Katrina Bowden is one of those girls who make other women feel like they lost big in the genetic lottery. Her turn as the clueless, sexy Cerie on arguably the world's most underrated sitcom, 30 Rock, left men drooling and women green with envy.
Since 30 Rock ended, Katrina has been busy planning her wedding and touring with Gillette to promote their Kiss & Tell clean-shave campaign. Last weekend, the team was set up at Bayside Marketplace, and Cultist chatted with her on relationships, spring break madness, and her favorite restaurant.
Cultist: What are you and Gillette doing in Miami?
Katrina Bowden: I am here in Miami to help Gillette kick off its Spring Break tour of spring break destinations. Basically they did a live experiment called Kiss & Tell, and they traveled the country trying to see if women preferred if men were clean-shaven or scruffy, and they found that 85 percent of women prefer men who are clean-shaven. Two out of three said men would have better luck with them if they're clean-shaven. I totally agree. I always prefer to kiss my fiancé when he has a very smooth face. It looks nice, it looks clean, and it feels better.
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What do you miss most about 30 Rock?
It's just been like a second family to me. It's been seven years being around everybody all the time. When I started on the show, I was 17 and learned everything about comedy from all these people. It was a great way for me to jump into the whole show-business industry. I was so young I feel like I had no idea what I was doing. I've always been shy, and I was so lucky to be a part of the show, and I just learned just so much.
When are you getting married?
We haven't set an exact date yet. We're hoping for this summer, so we're planning right now. We're trying to get all our ducks in a row. I'm doing all the planning and he's helping. We don't have a planner, so it's just a lot to do.
What's your wildest spring break story?
I never went on spring break. I started working on 30 Rock when I was 17, so I never really had the chance to experience that. This is only my second time at something involving spring break. It's pretty wild. Ultra Music Festival is going on here, and we just saw a girl walk by with pasties on. That's all she was wearing, with shorts, so that's probably been my wildest spring break moment so far.
What's your next project?
Well, right now I go straight into planning the wedding; that's what I've been focusing on.
I did a cameo in Scary Movie 5 with Sarah Hyland -- that should be funny. I also have a movie coming out this summer called Nurse 3D.
What advice can you offer women on how to attract men?
I think women do a very good job of attracting men. I think just be yourself, don't try too hard. It's the same for girls and guys. Don't try too hard to be anything that you're not. You have to have a person who's gonna know you for who you are. The more honest you are at the beginning, the better. And have fun. When you meet the right person, you'll know pretty much right away. That's been my experience. I've always been a relationship person, not someone who had a new boyfriend every week. Nothing ever felt right until I met my fiancée, then I knew right away. It's a feeling you can't really describe, you just know. Your boyfriend or girlfriend or significant other should be someone who truly knows you and can be silly with you and you can have fun with no matter what. That's the hardest thing to find, someone you want to be around all the time.
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What are your plans while you're in Miami?
I've only been to Miami a few times. This is very busy weekend, there's a lot going on. We're planning to check out some restaurants and spend some time in the sun. Our fave restaurant in New York is called Catch and we just found out they have a restaurant here so we're definitely going to go there. It's so good. We went there for Valentine's Day last year and then my birthday.
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After your experience with such an amazing comedic team on 30 Rock, are you planning to stick with comedy in the future?
I love comedy but I would be open to anything. I love drama as well. Most of what I enjoy watching is a lot of drama, so I would be up for anything. My bar is set kind of high as far as comedy but if another comedy came along I would love to be a part of it.