411mania Interview: Miss October Amanda Cerny
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 09.28.2011
411's Steve Gustafson sits down with Playboy's Miss October Amanda Cerny! She opens up her modeling, becoming Miss October, and her charity work in an exclusive interview!
The October issue of Playboy will cost you 60-cents. Serious. That's how much it cost in its early years. You get a 1960s-inspired cover, details on the new NBC show, Playboy Club, a swizzle stick, and Miss October Amanda Cerny!
Trust me when I say: THIS IS A STEAL!
Cerny is unlike any Playmate you've met before. She earned her first-degree black belt in karate at the age of 11. She earned straight A's in high school while running Varsity track. For her 18th birthday she celebrated by free-falling at 120 mph. She's 20 so you can only imagine what she's going to do next!
One thing is for sure, she lives her favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss: "If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good!"
Amanda was nice enough to take time out and talk to me about being named Miss October, shooting the centerfold, and what's next in her adventurous life!
Steve Gustafson: Amanda, thanks again. To start off, what got you into modeling? What was your first shoot?
Amanda Cerny: My sister Samantha and I both started to do some bikini and editorial modeling during high school. It was a lot of fun for the both of us and made us some extra money for college. One of the main photographers that I worked with in high school was Brad Miller. He is such a great and prestigious photographer in South Florida!
Steve Gustafson: Wow! Very cool. How did you get involved with Playboy?
Amanda Cerny: I was actually in my apartment at Florida State University when two of my hometown friends chatted me on Facebook to tell me to submit photos for Playmate. They explained to me how another girl from our high school, Kelly Carrington, submitted and became Miss October 2008! So I sent my bikini modeling photos in that day and the following day I received an email back that requested nude photos. I was a bit hesitant at first but understood and just put my camera on self timer and sent my pictures in. I ended up flying out to LA for my test shoot and stayed at the Playboy Mansion for a couple weeks. Two weeks after returning to Florida, my Centerfold was approved by Hef and I was flown out in May to shoot my Centerfold!
Steve Gustafson: Just like that! I'm not surprised that they snapped you right up though. What was your reaction when they told you that you'd be Miss October?
Amanda Cerny: A few weeks after shooting my Centerfold I discovered that I was Miss October! I was jumping up and down, doing my happy dance, and calling all of my close friends and family! It was such a great month not only because of the issue's 1960s theme and $.60 price on newsstands, but because I became Miss October just like my new close friend from my hometown, Kelly.
Steve Gustafson: That's got to be a first! I think a lot of guys will be looking to move to your hometown now! How was your photoshoot for the pictorial?
Amanda Cerny: Well it was my first time posing nude in front of about 25 people so as you can predict I was very nervous! Kind of looked like a deer in headlights for the first five minutes. My makeup artist noticed and ran up to me to explain how long everyone there has been doing this for and how professional everyone is. So within a couple minutes I realized just that, became comfortable and just had fun with it!
Steve Gustafson: I've heard that plenty of times. I don't think other people realize how much goes on behind-the-scenes and how supportive the Playboy family is. You look so comfortable and natural in your centerfold as well. How has your life changed, if at all, since becoming Miss October?
Amanda Cerny: Of course! I mean, I have always been spontaneous and outgoing but becoming Miss October has opened up so many new doors for me. I am living the dream. Traveling more than I could ever imagine and meeting a lot of amazing and interesting people.
Steve Gustafson: I bet! Saying that, what's next for you? Any projects we should be on the look-out for?
Amanda Cerny: Well I do have a lot coming up. From flying out to Haiti to promote and acquire donations to help rebuild the coast of Haiti and their economy, to moving out to Los Angeles so that I can pursue my career in acting, I'd say I have a lot coming up.
Steve Gustafson: No doubt! OK, you got your first-degree black belt when you were 11, earned straight A's while running varsity track in high school. and free-fell at 120 mph for your 18th birthday. What do you have planned for your 21st next year?
Amanda Cerny; Yes! I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie and always excited for adventure. But for my 21st birthday I am going to have to do the weekend long Vegas trip with all of my close girl friends! Seeing how it's tradition for me though to have my "Birthday Week" I might have to squeeze in some more never-done-before thrill-seeking activities!
Steve Gustafson: Awesome! I can't wait to see how that turns out. Now 411mania is a pop culture website that covers TV and Movies. What was the last movie you saw in the theater?
Amanda Cerny: The last movie that I saw in theatre was actually Bridesmaids. It was hilarious but definitely a chick flick! I'm not that big into movies and television though, I'd rather be outdoors or listening to music.
Steve Gustafson: Gotcha. Are there any shows that you MUST watch though?
Amanda Cerny: I have to say that I do love the show The Office! It is too funny! A lot of Playmates I know and Hef enjoy watching Dexter but I haven't really gotten to check it out yet. Also, since my 1960s themed issue is promoting the new NBC show The Playboy Club, I will definitely be tuning in to that every Monday night.
Steve Gustafson: Of course! I'll be sure to tell everyone to check out The Playboy Club! Check your listings! Under your Ambitions in the Data Sheet you listed you wanted to use your Playmate status as a platform to help promote and rebuild Haiti. Are you currently working with an organization? How can readers help?
Amanda Cerny: Yes. I am working with a couple of my good friends Michael Capponi and Bill Dean on this project. It is to help rebuild the coast of Haiti with hotels, tourism, etc. so that we can build up Haiti's economy. Donations are always important but with actually creating new jobs in Haiti it will be effective in helping out Haiti's economy more long term. Readers can help in many ways! Just visit www.discoveringhaiti.com. It is a great cause!
Steve Gustafson: That's awesome! I'll be sure to get that in. www.discoveringhaiti.com! As your fanbse grows and you stay busy, how can fans stay in touch and follow your adventures?
Amanda Cerny: Follow my Facebook fanpage (www.Facebook.com/missoctober2011), my twitter (@amandacerny), and my website should be up and running shortly! (www.missamandacerny.com). I'm always on these sites replying to fans, having contests, uploading new pictures, and keeping everyone, who's interested, updated with my crazy life!
Steve Gustafson: Amanda, you're awesome! Thanks so much and all the best to you!