Written By Linda Marshall-Smith
Chat Online with AMC's Cameron Mathison
Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC) can't wait to meet you online at http://www.cocoapro.com Friday, February 11, 2000 from 8-10 PM ET, and share his tips for being sweet to your sweetheart in time for Valentine's Day. Romantic little ditties like leaving love notes in can't miss places – under the dinner plate, on the pillow. Or spelling out "I Love You" with M&M's® on the kitchen counter, and leaving them there for your sweetheart to find. That is so sweet!
So is Mathison. In the midst of checking out of his hotel after a weekend of public appearances in Florida, he found time to talk with me about going online this Friday to chat live with fans. "I would love to hear from everybody out there (in cyberspace)," he said.
But why get a daytime celebrity to promote chocolate? "Being on a soap opera, a show that is heavily weighted around relationships and hopefully being sweet to your sweetheart on the show," Mathison explained, "they thought it would be a good angle for me to talk about these new discoveries regarding chocolate right in time for Valentine's Day." When Mars, Inc. approached Mathison to do the chat he readily agreed. "It will be a blast!"
As it turns out, Mathison is a chocoholic. "Absolutely true," he confessed. "Which is another reason why doing this chat was applicable to me. I really do enjoy chocolate a lot. I am very conscious of my health, of staying in shape, of keeping active and working out, and all that good stuff, because it's something I enjoy doing. And I enjoy chocolate. Now I can feel good about eating it."
There are many myths that give chocolate a bad rap. Like, chocolate adds a lot of calories and fat to our diets. Not true, according to research conducted by Mars, Inc. and several major universities who collaborated on the studies. Chocolate contributes less than 2% of fat to diets in most developed countries. The main sources of fat in the diet are meat and dairy products. Chocolate can be included in a nutritious balanced diet as long as the diet includes calories from a variety of foods.
"With all these healthy things and discoveries about chocolate," said Mathison, "and Cocoapro™, which is basically Mars, Inc.'s guarantee that their cocoa beans are handled in such a way to preserve the natural goodness, including the antioxidants and polyphenols, which are on the way to being proven as very beneficial," indulging in a pack of M&M's® can actually be good for you.
Mathison is not adverse to the occasional indulgence. In fact, he lives for them. "In all of our busy lives," he said, "it's good to take a minute and step back and appreciate all our relationships and do really, simple, sweet things for someone special. Valentine's Day is coming up, so leave that message on the kitchen counter written out in chocolates. If you're real busy, and you can't take the time to get away, have a vacation right there in the city where you live. Rent a hotel room, be a tourist in your own city. That's a really romantic way to spend some time with your sweetheart."
Of course, you know me. I couldn't resist asking Mathison to share the most romantic thing he's ever done for his special someone.
"Wow, that's a good question," he replied with a laugh. "One of them is vacationing in the middle of the madness of the week. Getting a really luxurious hotel and surprising her with that. And drawing a bath with rose petals, and having chocolate. Just completely spoiling each other all weekend. But, I did most of the spoiling. At least I think I did!" he said laughing again.
He also shared a story about another really romantic getaway. "I am from Canada. We have snow up there. I was dating a girl who had never seen snow. So, I took her up north to this area where all you could see was snow! (We rented) this cozy cabin and I built her a snowman," he said. Aww. That is so very sweet. "It's just simple things that you like to do to surprise the people you're with. You could take your girlfriend to the place you first met, or the restaurant where you had your first date. Little simple things that make a difference in our crazy lives."
What's the most romantic thing anyone's ever done for him? "Jennifer (Esposito, formerly of Spin City), my girlfriend, has done a number of things. She constantly keeps trying to surprise me. She's taken me to a wonderful spa in New England and totally spoiled me up there. But she knows that the best way to spoil me, hands down, no doubt about it, is giving me a massage. Whether it's a purchased massage from a professional masseuse, or if it's from her, which is even nicer. She does all sorts of sweet things."
With Mathison's busy appearance schedule, and taping AMC, he's yet had time to plan a Valentine's Day surprise for Jennifer. "I've got a few things pending," he said. "Our favorite thing is to disappear to this spa and relax and get pampered up there. But no plans yet. I've been bad. I've got to get on it. I've got to stop worrying about telling everyone else how to be sweet to their sweetheart and do it myself," he said with a laugh.
"Maybe you'll get some good ideas from the fans at the online chat," I suggested. "Yeah!" he replied. "Plus, it's also fun because I get to learn from Ryan, and sometimes I influence Ryan. It works both ways. I get two lives to check things out in."
Get more romantic tips from Mathison and learn about the benefits of chocolate Friday, February 11, 2000 from 8-10 PM ET at http://cocoapro.com. If you miss the chat, San Francisco AMC fans can catch Mathison in the Celebrity Dunk Off in the NBA All-Star Weekend at the Oakland Arena (where the Golden State Warriors play) on Saturday, February 12th, and on Sunday, February 13th, he'll participate in the Celebrity Half-Court Hustle. "Obviously, there's the all-star game and the real dunk competition and all sorts of more interesting things to see, but I'll be in the celebrity events," he said.
In an early practice for this return to basketball, Mathison fractured his ankle and was forced to work in a cast and crutches. "It's totally fine now, but it's funny because I aired with crutches for two days and then the next day, I was off my crutches! In between the last day with the crutches and the next day, was a two-week Christmas vacation. Of course the audience didn't know that, but I had two weeks for my ankle to heal."
Visit Mathison online at http://www.cameronmathison.com, and stay tuned to for our cover story feature on Mathison coming soon!
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