She began modeling at the age of 16 and went on to land the lucrative gig of being a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model as well as appearing in the pages of Maxim Magazine and FHM.
Now, Caitlin O’Connor has been seen on the small screen in HBO’s “Entourage” and MTV’s “Chelsea Settles”, and she will soon be in viewers homes again with her upcoming role in “Tumbleweed”.
We caught up with the gorgeous star where she revealed all about her modeling days, her ideal role and the secret to fulfilment in life.
Celebzter: How did you get into modeling? How old were you?
Caitlin: I got into modeling a few years ago at age 16, after competing in the Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA pageant and made the semifinals.
Celebzter: What were the perks?
Caitlin: The perks of being a model were working for amazing companies and having my own billboard, craft service, and attending star-studded events.
Celebzter: And the downsides?
Caitlin:The downsides were watching my weight, my rapport with agents and managers, and staying up-to-date on new castings and auditions while working on my degree at UCLA
Celebzter: What was one your fondest memories from your modeling days?
Caitlin:I enjoyed one instance where I was getting on a flight and opened the SPIRIT magazine that was sitting in my seat. On the inside front cover, there I was modeling for Roar Clothing. It was a shock.
Celebzter: When did you decide you want to getting into acting?
Caitlin: At age 18, I took my first acting class and entered the Screen Actors Guild after landing a small role in a film.
Celebzter: Was is a difficult transition?
Caitlin:Yes and no. I have always loved performing whether it was dancing school as a child or theater in high school. It can be difficult for a model to transition but I am loving every moment of my career.
Celebzter: Did you find that people were too quick to judge you by your looks and not your talent?
Caitlin:Yes, there are many people out there who judge a person solely on their looks. And being a blonde can have its downsides – some people definitely perceive blondes as dumb. I have been changing my hair color recently because I want to be seen as Caitlin and not type-cast because of my hair color or look, but by talent.
Celebzter: How did you land the role in Entourage?
Caitlin:I got a call from a friend asking for me to play a flight attendant in the final scene of Entourage alongside the real-life girlfriend of one of the lead characters.
Celebzter: Was that filming experience as fun as it looks on the small screen?
Caitlin:Yes, it was a blast! I always enjoy being on set no matter what the project. When you are doing what you love, things are a breeze.
Celebzter: And what are the guys really like?
Caitlin:Some guys are idiots and some guys are gentleman. You have to be a smart woman to differentiate the two!
Celebzter: You have an upcoming role in Tumbleweed, can you tell us a little about your character?
Caitlin:I play Mirabelle, a character in the video game called Tumbleweed. It’s a western and Mirabelle is a sexy Southern belle, a damsel in distress and a comedian all at once.
Celebzter: What would be your ideal role? And the people you would like to work with?
Caitlin:My dream role is to play a Bond girl, a badass, or a sexy prosecutor/doctor in a tv series like Law & Order or House. One of my favorite directors is Gore Verbinski and Mark Romanek and I would love to work with them one day.
Celebzter: Is it more fun to play a good girl or bad girl?
Caitlin: BAD girl
Celebzter: What projects do you have on the horizon?
Caitlin:I have a few projects in the making and I recently completed a short film for the Interscope recording artist Yelawolf called “Gutter” which debuted July 2012.
Celebzter: And finally, what makes you happy?
Caitlin: Spending time with my family and close friends makes me happy! Cuddling on the couch with my animals and watching movies is my favorite thing to do.
Melissa Myers has worked as an entertainment journalist for ten years,
both in London and New York.
She has done a daily gossip column on British newspaper the Daily Star
where she interviewed everyone from Tom Cruise and George Clooney to
Simon Cowell and Jennifer Lopez. She also worked as the News Director
of In Touch in New York for the past six years, before launching her
own site www.celebzter.com, which aims to provide smart content for smart women.