411mania Inteview: Playboy's Miss May Dani Mathers (05.06.2014)
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 05.06.2014
411's Steve Gustafson sits down with Playboy's Miss May, Dani Mathers! She talks about being the newest Playmate, her appearances in Neighbors and Let's Be Cops, and what's next in her career! All this and more inside!
May just became my favorite month. Blond beauty Dani Mathers is Playboy's May 2014 Playmate of the Month (issue on newsstands and iPlayboy.com now, with additional photos available at www.playboy.com/danimathers). The SoCal born and raised stunner has had a recurring role on CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful since 2005, and appears in the upcoming films Neighbors (in theaters May 9) and Let's Be Cops (in theaters August 13). She also starred on Playboy TV's Badass and Playboy Trip: Patagonia.
Miss May's pictorial was shot on the beaches of Cabo San Lucas. "It was my Playmate dream come true," she says, "and the greatest moment of my career. Though I'm only five-one, I tried to stretch out and radiate like a larger-than-life sex symbol." She was kind enough to take a few moments out of her busy schedule and talk to me about her experience.
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Steve Gustafson: Hi Dani! First, congratulations on being Playboy's Miss May and thanks for taking a few minutes to answer some questions for 411mania.com! You're well know for your roles on The Bold and the Beautiful and Playboy's Badass and Playboy Trip: Patagonia. How did you first get involved with modeling and with Playboy?
Dani Mathers: Hi guys! Thanks so much for takin the time to talk to me! My adventure with Playboy was somewhat of an accident, if you will. I was actually submitting myself for acting jobs on lacasting.com and accidentally submitted for a summer Playboy show. Not 2 hours later I got the call from Sam Rhima saying they'd love to have me! Once I warmed up to the idea, which didn't take long, I immediately decided that I needed to know what it felt like to be nude in front of people aside from family and boyfriends, so I went to a nudist resort and the rest is history! After filming that show, I was sent to Argentina to film Playboy Trip Patagonia then Playboy Trip: Back In Argentina. What girl could say no to travel with beautiful playmates?
Steve Gustafson: WOW! That might be my favorite Playmate story ever! OK, I ask everyone about their photoshoot because of the wide range of emotions. How was yours? Were you nervous? Excited?
Dani Mathers: My shoot was FANTASTIC! I'm such a headcase so I knew that if I over-thought this shoot I wouldn't enjoy it. I was lucky enough to be working with a team that I've worked with for many years so it added an element of comfort ability and gave the shoot a family vibe, which kept me stress free! I was obviously a bit nervous as I've wanted this for far too long but I just had to be confident that Hef picked me because he liked ME so I just let it be and did what i know how to do...roll around in the sand NAKED! (Laughs)
Steve Gustafson: (Laughs) Amazing! How did you learn that you were going to be Miss May? Who was the first person you called?
Dani Mathers: I actually tested for Playmate in July 2013 and didn't hear anything until months later! This was a heart attack in itself, but it definitely taught me patience that's for sure. When I first got the call I was finishing up my last day in Vegas! (Laughs) I immediately cried and asked, "Are you sure they read my name correctly?!?" Then had to ask if I could call them back in a minute because I suddenly couldn't speak English! I called back while jumping all over the beds before check-out! (Laughs) The first person I called was my mom and then my dad, of course!
Steve Gustafson: This is already becoming my favorite email. How has your life changed since becoming Miss May?
Dani Mathers: I would have to say that so far the biggest change is my happiness level. I'm so proud and re-motivated to be the best at what I do, I've got that flame again! The year has already began to book up with amazing jobs, travels, and fun times with my fellow Playmate sisters, but for now I'm just enjoying the support and the all around happiness this accomplishment has brought me!
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Steve Gustafson: What a great answer. What does Miss May like to do for fun and to unwind?
Dani Mathers: When there's some time on my hands I absolutely LOVE hangin at the dog park with my girlfriends and our furry friends, hiking, pilates...MOVIES, I LOVE WATCHING MOVIES! I spend most of my time on my couch bundled up, probably eating, and either watching any film under the sun or playing PS3 COD!
Steve Gustafson: That sound you're hearing is millions of men trying to get in touch with you and ask you to marry them. Speaking of movies, you're appearing in the upcoming Neighbors and Let's Be Cops. What can you tell us about those roles and are you going to be pursuing more movie acting in the future?
Dani Mathers: I have very minor roles in both, however, you should definitely be able to find me. In Neighbors you'll find me at a dildo sale on the fraternity front lawn and smoking weed at a pool party (Laughs) I can't give too much away though it's going to be a hilarious movie! In Let's Be Cops you'll find me being chased down the beach wearing my Pam Anderson circa Baywatch red one piece lifeguard suit by Damon Wayans and Jake Johnson!
Steve Gustafson: That sounds awesome. I suddenly have a reason to watch both of those movies now. Real quick, on your Twitter profile you say you're a "bad cook". What's the best dish that you CAN cook?
Dani Mathers: Well it's reeeeeally hard to mess up boiling water SO I would have to say anything pasta is my forte! I also bake a mean butterfinger chocolate chip cookie if I do say so myself.
Steve Gustafson: Again, I'm sure you won't find any dudes that will have a problem with that meal. OK, since we cover Movies and TV shows here at 411mania, I have to ask you some related questions. I know you're busy but do you have any TV shows that you must watch?
Dani Mathers: Well, Dexter and Breaking Bad ended so I had to move on. I'm really wanting to get into Game Of Thrones, I know I'm late to the party, House Of Cards, Archer, if you haven't seen it and you like raunchy cartoons...it's a must see, SOA, Naked and Afraid, just to name a few.
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Steve Gustafson: Wow. So far you're batting perfect in this interview. You made it clear that you love movies. What about going out to the movies? Some of your favorites?
Dani Mathers: I can't wait for the new Godzilla, Star Wars: Episode VII, and TMNT! As for movies that are already out, I loved the new 300:Rise Of An Empire, Raid Redemption. AND the new Raid 2, Attack The Block, Bridesmaids...Can't get enough of The Princess Bride though!
Steve Gustafson: Awesome! OK, I read that you are a strong supporter of animal-rights and work closely with 2008 Playmate of the Year Jayde Nicole's JNF Foundation. What can you tell us about that and where can people go to learn more and to help?
Dani Mathers: jaydenicole.com/charity . Here is the link so that you can read more about it but our main goal is to help rescue and shelter animals! Jayde has actually been fostering different rescues and we all help to find them homes. It truly is an endearing foundation and I really encourage everyone interested in owning an animal and having a furry friend to rescue! There are WAY too many animals out there without homes.
Steve Gustafson: Bravo! As an owner of 3 rescue dogs, this is a great organization. I'll definitely spread the word. What's next? Goals for 2014?
Dani Mathers: To successfully launch my jewelry line, in the works, to work my butt off building my brand, possibly buy a home, and travel to at least 5 new countries!
Steve Gustafson: You're not taking it easy! Awesome! What's the best way for fans to keep up-to-date on your career?
Dani Mathers: I'm very interactive on my social media sites. YES it's me running them and responding to you...some people think we have someone running our pages and here is where you can find me: