AOL Autos chatted with Alec Baldwin at a recent event.
When we caught Alec Baldwin at the closing party for the storied New York restaurant Elaine's, he chatted with us about his favorite cars and his new gal. His preference for hybrids, though, is somewhat at odds with the big gas-hungry Mercedes he drives around the Hamptons in Long Island.

The 30 Rock actor is a dark horse possibility to run for Mayor of New York now that Congressman Anthony Weiner appears to have Tweeted away his own candidacy. For AOL Autos, though, Baldwin recalls with some fondness his first car--a free Chevy Impala, and talks about his current rides.

"My first car was like a '67 Chevy that my neighbor had that they let me borrow, because their elderly grandmother owned the car and they said we'd rather have someone drive it," he said. "I literally had this, like, kind of suburban Dickensian moment where a man came up to me and said, 'I want you to take my mother's car.'"

Was it a chick magnet? Baldwin, 53, directed our camera to pan over to his current squeeze, Hilaria Thomas, a 28-year-old Yoga Vida studio director.

Baldwin, a liberal political activist, stated his penchant for driving hybrids and apparently has no qualms about driving foreign. Out in L.A. he leases a pretty pedestrian designed and priced Toyota Camry Hybrid, while in New York he drives a Mercedes ML450 Hybrid.

But don't get the idea that Baldwin's driving tastes are all watercress and alfalfa sprouts. His voice and demeanor can't help but reveal his love for the gas guzzling 1999 Mercedes S Class he keeps at his house on Long Island, NY.

"My favorite car that I drive is a 1999 Mercedes 600," he said, almost salivating over the barge, which gets a mere 11 mpg in the city and 17 on the highway. "It's the last year of the big, land yacht body before they trimmed down the body and took out the weight...It's a giant whale of a car."

He stopped suddenly, coming out of his revery to glance over at Thomas.

"And I drive that out there in East Hampton to go to dinner, when I drive her royal highness."

You have to give Baldwin props for treating his new love interest like royalty, and for that, we saved him the shame of asking whether we could interest him in a Ford Edge, which, incidentally, gets better reviews from AOL Autos than his movie The Edge.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      It doesn't matter how old she is, she is just phony. Why do men always like women that act like 10 year old giggly morons? She has him played.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Alec ,how about driving your daughter to dinner in an American hybrid..oops im ment you girl friend
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      You are old enough to be her Father and then some__BE was right huh??
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      Yes all I want to know is how old is she???
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      Have any of you ever studied yoga? Given your mean-spirited comments, I doubt it. Yoga means "union" of mind and body. You all clearly have work to do on that project within yourselves. Turn your attentions inward and work on self improvement. Take inspiration from women like Hilaria. She is an educated, funny and talented woman that you would like if you had the good fortune to meet her. She works hard and teaches grateful students about managing stress and about the beauty of being human, both inside and outside. If you are in NYC, take one of her classes at Yoga Vida NYC and then take the courageous step of amending your comments here. They only reflect sad things about your unhappiness and your lack of being in touch with your own specialness and beauty. You don't have to stay in this angry, judgemental place in your lives. Allow yourselves to become inspired and do the work to make change within yourselves so that you can put forth kindness and compassion in the world. Goodness knows, the world needs that much more than it needs these sorts of catty nasty comments.
      • 3 Years Ago
      She's ugly.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seriously, if he wants to run for office? He needs to lose that girl. Find a WOMAN. She's vapid. Yoga instructor. I can see the appeal in a sexual way, but can she really carry herself well, if he runs for office she will come under incredible scrutiny and if she's this pathetic with a car show local reporter, then how will she be when her life is gone through with a fine tooth comb? Will she act like that? He is so out of her league. Look at his list of accomplishments on IMDB. And she teaches stretching.