Everyone’s got a fave 90210 girl — meet ours: Jessica Lowndes. She’s not just one mighty pretty face (though she is that, too, we can’t lie). Girl’s got the acting chops… and the singing pipes to boot. What. A full-metal talent, we told you. Check it and see for yourself.
Ms. Lowndes talked to Playboy.com about her role as the complex but talented songstress Adrianna, taking on the stripper pole challenge and novelty of being able to pay her rent thanks to her acting gig.
Playboy.com: Tell us about your character, Adrianna.
Lowndes: She’s come through a lot. She went through a drug addiction, had a baby, she had a lesbian love story for a few episodes. The past few years she’s been trying to become a star [singer] and has experimented with a bunch of different types of music and done a lot of unethical things. But she’s spent some time trying to prove herself, and now she’s doing music for the right reasons. She found herself in [the current] season five. Now she’s in a love triangle…[laughs] In the season opener she finds out her boyfriend was in a car accident right before she performs before Carly Rae Jepson…and that follows right after she did something in Vegas with another guy.
Playboy.com: 90210 drama can really get crazy; was it a shock coming into this role?
Lowndes: It’s been an awesome journey. I was [only] supposed to be in the first two episodes, and I just was so excited that I could pay my rent! Then I moved down to L.A. from Canada and finally have work and sing on TV. It turned into so much more; I’m still pinching myself.
Playboy.com: As you mentioned, your character has gone through a number of challenges over the seasons. What has been the most difficult for you to portray?
Lowndes: All of it has its challenges, because they’ve been out of my comfort zone and personal life experience. The hardest thing, though, was after season three, after she took a dark tone and became a stranger—swapped out Silver’s [Jessica Stroup] pills for placebos—and really unlikable. I had to win back the viewers’ trust; everyone hated Adrianna. Last season I had to spend redeeming her—I think we’ve gotten there. But who knows, now she’s cheating on Dixon [Tristan Wilds]…it’s hard when the storylines go down that darker path.
Playboy.com: You had a fun pole dance scene recently. What was that like to film?
Lowndes: It was so much fun; I got to take pole dancing lessons! What girl doesn’t want to do that? I have a whole newfound respect for strippers—they make it look so easy, but it’s actually so hard, [laughs] it’s a workout. The scene came out pretty sexy. Balancing in those heels is hard, and also [you can’t] wear lotion or else you slip down that pole. It’s like grease on your legs. I really enjoyed it. When I walked into the first lesson, I was like, “There’s no way I’m going to be able to swing on that.” Then at the end of the class I was swinging and doing all that stuff. [laughs]
Playboy.com: What was your first Playboy?
Lowndes: [Laughs] I don’t remember the first time with the magazine, but my first time at thePlayboy Mansion was episode 100! It was so magical. It’s like Disneyland for adults…and I’m addicted to Disneyland.
Playboy.com: Did you meet Hef?
Lowndes: I didn’t, sadly; I’m obsessed with him, so maybe one day. He’s adorable.
Check out some of Lowndes pop tunes, below.
I WISH I WAS GAY
Read the original interview in entirety HERE.