People.com Celebrity Carmen Electra Opens Up About the First Time She Met Prince: He 'Was So Extraordinarily Generous' "It didn't seem like it was his right time to go," Electra says in a new interview with LaPalme Magazine By Melody Chiu Melody Chiu Instagram Twitter Melody Chiu is a Senior Editor for PEOPLE. She has been with the brand since 2009, editing, writing and reporting across all entertainment verticals. She oversees PEOPLE's music and events coverage and has written cover stories on Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Melissa McCarthy, Blake Shelton and Sandra Oh. The Los Angeles native graduated from the University of Southern California and has appeared on Extra!, The Talk, Access Hollywood and Good Morning America. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 25, 2016 06:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: LaPalme Magazine Prince helped Carmen Electra launch her Hollywood career and the duo even briefly dated in the early ’90s, but when they first met, it wasn’t instant sparks. “That first time I met Prince, he was very quiet,” she tells LaPalme’s summer issue, for which she was styled by creative director Derek Warburton. “I was very shy, so there was this awkward moment of us just kind of standing in front of each other.” Eventually, the late legend “broke the ice by asking me if I wanted to play pool, and I was so horrible that he just kept laughing at me,” she recalls. RELATED VIDEO: Fans Recall Prince’s Greatest Moments Prince also gave Electra – born Tara Leigh Patrick – her stage name when they went into the studio together. “I reminded him that my name was Tara. He told me, ‘You look like a Carmen, so to me, you’re Carmen,” she says. “He was so mysterious, but one of the wittiest people I’ve ever met. He was simply one of a kind.” According to Electra, her mentor touched those in his life with “his beautiful spirit and his powerful music,” and left a lasting impact on her. “As an artist and as a person, Prince was so extraordinarily generous,” she says. “It was very generous for him to give me a chance to start a music career, and I’ll always be grateful that he believed in me and took a chance on me. We’re all devastated, and it didn’t seem like it was his right time to go.” Prince died at age 57 on April 21 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota.