The latest stage of our World Tour through beauty is again in the United States, indeed our favorite destination. Today I introduce to you a woman which I’ve been fan of on Myspace for about two years and which I’ve always appreciated for her deep niceness (besides her appearance, ça va sans dire)… I can say this interview has proved once again her kindness. She came to the fore as a Playboy model, then she began her acting career, that brought her to a role in the upcoming “Fast & Furious“. Ladies and gentlemen: Kristen DeLuca! I hope you will enjoy this interview, comments are open, as usual!
Hello, Kristen, and welcome on BE! Magazine. How can you introduce yourself to all our Italian readers who have never heard of you?
Hello, my name is Kristen DeLuca from the United States and I am an actress, and also a model living in Hollywood, California!
“De Luca” is a very common surname in Italy… Do you have Italian origins?
Yes, I am Italian… My father’s side of the family is Sicilian!
So, let’s start from the beginning, how did you enter “the showbiz”? With beauty pageants? What do you remember of that period?
I have been a “performer” ever since I was a little girl, in gymnastics and cheerleading. I loved being in front of crowds and on stages. My first beauty pageant was “Miss Teen Ohio” and I also did one in my small hometown of Brunswick, Ohio, as well. I was the winner of “Homecoming Court” my Junior year in high school, too. My passion was more in regards to modeling, with the ultimate dream to become a big actress in Hollywood… So, I guess you can say that I was born for this! (she smiles)
You’ve posed naked for Playboy in 2005. Posing for Playboy is a dream for many women all around the world… Did you feel it was something special, a turning point in your career?
Playboy was my ultimate dream and goal ever since I was young. My family has always been supportive of me and when I achieved that dream, they were tremendously proud of me! Being a Playboy model definitely helped me to acquire many “fans” around the world, and I am grateful for that. But, I never wanted people to only look at me for my “outer” beauty. Which is why I am very glad to have the opportunities that I do now with my acting career. People can see that I have the ability to portray different characters on television and in movies. I want to be viewed for my talents, my dreams, my personality, and success, etc. Outside beauty will fade, and if you aren’t a beautiful person inside, then none of that outward appearance truly matters!
It has been the hottest photoshoot in your modeling career… Were you nervous before shooting or embarassed on the set?
I wasn’t nervous at all. It was a dream of mine, so it seemed a bit natural for me in front of the camera. I always have a great time at photoshoots. You have to be comfortable in your own skin to be able to pose for Playboy. I loved it! Playboy has always been very good to me and I am so thankful to have been a part of their family!
Okay, I know this is an embarassing question, but it will be understood only by people who have seen the full set: do you still have “that” piercing?
I sure do! (she laughs)
Do you miss those blonde days? Or do you think common people consider you more clever now that you’re a brunette?
Sometimes I miss the blonde days, but not too much. I enjoy being a brunette (which is my natural color) and I am taken more seriously this way, too. Many people consider platinum blonde girls to be ditzy and bitchy. I am neither of those descriptions, but it is hard to fight stereotypes. Since I am acting now, I want to be viewed as a “serious actress” who will have a very long career span. Being a bleached blonde probably wouldn’t work out too well for that! Now, if I get a role in the future where they want my hair blonde, I would dye it in a heartbeat! (But only for a job, for a role)
In recent months, your career as actress has become more and more important. Will you quit modeling for full-time acting or do you plan to go on both ways?
I am a full-time actress. I still love modeling and when a modeling gig comes up, I will take it. I don’t think I will ever completely “give up” modeling, I just seem to focus a little less on it nowadays!
In Italy, we have beauties and tv characters often making movies without an acting background, but everybody says in America it’s different and even the most talented (and the most beautiful) stars have to study… Is it true? Are you studying or is being a Playboy model enough to get a role?
I study every week, take classes and workshops to stay on top of my game! Being a Playboy model is usually not a benefit. Most people don’t take girls who have posed nude seriously, so I have to work even harder to show them that I have great acting ability! I guess my focus is more on being viewed for my talents, rather than all of my looks (like I stated before in a previous question you asked me). I just feel that I have “moved on” from being viewed as a “sex symbol”, and now I want to be viewed as a serious actress! (she smiles)
Can you name some of the movies and tv series you’ve been in? That’s just to check if they’re broadcast in Italy…
Television Shows: “Eleventh Hour”, “Roommates”, “Knight Rider”, “Entourage”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “90210”, “My Boys”, “CSI:NY”, “The Bold & the Beautiful”, “The Young & the Restless”…
Films: “Incredible Love” (Bollywood movie), “Dance Flick”, “500 Days of Summer”, “Off Hollywood”, “Fast and Furious 4”, “An American Carol”, “Bundy: An American Icon”, “Green Flash”, “Second Chance”, “Chasing Happiness”, “2 Dudes and a Dream”.
For future updates, you can check my IMDb page.
One I want to ask about is Knight Rider; not yet broadcast in Italy, but the original series is a cult of the 80’s (it was titled Supercar)… How was this experience?
It was tons of fun. I was a Russian assassin and I got to use a real machine gun (it was very heavy). I had a blast working on that show!
So, you play a killer and in other roles you side with “bad guys”. I’ve googled and I’ve found out you’ve got a University degree “cum laude” in Criminology. Do your studies help you when you have to play these mean roles?
Nope, I don’t think my degree helps with any roles that I have done so far. But you never know what could happen in the future. Perhaps I will be cast as a lawyer or a crime lab technician (then my degree will come in very handy!)
Another anticipated movie you’re in is “Fast & Furious 4”, out on April, the 17th, in Italy. What’s your role in it? And how’s Vin Diesel in person?
My role is “Dwight’s Girl“. He is one of the bad guys and I am his girl! There is a really steamy “make-out scene” involving women, but I can’t say too much about it right now. You’ll just have to go and watch it!
Everyone in that movie was very nice and down to Earth.
“Knight Rider”, “Fast & Furious”… You’re often associated with these amazing cars! But do you like cars? Do you drive fast? Are you attracted by men who drive one of those jewels?
(she laughs) I do not drive fast, it scares me. I also don’t like when guys try to “show off” by driving all crazy and fast. It’s a “turn off” for me. But I do like nice cars. I love Bentleys, Aston Martins, Range Rovers, Rolls Royces, Maybachs, etc… For me, a fancy car gets my attention. I’ve always been interested in luxury vehicles, they are just so much fun to look at!
I’ve read you’re single… And looking or not? Which qualities do you look for in a man?
Yep, I am single!!! …and I am not looking. I don’t have much time to go “out” with my friends or boyfriends for that matter. So, it wouldn’t be fair to be in a relationship, because I wouldn’t be able to put enough effort into it. When I am with someone, I like to spend as much time with them as I can. Plus, when I am in a relationship it is hard for me to focus the amount of energy that I need to on my career. So, for now I will remain single. (she smiles)
Qualities that I look for… Faithful, down to earth, confident, generous, polite, family-oriented, a nice smile, pretty eyes, good work ethic; someone who enjoys my company, someone who is at least 5 inches taller than me, because I wear high heels a lot!
Kristen in private: what do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy hiking, working out, spending time with my pets (I have a cat and two turtles), going out to the movies, going to dinners with friends, making scrapbooks…
You’re very active on internet, you’ve got myspace and facebook with thousands of friends (and also a fanpage). Do you have a webmaster or do you answer all the messages personally?
I personally run all of my sites and I answer everything myself!
You’ve got some some unusual tattoes and I know there’s a story behind… Can you tell us what they mean?
I have a tattoo on the back of my neck. It is Scooby Doo’s collar, it is in Memory of my Mother Sherri DeLuca, who passed away at the age of 45 from Brain Cancer on March 13, 2008. My Mom collected Scooby Doo figurines and stuffed animals, he was her favorite cartoon character… She also has the same initials as him, “S. D.“. My sister and I got matching ones together for my Mom.
My other tattoo is under my right armpit and it says “KARMA” (which means “what goes around comes around”). I believe that you should treat people the way you want to be treated and if you do something bad, then karma will make sure you get punished for it! My best friend Angela also got a tattoo underneath her right armpit, when I got mine done too, so we share that bond together (both tattooes are “hidden” because of my work and you can only see them if I purposely raise my arm up or have my hair in a ponytail). I only have 2 tattooes total and they both have great meaning to me.
Okay, the interview is over, thanks for everything, just one last question… Have you ever been to Italy? Are you planning to come? Can you promise that our readers will see you here?
I have never been to Italy… yet!!! But I imagine that I will someday in the near future!
Professional photos of Kristen DeLuca on this page are by Mike Prado (Pradofoto), Serge Guimond (Select Glamour), Mike Pointer, Josh Michael and Andy McFarland (AMaginations). To know more about Kristen or contact her, you can check her official myspace www.myspace.com/kristen_deluca, her facebook, her IMDb page, Youtube channel www.youtube.com/user/kristendeluca and her twitter, twitter.com/kristendeluca. Or just leave a comment under this interview… she will read it!