Katrina Bowden stars in NBC's Emmy award winning show 30 Rock as Cerie. Along with her role on 30 Rock, Katrina also stars in the films Sex Drive and Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, and fans of Fall Out Boy will probably recognize her from the band's music video "Dance, Dance."
Q: You hail from Wyckoff, New Jersey, which is also the hometown of the Jonas brothers, actress Tara Reid, American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis, and baseball legends Bucky Dent and Don Zimmer. If Wyckoff were to gather all of its famous natives and then hold a decathlon, chili cook-off, and a celebrity Jeopardy episode, who would come out on top?
KB: Bucky Dent would probably win the decathlon, I think Don Zimmer would win the chili cook-off because he looks like a man who knows good chili. And for a celebrity Jeopardy episode, I think I would have stiff competition from at least one of the Jonas brothers - I know a lot of random facts. Maybe as a power team we could do great on Jeopardy!
Q: What can you tell us about your upcoming role in the feature film Tucker & Dale vs. Evil?
KB: Tucker and Dale is an exciting, unique movie that was really fun to be a part of. It's about two lovable friends who get mistaken as evil crazy "hillbillies" by a group of young college kids when they take a camping trip. My character gets rescued by the two locals when there is a swimming accident - although Tucker and Dale are sweet kind-hearted guys, through the eyes of my friends they seem like evil killers. And similarly, through the eyes of Tucker and Dale, my friends seem crazed and violent. Therefore it turns into a kind of cat-and-mouse scenario with cool special effects and funny back and forth between the "eyes" of both groups.
Q: In 2006, you were cast on the daytime drama One Life to Live, but you chose to pass when you were also selected for your role on 30 Rock. While I'm sure you have no regrets on how things played out, how differently might things be for you now if you passed on 30 Rock?
KB: Yes, that was a decision I had to make, but I am so very happy with the outcome of my choice. Choosing to take on a role on a prime time show can sometimes be a gamble since you never know if it will be well received and stick around for very long; yet, I had no doubt in my mind that joining 30 Rock was a great choice and opportunity. I always thought it was extremely well-written, witty, and had the potential to be a giant success. Not to mention, such an amazing opportunity to work with such talented people. There's no use, in my opinion, in looking back and wondering "what if." I just focus on how far I've come, how much I have these past few years, and what I want to do to continue building my career.
Q: Speaking of 30 Rock, what do you find more overpowering on the set: Tina Fey's razor-sharp wit or Alec Baldwin's deep vocal timber?
KB: "Overpowering" is the wrong word. I did find both intimidating at first since I was such a newcomer around such experienced actors and writers! I was nervous first meeting both Tina and Alec, but like the rest of the cast, they made me feel so comfortable and at ease. Yet, I'm still wowed by Tina and all of the writers' sharp, witty humor and ability to create such funny, current scripts week after week. Similarly, it's amazing to watch Alec when he is in a scene - I've learned so much from watching his technique and how he approaches comedy.
Q: You've had the honor of traipsing down the red carpet at the Emmys. Can you share with us the three best and three worst things about being at an event of that magnitude?
KB: The Emmys are so fun and it's such an honor to be at. To me, the three best things about being at an event of that magnitude are: picking out a gown and getting ready, being in L.A. together and having fun with the rest of the cast, and (since the show has had so much success) the excitement of having our writers, directors, actors and the show as a whole nominated for awards. Winning is absolutely amazing, too, but the fact that it's so well received and respected is very cool.
The three worst parts are: the traffic on the way to the red carpet; the heat when walking the red carpet; and the anxious, nervous feeling right before the winner of an award is announced.
Q: You started modeling at the ripe ol' age of 14. We're curious if you've ever flipped on America's Next Top Model and thought "Hey, I could take home the title if I went on there today"?
KB: I have definitely watched my fair share of Top Model! It gets kind of addictive, especially when they play those all-day marathons that often leave me glued to the sofa for hours. A guilty pleasure for sure! I always loved being in front of a camera and performing, which is a big part of modeling as well, but the girls on that show put up with so much and really learn the techniques. Acting is my passion; I definitely wouldn't take home a title as a top model - I'm happy being an actress!
Q: You played "Ms. Tasty," in the 2008 flick Sex Drive. Perhaps we're wrong, but that's possibly the funniest character name you may ever have. Any plans for topping that moniker?
KB: That is definitely a pretty hilarious character name! It was strange at first when I was asked by people what character I played in Sex Drive after we finished shooting - referring to yourself as "Ms. Tasty" is something that always brought about a funny response! It would be awesome if a character name I play in the future could top it, but I kind of doubt that happening. But, hey, you never know - let's wait a few years and see what happens!
Q: While your nickname is Kit Kat, you don't look as if you indulged yourself in that treat very often. What actually is your favorite snacking indulgence?
KB: (laughs) I didn't get that nickname from eating too many Kit Kats, although I can't deny that they are delicious! I try to eat very healthy and take care of myself physically. But I can't resist a good piece of carrot cake, gummy dots, and gummy bears - they are all just too good.
Q: Where can your fans keep up to date on all of your latest work?
KB: Fans can keep up to date on my latest work on IMDB (of course) and my Facebook pages and fan sites. I'll be setting up a Twitter page soon, so they can look out for that, too.
Q: We end all interviews with word association. I say "wombat" and you say...
KB: Bloomin' onion.