THE INSIDER: KATRINA BOWDEN
30 Rock's primetime princess sits down with NYLON...
You probably know Katrina Bowden as the painfully sweet, cluelessly funny receptionist on the hit show 30 Rock. But TV characters can be deceiving, and that's not all Katrina has going on. Here's a quick chat with TV's newest bombshell...
This story was published on August 19, 2008.
We've never visited the 30 Rock set, but it seems like with Tina Fey and Jack Breyer, you'd be laughing all the time... Yeah, it's bad. Sometimes we can't get through a take without cracking up... but I grew up around funny people. My dad’s British so everything’s very different with what he thinks is funny, and the way he says things. I grew up around people being very humorous.
When did you know you wanted to act? When I was turning fifteen. I started taking classes and I realized how cool it was to use experiences to express yourself and become another person and another character.
You were in a Fall Out Boy video - can you sing?
I wish!... If it was about me singing, they would have never hired me!
Okay, so you can't sing. What kind of music do you play? Right now, I love Mickey Avalon and Uffie... I always have music playing in my dressing room.
For those readers who don't watch 30 Rock, what else do you have going on? I'm in a comedy with James Marsden and Seth Green called Sex Drive, and it’s a modern day version of The Sure Thing. I play Miss Tasty – I know, right? – and the story is this boy who meets a girl online, and she’s like, meet me; I’ll go all the way with you. So it follows him and his two best friends driving across the country to meet this girl.
Oh dear... Yeah, and then I'm also in a thriller called The Shortcut. It’s a thriller produced by Adam Sandler – it’s Happy Madison’s first thriller! And it’s kind of a psycho thriller, not a slasher horror movie. You have to think about it; there’s lots of flashbacks and a lot of suspense. It's very cool.
You're so busy! Okay, so we ask everyone this question: What's the best advice you've ever gotten? Best advice was to stay confident and stay classy! You know, just always think about how my actions will affect other people before doing them.
And what's the worst advice? Worst advice? I mean, that’s really hard because nobody’s given me bad advice. Or maybe I just didn't listen.