‘Dating Naked’ Host Amy Paffrath

Amy Paffrath, a charismatic actress and TV host, is quickly making a name for herself in the entertainment business. From the moment she set foot in the City of Angels, Amy’s career has been thriving. You would remember seeing her, recapping the best TV moments for MSN’s Last Night. You may have also caught her holding down the fort with Snooki and The Situation on MTV’s Jersey Shore: After Hours. Soon she will be seen at the Bite Size TV. She just filmed a guest spot on Hot in Cleveland. Well, she is now known more for being the host of “Dating Naked”.

Interview by Stephen Thompson, Ph.D. 

Welcome Amy. Tell us about yourself?

Hi!  It’s nice to chat with you. I’m an ambitious fun loving girl, living the dream out in Hollywood. I laugh as much as I can, spread smiles to strangers and try not to take things too seriously.

How did you get into acting?

I have been acting since I was a kid. I would put on plays in school with my friends during recess and in my grandmas basement for my family on the weekends. It was always in my blood to perform. I started actively pursuing it in high school when I signed with a local modeling agency. I did some industrial films but nothing major; enough to get my feet wet and to excite me about the possibility of doing more (smiles). When I went to college at Mizzou University, I decided to study broadcast journalism because, one it’s a world renown journalism school and two  I’ve always been curious about people and getting to know their stories. It was a good fit for me and it proved to be a nice “in” into the entertainment industry. Once I got to Hollywood I started studying acting with some of the best teachers in the business. Los Angeles has been good to me.

What kind of roles have you performed thus far? Are you satisfied with them?

For some reason I play the mean girl a lot (laughs), which is fun because it’s a side of me which I don’t indulge on a regular basis. I’m a really nice person, so going to a dark place is fun. In “I Kissed a Vampire” I got tapped into that-not-so-cheery side of myself. I played another entitled character on the season premiere of “Hot In Cleveland”, which will air November 28. I enjoying going to places that aren’t necessarily close to the real me. I also recently got to play the wife of veteran suffering from PTSD. It was a challenging role. I love the way the film turned out.

What are your strong points as an actress/ TV host?

As an actress, I’m very pliable. I think I take direction well and I’m willing to try what the director wants. I’m pretty uninhibited that way. Again as a TV host, it’s pretty similar. You have to be a good listen and be completely present in the moment or you’ll miss something amazing. I’ll ask questions other people are afraid to ask. I just put myself out there and am not afraid to look silly. You can’t be too self-conscious in this business.

What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?

It can be difficult to go out for a role you really like and never hear anything back.  There’s a whole lot of rejection. What I’ve learned though, is that it’s not about booking the job; it’s about making fans! I’ve seen it happen many times that you’ll get passed over for something only to be remembered years later and get an even better opportunity. You just have to always do your best and keep going even if you aren’t seeing immediate results. You’re constantly laying the groundwork for the future.

Any upcoming projects you would like to discuss?

I’ll be back on MTV hosting the final season of Jersey Shore After Hours. It’s been a really fun ride and I’m sad to see it end. I have faith MTV will keep me in mind for future projects. I’ll be starting a daily show in October on a new online network called Bite Size TV. I’m very excited about it! I’m also hosting and producing a web talk show called “Trend This”. I’m particularly proud of it because it combines both acting and hosting. I get to do silly skits and then interview people I find interesting. We are all about the next big thing, not just the “A” listers, who already get a ton of attention. Finally you can see me on the season premiere of Hot in Cleveland on Nov 28th on TV land. Very excited about that. It was an absolute dream to work alongside my comedic idols: Betty White, Wendy Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bettaneli. Not to mention Regis Philbin and Heather Locklear who were also guest stars in the episode. It was an incredible experience. I’m so grateful.

Is it true the saying “if you set your mind to it you can do it”?

Absolutely!  You can achieve anything you want if you set your mind to it. BUT you also have to take daily steps toward achieving those goals. Dreams aren’t realized while we sleep but rather by the effort we put forth while wide awake.

Dogs or cats?

Dogs.  I’m allergic to cats.

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