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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 29, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba FEATURESTORY By Jacqueline Cutler Tribune Media Services In the restaurant at Manhattans Four Seasons where an iced tea costs as much as lunch in most the well heeled patrons chat In the back of the a man who looks rather out of place slumps into a Simon star of The Guardian on wears a faded black striped jeans and work He drinks water by the and mostly goes But as he makes frequent trips to the the mirrored walls reflect the stir he creates among the female patrons as he unassum ingly walks In an industry where being beautiful pretty much is a job the 32 yearold Baker is And as good as he looks on he looks even better in per with sunstreaked blond hair and aqua blue Im on fing he says in reference to his reddish Baker is on hiatus from playing Nick the cleanshaven corporate lawyer whose drug conviction landed him hours of community service as a child advocate in lieu of jail Earlier this Baker raised some eye brows when he revealed that he doesnt use deodorant in a profile in People which included him in its issue showcasing the 50 most beautiful people in the His reasoning is that drinking enough water flushes out making toiletries un Just after the issue hit the who admits to being appeared on The The hostesses of the day time TV who are anything but sniffed his That was he says in a tone that leaves no doubt he was Baker says he does not see himself as a sex regardless of how women react to When I was I was more concerned about the way I looked and my physical he Ive I found my mate and I bred and the only con cern I have about physical appearance these days is that I cant have too much of a beer gut because it hurts my I cant get out of shape for the I am what I Im an actor and what comes along with that is a certain amount of kudos and public aware It is healthier to shift the focus away from The best thing you can do for your children is to give them your atten He and his Rebecca were traveling with their Harry Born in his middle name comes from the day of the week on which it was Harrys two older 8year old Stella and 3yearold were home in Los Baker enjoys spending time kicking the ball around the yard with and hap pily reports that hes teaching Stella to At the he is delighted to be in Manhattan to attend Top DogTlmder starring his friend Jeffrey Simon Baker The Guard of w w w w unwitting IllP Jf t W m Simon Baker stars as Nick Fallin in The Guardian Tuesdays on I like the conflicted nature of his Baker The hurdles he has to overcome make it interesting for This place is buzzing because it has an Baker says of is a The focal point of is cumula tive bank In people walk You dont see people walking in unless they have a belt with water and all their little power Baker misses the neighborhood coffee houses and community feel of his He speaks in a thick Australian accent that he manages to stifle when por traying Though born in Tasma he grew up in the country on the coast of New South Whales in Byron Hes an accomplished who used to compete in water I wouldnt be able to get my head above the water he That was pretty much how Baker felt about work this Its he says of The Its five days a but Friday will bleed truly into Satur We shoot one hour every eight The first two to three weeks of the I had a headache There was so much to deal with it was just hurting my I had brain I thought I made a at Im a I really en joy what I I made the decision to do what I do because I love being an Baker became interested in acting as a though it was not considered a manly profession in the tough neighborhood where he grew I grew up in a male dominated era where guys were he The guys were going to become He had his share of workingclass I worked with an and as a he I made I sold I was a cellar man receiving keg deliveries at a Baker has had no formal drama and that hawking time shares was about as close to acting class as he He confesses he was sacked from that job for being Plays in high school eventually resulted in television roles in Six years Baker came to the United where his first movie was My first job was followed by a flurry of pretty ordinary he says of Judas Kiss and Secret Mens among they were all extraordinary ex periences on their Baker is looking forward to continuing to play the complicated Hed also like to direct at some but I want to remain organic about Taking a long swig of Baker re veals his personal goal is to be able to have a healthy relationship with my wife and children for the rest of their lives and my Brandon Sun 55 ;