Exclusive Q&A With MTV Starlet Amber Lancaster
The ‘Hard Times of RJ Berger’ actress dishes the dirt about her hit show, celeb hotties and Paris Hilton’s fling with her co-star!
BY BROOKE SAGER
Amber Lancaster got her feet wet in the TV biz as a model on the game show The Price Is Right. She has since made her way past striking a pose and onto displaying her acting ability as the girl-next-door cheerleader on MTV’s new sitcom The Hard Times of RJ Berger.
It’s clearly the perfect role for her—the Washington State native is not only sweet and smokin’ hot in real life, but she’s also a former dancer for the Seattle Seahawks. Let’s go team!
In what ways are you like your character Jenny Swanson on Hard Times?
Jenny is sweet, down to earth and caring. She’s pretty much just a normal girl. At least I like to think of myself as just like that. I’m just someone who is down to earth, kind and thoughtful.
What’s it like on set of Hard Times?
We work really long hours. We’ve been putting in 16-hour days because we filmed two episodes in a week. Everything is really fast moving and fast paced on set. But I’m lucky because the whole cast is really amazing to work with. We all think alike and are kind of like a little family. It’s a really fun environment.
How do you feel people are reacting to Hard Times?
We’ve definitely found our audience and I think they really love it. I’m on Twitter and I’ve been into checking it a lot lately. From what I’ve read everyone has been giving such positive feedback about the show. It’s great to see everyone responding so well.
Could you see yourself in real life with someone like the character RJ Berger, who sees Jenny Swanson as a love interest?
I definitely could now. When you’re younger and in high school, I feel like you get thrown into stereotypical cliques and that’s really all you know. It’s hard to branch out and date anyone outside of your group. But now that I’m out of high school and am older and slightly more mature, I would definitely, as they say, go for brains over brawn. I like guys who are smart, driven, sweet and thoughtful. And that’s what kind of guy RJ is on the show.
What stuck out in your mind from your appearance on Entourage?
My character had to make out with E (Kevin Connolly). So that was interesting. It’s quite the experience to make out with someone you just met– take after take after take. But it’s all in a hard day’s work!
Who is your celeb crush?
Definitely Bradley Cooper! And Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Is it true Paris Hilton is dating your co-star, Paul Iacono, or was it just a one-time hook up?
I don’t really know the details on that. I have hung out with them together a few times though and it seems like they have a lot fun together.
What’s currently on your iPod?
The last album I downloaded was by a DJ called Girl Talk. I’m also currently obsessed with Dan Black.
What is your favorite show on TV these days?
Mad Men for sure. I love Don Draper!
Do you have any other acting opportunities coming up?
I’ve been going on a lot of auditions and to a bunch of meetings recently. I’m actually in negotiation for something now, but I can’t really say much more about it. We’re also waiting to hear about a second season of [Hard Times].