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Interview With Cynthia Popper By Chris 8/10/05

Cynthia Popper is one smart girl who has a english major
Who who has a segment on the TV show Rob Black & Your
She also happends to be in Playboy Pac10 Issue and also
will be a COED Of The Week
She is one smart female who has her head in her place
She is going places with her writing work and


1. How has your life changed since doing

Things have been a little crazy since the magazine hit
stands in terms of email and attention from the media, but
otherwise my life has more or less stayed the same. One
great thing that did come about was the top agency in San
Francisco, LOOK, signed me for their commercial print
modeling division—which is huge.

2. Why pose for in Playboy?

Ultimately, I did it because I’m really feeling good
about how I look right now. After I broke up with my
fiancé, my figure got really lean and tight. I know
I won’t look like this forever so I figured Playboy
was a way to “time capsule” my figure for when
I’m an old lady!

3. How did your parents respond to you being in

I didn’t tell anyone I posed until after I knew for
sure I was in the magazine. Once I got the call from
Playboy I made the calls. My mom was so cool about
it—she was like ‘right on—good for
you!’ but my Dad…He’s not too keen about
it just because he works in the tool industry and he knows
about nine million mechanics and technicians… who
all know he has a daughter that is a Berkeley student. So
he was as cool as he could be, I guess you could
say… but really, who can blame him? He’s my

4. Was it fun doing the photo shot?

I love photo shoots! Everything that goes into the finished
product is so interesting to me: the lighting, makeup
wardrobe. It’s so funny when you try un things you
think won’t look cute but then they photograph so
well… It took hours to get the lighting set up and
the makeup and hair done… Playboy is very impressive
in what they do to create the finished product… plus
their production crews are amazing.

5. How have people responded when you tell them your in

For the most part, very well. People seem to like the
pictures and overall I think the experience has been great.
There are some people from Cal who disagree with nude
modeling, as they think it’s demeaning on the whole.
Yes—I agree that there is exploitive modeling out
there that isn’t healthy for women. Playboy
doesn’t fit into that category in any way. You have
to work hard to get into the magazine—it’s a
pretty exclusive club. No one is forcing you to do

6. Have you learn’t a lot doing your degree?

Definitely. Earning my English degree has really changed
the way I think about the world. Believe it or not, English
is a pretty interdisciplinary subject— through
literature you learn about art, history, culture and the
human condition. I really learned how to read a book
properly and how to write well. It’s helped me
enormously in my career.

7. What did you want to get out of your

I hope to continue writing. I write for TV and also for a
web publishing company. I also do some editing and
proofreading on a freelance basis. I’d love to write
children’s books someday.

8. How did you get the job working on Rob Black &
Your Money and is it fun?

The show is amazing. Rob really gave me my big break on the
show. I worked as an intern for several months and just
kept accepting any work he threw my way. I was also a
columnist for The Daily Californian at the time. He read
some of my clips and offered me a job. Once I was writing
stories he thought I’d be good on camera
too—so, we produced a segment called Gadget Girl,
where I’d talk about hot consumer tech products. It
was a blast, but not really what I wanted to do. I love
doing “Women and Investing” because I feel like
I might actually be helping women connect with resources
they need to be successful with money.

9. What it is like working on television?

Television is tricky—especially live TV. Things go
wrong—bad things. Technical problems, bad video,
someone can say the f word… you have to be really
for anything! Our show is a call-in show too—so you
never know what the viewer is going to say! It’s
exciting, and it really keeps you on your toes!

10. Realty TV Good Or Bad?

I love The Girls Next Door and America’s Next Top
Model. Don’t tell anyone. I don’t watch a ton
of TV…and some reality just doesn’t need to be
broadcast, but yes… it’s a guilty pleasure of

11. What are some of your favourite movies?

My favorite film of all time is “Breakfast at
Tiffany’s”. When Audrey Hepburn sings Moon
River… what a scene. I love classic films.
“Some Like it Hot” is a good one too. As far as
modern films, I loved “Amelie” and
“Crouching Tiger”.

12. What movies that you have seen recently you have
really enjoyed?

I just saw “March of the Penguins” and
“The Motorcycle Diaries” Both were awesome! I
want to see “The Constant Gardner” next. I have
a cheesy side for sure—I loved “Team
America”. You can’t argue with puppet

13. What are some of your favourite musical

Best Bands: The Clash and the Foo Fighters. I like jazz
too. I also love cheesy 80’s music. Old Van Halen or
any bad hair band!

14. What would we find on Cynthia Popper stereo at the

Let me look. Right now it’s Billy Holiday, The New
York Dolls and the Soundtrack to “O’ Brother,
Where Art Thou”? What a crazy mix! I think my MP3
player has the new acoustic Alanis.

15. Would you ever like to travel overseas?

I love to travel. I’ve been to Europe, Asia and
Central America, and I want to go back to all three. Tokyo
is a cool city. I’d love to check out Australia and
Thailand too.

16. What are some your favourite tv shows going

Current shows? I hear Lost is amazing but I haven’t
watched it yet. I love Entourage and the aforementioned
reality shows. Oh! And I LOVE the Family Guy.

17. What kinda television show would you most like to

I’d love to write for an HBO series. It seems like
you get a great blend of film freedom with TV
sensibilities… very cool.

Thanks for your time any last words

No problem! Check out my site,, for new
updates from Playboy, the TV show and other modeling
endeavors! I’m slated to be Coed of the Week on in November so stay tuned!

Special thanks to Cynthia Popper for kindly doing this
interview.You rock Cynthia.

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