Chase Coleman’s Original Self


According to Ingrid Bergman, it’s important to “be yourself [as] the world worships the original.” Chase Coleman, actor, director, singer and musician, definitely exemplifies this notion. Not only is he sexy, charismatic, confident and extremely talented and creative, but he is honest and down-to-earth. Having been born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and raised in Monroe, Louisiana, this sexy 5’9″ Southerner knows all too well how important it is to keep it real. While he is certainly known to make the girls swoon with his natural good looks and charm on the small screen, Coleman is definitely no one trick pony.

Chase_ColemanThe multi-talented and highly versatile, Chase Coleman caught the performing bug when he began singing and playing music in the high school, where he performed in the rock band, Crawl Space and later on Fallstaff in college. However, it wasn’t until he attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, majoring in Business Marketing, that he developed an interest in acting, performing on stage. It was this interest and passion, which saw him winning several awards at the Mike Beauty Model and Talent Expo in Dallas, Texas, where he was discovered by a talent manager.

Clearly, it is apparent that Coleman was destined for massive success. He gained numerous roles, appearing in many highly successful and renowned television shows including the soap opera drama, One Life to Live, Gossip Girl, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and The Good Wife, as well as having many starring and supporting roles in independent films such as New York City Serenade, Catahoula, and God Don’t Make the Laws. However, it was his role in season one of the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire as Billy Winslow which gained him notoriety. In 2014, he won the role of werewolf Oliver in the CW’s The Vampire Diaries spin-off series, The Originals, which ultimately catapulted his career. H

He has founded the production company, Bloodstone Productions and created the short film, Into the Rose Garden which he wrote, directed, and starred in. When he isn’t busy creating his own projects, he makes numerous appearances at The Vampire Diaries sci-fi conventions across America and Europe. Coleman’s popularity is certainly on the rise. It’s no wonder that he’s achieved so much success at only merely thirty years of age.  Chase Coleman truly epitomizes that “one can achieve all; it’s not a matter of if, but when.”


Natalie: Chase, you have proven yourself to be a multi-talented performer. Not only are you an actor, but you are also a singer and musician. In fact, you began singing and playing music in your second year of high school. What is it about music which allows you to express yourself creatively? 

Chase: Unless an actor also writes and directs [their] work, [their] form of expression is much different than that of a musician.  While an actor definitely makes [their] mark and communicates [their] voice through a character, the creation of something from nothing through writing is indeed a true magical feat.  Music, written by the musician, is that expression of magic.  Beyond just writing, however, getting to sing and create the sound of something that is meaningful, will always have a different impact than recreating it through acting.


 Natalie: Chase, did you first discover your interest in music whilst in school, or did you exhibit musical tendencies at a very early age?

Chase: I remember the first time I ever tried to really sing, I was at the beach with my friend Carolyn who played guitar.  She started playing my favorite song and she strongly urged me to try singing to it.  That was the first time I actually heard someone say they liked my voice, and it all went from there.  I was probably a sophomore in high school at the time.


Natalie: Chase, at what age did you decide that you wanted to play the guitar, in comparison to other musical instruments?

Chase: In high school while singing with the band, I knew I wanted to be able to accompany myself, and not worry about having to have other musicians around me if I wanted music.  So, I picked up the guitar and slowly taught myself over time.

Natalie: Chase, you were born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, but grew up in Monroe, Louisiana. Did your strong Southern roots and upbringing influence your style of music, and if so, in what way?

Chase: Well, I definitely love hearing some good ol’ Creedence Clearwater Revival when it comes on, because that reminds me of my southern roots. But I’m definitely more influenced and inspired by rock music.  More than perhaps my actual location of where I grew up, I feel that my family, mother, father, and brother influenced me with the music I started to like while I grew older.

Natalie: Chase, can you describe your musical style, and how does your guitar playing help you to tell a story? 

Chase: I love rock music.  Everything from soft rock like Coldplay to hard-rock like Tool, Deftones, or even Mudvayne.  I also am extremely fond of soundtracks and scores to films, and I love such composers as Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, James Newton Howard, John Williams, James Horner, and Harry Escott.  I believe all music helps tell a story, as it moves your heart and brings tears and joy.

Natalie: Musically, who do you admire? And as such, whose footsteps (e.g. singer/musician) would you like to follow in, so to speak?

Chase: I’m a big fan of Maynard James Keenan from Tool and A Perfect Circle.  His lyrics are very intelligent and he sings about thinking for yourself and questioning authority.

Natalie: Chase, do you write your own material? Is there a subject/theme/muse that predominantly features in your music?

Chase: I’m working on original material, slowly.  I’m always interested in things that are bigger than me, and bigger than the immediate visual or what’s right in front of you.  I like to explore philosophical viewpoints in music and I love listening to songs that inspire me to think outside of the box, so that’s probably the best description of my focus as a musician.

Natalie: Chase, you attended St. Frederick Catholic High School where you played in your first rock band, Crawl Space. Was Crawl Space essentially your brainchild, and what type of musical genre did you and your band perform?

Chase: Crawl Space was my first real experience every playing music with a band and playing live, so yes it was the catalyst that began everything. Rock music was the genre.


Natalie: Chase, throughout your college years, you then went on to play in the local band Fallstaff. Would you say that your experience with Crawl Space essentially wet your appetite for playing in front of a live audience?

Chase: It absolutely did!

Natalie: Did any of the original members of Crawl Space move over to Fallstaff, or was this a completely new ensemble of musicians? 

Chase: It was a completely new ensemble of musicians.

Natalie: Was the style of music that you were originally playing with Crawl Space influential in the type of music that Fallstaff played? 

Chase: Yes, it definitely was!

Natalie: Chase, it is interesting to note that you majored in Business Marketing at the University of Louisiana in Monroe. What was the catalyst for you choosing this pathway over studying music? Were you perhaps influenced or encouraged to take an alternative path?

I never really “studied” music educationally.  All of my music experience was gained through playing with other musicians and exploring or learning music by discovery.

Natalie: Chase, it was not until your second year of college that you began to take an interest in acting. It is clearly apparent that performing runs in your blood. What was it about acting that appealed to you?

Chase: I honestly got tired of the part of music playing with a band where I depended on other individuals for my own success, so I wanted to try out the other form of entertainment in the industry on the other end of the spectrum, and that was acting.

Natalie: Chase, had you ever previously entertained the thought of acting earlier on, or was it something that came about as a result of performing as a singer and musician in front of an audience?

I had always considered and thought about it, but never officially did any acting till college.



Natalie: Chase, you performed with both the Straus Community Theatre and the Theatre of the University of Louisiana at Monroe before signing with the Baton Rouge agency, Stage 2000. What are some of the similarities or differences in performing musically on stage versus performing as an actor on stage? And which was one would you say was more satisfying as a performer?

Chase: I don’t think one or the other was more satisfying.  They are both different forms of expression.  As an actor, I get to explore and have fun being another character on the stage, and by being that character I can affect an audience.  Musically, I’m sharing myself more outright and openly, and I can allow an audience to experience what I have experienced through my music.

Natalie: Chase, what were some of your most memorable performances or highlights during your theatre career?

Chase: I loved my first show ever, Little Shop of Horrors.  I also greatly enjoyed, My Three Angels, as well as Breaking Legs.

Coleman as Tino in the play "Breaking Legs".

Coleman as Tino in the play “Breaking Legs”.

Natalie: Chase, it is obvious that your good looks, physique and natural charisma would eventually get you noticed. In fact, you were discovered by talent manager Suzanne Schachter, and as a result you were invited to go to New York to test the market. How did this come about, and had you ever considered acting as a profession?

Chase: I definitely wanted to pursue acting professionally once my appetite had been wet by the local theater there in Louisiana.  I had attended the Mike Beauty Dallas, Texas Expo, and one of the many managers and agents that were there, Mama Sue saw me and invited me to New York for the summer of 2006.


Natalie: Chase, what was your experience as an aspiring actor when you first moved to New York, especially coming from a vastly different environment, such as Louisiana? In your personal experience, did you find the transition an easy or difficult one?

Chase: I had never been to New York ever in my life before heading there for the summer of 2006, and then officially moving there at the end of that same summer.  It was truly awesome and inspiring, and I loved every second of the adventure.  It was never quite “difficult” for me, but more exciting and a great journey I enjoyed and that I’m still enjoying!


Natalie: Chase, your first professional acting role was on the Emmy award winning soap drama, One Life to Live as Garrett, where you appeared in 11 episodes of the show. What was your first professional acting experience like, and would you say that One Life to Live ultimately led to other professional acting opportunities?

Chase: It was very exciting. Getting to work on One Life to Live, started me on the path of experience that I needed to succeed in the industry, and it opened up doorways from one job to the next thereafter.  I’m extremely happy I got to work on that show with that great team!


Natalie: Chase, you probably would be aware that the acting industry often criticizes those with a background in stage performance, as theatre actors have a tendency to be overly dramatic compared to screen actors. Since you have an extensive background in theatre, did you find acting for the small screen more challenging than acting for the stage? Were you ever criticized or asked to perform differently than how you had previously been taught for stage?

Chase: Not at all.  I never had an issue transforming my energy from stage to film.  Training for film and theater can be very similar.  If you train for theater then all you have to do is take all of that energy and “bigness”, and then compact it down a bit into a smaller package. I can definitely say after having trained with such brilliant teachers as Jennifer Gelfer and Jocelyn Jones that my technique as a film actor has tremendously gotten better over the years, and I feel [that] I keep improving.

Natalie: Chase, in 2006 you signed with Suzelle Enterprises, one of the industry leaders in entertainment management and the highly renowned Abrams Artists Agency.  How have these two leading companies in the entertainment industry able to help and foster your professional acting career?

Chase: They literally allowed me the audition possibilities which led to my slow gain of experience over the years.  If I weren’t fortunate enough to have been able to work with both of them, and still Suzelle, I don’t know where I’d be!


Natalie: Chase, during your time in NYC, you studied at both the HB Studio with the legendary Broadway actress, Lorraine Serabien, Black Nexxus with Susan Batson, and at the Haymarket Annex Master Class with Jennifer Gelfer. How have these individuals able to mentor and contribute to your success as an actor? 

Chase: I have learned from many amazing women in my life, and I have had many fantastic female mentors.  I owe much to [those] women.

Coleman as Teach in "American Buffalo" (2010) at BHP.

Coleman as Teach in “American Buffalo” (2010) at BHP.

Natalie: Chase, you have gone on to appear in many highly successful television shows including The Good Wife, Gossip Girl, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Kings, The Americans and In Between Men. However, it was you role as Billy Winslow in the popular award-winning HBO series, Boardwalk Empire that gained you recognition. Would you say that working on this highly successful show has been a defining moment in your career, thus far, and if so, in what way?

Chase: I got to work with the legendary Martin Scorsese on Boardwalk Empire, and I definitely feel it was a major defining moment in my career.  Each step of the way for each job I learned more and more about my craft and my profession, and I’m eternally grateful for each opportunity that was provided for me.


Coleman as Billy Winslow in Season One of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" (2010).

Coleman as Billy Winslow in Season One of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” (2010).


Coleman played Dr. Dane Sullivan in Season One of "In Between Men" (2013).

Coleman played Dr. Dane Sullivan in Season One of “In Between Men” (2013).


Coleman guest starred as Brian Keller in Episode 1.03 "Home" (2009) in CBS's "The Good Wife".

Coleman guest starred as Brian Keller in Episode 1.03 “Home” (2009) in CBS’s “The Good Wife”.

Natalie: Do you ever find that you sometimes have to pinch yourself at how successful you have become in such a short time, especially coming from such humble beginnings?

Chase: It’s funny because it feels sometimes like it has happened so fast, but at the same time it has been so long.  It has been almost 10 years since I began professionally pursuing my career.

Natalie: In addition to many television credits, you have also had many starring and supporting roles in independent films such as New York City Serenade, Catahoula, and God Don’t Make the Laws. Do you aspire to transition from the small screen to major motion pictures, and if so, what types of movies or roles would like to see yourself playing?

Chase: I definitely would love to do more films in the future.  It is my dream to do an amazingly epic medieval style piece as a warrior or Viking, with a very deep character driven story!  Braveheart is my favorite film, for ideas.

Coleman's "Braveheart" monologue.

Coleman’s “Braveheart” monologue.


Coleman as Jason Dunn in the southern drama, Catahoula (2008).

Coleman as Jason Dunn in the southern drama, Catahoula (2008).

Natalie: Do you have a particular actor whom you idolize or would like to emulate in your acting career?

Chase: I’m a huge fan of Marlon Brando, when it comes to classical actors.  I also love Paul Newman and James Dean. When it comes to contemporary actors, I’m a huge fan of Tom Hardy, Brad Pitt, and Christian Bale.  I’m also a huge fan of Gary Oldman.

Natalie: Chase, you appeared in the off-Broadway play, My Big Gay Italian Wedding as the lead Andrew. Did you enjoy returning to the stage? Had you missed it? 

Chase: I had a blast performing in My Big Gay Italian Wedding, and I did enjoy the stage again.  For now, I very much enjoy the medium of film and TV though.

Natalie: In 2011, you founded the production company, Bloodstone Productions which focuses on film and visual entertainment. In fact, you created the short film Into the Rose Garden in which you wrote, directed, and starred in. What was your motivation in creating your own production company, and what do you hope to achieve with Bloodstone Productions?

Chase: I’ve always had the dream and inspiration to also direct and produce my own projects.  I even enjoy writing from time to time.  It is with Bloodstone Productions that I hope to make more projects in the future.

Coleman acted, wrote and directed "Into the Rose Garden".

Coleman acted, wrote and directed “Into the Rose Garden”.

Natalie: Can you tell us about Into the Rose Garden?

Chase: I’d strongly prefer those of you who have not seen the short to watch it here, and communicate with me afterward you feelings and thoughts.


Coleman plays Joseph in "Into the Rose Garden".

Coleman plays Joseph in “Into the Rose Garden”.

Natalie: Chase, you most recently had a recurring role appearing in twelve episodes of the hit CW television series, The Originals (spin-off of The Vampire Diaries) as the werewolf Oliver. Having appeared in such a hugely popular television show, how has this helped elevate your career?

Chase: Being able to perform in the role of Oliver for The Originals has definitely allowed me to step up to the next precipice of my career.  I’ve gotten to know so many amazing people all over the world through the fan base of the show, and I’m now soon going to get to travel through Europe as well.  I have a blast getting to go to the conventions and seeing how people have been affected by the show, and what I’ve gotten to do as my character in the show.


The Originals -- "Crescent City" -- Image Number: OR113b_0130.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Chase Coleman as Oliver and Claire Holt as Rebekah -- Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW -- © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

The Originals — “Crescent City” — Image Number: OR113b_0130.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Chase Coleman as Oliver and Claire Holt as Rebekah — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Natalie: Chase, I understand that you have been recently on the sci-fi convention circuit, appearing at The Vampire Diaries conventions. These conventions are hugely popular with fans. In fact, these conventions provides  you as an actor with the opportunity to have a closer relationship with your fans, as well as enabling the fandom to see you as a real person and not just someone on screen. What has been the fan base’s response to your character and you as an actor? 

Chase: I feel that once people have gotten to meet me as the person Chase and not just the character of Oliver, they’ve grown to like me more than they liked my character.

Coleman as Oliver in "The Originals".

Coleman as Oliver in “The Originals”.


The Originals -- "Alive & Kicking" -- Image Number: OR202a_0239.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Phoebe Tonkin as Hayley, Joseph Morgan as Klaus and Chase Coleman as Oliver -- Photo: Curtis Baker/The CW -- © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

The Originals — “Alive & Kicking” — Image Number: OR202a_0239.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Phoebe Tonkin as Hayley, Joseph Morgan as Klaus and Chase Coleman as Oliver — Photo: Curtis Baker/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Natalie: Chase, do you have any upcoming projects in the works, or any exciting news that you would like to share?

Chase: I do have some upcoming projects in the works, but I can’t really share anything yet! Don’t want to jinx anything (laughs).


Natalie: Where would you like to see yourself in the next few years? 

Chase: I want to do major films that can reach and affect an audience worldwide, as well as work on major fantastic TV shows with great writing and a great distribution platform available to everyone. I want to create work that will stick in the minds of my viewers, and will move my viewers to action.






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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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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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