Donna Spangler Is Living La Dolce Vita



575717_10151918352365241_303677252_n“Flying the first class. Up in the sky. Poppin’ champagne. Livin’ the life. In the fast lane. Gold and diamonds rings. Chaperons and limousines. Shopping for expensive things…” Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson pretty much summed it up in her hit song, Glamorous.

Welcome to the life of Donna Spangler. She lives an enviable lifestyle that most only dare to dream about. For those with an insatiable appetite into the lives of the “rich and famous” and the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood lifestyle, Donna Spangler offers a glimpse into that world. She’s surrounded herself with opulence, wealth and high-class society. But below the surface of this seductive lifestyle, there is so much more to this exquisite blonde beauty. She’s an actress, model, author, spokesperson, socialite, beauty, and fitness expert.

As such, it becomes strikingly apparent that Donna’s achievements are multitudinous. Donna Spangler is indeed a living testament that the contemporary woman of today’s society can in fact have it all. Through her ambitious nature, determination, strong work ethic, confidence, charisma, and dedication, she has proven that women can undeniably be as successful as men, while still embracing the differences between the sexes and maintaining a woman’s femininity. She’s appeared in a plethora of films and television shows, including Matilda, Forces of Evil, Guns, Dinosaur Valley Girls, In Living Color, and Blossom, as well as having written and produced her own projects: Space Girls in Beverly Hills and the popular web series, SCANDALS, in particular.

Donna has successfully demonstrated her creativity in her works desire. This former Playboy model disproves the stereotypical view of the blonde bombshell. In her 2009 best-selling book, The Princess Formula: How to Get a Rich Man, she offers guidance and advice to women for finding the perfect man who is “rich in spirit and heart” while offering financial stability. She asserts her “princess” philosophy that a woman can still be independent and be a “princess” at the same time. As an author, Donna has also written on subjects, such as beauty, fitness and the Hollywood lifestyle, which have appeared in many magazines and numerous internet websites, earning the title of the “go to expert”. It can be said that Donna is on a mission to encourage empowerment in women, through her provocative and insightful views, knowledge and advice.

In essence, Donna epitomizes the strong, successful, ambitious woman of today. So, it’s no wonder that many are fascinated and intrigued by this multi-talented woman. In fact, it can be said that this intrigue has led to Donna Spangler being considered as the one to follow for the latest trends in the Hollywood lifestyle.

Natalie: Donna, you are an actress, filmmaker, model, spokesperson, author, socialite, fitness, lifestyle, and beauty guru. In fact, you could be considered a woman that can do it all. How important is it in today’s society for a woman to be multi-talented in order to prove that women can be as successful as their male counterparts?

Donna: A woman does not have to do everything under the sun. I just happen to like to learn and partake in a variety of things. However, I think that it is more important to find something you like or love and become really good at it.  If you do well in one area and have persistence, this is the key to success! It is the person who keeps going no matter what that ultimately attains their goals.  It does not matter man or woman at this point.


Natalie: Throughout history, blonde sex symbols such as the legendary Marilyn Monroe and blonde bombshell Pamela Anderson, in particular, are often stereotyped as being the “”blonde bimbo”.  How difficult do you think it is for the stereotypical blonde sex symbol to break away from the societal biases, particularly in the entertainment industry?

Donna: I think people in general all have stereotypes about everything on the planet, so you can’t control that. But it is then up to you to break any image that you think follows you if you do not want to get stuck in a particular stereotype.  Marilyn Monroe lived by the sex symbol image and seemed to embrace the image for her persona. However, we now know that she was much more than that. It was unfortunate that she died young and possibly before she could transition like many good actresses do.

As you get more experienced and mature you must demand and will receive the opportunities to show off different sides of who you are, and what you can be and achieve.  Other sex symbols have proven they can step out of the mould to become more seriously looked at, such as Grace Kelly, Carol Lombard, Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner, and other old time actors.  One actress that stands out in my mind is Farrah Fawcett, who was a huge sex symbol in Charlie’s Angels, and put out a poster that became legendary.  She later changed her image with a dramatic role in The Burning Bed. Cameron Diaz started out as a sex symbol and went on to do a plethora of successful comedies. Jenny McCarthy was a Playmate and went on to comedy and success in many shows.

Do I think it is difficult? I have to say it can be difficult but it is not impossible and today if you can become famous one way, you can reinvent yourself another way. If you believe you can do it so will others!


Natalie: Donna, you have been referred to as the “Beverly Hills Barbie”. Do you believe that this title or stereotype, to better term it, did in fact make it even more difficult for you to be taken seriously in not only Hollywood, but in the male-dominated business world?  

The first time I heard the comment was from a little girl that ran over to her mother and said “Mommy, there’s the real live Barbie”, and she pointed to me. I have had numerous people refer to me this way for my physical likeness to the Barbie.  I actually take this as a compliment because she has been one popular doll over the years.  Barbie has been very successful and is still in existence being sold all over the planet, which says a lot.

Regarding being taken seriously, I can say in some ways it may be better to be underestimated because when people see what you are capable of, then it blows them out of the water.  Again people will think what they want and as you know the world has changed a great deal and will change more and more in the future. The amount of women in the workforce is almost equal to men.  There will probably be a female president in the future.

For me personally, I do not feel this type of stigma because I don’t let it become part of my reality. If you believe in yourself others will also.

I have seen all types of business models. Some are successful and some fail. I have also learned to make business decisions based on what I believe will work for me. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. I am not into get rich quick schemes.  Although investing has risk, wealth is acquired through investing and planning.


Natalie: Donna, would you say that you have found this to be one of your biggest obstacles that you have had to overcome in Hollywood? 

Donna: Being an attractive female is not an obstacle unless you treat it as such. Beauty, intelligence, grace, style, persistence, and most important confidence! I look at any of these as attributes and strengths. I am creative in many ways and my biggest obstacle has been trying to hone in my desires to do so many things that I find myself bouncing back and forth with time constraints.  I have learned to focus on each project with a vigour, and make sure it gets finished even if it takes years. The biggest obstacle is lack of persistence!

Natalie: What do you think is at the forefront of issues surrounding gender and femininity ideals?

Donna: Every society needs roles to function properly. There is a leader and rules to keep people safe.  There are laws to help keep us healthy and help prevent others from taking advantage unfairly.  We see this even in tribes where each has a role and a purpose.  It is important to have a purpose in life.

I think the world has done some dramatic changes, many for the better and some for the worse. Our roles as female and male were clear cut before the feminist movement.  Men were expected to do certain things and women were expected to do other things, in order to keep the family unit together.

In the recent years, our roles have been changing so that many women are the bread winners of families both single and not. There are numerous divorces. Some women are now earning more than their husbands. Some women, however, are struggling just to survive.

The fact of the matter is that females and males have dating rituals that have been ingrained in our being. Males hunt and females typically nurture. Males have different parts than females. They have more testosterone, etc. Females and males are different but meant to complement each other. We should not be in competition, as both sexes are a vital part of our existence as a human race, with the obvious differences stated. I believe that our fundamental beings are best served by respecting these differences. In the not so distant past, men were the head of the household and had a certain level of control, which has thankfully been redistributed because of resistance from women (feminist movement), change in laws and social morals.

Some believe that just because we as females demand equal rights as human beings, we also want to lose those social graces that were expected of a man and a woman in the past.  This is not true of most females. Even if a female wants to work, she wants to feel feminine by getting these gestures from the man. Unless the female is emotionally disturbed, she typically gets joy out of having a man ingratiate her with social politeness, including opening of doors, flowers, gifts, dinner, etc.  A man actually gets something out of doing these things for a woman. It gives him a sense of purpose.

Natalie: In the quest for sexual autonomy, some women nowadays still believe that in order to compete with men, a woman needs to sacrifice their femininity.

Donna, what is your view or belief on this subject? And as such, why do you believe that some women may feel this way? 

Donna: If a woman asserts herself in a traditionally male-dominated workplace in a position that is typically done by a man, then she can be called a “bitch”, the man a boss. This can be quite frustrating.  She needs to be firm, make proper decisions and not be a bitch for the sake of exerting her power, while not backing down for the wrong reasons. There must be a balance.

Females should not sacrifice their femininity in order to compete with anyone. This is ridiculous!  You can be a strong woman and be feminine.  In some instances, I have actually witnessed more resistance from women than men these days.  More and more men are supportive of women in the workplace.

Natalie: Donna, you have posed for Playboy magazine on several occasions. What made you agree to pose for Playboy versus other men’s entertainment magazines, such as Penthouse or Hustler

Donna: I thought Playboy was very classy. It always had themes that the girls were put into that were more of a fantasy style. The girls all looked glamorous, minus the raunchy feeling that some of the other magazines displayed.


Natalie: Did you feel that it was liberating as a woman to pose for such a magazine?

Donna: I felt doing Playboy was very liberating, because no man told me I couldn’t. It also gave me a chance to shoot with some of the top glamour photographers at the time. I had fun with it!

Natalie: Donna, you attracted the attention of BBC producers, and was subsequently profiled in the documentary, Secret Map of Beverly Hills as well as many German TV shows What do you believe it is about yourself and your lifestyle that fascinates people? 

Donna: My life in Beverly Hills and the various things that I do fascinate people from other areas and parts of the world, because I represent a life that they do not experience, with the glamorous setting and mystery of Beverly Hills and Hollywood lifestyle and what it represents.


Natalie: Donna, you studied psychology at UCLA. Psychology being the scientific study of behavior in humans. How has your knowledge in this area given you a greater insight into relationships between men and women? 

Donna: The academic studies helped me recognize insights into relationships between men and women, but the strongest insights come with practical knowledge and experience in the real world. Both intertwined given the strongest revelations of these insights.

Natalie: Donna, you have stated “Although women like to be independent…they also want to be taken care of by their mate…they want someone who is stronger than themselves. Independent women don’t want to take care of their men, they don’t want to split expenses. They can have a roommate for that”. Do you feel that some women are still afraid to admit that they yearn for not only financial security from a man, but also emotional and physical support, as they believe that it is a betrayal to the women that had fought so long and hard for equality?

Donna: Some women are afraid to admit that they yearn for physical, emotional and financial support from a man.  I think we fought for certain rights and we should have those rights. But we should also have the right to do what we want with our life, be a mother or not, pose nude or not, be able to do things or not do things for our man. We should not feel bad for our man opening a door, buying us dinner, giving us a gift, showering us with love and affection, telling us how awesome we are, or supporting us on anything that we want to do.  When it comes down to it, if your partner does not contribute to your life, then why is he in it?  I do believe we should surround ourselves with positive supportive and loving people.  Let the man feel good by doing for you also. The more he does, the better he feels like he is contributing to your life and this makes him happy on many levels.

Natalie: Donna, some have argued that your so called “princess philosophy” which asserts that every woman that wants to be a “princess” can find a rich prince, undermines equality and is demeaning to women. But you argue that you are in fact saying that women deserve “ultimate respect, absolute support and deep appreciation” from the men that are lucky enough to have these women in their lives.

In your opinion, why do you believe that some women still feel that they cannot be a princess and be an independent woman at the same, and as such have to choose one over the other and as such cannot be both? 

Donna: Some females do not feel they deserve to be treated in such a manner for whatever deep reason. They make excuses why it’s bad.  Is it bad for a man to love you and want to protect and share his good fortune with you? If a man has something to give and the woman does not want to take it, what does it say about her?  It is her choice to accept or reject. It empowers a man to give which is an ego fulfilling act for him, but that is okay. We all make choices on what we think will make us feel good and be best for us. The whole point is to be able to complement each other as a man and woman can.

Natalie: Donna, what do you say to the women who challenge or reject your “princess philosophy”?

Donna: It’s okay if they want to reject or accept it. Everyone has their own mind and should be allowed to use it.  Those women should use whatever means that works for them.

Natalie: Donna, you have written the best-selling book, The Princess Formula: How to Get a Rich Man, which has been well received not only in the United States, but also in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, as well as having been published in several different languages worldwide. This is quite indicative of women of all nationalities wanting to be treated like a princess and obtain all the so called “royalties” that come with it.

How does your book empower women to go after what they want, and disregard societal pressures that has evolved from the subservient teachings of the stereotypical 1950s housewife, to the staunch women’s libber in contemporary society today? 

Donna: There has to be a happy medium in all this, because if you are too independent it is hard to carry on a relationship with a man. It makes him feel good if he is able to contribute to your life’s happiness. If you take this away from him, then you are taking away those elements that have been ingrained in him from the evolution of mankind. It makes him happy to be able to do those manly things. Our power as women is that a man is attracted to those feminine aspects of who we are. We can be strong and feminine. This is sexy. Relationships are partnerships in a way.60062_481235328587546_491857953_n

Natalie: Donna, what do you consider to be the greatest attribute that a woman can possess?

Donna: Compassion, understanding and perseverance.

Natalie: Donna, did you ever find it difficult to succeed in a man’s world?

Donna: On one hand, I have to say yes. However on the other hand, many smart successful men will support females in the workplace.  There is always clicks in every walk of life, not just the male thing. I just embrace it and make the best of it.

Natalie: Donna, you appeared in many films and television series, such as Matilda, Forces of Evil, Guns, Dinosaur Valley Girls, In Living Color, and Blossom. However, you decided to take charge of your own career and create many of your own projects. How important do you believe it is for an actress to be the architect of her own career? 

Donna: I decided that it is most important to take charge of your own career. No one know you better than yourself.  By creating projects that you are passionate about with characters that you want to play, is one of the best ways to push your career forward.

If you are unable to write, then you can get someone who can write and partner up with them or look for scripts that fit your needs and try to make a deal with the writer.  In this way, you are being proactive and will probably have a great time doing it.

Natalie: Donna, many of your projects, in particular Space Girls in Beverly Hills and the web series, SCANDALS, focus on the lifestyle in Hollywood. What is it about the Hollywood lifestyle that you find so appealing? 

Donna: Hollywood, the Beverly Hills lifestyle seems universally appealing to people all over the world, because it denotes glitz and glamour which takes them into a place which for some is fantasy.

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Natalie: It can be said that some women think that chivalry is dead. However, you have been fortunate enough to have found your very own “prince”. So, it’s fair to say that you would most likely disagree with this notion. Do you think it is more difficult to find love and long-lasting relationships, especially in Hollywood among the so called “rich and famous”? 

Donna: I think it is a challenge to find love and long lasting relationships these days period, because of all of the external factors involved in life. It is a challenge for the “rich and famous”, as well as the average Joe. ‘The Rich & Famous”, however, have even more pressure on them because they have lots more choices than the average person. They are under a microscope, yet have the same issues as everyone else regarding relationships.

Relationships take lots of dedication and work, and few are willing to put the effort into this. The honeymoon period is great, but after that if the couple is not completely dedicated to making the relationship work and thrive by making adjustments, then the relationship is not going to last. The relationship has a chance if the couple learns to keep an open line of communication, respect and dedication to making their relationship work.  I do think the positive thing, is that people are getting married later nowadays. So, they are more mature and in tune with what they want which helps.

Natalie: Donna, how difficult would you say it is for the woman of today to find a man that is “rich in spirit and heart” and is able to provide “financial stability”? 

Donna: Everything good in life can be difficult but not impossible. Nothing is perfect, but if you can get someone that is solid, loves you, shows you respect and wants to share their life with you, then that is wonderful. There are lots of great guys out there that could fit that bill.  There are also lots of guys that can’t. You just need to recognize the good ones and give them a chance!

Natalie: Donna, how important do you believe it is for a woman to achieve her own success, and ultimately establish her own identity away from that of her partner? 

Donna: I think it is important to have your own thing going on no matter what, with or without a man. It is important to have your own nest egg in case something happens, that you need to sustain yourself.  Things happen in life and you need to be prepared no matter what. The more assets you have saved for yourself, the safer you will feel.  Also, your partner will respect you for it.  In the back of his head, he will know that he can’t take advantage of you because you have financial options.

Even if you do something to make money part-time or work from the home, it will help secure self-esteem and purpose.

Natalie: Donna, in addition to modeling for Playboy, you have also worked as a bikini and workout model posing for many calendars, posters, billboard campaigns, catalogues, campaigns and commercials. Seeing as your work as a model was contingent on you maintaining the perfect body and face, how dedicated and disciplined did you need to be in order to continue your success in this line of work? 

Donna: I personally work very hard to keep myself looking good. I eat well, workout regularly, and do whatever maintenance it takes to protect what I have!  Everyone ages but if you fight it every step of the way, then you will look and feel better longer!


Natalie: Donna, you’ve emphasized the importance of beauty, fitness and lifestyle for women. In fact, your mantra states that, “When you take care of yourself on the outside it shows that you care about yourself on the inside”. How do women that believe that they need to be the caregivers and ultimately must put the needs of others above themselves, be encouraged to take of their body, soul and mind? 

Donna: It is important to take care of your loved ones. But if you are not taking care of yourself first, you are doing your loved ones a disservice. You need to be healthy, happy and fit to keep up with all of these challenges. If you put the needs of others before yourself, you will end up suffering.


Natalie: Donna, you can indeed be considered as a very strong, ambitious, independent and confident woman. How important is self-esteem and self-belief to a woman in achieving or ascertaining all her desires, needs and wants?

Donna: Self-esteem and self-belief are essential in achieving anything in life. If you don’t think you are worthy and deserve the best in life then no one else will.  I believe everyone needs a purpose in life, so find out what that is.

Natalie: Do you think that men respect strong, independent women?  

Donna: Yes, I do think men respect strong, independent women. However, the woman must find time to spend with their partner as a feminine woman.  If they act so strong that they overshadow their partners, then this is not good. Rich men are typically very strong men anyway.


Natalie: Describe a typical day in the life of Donna Spangler. Is it all about the glamour, the parties and the red carpet? 

Donna: There is plenty of glamour in my life. However, it is not all about glamour and parties. I have challenges in life like everyone else. I have ups and downs. I can’t complain though, because I feel that I am blessed. I take care of eight cats that I rescued, and even though I have help with cat litter cleaning and other cat stuff, I find myself taking care of them like a mother would with their children. They really rely on me, and I love them! If they get sick, I am the one who needs to take care of them.  They eat lots of food…take lots of poops and pee. They all want attention, they fight, etc. There is plenty of family drama that I am exposed to from time to time, and life’s everyday challenges that need to be dealt with.


Training: I weight train three times a week and take Taekwondo two times a week. I try to get in cardio as much as I can three times a week, but should do more.  I make sure I keep up my diet with lots of vegetables and lean meats. I try to cut out sugar, except for fruit.

Beauty Regimen: I do regular beauty maintenance. Hair, skin top to bottom, etc. every day I have a routine that ends with cleansing my face, putting on moisturizer or retinol cream and a lash enhancer. I use RevitaLash.

Beauty Lifestyle Writing: I have a beauty regimen that I follow along with testing new products for beauty both natural and store bought.  I write about them on It’s a Glam Thing and LA

Entertainment Industry: I write and create and act in indie films. My goal is to produce three per year!  We are in post-production on a feature called “The House of Lizzie Borden”. The first cut is really scary, and that is without sound effects and music.

When I am working on a project it usually takes my day of acting or planning a shoot or doing a shoot. On days that I am not involved in any sort of physical production, it is a variation of work glamour and play.

My days usually start with cat care and some sort of early workout. After that, I have to make sure I eat protein to maintain muscle.  I may go out to lunch or have a business lunch meeting. I often have several meetings each week regarding my entertainment industry projects. In addition, I have to make decisions on what to do for the projects that I am working on and how to present them in a way that will be profitable.

When I come back, I then take time to write, test new beauty products, set up more meetings and direct my assistant on what I need done for the day or week. I oversee the handling of finances regarding my life bills paid, property issues, etc.

Later, I may have a doctor’s appointment, a hair appointment or a facial. This varies depending on the day and what I feel needs to be done.

Two evenings a week I have a Taekwondo class for cardio and focus.

In the evening, I may attend an event, function or dinner. Some of them are red carpet, so if that is the case I need to make sure my hair and makeup look its best. Sometimes I get my makeup and hair done, so I would have to allow time during the day to fit that in if I don’t have time I do it myself, as I have years of training from doing modeling.

I always try to do a bit of networking at the functions. So, in essence I am always working when I am out socially.

I try to get in fairly early and limit or omit alcohol for the most part so that I can keep up my rigorous workouts and health routines. Sleep is key to a strong body and mind.

Again, some days or weeks vary and every day is slightly different, but I think you get the idea.


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Randy Spelling: Finding Inner Peace



randy-2Randy Spelling may be the son of the legendary, late Hollywood producer, Aaron Spelling, and has starred in shows such as NBC’s Malibu Shores, Sunset Beach, A&E’s reality show, Sons of Hollywood, as well as appearing in Beverly Hills 90210 (along with his sister, Tori) and 7th Heaven. But he has successfully managed to move away from the notoriety of the ‘Spelling’ mantle, and ultimately follow his own calling. Having battled his own addiction before overcoming it, Randy Spelling is now using his own experiences, battles and intimate knowledge, to help others overcome their own demons and ultimately live a fulfilling life.

After moving away from the ambience of Hollywood life, Randy Spelling has a new lease on life – a spiritual calling, working as a life coach in Portland, Oregon. It’s a life far removed from the trials, tribulations and excesses of his former life as the son of one of the entertainment industry’s greatest pioneers. In sitting down with Randy, he provides a thought-provoking interview, ultimately revealing a totally opposite side to the preconceived notions of the stereotypical Hollywood rich kid. On the contrary, he is humble, warm, genuine, and honest, with an endearing personality and an innate sense of tranquillity and inner peace. It’s fair to say that Randy Spelling can be considered a prime example of the Hollywood star, who’s escaped the pitfalls so commonly associated with stardom, and successfully paved his own path in life. Ultimately, he’s avoided becoming one of the Hollywood tragedies that plague so many in the industry.

In a revealing and intimate interview, Randy candidly speaks about his former life under the glare of the Hollywood spotlight, as well as his own battle with addiction. He talks about his most important roles thus far, as a dedicated husband and doting father to two young daughters, as well as his influential role as a life coach. He discusses his close relationship with spirituality, and ultimately how he was finally able to find happiness and fulfilment in his life. At only 35, he possesses wisdom well beyond his years. In fact, Randy Spelling is a living testament that one can overcome any obstacle holding them back in their life by taking a holistic approach in order to lead a successful life.


Natalie:Randy, your late father, the great Aaron Spelling produced some of the most successful television shows, some of which I grew up watching. Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, 7th Heaven, Charmed, to name but a few. What was it about your father’s ability to create shows which highly resonated with audiences?

Randy: I think my father had a knack for storytelling, showing relationships and entertainment. And I think there was a good blend of all of those three in his shows. And a lot of his shows throughout the years, whether it was a show like Dynasty, which was all about wealthy people who had all these problems, and it was dramatic. He did shows like that and then he did shows like Beverly Hills 90210, which at the heart of it, had some very poignant messages for teens and parents. There was another one he did called Any Day Now, which was about two friends and their relationship. It dealt with racism and bringing many issues to light. I think he really got into showcasing relationships and what drove people internally, whether it was what they wanted, what they dreamt about, what they fantasized about. He touched upon a lot of that.


Natalie: Randy, you started your career at only 17 years of age. How equipped were you, mentally and emotionally to handle the fame and all that comes with it, the ups and downs?

Randy: (Laughs) I would like to say that I was pretty grounded with it. But fame is a weird thing, you know, looking back in retrospect. It’s weird when people know who you are, and recognize you, and look at you. On the flip-side then when you’re used to that, it’s weird when people don’t look at you and recognize you. So, for me I was used to it because I always saw my sister have fame recognition or my father, so it wasn’t brand new and I enjoyed connecting with people. So, when people would come up and say hi or whatever, I really enjoyed it. So, that aspect I liked. I really never got too far into the celebrity tabloid, because the celebrity element of it wasn’t for me.

Natalie: So, it never appealed to you?

Randy: No. I do like connecting with people. I did like when people came up to me because it gave me a chance to talk to more people than I normally would have. How cool is that? But being famous just to be famous? No, that isn’t for me.


Natalie: Randy, was it easy trying to move away from the shadow of being the son of one of the biggest entertainment moguls in Hollywood?

Randy: No, it wasn’t easy. There was nothing easy about that. That being said, I’m not saying that life was so hard moving out of the shadow of Aaron Spelling. I am a person who wants to find similarities in people, not differences. I spent a lot of my life trying to be, and wanting to be, similar to everyone else. As a kid this was no exception. I wanted to just be “normal” and not have anyone judge me for who my family was or where I came from or how large the house was that I grew up in. I lived in a…my parents built a house [the Manor] that was bigger than the White House. So, for me it was always wanting to be like everyone else. I didn’t want to be different, and be perceived as the guy that has it all. Especially at times when I was hurting just like everyone else. People expected me to be a producer or actor because that’s what my family does. And I did feel pressured to do that because everyone around me thought that was what I would do. So, for me, it was hard to find my own identity outside of who my family was.


Natalie: Outside of the Spelling name obviously?

Randy: Yes

Natalie: In 2007, you starred in A&E’s reality television show, Sons of Hollywood alongside Sean Stewart (son of British rocker, Rod Stewart) and David Weintraub (producer and entertainment executive), which chronicled the attempts of the sons of Hollywood to build their own careers.

Randy, how difficult was it to try to establish your own career/identity away from being the son of Aaron Spelling? Did this ultimately put pressure on you to live up to the Spelling name and essentially the public’s preconceived expectations of you?

Randy: I have a few answers. (Laughs) Okay, where do I start with that one? Yes. For me I always felt like it was harder because there was more expectation. Going into auditions I heard many times, “Wow, you’re not as bad as we thought you’d be. You’re actually pretty good”. And I wouldn’t say that I had the thickest skin, so for me it really made an impact, because the audition process is strange enough, where you’re going in standing in front of someone, who’s sizing you up, and looking at how you look, how you speak, how tall you are, what your build is, can you act, can you not act. Having that added, “Oh, his last name is ‘Spelling’, and is he working as an actor just because of his father?” I felt like it was a hard hurdle to overcome.

Then in regards to that show, The Sons of Hollywood, that was probably the show that gave me the idea, hmm, that maybe I don’t want to be in Hollywood in this way anymore. It was an extremely hard show to shoot, and this actually wasn’t a scripted reality show which is rare and I think that was part of the problem. I think it was because a camera was on us all the time, shooting our whole lives, putting these three people together that otherwise wouldn’t have lived together. So, that part was kind of a scripted element, because we all moved into a house together. Then, we would have to find or embellish these moments of drama. I also, I didn’t want to do reality, and my agent at the time, my manager just said you know that it would be a good career move. I think you should do it. Then I thought, oh, I probably don’t want to do that. Finally I succumbed to it. I knew it was my choice, but right when we started filming the show, a month into the show my father passed away and having to deal with that anyway was extremely difficult. Having to deal with it on a show, on camera, just sent me into a tail-spin. I have to be thankful though for that experience because had it not have been for that show, I may never have changed courses in my life.

Natalie: That must have been incredibly hard.

Randy: It was.

Natalie: Randy, your previous response pretty much answers this. But what was behind your decision for a scene change and move away from the hustle and bustle of the Hollywood lifestyle to a quieter, so called “normal” existence of suburbia in Portland, Oregon?

Randy: There were a few factors involved. They weren’t all at once. So, first and foremost, after my father passed away and shooting that reality show, I really had to do some soul-searching. I felt like whatever I was doing in my life up until then wasn’t working for me. Whether it was the people I was surrounding myself with, the choices I was making, the lifestyle I was living. I just wasn’t happy. I wasn’t fulfilled and I wanted to do something different. So, I did do some soul-searching. I changed some things in my life, and when I did that, I opened myself up to doing something different out of the entertainment business.

I mean, I didn’t walk away from the entertainment business, per se, I just, when I asked myself “What do you want, Randy? What, what’s in your heart? What do you want? Do you want to be 30, 35, 40, living the same life?” My answer was “No”. I had always been in to psychology and spirituality. That was part of me, no matter what. And, you know, I found life coaching, not so much as a profession but I thought it was really interesting. I thought to myself, Why not go to school and study it? If it sticks as a career, great, but it would be really good skills to have anyway. I took a course and I fell in love with it and I started practising on everyone I could. Sisters of friends, cousins of people I knew coming to me as a client, and I just had to coach a certain amount of hours in my course. So, changing professions gave me the flexibility. I didn’t need to stay in Los Angeles to be a life coach. Although, it’s a good place to practise, because there’s a lot of people that need it there. And then, I met my now wife and we had that discussion. She asked me, “Do you want to live anywhere else?” I said, “Maybe.” When I thought about having a family, I didn’t want to raise kids in Hollywood. I really wanted to go to a different place, to just do something different.

Natalie: Since 2009, you have worked as a life coach. What influenced you to move away from the limelight, and focus on a career dedicated to changing lives, encouraging, supporting and motivating others?

Randy: Officially since 2008, but unofficially I started before that. This might sound really cheesy but it’s like being a student in school. There’s some subjects that you really love and you want to do the homework for and you’re interested in reading the material. Then there’s some subjects that it isn’t just that interesting. And for me, acting was like that for a while. I remember the first time being on set. The feeling I got. I was 16 and I was being fitted for a wardrobe and there was a creativity on set, and there was a feeling of…you know, I was a kid, I was a teenager in high school when all of a sudden there were these adults and all of these creative people. I thought, “Wow. This is cool, this is fun.”

When I was 27, it just didn’t have the same appeal. So, something that I became really passionate about was what makes people tick. And then, of course, I went through my own struggles in my own battle with finding what brings me fulfilment and happiness. And then I started to find that even with other people, the problem might look different or sound different, but underlying we all want to have more happiness, more connection, better relationships, be more fulfilled. And so, I started to see all the similarities that we all have, and I started to feel more connected to people. Saying, “Wow. Well, no matter where you come from, no matter what continent you’re on. We all want similar things”. And so, if I can find a way to help other people while helping myself in the process, great! I’m constantly learning, growing, changing, evolving. If I can do that through being a life coach that sounds like something I want to do.


Natalie: Randy, how did your own personal struggle with addiction help form the foundation of Being in Flow?

Randy: Well, addiction is just one of many problems that I help people with. I work with people around career, relationships, better communication, finding a deeper sense of spirituality and meaning, happiness and much more. But addiction is a large problem that many are facing. And I think that it’s become pretty rampant lately. It seems like everyone knows someone, or a friend of a friend who has struggled, is struggling. And even if it’s not drugs or alcohol, maybe it has to do with food or sex or consumerism, shopping too much, or gambling. I mean, being attached to the smartphone and having to check, oh, who Facebooked me, who tweeted me. I mean, I see it all the time.

I think we’re faced with a real challenge. I think things are so fast-paced now compared to how they were thirty, forty years ago. Back then, people wrote, they sat down and they wrote letters. Then, when they worked, they brought home documents, they brought home papers. Now there’s email. Things happen so quickly. And people are in touch all the time without any delay. And because of that it seems like there’s this, I need information and I need it right now epidemic. And the ability to wait for things has become more difficult, because we can go to the computer and get a fact instantly. So, yeah I think it’s a real challenge for people to slow down enough to connect to themselves, to connect to others, to take the time to become aware of our needs. And what happens is when people aren’t aware of their needs, and their internal landscape, they want to fill it with something. That filling it with something, can be all the things that I mentioned before. So, yeah I think there needs to be a real spotlight shined on what’s happening and what the problems are, why we’re facing such a struggle.

Natalie: Randy, Would you say that addiction’s become an epidemic?

Randy: I read a statistic that 1 out of 10 people have had some sort of addiction problem. I would even venture to say it is higher than that, given that the statistic is probably for alcohol and drug abuse. So, yes, I would say that is an epidemic.

Something I hear so often is people wanting to know their place in the world, people wanting…I don’t know if you hear this often or not, but they’re wanting to know their purpose. And it’s so funny because I feel like a hundred years ago, people weren’t having that conversation. It’s like you worked, and this is what you do and that’s it. You don’t ask too many questions. Now there seems to be more of a conscious questioning. Why am I here? What is this all about? And I think, for a lot of people life is just overwhelming because it’s fast. People want to fit in, they want to know what their place is in the world. If they don’t feel like they have their place and know what their purpose is, then there’s this big search. There’s a big emptiness. In steps addiction to try and fill the emptiness or mask that pain.

Natalie: Randy, do you believe that having experienced addiction first hand and having overcame it, has given you the knowledge and wisdom to be able to help others that are facing the same types of negative life choices?

Randy: Yes. However, how I work with people now is a culmination of wisdom, practice, and various spiritual tools that I have learned and studied. Having had addiction just gave me a better understanding of it first-hand. So, I know what it is like to be in it and what it is like to be out of it.

Natalie: Have you always been a spiritual person?

Randy: Yes. I wasn’t always aware of that term. But yes.

Natalie: How has spirituality shaped your life?

Randy: I think it’s the one thing that pulled me through. I was close to death many times. And I’m not exaggerating. I believe for whatever reason that I probably could have died, but there was a reason why I didn’t. And you know, I had some real quote on quote “dark years”. And then when I came through that, and my life took a totally different turn. And now I look back, I realize that it all played a purpose. It’s like if I never walked the walks, so to speak, I wouldn’t have needed to work on myself as much as I did. And working on myself as much as I did, seeking answers and really going within, changed everything.

Natalie: As the father of two young daughters, how important do you think it is for them to have a normal upbringing from the excesses of Hollywood life?

Randy: It’s important. I mean, it’s one of the reasons why we’re here. Yes, I can’t define what normal is anymore. I don’t even know what that is. I just…I use the analogy of Christmas, because I do like Christmas time. And I want to create meaning for them. So, it’s not about opening ten gifts. It’s about, maybe opening one or two gifts, but instilling a meaning or a value, and an appreciation for experiences and not just things.

Natalie: And now looking back, do you think that it would have made a difference to your life during adolescence if you had been raised away from the spotlight?

Randy: Maybe. (Laughs). Did you ever see that movie Sliding Doors? I mean, it’s kind of like that. It would be interesting. It would be an interesting exercise to write a story of what I think my life would be like if it was totally different. But it’s not and you know, I’m thankful for every part of it, exactly how I grew up, everything that happened, because I like who I am and I’m happy that I am who I am, and I’ve lived the life that I’ve lived.

Natalie: Now at 35, I’m sure that your attitude, experiences and knowledge have ultimately shaped the individual that you have become. Was there a time in your life, where you felt that the mistakes of the past defined you as person?

Randy: (Laughs) Well, that’s a good question. You ask some great questions! Absolutely. I believe that is part of the human condition, at least up until now anyway. It can be all too easy to let our past define us because we believe that we are the past. It can be too easy for someone to say something negative and then we believe it and then turn around and tell ourselves that story.

By the way, I finished writing a book. Hopefully, it will be out within the next year. One of the things I talk about in the book, is how I would let stories define who I was. I remember something one way, then I tell myself that. I talk about it over and over until it’s become this crystalized version. And then it’s…it would be something that weighed me down. I think I focused on my mistakes too much. I focused on who I wasn’t, what I didn’t have, what I didn’t get, what I didn’t accomplish as opposed to the opposite – who I was, who I am, what I am capable of, what I can accomplish. And when I made that peace, everything changed. It’s really a great question Natalie, because that’s one of the things I work with people on is stopping that old story of empowering your mistakes.

Natalie: These days tabloids are rife with the headlines surrounding the “curse of the child actor”. Having grown up in the industry, you experienced both the glamorous side of Hollywood, as well as its so called “dark side”, I’m sure that you see past the sensationalism of the tabloids and negative media attention and speculation surrounding these so called child actors gone bad.

Do you believe that behind the vices associated with Hollywood life, such as sex, drugs, alcohol and money, there is in fact a catalyst for these stars’ derailment?

Randy: I don’t have a wordy answer. I have a few words that come to mind. Excess, availability…

Natalie: Would you say exploitation?

Randy: No. it’s hard to see exploitation, because these child actors or anyone who’s a child in entertainment, whether it’s music, whether it’s…it’s still choosing to live a lifestyle. If there’s nothing to be tabloid-worthy, and if they weren’t out at a club or doing whatever, you know, drunk-driving or they weren’t flipping off a cop, or whatever… It wouldn’t be in the tabloids. What is really sad to me, is that there are magazines and masses of money made by showing people’s pain. Why not have magazines to show people’s triumphs? And there’s certainly been plenty of celebrities who…take Meryl Streep, for instance. She has a life and she’s an actress. She’s a star, but you don’t see her in tabloids.

So, I think there’s a way of being in the entertainment industry and not being a tragedy of the entertainment industry. But hey, having grown up in Hollywood, there’s a lot that’s right there. There’s a lot of debauchery, and a lot of excess that’s all behind these doors that are open to them. And I think, it’s hard enough growing up, becoming who you are and learning who you are as a teenager, and then dealing with the ego part of it. The fame, the money, the excess. It can be tricky for some to handle.

Natalie: And as such, do you believe that these addictions or destructive behaviours are in fact a means of escape from the pressures and expectations that come with notoriety at such a young age?

Randy: I think that it’s part of it. Sure. I mean my own belief is that there’s usually something deeper than that, that someone would use a substance as a crutch. But there’s a trigger, such as fame or…too much pressure, too much this, not enough that and then a substance or alcohol becomes easily relied upon.

Natalie: Randy, how different is your life now compared to having grown up in one of the most famous entertainment families in Hollywood?

Randy: Significantly different. Gosh, I don’t even know how to answer than. I mean, night and day (laughs). It’s almost like a different lifetime. Granted, I’m not hurting by any means and I live a nice life, but it doesn’t look anything like the way I grew up.

Natalie: One of your mottos is “Heal Your Past, Live Your Present “, which I must say highly resonates with me as it would with many others. How does this motto translate into how you live your life, and ultimately what you would like to instil in your children?

Randy: It’s a two part answer. I don’t know how it translates to what I want to instil in my children. They don’t have much of a past right now so (laughs). But in terms of how I live my life, I think I needed to heal my past in order to live my present. Otherwise, I would be living my present always looking at the past. And I see it every day with people. A good example is people will be in relationships with one another and will be reacting to something the other one says, and it’s not even what the other person says but it reminds them of you know, their father saying this to them when they were five, and it brings up all of that. They’re not even in relationships in the present time.

So, I don’t think people need to spend years and years and years and years dwelling on the past, but I think if anyone asks themselves truthfully, is there anything from the past that you would like to improve? Is there anything from the past that you feel holds you back from living your best life? I believe that if someone’s honest, there’s always something that will come up. So, I do think it’s important that we either ask each other, or ask ourselves these questions so we can keep updating our software, because otherwise, it’s like we’re on a computer with Windows from ‘95. We’re going, “Why is this so slow? What? My screen’s frozen”.

Natalie: Randy, those analogies are great!

Natalie: Randy, the very foundation of your role as a life coach, is to guide individuals on their own journey into self-awareness, a deeper understanding of what makes them who they, what has ultimately shaped the individual that they have become, as well as the choices that have led them to the point that they are currently at in their life. You also help them to identify obstacles in their life, which can hold that individual back from reaching their full potential, and live the life that they ultimately aspire to or envision for themselves.


 How difficult is it for an individual to break through their self-defeating attitudes, behaviours, insecurities, and negative self-fulfilling prophecies?

Randy: I see people change in a couple weeks. I also see that some people take longer to work through, let go of and make the necessary shifts. Time isn’t so important as much as a willingness to breakthrough mixed with patience. For instance, I had a client who came through my doors two months ago, and that was a once a week. Her life is drastically different right now. Her outlook on life and herself is drastically different. I have some people who might not be as willing to look at the things that they need to look at. I feel like the change that people want is dictated by them, and how open and willing they are to look at things differently.

Natalie: So, ultimately they have to be willing to change and work toward it?

Randy: Yes, and let go of certain things. Let’s say someone is dealing with something in life and their so identified with a particular role. If they say “I’m just not pretty enough. I’ll be never Claudia Schiffer (laughs), Kate Moss. I’ll just never be that. I am so ugly”. I would ask, “Why do you compare yourself to Kate Moss?” “Well, she’s beautiful. Everyone loves her”. “Yes and, is your name Kate?” Their reply, “No.” My reply, “You’re you. If you try to be someone else and compare yourself to someone else, it is a set up for failure and self- suffering. If someone isn’t willing to let go of a role that they’re identified with, as being the one who’s not attractive, then it’s going to be very hard for them to change until someone says wait a second, yeah, that’s not very kind. Why am I comparing myself to a top supermodel? What’s one thing I can find about myself that I appreciate, that works? Just one thing, even though it might be little. Those small things can be expanded upon to really turn things around, so the self-image changes.

Natalie: Spirituality means different things to different people. How do you interweave spirituality into the messages and coaching strategies that you employ during your sessions?

Randy: Good question. That is also based on the individual. So, if someone is Christian and that’s their faith, I might use examples that apply to them to meet them where they are at. Like if someone is more into, you know, Buddhism, or I guess my own definition of spirituality which is just being more in touch with spirit, then I’ll use more examples of the universe and universal truths, and talk with people about this sort of spiritual concept, to break them down into everyday liveable realities. At the end of the day, I work with people on love, acceptance, gratitude and compassion. In my book, that should encompass all religions and all human beings as those principles do not discriminate nor do they alienate.

Natalie: Would you say spirituality for you, is more of a way to live your life?

Randy: Yes. I mean, I feel like spirituality is a part of…spirituality is life. I mean, life isn’t separate from spirituality. It took me years to go, “Oh, I’m going to be spiritual now”. But was I not spiritual before? I think it’s just… it’s your values, it’s your morals, it’s what you find is the truth for you. I think that’s spirituality.

Natalie: Do you believe that spirituality is integral to the healing process or a way to live your life accordingly?

Randy: Not necessarily. I don’t think someone has to. Spirituality, that term, has become almost like a non-religious religion. You know, I don’t even know what it means anymore, or how to define that. But that is what I like about it. Once something is defined, it loses some of its magic and mystery, loses its power. I would say for me, spirituality is anything that un-limits somebody. So, yeah, anything that is unlimited.

Natalie: Randy, has spirituality brought a peace and purpose to your life, and if so, in what respect?

Randy: Yes. Spirituality has brought peace. It’s brought purpose. I’ve also had to change how I view life. You know, I was waiting for some big spiritual enlightenment. And I get little moments of spiritual enlightenment all throughout my day, whether talking to you, our shared connection. I have moments with my daughter where I’ll be greatly challenged, because I’m so frustrated about something, and she’ll turn and she’ll say something to me. And in that moment it makes me question, redefine everything that I was thinking at that moment. So, I feel like life is spiritual. Everything that we do, it can be greatly spiritual. It just depends on how you look at it. So, for me, yes I’ve learned a lot in life, even more seeing the spirituality, the God in everything.

Natalie: Also, what spiritual message would you like to instil or share with others, especially those with pre-existing biases, beliefs or misconceptions?

Randy: My spiritual message is ask questions. Find your truth. Don’t limit yourself. Love who you are.

Natalie: Do you believe that a lack of spirituality or reluctance toward spiritual beliefs can hinder an individual’s development in the formation of one’s beliefs around the meaning and purpose of life and its connection with others?

Randy: I think that’s just it. Our beliefs are our spirituality. So, if you believe in a God that’s sitting in heaven, deciding if you’re going to a good place or a bad place. That’s your spirituality and that dictates how you see the world based on that. If you believe life is meant to be about pain and suffering, that’s going to be part of your spirituality. If you believe that we’re meant to discover ourselves and that everything happens the way that it needs to for our own development, then that’s your spirituality.

It depends on what the definition of spirituality is. And for some people to find their spirituality is in their perceived relationship with God or a higher power, or the universe, or creation or source or Jesus or Buddha, etc. And for some, going to church is spiritual. That’s their connection. For some, you know, they sit in their room and meditate, and they feel their connection. I think connection is a big word, in terms of spirit. Whether it’s your own spirit, whether it’s an outside force that came be to God. There’s still a connection there.

So, yes I guess the question is how does one find connection? I don’t think anything has to hinder one’s growth. I do think that beliefs shape our reality. So, if you believe that the world is square, then the world’s going to be square until, you’re like Christopher Columbus and see it round (laughs). I think beliefs either limit people or drive them beyond them, depending on what it is.

Natalie: And the notion around spirituality is not a clear-cut concept, is it?

Randy: This might be very esoteric, but I think that’s the thing a lot of people struggle with in defining G.O.D, in defining God. What is that? Well, that’s religion. Oh, that means this and that, and it’s like, how do you define something that I can’t define? I can’t pretend to define that cause I don’t know. I know what I feel, and I know that when I look in my daughter’s eyes and she says something to me Natalie, that I’m completely amazed by, and it makes me in that moment think, “Wow, this place is amazing. We human beings are fascinating, amazing”. That’s it to me. That’s an example. But I can’t define that. It’s just an example that I connect to and say, “Oh yes, right there. That feeling, that’s it”.

Natalie: Randy, during your experience as a life coach so far, have you found that most individuals have been receptive to your spiritual teachings, or do you feel that spirituality is a subject which some individuals are reluctant to embrace?

Randy: You know, it’s a good question. I coach people, I coach business men and women who want to change their career, or want to improve, you know, certain things in their jobs. We don’t discuss spirituality. They come to me. I let someone dictate what they want, so I ask questions. They tell me what they want, I ask more questions till we get to a desired outcome. Again, for me it’s all spiritual. Someone’s looking to improve something, someone wants something. I’m facilitating them with something. I don’t sit there and bring my spiritual tool-chest into the equation all the time. It depends on the person, if someone wants to go there or not.

Natalie: Randy, you currently conduct workshops in both Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles. Do you have any future plans to further expand your workshops or life coaching sessions to other parts of the United States?

Randy: Those are two big cities and I have lived in both. But I have clients all over. I have clients in Australia, I have clients in England. I have clients in Sweden, Norway. So, I work with people through Skype or telephone. Even do workshops and tele-workshops, so distance does not limit someone working with me thanks to technology. In terms of workshops, because of my children being so young and finishing my book, I haven’t done that much traveling in the past year. But because my book is going to be coming out, I’m probably going to have to do a bit more traveling. So, I will open up my in-person workshops to some different places. But I do offer in-town retreats for anyone who wants to come here. I make individualized workshop retreats for their needs.

Natalie: On a less serious note, can you tell us what a day in the life of Randy Spelling is like?

Randy: Oh, okay. I’ll try to give you the abridged version. Wake up. Three minute meditation. Go get my youngest daughter. Change her diaper. Then go in and get my older daughter. Watch them play for five minutes. My wife takes over. I go down and make breakfast. And if it’s a workday, I will get ready to go to work and work for six or eight hours, and I come home and same thing. I do dinner (laughs). Help my wife get dinner ready for the girls, and then usually we’ll go on a walk around our neighbourhood. And then it’s bath time. Then I put one to bed. Leah [my wife] puts the other one to bed. We take turns with both girls. And then, usually after that I make some food for myself and then I either do some work stuff or I’ll sit with my wife. We’ll talk about the day and hang out for a little bit. Once in a while, we’ll watch a movie and go to sleep. Because my daughters are so young, we are tired! Yes, it’s just life. Task, task. Got to get this done, got to get that done. You change her diaper. Yes, it’s quite busy right now.

Natalie: What are your hobbies/interests?

Randy: I love food. I would say, I’m coo coo about food. And I’m a fact research nerd, so I’m really pretty vocal and passionate about the food system, where food comes from, health and just looking out for the planet. I want to make sure that my daughters have a nice, taken care-of earth when I’m not here. They can have the choices, eat the foods they want and get the nutrition that they need.

Natalie: Very eco-friendly practices?

Randy: Yes. Not everything. But yes. For instance, the whole, you know, pesticide, genetically-modified food debate. I would say I’m pretty passionate about it. That’s one of my hobbies. I do like exercise, I do like writing a lot. That’s it. Being out in nature. Going to a film. Seeing new things. Love that. I don’t always have time for those things, but I make sure I get them in when I can (laughs).

Natalie: Randy, you said that your book should be available within the next year?

Randy: I think so. I’m talking with publishers right now. So, depending on what publisher I go with. I guess it will be up to them when they slate the book for release. So, I won’t know. Hopefully, it will be within the next twelve months, but maybe I’ll put something on my website where people can pre-order, be put on the list.

Natalie: Anything you want to tell us? Tid-bits that can wet our appetite?

Randy: It’s a bigger version of this interview. This was just an appetizer (laughs). Now I am hungry!

Natalie: Fantastic. Can’t wait!

Randy: I mean, I talk about some of the struggles I’ve had with my own addiction, growing up. There’s a good amount of bringing these spiritual concepts down to earth in a way that people can use them on an everyday basis to better themselves.


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Nina Agdal: Feet firmly on the ground


She’s stunningly beautiful and genetically blessed, with a modeling career that has already reached incredible heights. Within the last two years, Nina Agdal has established herself among some of the top names in the modeling world. Having appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues twice, earning her the title of “Rookie of the Year” in 2012, as well as endorsing iconic brands, such as Bebe, Billabong, Victoria’s Secret, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Macy’s and Banana Moon Swimwear, even appearing in the 2013 Super Bowl television commercial for Carl’s Jr/Hardee’s, this Danish-born beauty has already proven that she’s the next big thing in modelling. Nina may only be 22 years old, but she can be regarded as one of the most alluring and intriguing individuals of our generation. Her career is already set to reach epic portions, following in the likes of fellow Sports Illustrated alumni Kate Upton and Brooklyn Decker. She exudes charisma, confidence, with a maturity well beyond her years. She can even be considered as a positive role model for young women. It is no doubt that Nina Agdal can in fact be regarded as the next “it girl” in the modeling industry. She epitomizes the starry-eyed girl who dared to dream big, and ultimately succeeded in accomplishing her dream in America. In this interview, Nina gives us a refreshingly honest and down-to-earth perspective on her modeling career thus far, as she continues her journey upwards.

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Natalie: Nina, your journey from humble beginnings to Sports Illustrated model is truly remarkable. When you were first starting out, did you ever think that you would reach such phenomenal heights?

Nina: Not really, I never thought I’d come this far, it’s been hard but totally worth it. Mostly because it’s what I’ve wanted since I was a little kid. Such a dream that came true.

Natalie: You moved from your native Denmark to Miami when you were only 19 years old. How difficult was the transition? Also, what made you decide to try your luck at modeling in Miami and not Los Angeles or NYC?

Nina: It was pretty hard. I was still young. Younger than I am now. And it meant leaving my family and friends. And when I moved I had heard about people looking for models at some agencies, and I decided to try my luck there. But I eventually got to NYC and LA, as well.

Natalie: What’s the modeling industry like in Denmark?

Nina: It’s huge. The modelling industry is amazing there but they mostly want pro models and not beginners. That’s one of the reasons I decided to move out of there. But when I came back [to Denmark] people were calling for me, for shows, events, and it was seriously wonderful.

Natalie: Nina, would you describe your journey into the modeling world as a smooth one, or did you face any obstacles or struggles along the way to becoming one of today’s most recognizable faces in the modelling industry?

Nina: Both. It was quite hard for me to get into the modelling industry but kept trying until I was noticed. Since then everything has been pretty smooth for me and mostly easy. But it also gets hard sometimes. But like I said, it’s totally worth it when you’re doing something you love. If it’s that way, you stop looking at it like a job.

Natalie: What motivated you to pursue a professional modeling career, and did you always want to be a model?

Nina: I always watched fashion shows on tv when I was a kid and I thought “Oh, I want to be a model”. I had my parents support me since then, so it was pretty easy for me to be motivated. I loved watching models, their beauty and how they looked. And also, I liked knowing how they were off the stage and in normal life. And I found it amazing. This answers the other question. Yes, my dream was to be a model since I was a kid, and thankfully it came true.

Natalie: Nina, Elite Model Management signed you at the tender age of 15. Was it difficult starting out at such a young age in a very cut-throat, highly competitive industry?

Nina: Well, yeah it was quite hard. I was alone and had to start from zero while I watched other models do their stuff as professionals, while I was starting from the bottom. But people were nice and polite to me, so I easily grew up in that industry

Natalie: Nina, can you describe you earliest experience/s in modeling? Did anyone take you under their wing, so to speak, or were there any individuals who tried to discourage you from pursuing your dreams? And if so, did that make you even more determined to succeed?

Nina: Well, there are a lot of people telling you “you can’t”. But it’s up to you to prove them wrong or accept the things they say. A lot of people told me I was just wasting my time, that it was hard to be a model nowadays but I kept fighting for what I wanted. I mean giving up doesn’t help at all. I didn’t exactly want to prove them wrong. I wanted to show I can, for me. Because I knew I was capable of doing it.

Natalie: Has the modelling industry changed since you began your modeling career? Do you believe that it has evolved positively or negatively?

Nina: Yeah, it has. It has become more demanding but it’s good, because it makes you work harder and become better, but it’s still fun. That never goes away.

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Natalie: Nina, you’ve been referred to as the next Kate Upton. Do you plan on following in her footsteps and that of another fellow Sports Illustrated model, Brooklyn Decker, who have launched successful careers in Hollywood?

Nina: I’m a huge fan of Kate. I’d love to follow in her footsteps. I mean, she’s one of my role models to be honest. But I have to work hard at it. She is really wonderful. And I’m looking forward to it, but no one knows what future holds.


Natalie: Nina, what are some of the key steps that you believe are important to becoming a successful model such as yourself?

Nina: Believe in yourself, that’s the main thing. Don’t let anyone bring you down and tell you that you can’t. Never give up and never forget where you come from. Keep your feet on the ground. Fight for what you want. It’s gonna be rough, but the prize is marvellous.

Natalie: Nina, what advice would you give a young aspiring model?

Nina: Don’t be afraid of following your dreams. Have high expectations, but don’t fool yourself. Never stop being yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. You’re good enough.

Natalie: Nina, you can be considered such a positive role model for young women. Do you believe that the modeling industry can sometimes promote unrealistic expectations of what is considered the “perfect” shape and size that women should aspire to?

Nina: Yes, it actually happens most of the times. But it’s not about the perfect shape and size. This industry requires a fit body, but not starving yourself by eating healthy and working out. Of course, you can eat whatever you want, or at least I do.

Natalie: Is there anyone in the modeling world that you idolize or look up to?

Nina: Tyra Banks. She is seriously awesome. Love her.

Natalie: What inspires or motivates you in life?

Nina: My family, my friends, my fans, work partners but mostly my mom. She always keeps me going.

Natalie: What are your hobbies and interests outside of modeling, and how do you stay grounded?

Nina: I like the gym, sports, basketball, swimming, going out with friends. Well, it’s all about remembering who you are. My parents raised me with an education of never forgetting who I truly am, and where I actually come from.

Natalie: Nina, you’ve graced the cover of Ocean Drive, Bazar, Femina, Esquire Mexico, and most notably Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, to name a few. What other magazines would you like to appear on the front page of, and why?

Nina: Elle and People, It’s been one of my dreams since I can remember. Haha!


Natalie: Nina, you’ve modeled for Victoria’s Secret, Macy’s, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Bebe (incidentally, one of my favorite stores. I must confess many of the outfits that you have modeled for them, have encouraged me to make many purchases!), and also the iconic Australian swimwear brand, Billabong. One day, do you plan on launching your very own swimwear collection or fashion label/line?

Nina: I’m not sure about it yet. I mean I’d love to. It would be amazing. But now I’m focused on modelling. But having my own swimwear collection is definitely in my plans. I hope it can be done.

Natalie: Are there any photographers that you would like to work with, or have worked with and hold in high esteem?

Nina: Terry Richardson. I worked with him a few months ago and it was awesome. People talk senseless stuff about him, but he is actually pretty nice and polite. Was such an honour to work with him.

Natalie: Nina, what do you consider to be one the highlights of your career thus far, and why?

Nina: Well, to be honest there are many things. I can’t just pick one but I can only say it has changed my life, in a positive way.

Natalie: What do you believe is one of the greatest pitfalls that an aspiring model can fall into? And what advice do you give them in order to avoid these pitfalls?

Nina: People trying to make you get naked the first time you work with them, without signing, without anything. People trying to make you feel like you’re less, and that they’re better than you. First, you have to be sure the company is real, and that you feel like YOU are ready. If you’re not, no one can force you to do things you don’t want to do. Ignore people who try to bring you down. Most of the time, they’re just jealous and have an ego, I mean, it’s okay to be sure about yourself but without crossing boundaries. Feet on the ground.


Natalie: Nina, do you have a mantra that you live you, and would love to share with your fans?

Nina: “Live like you’re at the bottom, even when you’re at the top”.

Natalie: What’s a typical day like in the life of Nina Agdal?

Nina: I mainly wake up early when I have a photo shoot or some event. I get my makeup done, then hair. It takes like two hours sometimes, then clothes, etc. On a free day, it’s just tons of food and movies with a friend or at the beach. That’s simply awesome and I love it.

Natalie: Nina, what are your aspirations or hopes for your future?

Nina: I hope to become a better model, to get the chance to work and meet more people. Get my own clothing line, or something. That’s totally in my plans.



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