Nicole Kruex

Minnesota native Nicole Kruex began performing on stage in elementary school, after she was able to break away from Nintendo long enough to discover her love for acting. Since she already had a love for horror as well, it was natural that she'd gravitate toward that genre.

Over the last few years, Nicole (who has also gone by the professional name; "Nikki Homicide") has made quite a mark for herself in the independent film industry. One of her most recent movies is Discursion, which she co-wrote, co-produced, and stars in. Yes, besides working in front of the camera, Nicole also wears many hats behind it, including writer, director, and producer. She has her own production company called Triwar Pictures, that currently works in film and television, but there are plans to expand into commercial and industrial video productions.

Nicole recently took some time out from her busy schedule to chat with me, where we covered topics such as her ethnic background, the charities she supports, her stunt work, and being chased through a junkyard while wearing three-inch heels and a gas mask.

Zhou Weitong

Even though this video is from last year and her blog hasn't been posted to in several months, Zhou Weitong should put you in the Christmas spirit. Here we see an advertisement she did for a CD of Christmas songs and it includes some behind-the-scenes footage and commentary from her where she speaks passable English.

Also know as Cica, the 175cm, 32 year old model/actress began her modeling career in the late 90s and has since been the face of products ranging from washing machines to soy sauce. Her film credits include Welcome to Shama Town,The Love Clinic, and Zombie 108, known as "Taiwan's first zombie movie."

Vanilla Mood

Instrumental quartet Vanilla Mood first came together in 2003 and quickly achieved success because they have talent to match their looks. They're known for covering songs from many different genres with their own unique arrangements. They particularly do justice to some classic American pop songs, that comprise a good part of their repertoire.

Above is the original line-up doing their version of "Tequila." They are; Emilee (violin), Yui (violin), Mariko (cello), and Keiko (piano). In early 2005, Emilee left the group and was replaced by flutist Waka, rather than another violinist. (See a later performance with Waka after the jump.) Waka left the group in late 2010 and it now appears the remaining three ladies are continuing on as a trio.

Jessica Cameron

Originally from Ontario, Canada, actress Jessica Cameron didn't decide to become an actress until after she began her first career choice, which was fashion design. After taking some acting classes, the Ryerson University alumna gave up her position at an Ohio design company a few years ago to pursue her passion for acting and hasn't looked back since, not that she should. Since she's been acting, Jessica's landed roles in several TV commercials as well as short and feature films, several of which are now in post production, so stay tuned.

I contacted Jessica about an interview in September but didn't hear back from her until just a week ago, when she complimented me about the recent interviews that have been featured here. Asking when I would get to add hers to the list, she replied I would soon and was true to her word. Now living in Los Angeles, Jessica's the second Golden Cob Award-winning actress I've had the pleasure of interviewing. She won the honor in 2010 for "Best Rising B Actress" for her role in in the short film Absolution. Some other films of note she's done are Ninety Degrees and Sunny, and the shorts The Wrong Damn Thing to Say, and Accomplice. You can currently catch her in the web series Two Doors Down and read her most recent interview right here after the jump.

Sarah French

Many fans may know actress and model Sarah French under her former stage name, Scarlet Salem, which she went by until this year. Now going by her real name, Sarah currently has over 30 film credits under her belt and quite an impressive modeling portfolio. While browsing her photos, what I found particularly impressive are her tribute photo shoots where she assumes the classic looks and poses of horror and screen icons.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Sarah started modeling after being discovered by a professional photographer at a metal concert. Modeling soon led to small parts in independent horror films, which led to larger parts that included non-horror films such as her recent role in Opposite Blood, in which she plays a Russian Spy (and yes, she does the accent well). Some of her other credits include Strip Club Slasher, In Harm's Way, Insectula! and the online series Ghostbustin 911, which has been described as a "mix of Ghostbusters, Reno 911, and Cops."

Most recently, she reportedly landed a part in the upcoming film Disciples, which features Scream Queen icons Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, Debbie Rochon, and Debra Lamb. If Sarah thinks she can't say she's made the big leagues yet, she'll sure be able to after appearing in a film with the likes of those ladies. You can also catch Sarah's column at Shock Horror magazine and catch her in person at the many events and horror conventions she often appears at such as Texas Frightmare Weekend

Kaylee Williams

Many of the actresses I interview tell me they wanted to be on stage or in front of the camera from a very early age. Not so with Kaylee Williams, who didn't set foot on stage for the first time until she was in high school, and that was only after the persistent urging of some friends to get her to audition for a school play. However, once she was on stage, Kaylee said she felt like she belonged there and discovered her unexpected passion.

A native of the Chicago suburbs, Kaylee did theater for a few years before she began doing films. She started modeling around the same time she got into films, but said she's never wanted to be a model or considered herself one. Judging from the pictures I've seen, I'm sure the photographers she's worked with would differ with that and definitely consider Kaylee a model, as well as an actress.

Kaylee was brought to my attention by my good friend Carlo Rodriguez over at (The best in underground movies!) Impressed after seeing her portfolios and list of film credits that include Slices of Life, Cut, and Zombie Babies, I contacted Kaylee about an interview, hoping to add her to the elite group of girls who've been featured here. Thankfully, she's now one of those girls. (Above photo by Peter Matthes)

Original Hooters Girl, Lynne Austin

Former Playboy Playmate and original Hooters Girl, Lynne Austin probably couldn't care less about getting any more publicity, let alone being featured here, but for a date with all 1's in it, it's appropriate to feature a lady who was the first in her field. So, here's the very first Hooters commercial from 1983 featuring the first Hooters Girl Lynne, explaining how they keep their beer so cold. Definitely a classic.

Marie Lynn

Like many of the other ladies I've interviewed, actress Marie Lynn has a strong background in dance, having studied several forms of it from a very young age. Unlike many of the other ladies I've interviewed, she has a B.A. in psychology and worked as a behavioral therapist for two years. That was before changing career paths to one that includes modeling in sexy 70s-style bikinis, running on a treadmill with a fake bomb strapped to her, and falling prey to psychotic killers on screen.

A native of Chicago, Marie didn't fully get into acting until she was "old enough to sign her own release forms," which is often the best choice for performers. She studied acting formally after moving to Los Angeles, where she currently lives. Besides credits that include roles in such films as Rules, Burlesque Massacre, and Afraid of Sunrise, Marie's also landed parts on TV and has modeled for some of LA's most talented and creative photographers, as her modeling portfolios show. In fact, it was very difficult choosing just several photos from them to go with this interview.

Whispering Corridors - Female Ghosts of the Korean Cinema

Specifically chosen for the Halloween article, the most popular Korean horror film anthology to date is undoubtedly the "girls high school ghost" series, known in English as Whispering Corridors 1-5. Although they share a common theme and all-female casts, the films in this series are not linked to one and other in terms of a continuing storyline or recurring characters.

Above is the poster for the 1998 original featuring star Kim Gyu-ri, who plays an artistically gifted student who's welcomed to her senior year at Jookran Girls High School by the sight of a particularly mean teacher hanging in the schoolyard. This film is considered by many to have marked the beginning of when Korean horror films would finally take their place alongside their Japanese and Hong Kong-produced counterparts as some of the best of the genre to emerge from Asia. However, unlike their counterparts in other Asian countries, Korean horror filmmakers don't rely heavily on extreme splatter, tongue-n-cheek gags, and sophomoric titillation with casts made up of former or current porn queens. (Not that I'm knocking all of that ....just saying.)

(Note: All of the actresses mentioned in this article were at least 18 at the time they appeared in these movies.)

The Girls of Attack Girls Swim Team vs. The Undead

Carrying on in the spirit of the Halloween season, here are the ladies of another Japanese horror-comedy, the 2007 gorefest Attack Girls Swim Team vs. The Undead (aka The Girls Rebel Force of Competitive Swimmers and Undead Pool). The poster at left features star and former JAV idol (of course) Sasa Handa at center with the chainsaw, which is misleading because she wasn't the one who used a chain saw in this movie. Anyway, to the left of Sasa is her fellow JAV veteran and co-star Yuria Hidaka, who is also given plenty of room to shine (if not swim) in this movie.

In a nutshell (since this isn't a really review of the movie as it is a feature on the ladies who appear in it); an inoculation that's supposed to prevent a virus that's going around the school, turns those that get the shot into flesh-eating zombies. However, the members of the swim team aren't affected and it's later discovered that the chlorine in the pool seems to make them immune to the effects of the tainted vaccine. So, we have the swim team vs. the undead. If you have a collection of Japanese gore movies with gratuitous female nudity, this one is definitely worth adding to it. That is, if you don't already have it.

The Girls of the Horny House of Horror

The 2010 comedy-splatterfest Horny House of Horor is another low budget gem from Japan that's full of spurting blood, cheap titillation, and lowbrow humor. But what really makes this one a must-have, is that the entire female cast is composed of JAV alumnae. What more could you expect or want from director Jun Tsugita (Mutant Girls Squad), and splatter master Yoshihiro Nishimiru? The latter of whom was also responsible for most of the blood and gore in the films mentioned in this entry.

Gracing the film's poster at right, are (left to right) Mint Suzuki, Saori Hara (known as "Mai Nanami" in her pre-AV days), and Asami Sugiura (credited in the movie as just "Asami"). The ladies play a trio of castrating cuties employed at the Shogun Massage Parlor, a "fashion health" establishment, which is actually (as the Japanese title implies) a fashion hell establishment for the men who patronize it. Highly recommended if you like a lot of blood with your comedy and with your T&A.

Keryn Thompson

Primarily a behind-the-scenes person, illustrator and animator Keryn Thompson doesn't consider herself a model, but when she does get in front of the camera, she's like the type of girl who doesn't like to go to school, but still brings home straight A's. She pulls it off like a pro without aspiring to be one. Not one for the typical cheesecake poses, Karyn's expressions (such as the one at left from a photo shoot at Toms River, New Jersey) make me wonder what she was thinking at the moment the photo was taken.

Even though Keryn looks like she'd be very successful in the spotlight, she's doesn't have to push for that because she's been quite successful out of the spotlight. A couple of her more notable design credits include her works featured in the promo campaign for Stevie Nicks' Crystal Visions album and on Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight special edition album.

When Keryn's not seducing the camera, drawing or creating animated videos that make you say "what the..?" you might catch her at a club tearing up the dance floor or cruising the babes at her local Walmart. Just a couple of things I learned during my recent, and very enjoyable, interview with her that follows. Above photo by Kevin Johnson of Simply Natural Photography.

Asian Bond Girls

If you're an avid fan of James Bond movies, then you know what the unofficial qualifications are to be dubbed a "Bond Girl." If you need a definition, I'll quote this one given by Robert Caplen, from his book Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond:
A Bond girl is a character (or the actress portraying a character) who is a love interest of James Bond in a novel, film, or video game. Bond girls occasionally have names that are double entendres or puns, such as Pussy Galore, Plenty O'Toole, Xenia Onatopp, or Holly Goodhead, and are considered "ubiquitous symbol(s) of glamour and sophistication."
Bearing that in mind, we know that not every lady who has appeared in a Bond film meets the criteria for being a Bond Girl, and to date, there are only three Asian ladies who do. One being veteran Hong Kong action starlet, Michelle Yeoh (pictured above) who played "Wai Lin" in 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies. Most Bond aficionados would consider Michelle the most prominent Asian Bond Girl of all and Life magazine named Yeoh/Wai Lin the 11th best Bond Girl of all time. Whenever I see her as Wai Lin, the hauntingly erotic voice of Sheryl Crow singing the film's title song goes through my head. The best Bond film title song ever, in this writer's opinion. You'll here it after the jump.

Michelle Bella - Witness for the Prosecution

Stripper Exotic Dancer Michelle Bella met Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, at her place of employment, the "social-type club" Speament Rhino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Bella was called to testify during Dr. Murray's trial because she was one of the ladies in his harem whom he texted the day he left a drugged-up Jackson alone to die in bed. As I implied in yesterday's entry, I find nothing humorous about the case of a doctor so derelict in his duties, that it resulted in his patient's death, so I'm not making light of the trial. However, it has turned into quite a media spectacle with an intriguing cast of characters, Miss Bella being one of them, so I am going to place this one under "humor." Oh, yesss.

Dr. Thao Nguyen - Witness for the Prosecution

First of all, even though this entry may have a humorous tone, I'm not placing it under the "humor" category. After all, the reason UCLA Med Center cardiologist, Dr. Thao Nguyen was brought to the media spotlight, was because she testified at the trial of a doctor whose irresponsibility cause the death of his patient, who was one of the greatest entertainers ever. With that said; I'm not surprised that I'm not the first to have noticed the unique charms and fashion sense of Dr. Nguyen and yes, I'm going to say what I'm sure some of you will be thinking as you watch the above video: It does look like she got that jacket from Michael Jackson's closet.

Kelly Barry-Miller

Born and raised in upstate New York, actress Kelly Barry-Miller started performing at a young age. She acted, sang and danced on stage up through high school, then her family relocated to Dallas for her college years, where she put acting on the back burner while she immersed herself in her studies. After spending some time overseas doing missionary work, Kelly settled into a domestic life but never got acting out of her blood.

Fast forward to today. Now calling Minneapolis home, Kelly's revived her acting career but these days it's on camera, rather than on stage. In the last couple of years, she's chalked-up many credits that include commercials, music videos and films, such as God's Green Earth, Ultimate Redemption, Remake, and Gray State (the latter two currently in production) and an appearance in a Rascall Flatts ABC television special.

Many of the models and actresses I've spoken with also work on the other side of the camera, usually as a hobby or sideline. For Kelly, photography is a passion that she does semi-professionally. In fact, if you're planning on getting married in the Minneapolis area and want to capture the event, I'd highly recommend contacting her. Speaking of that, I contacted Kelly about an interview and she gave me such a flattering response, It really made me wish this site had a larger readership to present her to. However, if I continue to feature ladies like this, I'm sure this site will get a larger readership.

Miss Misery, "The Queen of Halloween"

If horror is your thing and you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you should have heard of Reyna Young, better known as "Miss Misery," who’s been labeled by the local press as "The Queen of Horror in the Bay Area." The San Francisco native and CEO of Last Doorway Productions has been horror hosting, as well as producing, writing and appearing in indie horror films for the last five years. You can catch Miss Misery in the flesh at local horror conventions and comic shows that she frequents, often interviewing horror-biz personalities for her Last Doorway Show. She also hosts her annual A Nightmare to Remember International Film Festival and occasionally stops by Creepy KOFY Movie Time to mix it with No Name, Balrok and the Cave Girls.

With Halloween less that two months away, Miss Misery's plate is pretty full this time of year, but I was able to charm her into taking some time out from her busy schedule to do a brief interview with me.

Roxy Vandiver

Roxy Vandiver began modeling six years ago and has since become a muse to many well-respected photographers around her native Houston, Texas. She was bitten by the acting bug after coming across an online ad for a casting call for the Mel House horror film Witchcraft 13: Blood of the Chosen. Since then, acting has been her first love and she's made quite a name for herself in the Texas horror film industry. Roxy's movie credits now include Killer School Girls from Outer Space, Renfield the Undead,Crumble, and Spirit Camp, in which she had a starring role.

I recently contacted the model, actress, makeup artist, hairstylist, part-time muse and inventor of the word "cinematographical" about an interview for a feature here. Even though it may not be as much of an honor as being named August's "Babe from the Basement" by the guys over at Monsters from the Basement, she very happily agreed ....and even sent me a special, personalized photo to go along with her replies to my questions. No, it wasn't the above photo, which was taken by L. J.

Alien Bikini Girl, Ha Eun-jung

"Give me!" Poster for Invasion of Alien Bikini
I've only seen clips so far, but if I were to write a review of the recently released Korean comedy-sci-fi movie Invasion of Alien Bikini, the focus of the review would most likely be on star Ha Eun-jung, the stills I would include would all be of star Ha Eun-jung, and the main reason I would give for seeing the movie would probably be because Ha Eun-jung stars in it. Therefore, this entry should just be on Ha Eun-jung and not her new movie.

Even though she does provide the film with great eye candy, the 31 year-old actress has shown she's more than just a voluptuous figure. Since this movie has only been released in Korea so far, it will be a while before it's available on DVD for all to view, but the reviews I've read of the overall film as well as Eun-jung's performance, have been surprisingly good. Both have overshadowed another concurrently-released Korean film with a bigger budget and higher profile female star, that have gotten much poorer marks from critics.

One-Question Interview with Camille Keaton

I Spit on Your Grave (1978) was originally
known as Day of the Woman
Sometime back in the late 80s, I was watching the Phil Donahue Show and his guests were popular movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. The two were taking questions from Phil's studio audience and one lady asked what the absolute worst move they had ever seen was. Even though these guys didn't always agree with each other and when they did, it was rarely wholeheartedly, they answered without hesitation and practically in unison; "I Spit on Your Grave." I was very impressed with their mutual disdain for the film and knew it was one I simply had to see.

After putting I Spit on Your Grave at the top of my "must watch" list, I went to my local video store and luckily, they had a copy. (I remember this particular store had a great and extensive horror section.) That was the first time I saw actress Camille Keaton, who starred as Jennifer Hills, the rape victim who gets revenge on her attackers. Certainly the role she will always be best remembered for.

A few months ago, I contacted Camille through Facebook about an interview for a feature here. She replied and seemed receptive to the idea, but in short and despite efforts, it didn't happen. However, I did get an answer from her regarding something that I've wanted to hear directly from her, for years and that is: The model on the above poster for I Spit on Your Grave, which was shot for the 1980 re-release and is definitely the best-known poster for the film, is NOT her and she DOES NOT know who it is. There have been rumors and speculation over the years that it's actress Demi Moore (who would have been around 18 when the poster was shot), but that, as of yet, is unconfirmed.

Bianca Barnett

Actress and model Bianca Barnett has the kind of look you don't soon forget (not that you'd want to). Bianca's a girl whom, after seeing play a small part in a movie or music video, you scan the credits for or do research on because you have to find out her name to see what else she's done.

A recent Golden Cob Award winner for best rising B actress, Bianca started out modeling in her native Texas but was convinced a few year ago to pursue acting so she moved to Los Angeles, where she made quite a mark on the B-movie scene. With films like The Devil's Muse, In a Spiral State, and Albino Farm to her credits, it may not be long before Bianca is referred to by B-cinema fans and critics by just her first name, like Brinke, Linnea, and company. I was recently fortunate enough (and able to show I wasn't just some hack) to have Bianca, who currently lives in Baltimore, agree to an exclusive interview.

Asian Women in Prison Movies

Arguably the most popular sub-genre of exploitation films, women in prison movies (regardless of where they were made) generally have three main elements, which are; sadistic guards, sadistic inmates, and at least one innocent new convict who was unjustly convicted and is now confronted with the first two aforementioned elements.

The majority of Asian WIP ("Women-In-Prison" for those not yet with the program) movies come from Hong Kong and Japan. I've caught a few notable ones from other Asian countries, such as Taiwan and Thailand, but not really from South Korea, which is disappointing considering the lovely talent pool they have always had there.

At right is Mina Asami gracing the video box cover of the 1983 film Female Prisoner: Caged! from Japan's Nikkatsu Studios. As covered in this entry, Nikkatsu was the leading producer of pink films during the "roman" porn era.

Rebekah Herzberg

When I first contacted Rebekah Herzberg (aka "Your Friendly Neighborhood Jewish Girl") about doing an interview for a feature here, she immediately said yes before even giving me a chance to show that I wasn't just some hack. At first, it gave me a good feeling because I thought the immediate "sure" I got from her was because she already knew who I was ....but she told me she would have said yes, regardless. And no, despite the fact that it rhymes, I didn't consider titling this piece "Interview with my Very First Jew."

In addition to being a member of the now-defunct "Women of Horror" trio "The Gash" and a trained dancer, Rebekah is an aspiring roller derby queen. She's recent member "Jewn (because she's Jewish, get it?) Cleaver" of the Beaumont-based Spindletop Roller Girls of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. So recent, she's not yet officially on the team's roster as of this writing.

Screamvina Ghoul

Sexy and macabre horror hostess Screamvina Ghoul can be seen at all the eerie events in and around her native Portland, "Horroregon." She also lays claim to being the "second most evil woman in Portland."

Hauntingly intrigued by Screamvina when I first saw her and, wanting to know why she's just the second most evil in woman Portland (and of course, who #1 would be) really piqued my curiosity, so I contacted her and asked if she'd mind answering a few questions to go along with a feature here. Saying the idea sounded "screamtastic," she readily agreed to an interview ....but insisted that it had to be conducted after sunset.

Maggie Tan

Even though she put modeling behind her when she left her native Malaysia for the US over 20 years ago and went into fashion design and later real estate, there still seems to be something about Maggie Tan to suggest she's a former model. It's evident in the candid photo at left, which was taken just a few years ago.

Currently a very successful and acclaimed realtor residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Maggie doesn't speak much about her modeling days anymore. However, the former "Miss Shell Motorcycle" did agreed to a brief interview with me that would delve a bit into her modeling past ....and she asked if I was interested in buying a home.

Kasumi Shimizu

Besides being a model herself, Kasumi Shimizu is also the manager of the Los Angeles division of model networking company My Elite Models. Born and raised in Southern California, her talents include traditional Japanese dance and being quite skilled on the basketball court, especially for a girl who stands, as she puts it; "a proud 5' 3".

I was very impressed by Kasumi's photos. Both the ones where she's donning traditional Japanese outfits, as well as those of her in modern dress, such as the one at right, which is from her appearance at Glamourcon 2010. I contacted her about an interview a couple of months ago and she graciously agreed then, but because of her busy schedule and final exams, she wasn't able to get back to me until just recently.

Judy Cerda

Even though not all of her movies have been in the horror genre, actress Judy Cerda could be considered a "Scream Queen." Her list of acting credits include Spyware, California Tango, Priest's Calling (as Gwen, a club girl with an attitude), and a Doritos commercial where she's chased by a zombie. Speaking of which; the above clip is from the 2004 film Tele-Zombie (one that has given Judy the Scream Queen tag), which also features a true Scream Queen legend; Brinke Stevens.

Judy's been on my Facebook and Myspace friends lists for the past few years and, as I saw that her list of acting credits has kept growing during that time, I decided it was time I contacted her about an interview, which she graciously agreed to.

Debra Lamb

I first caught actress Debra Lamb on video in a little-known gem entitled The Stripping Telegram: Special Delivery, which was shot in Hollywood in the mid-80s. In it, she played a pizza delivery girl who forgot the pizza but more than made up for it with a sizzling routine that showed she had formal dance training. Her exotic looks were familiar to me and I was sure I'd seen her somewhere before, so I did a little digging and found her featured in the June 1987 issue of Easyriders magazine I had in my collection.

Wanting to learn more about such a striking girl, starting with her last name, I checked magazines stands, book and video stores (these were the pre-Internet days) and found her featured in a now-defunct publication entitled Focus, which included her bio and list of acting credits. That was in 1994 and she has since been among my favorite B-movie actresses. The above photo of her as "Jessica" from the 1989 B-classic Beverly Hills Vamp should save me from having to explain why.

The Ladies of Space Battleship Yamato

As requested by a reader at another site I contribute to, here are the female cast members of the 2010 Japanese sci-fi film, Space Battleship Yamato, which could be considered a more action-packed Japanese version of American space sci-fi films like Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica. (The latter I've sat through only because Grace Park was in the cast.)

Since this movie was spawned by the TV anime series that debuted in 1974, I decided to do a little research on the series first. When I did, I discovered there was only one notable female character in it, so I thought this would wind up as a feature on just the actress in the role of "Black Tiger Team" member, Yuki Mori (Meisa Kuroki, above). However, I was pleased to find out that the most notable departure the film took from the TV series was that two male key characters in the series, are female in the movie.

Friday the 13th Victim, Jenna

Just when it looked like Jenna (played by Danielle Panabaker ) was going to get away from Jason toward the end of the 2009 Friday the 13th remake, she gets skewed and added to his list of kills. As for Danielle, her IMDb page shows that this was hardly her first role, and that she's done plenty since.

Jackie Fox on The Dating Game

Jackie Fox wasn't the original bassist, but she was definitely the best-known bassist for the 70s all-girl band the Runaways, whose more notable alumnae are Joan Jett and Lita Ford. Along with Cherie Currie and Sandy West, the quintet that included Jackie, is considered by many fans to be the classic Runaways' line up. After Jackie left the band in 1977, near the end of their Japan tour, she faded away from the spotlight. However, she did make this one-time appearance on the Dating Game in 1980. When asked about this in a 1998 interview, she was quoted as saying:
My roommate at the time worked for Chuck Barris productions and was responsible for getting potential contestants in to audition. She had a quota and one week when she hadn't met it begged me just to show up. So I went and, since I wasn't taking it seriously, just mouthed off when I got there. Which, of course, they loved. So I went on out of curiosity. The best part about it was that Pee Wee Herman was on the game after me!! It was one of Paul Reuben's earliest appearances as Pee Wee and he was hilarious. I don't have a tape of that appearance. If anyone out there has one, I'd love a copy.
I've posted the video in its entirety (from Jackie's introduction to her parting), so the bachelors' inane presences and replies to Jackie's questions are unfortunately included. To see what Jackie's been up to since, just check out her Wikipedia entry. (Video credit: CherieO at Youtube)

Aby Rulloda

Abigaile (Aby) Rulloda (pronounced like her Facebook user name; "Rule Yoda") is hard to place in an single category, which is why I entered her under several here. She's a successful model, go-go dancer, ring girl, fashion designer, and competitive kickboxer who happens to be the current WCSC (World Combat Sports Challenge) Super Flyweight Champion.

Wanting to learn a little more about Aby firsthand, I contacted her through her website about an interview and, needless to say, was very pleased that she took time out of her busy schedule to answer my questions. Well, all except for how she got her nickname of "Bad" Aby.

Robin and Leslie for Hanes

Ever hear the expression "don't get your panties in a bunch"? Well, apparently that's what happened to Robin (actress and musician Gwendoline Yeo) during this recent segment of the fictional talk show What's Up? with Robin and Leslie. Oh, "Leslie" is Arden Myrin, best known for her stint on Mad TV.

Asian Reporter Tricia Takanawa

There have been Asian news journalists featured here in the past, but none who seem to possess the same eloquent yet underlying, sexuality as Asian reporter Tricia Takanawa (not to be confused with Asian reporter Tricia Takana [RIP], portrayed by Sunghi Lee on the TV series Lost).

Tricia has been with WQHG Channel 5 in Quahog, Rhode Island since 1999 and is the station's star on-the-scene reporter. The sexy and tenacious journalist has been knocked over by a flying car while covering a hurricane, vomited on the air while reporting on a flu epidemic, and captured an exclusive interview with a prison escapee, while he was escaping from prison. The above still is from her multi-part, Special Report on Sex, where she went in depth and undercover to get her story.

Asian Lady Rockers

There seems to be a plethora of Asian all-girl vocal groups where the girls just sing (or lip-sync) while doing choreographed dance routines during performances. However, there aren't as many Asian all-girl bands, where the members are performing the music as well as the vocals. Many of these bands are considered underground, because their music is usually harder and not compatible with the sound of the more "bubble gum" girl groups that are so popular throughout Asia.

Even though Asian all-girl rock bands haven't enjoyed as much widespread media exposure in their countries that their pop counterparts have, some have earned international fanbases. The prime example above is Scandal; four hot female rockers from Osaka, Japan. They are from left to right; Tomomi Ogawa (bass, vocals), Haruna Ono (vocals, guitar), Rina Suzuki (drums, vocals), and Mami Sasazaki (guitar, vocals). You won't find these ladies on the same bill with Morning Musume.

Seoul Hooters Girl, Jessie

While researching Hooters restaurants in Asia for last month's entry on Japanese Hooters girls, I happened across some photos of 24-year-old student and former Seoul Hooters Girl, "Jessie."

Very friendly and outgoing, Jessie (her “Hooters Girl name,” not her real one) worked at Seoul's Apkujung Hooters until March of last year. In May, she moved to Sydney, Australia, where she's been working as a waitress in a Japanese restaurant, while going to school to study Spanish. Even though she's currently undecided about continuing with her modeling, she eagerly agreed to be featured here with a brief (and her first ever) interview.

Nara's "Veggie Love" Casting Session

Nara was one of many girls who auditioned for PETA's "Veggie Love" ad, which the animal rights group claimed was rejected by NBC to run during Super Bowl XLV. (Funny, since the Super Bowl was broadcast on Fox, not NBC.)

Anyway, I prefer a girl who likes to sink her teeth into a good steak, and since I assume that being a vegetarian was a prerequisite for appearing in the ad, I don't think Nara would be a good choice to invite out to Sizzler for dinner. Oh, the long white vegetable Nara is enjoying is a daikon, also known as an Oriental radish.

Makeup Artist Stephanie Jun

This unplanned online interview was conducted April 3rd, 2009 at Stephanie Jun's request, because she was, as she put it; "home and bored on a Friday night." So, knowing she had recently begun a career as a makeup artist, I thought; "sure, why not?" and obliged her by asking her some question about her new career and a few other topics.

Stephanie (not surprisingly) never did get back to me with the photos she said she was going to have taken to accompany this interview and we have since fallen off each other's radar. However, rather than scrap this piece and chalk up the time I spent doing the Q&A with her and editing it, to wasted, I decided to publish it here, accompanied with a few photos of her from her now-shut-down Xanga blog.

As of this posting, Stephanie's Model Mayhem profile is still active and features photos of some of the models she's done makeup on.

Japanese Hooters Girls

For those of you who didn't already know, Hooters opened up its Japanese franchise last October 25th in Tokyo's Akasaka Plaza, making Japan the sixth Asian country Hooters has included in their expansion. The other ones are China (Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghi), the Philippines (Pasay City), Singapore, South Korea (Seoul), and Taiwan (Taipei).

Above, we have Tomo, Chica, and Yuu displaying some of what Hooters is famous for....and the food's pretty good, too. Yuu was quoted as saying, "when you come to Hooters, you can look forward to having just as much of a good time as when you go to Disneyland!" 

Satomi, Risa, and Marina for Wrist Cutter G

Here are the late gravure idols Satomi Shigemori, Risa Inoue, and Marina Kanda (RIP) advertising "Wrist Cutter G," which became the hottest cutter for Japanese students belonging to extracurricular wrist-cutting clubs, soon after this spot aired in early 2008.

Unfortunately, the promotional events that were scheduled to follow the national release of this commercial never happened due to the girls' untimely deaths ....which was proof that they actually believed in and used the product they so enthusiastically endorsed.

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