techniques, Dallas says; "I studied Stanislavski with Jamie Paolenetti, which I've absolutely loved. And I continue to find my own unique style, the more I know about myself, and the more I experience, learn and reflect, the better of an actor I am. So it's a continuous process of discovery, learning and creating."
Her next big goal? She is writing a book on her life and overcoming addiction and living a balanced life while mastering discipline. She is single and at the moment admits it is hard for anyone to keep up with her.
When asking Dallas what advice would she give up and coming actors, she surmises; "You have to keep your mind focused exactly and specifically on what you want, think about it, create it, visualize it, eat, sleep and breathe it, and take the action to go with it. Getting out there to network, learn how to market yourself, study, audition, learn, grow, be patient. And if that sounds like a lot of work, this may not be for you. I think most people are not cut out for it, but if you believe you are, in the deepest part of you, that's all you have to listen to."
Dallas Malloy defies nature with her mysterious charisma, everything she touches turns to Champion. It could easily be said it runs in her family. She is truly a 'Phenom', she defies nature, reason, logic and what is the norm.
"People that say you can't do something, that it's impossible, or can't be done, they're always wrong. Also, I would say to someone who has been judged and misunderstood, even hated, that someone else's judgment doesn't define you, you have to believe in yourself. Believe in yourself, find those that believe in you and forget the rest." -Dallas Malloy
She gives special thanks to: "Blanca Austin and Keith Boyd, for their loyalty, and for understanding me. And my mom for her encouragement and support and my dad--who is a current World Champion competitive swimmer, because he gets it."
Bobbi Miller-Moro is a writer, filmmaker, and founder of WomenWithoutBorders.us an on-line portal dedicated to empowering women and mothers.
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