Bar Rafaeli is what some might call the total package: brains, beauty, and brawn. She puts all three to good use while co-hosting Bravo’s Ironic Iconic America
, a cross-country road trip in which she gets ready for prom, chows down on Philly cheesesteaks, and visits a sex museum, all in the name of learning about US pop culture. We caught up with the model-turned-philanthropist-turned-designer-turned-TV host to get her travel tips and insight into why exactly prom is such an American institution.How did you get involved in Ironic Iconic America?
I was approached by the production company to be a part of the special, and it sounded like an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore and learn. I am a very curious person by nature and I thought this show was made for me. Plus, I spend so much time in the states, I felt like I owe it to know more about this country.Did it change your opinion of the US?
I’ve never had a bad opinion about the US, but through the filming it was definitely nice to learn about the history and the iconic places I’d only heard about.What was your favorite part of the trip?
There were a few, but my favorite moment was the prom! As a young girl in Israel, I watched many American teen movies and the prom was such a big thing in all of them. I was really looking forward to that day of shooting.If you were to host Ironic Iconic Israel, where would you go?
Throughout the whole shoot I was trying to push for an Iconic Ironic Israel
, because there are so many interesting historical places there! The list is very long, but a few places I would highlight in the show include the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Sea of Galilee, Masada, and Eilat. The ironic thing about Israel is that it is so small but so meaningful and has so many problems.And if you could take a road trip across any country, where would you pick?
South America! After the army, most Israeli kids travel there for a few months. They always come back with the most amazing stories and experiences! Since I work all the time without many breaks, I never had the chance to go there, and I would love to see what South America is all about.What's your ultimate road trip outfit?
Cargo pants and a tank top. Sitting in a car for long periods of time definitely requires something loose and comfortable. Oh, and a sweatshirt—I’m always cold.Besides this show, any other cool projects coming up?
I just signed a contract with Hurley, and we are working on designing a line together, which is very exciting. Also, I finished a movie a few months ago called Session
that is supposed to come out soon. Other than that, I try and work with charities as much as I can to try and give back. Sounds cheesy, I know, but true.
REBECCA WILLA DAVISIronic Iconic America airs October 3 at 8 pm on Bravo