Lauren Jones: Diva extraordinaire! Lauren talks about her modeling, acting, NCAA cheerleading and her upcoming features such as her lil’ role in the movie Spider-man 3. She’s been called New York’s most requested bikini babe and is a true Diva. She had a lot to say which as you know is awesome! CitynetMagazine.com proudly presents this extensive and exclusive interview with Lauren Jones.
June 12, 2007 update: Will she become an anchor woman on Fox’s reality TV show (CBS 19)?
Citynet Magazine: Tell us about your youth. Were you active as a kid?
Lauren Jones: I had a very active youth for sure! I traveled a lot with my family and rode my bike, mountain climbed, everything. As I grew into high school I was on the soccer team, track and field, cross country
and I was a cheerleader. I did so much in high school. I always wanted to be involved in everything. Sports were not only interactive and social but I had a lot of energy as a kid and it was the perfect outlet. I was also an only child growing up so sports gave me a social life. Plus I wanted to see those high school letters plastered all over my room. It exemplified achievement. Even now, athleticism is a true turn on!
Did the boys love/hate/tease you in high school?
You know what? I remember being in 5th grade and I was in LOVE with this little 4th grade boy named William. I literally chased him around and asked him to marry me on the football field with a plastic ring out of a gumball machine. Steadfast, he said no. That didn’t stop me so I proceeded to ask out every single boy in the 6th grade! They all said no too. I was devastated. But once I got into high school, I met a sweet guy that I ended up having a long term relationship with.
How did you get into modeling? What made you stick with it?
I got into modeling primarily as a fluke. My mom and Granny coerced me into going to a Seventeen Magazine national modeling search when all I wanted to do was kick around the soccer ball in the front yard! I resentfully put on a dress and went, arms crossed and pretty annoyed. Once we showed up, there were about 500 girls standing in line. I was thinking to myself that we were all crazy for being there and surely I would not get picked.
After waiting around, the judges saw me and called me back with 14 others. We proceeded to have a fashion show for Seventeen magazine and go on to another round of judging for the national award. I remember sitting home one day and the phone rang. The lady on the other end was from the magazine and overjoyed she said, “Congratulations! You are our 2000 National Model contest winner!” I really couldn’t believe it. That was the beginning of it.
I went on to be a guest and model clothes on “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee” and caught the acting/modeling bug. I just loved every aspect of it! Today, I stick with it because I have a passion for acting and the modeling goes hand in hand. I think they help each other respectively. Plus, my mom and grandmother have been so supportive. They are there for me when moments get tough. And believe me, they get tough. Don’t let anybody tell you they don’t. This business not as glamorous as it looks! It’s truly a lot of hard work and dedication. But it’s worth it in the end.
What are some of the most well known companies you have done promotional modeling for?
I have done work for Burger King, Axe deodorant spray, Coppertone, and Hawaiian Tropic, among others. Fortune magazine was a big one, everyone saw that.
Overall, best experience so far?
The most fun I had with wrestling was when I performed my WWE ring entrance for the first time. It was an overwhelming sensation of emotions: fear, excitement, feeling like I was about to pee my pants, really thirsty (I think subconsciously trying to get out of it) and all while thinking “here goes nothing!” Once I was out there, at first I was nervous as hell, then it became really fun. Since then, my ring entrance always comes up during dinner with friends. Everyone starts laughing because I am a total goofball and this whole pin-up, bikini model image is really funny to me and my friends. I’m going with it!
Worst experience so far?
I guess I’m still crossing my fingers because nothing hits me as being the worst experience thus far. However, I have to say that in this business, there are so many ups and downs on a weekly basis, one day might seem like the worst, until the next day comes and things start going uphill again. You just have to have a tough skin, like a rhinoceros, to stay in the game. You have to concurrently keep grace and keep your head up when you feel low especially when it seems like everyone is against you telling you how you won’t make it. I believe that anything is achievable if you put your head to something and you have a goal. What is stopping you? I think it’s fear and other people’s impressions. Overcoming that fear and being what you want to be and then putting yourself out there, that can be really tough sometimes but the payoffs take your life from ordinary to extraordinary. That’s what my mom always says.
Have people recognized you on the street based on your celebrity status?
A few times people have recognized me. However it was when I was with WWE and running late for an airplane, that’s when they would be like “Lauren! Can you take a quick picture?” I would be like, “I’m gonna miss my flight!” But I always took the chance and took a picture. If not for the supportive fans, who is watching you as an actor and cheering you on? Nothing changes in your life, unless you let it. I’m still the same person, I don’t ever want “fame” to affect me in a negative way. I hope to stay humble, that’s a priority.
Has anyone ever run up to you in the street and brought you flowers?
Actually yes! I was getting off the subway and a nice man said, “Hello!” and then quickly ran into a shop and bought me a single rose. Then he ran after me down the street and said, “I just had to give this to you.” It was sweet, it wasn’t a big deal and I appreciated the gesture.
What’s the most common question that people ask you?
Is Lauren Jones really your name? The answer is yes.
Are you a big partier?
A big partier? I sort of wish I was going to say yes but I’m not at all. I will go months without a single night out and then all of a sudden, I get this feeling and I yell to all of my girlfriends, “let’s drink!” It doesn’t happen often. I wish I could loosen up a little more and be more of a party animal but I am pretty focused on work right now. I want to work really hard during my twenties and wear myself out so I can appreciate my hard work later. That sounds better to me that blowing out the day after partying and ruining my opportunities for the day. In this business, I feel like a doctor on call. If I am not ready to go at all times, I might miss a job, which means missing a paycheck. Nothing is stable as a model/actor, if you don’t work your butt off and get out there, no one is going to come around and say, “Hey, want some free cash?”
Name anyone, alive or dead, who you would love to meet.
I am really fascinated with Marilyn Monroe, I would want to chat with her at a cocktail party. Einstein would be interesting too but probably over coffee. Most of all, I want to meet Bill Gates and learn how he created such a successful empire. Meg Whitman, President and CEO of Ebay, seems like another interesting, smart, successful and empowered person. So, all of the above.
What do you want the world to know about you?
I’m not stuck up, I LOVE people.
What’s your favorite body part (on you and on a guy)?
I really like my hands, they are really feminine and petite. My nails are always done because otherwise it drives me nuts. On a guy, I go crazy over a nice bum!
Favorite upcoming projects?
I am also really excited about a commercial I recently shot for Robot Conferencing. I had a lot of fun shooting this. I think the humor in it is so well written, it makes me want to do more comedy in the near future.
I also enjoyed shooting Nicolock. There were very creative people. It’s always inspiring to work with creative minds. I also recently wrapped production on Spider-man 3 with a small role as a reporter. It comes out in 2007. [Editor’s note: Yeah! Spidey rocks!] I really want to build a store at my website, www.laurenjones.net also. I think that would be a great creative outlet for me.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Focusing more on TV and movies for sure. I would also love to do more hosting. I find it a lot of fun working with people and getting to interview them and learn their point of view. I think hosting for ESPN would be the perfect dream job.