HOW HOT IS VERONICA RODRIGUEZ?
INTERVIEW David Vallejo • MAKE UP Octavio Solis • HAIR John Darin Studio
PHOTOS Las Vegas Photographer
In driving school you’re taught to keep both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Which is exactly what you’d need to do if you were driving down a road with curves like the ones on model Veronica Rodriguez. And just like a curvy mountain road Veronica is sure to leave you dizzy, breathless, and in awe of the view.
This proud Latina represents for Northern Califas and gives us all a good reason to head for the City by the Bay. So rev up your engine, buckle your seat belt, and get ready for the ride of your life.
A lot of the models in OYE are girls from cities like L.A., New York, Miami. But you’re more of a small town girl.
Yeah, I was born in Salinas. But I’ve been living in San Jose for a couple of years. I love the Bay Area. I represent the Bay Area to the fullest.
You have a very exotic look that’s hard to pin down. What ethnicity are you?
So how did Veronica Rodriguez become Veronica Rodriguez the model?
I’ve been modeling since I was a little girl, around twelve years old. My dad has helped me out. He’s been a great support for a long time and still supports me all the way.
I had actually stopped modeling. I was going to school. I was working in a physical therapy department, and then I was doing billing for a gym. Out of nowhere I went to New York one day. I met Andre Neal from Violator Records. He just came up to me. We ended up having a meeting a month later and literally the next day I was on a plane to L.A. to do my first video.
Your dad is all for you wearing sexy outfits in videos and magazines and being the object of countless men’s desires. What a great dad! Now is there anything that he wouldn’t support?
Um…probably nothing with Playboy. [laughs] Other than that he’s so supportive and he hasn’t said anything yet. But I don’t know, we haven’t talked about doing nudity. I wouldn’t do anything that would degrade me. I wouldn’t want to disappoint him.
Okay. We’re trying to figure out how far we can go with your pictures. I guess that one nude shot our photographer snuck is out of the question.
[laughs] Before I do anything, I already know how far I’ll go.
You’re a very popular video vixen right now, what is it that you would want to doing the future?
Definitely acting. I don’t care if I’m not an A-list actress. I love being goofy. I think my favorite thing to do would be comedy. Right now I’m hosting a TV show called Latin Fever.
Where can we watch it?
Right now, I think it’s going to be on UPN.
You’ve appeared in some of the biggest recent videos. Has that led to any unwanted attention or craziness from your male fans?
I get crazy lines every day. People will email me and swear that we’re meant to be—we’re talking long emails too. They’ll tell me how we’re soul mates and stuff. That’s just a little crazy to me. But other than that, I love the attention. I love to get emails and hear from people. Without people loving me or liking me, I would be nothing. So I appreciate everything. I try to sit down for hours at a time to answer people’s emails and letters. I even get teary eyed with some of the girls. They’re so sweet. They send me thank you letters, but I’m like no, thank you.
Okay, I promise I’ll start making those emails shorter.
[laughs] Thank you! I was trying to throw you some hints there.
Yeah, I get the hint. Alright, so what is it that you look for in a guy?
I love humble people…and my favorite thing to do is miniature golf. I love miniature golf. I like going to amusement parks, stuff like that. I have to be able to laugh. If I can’t have a cool conversation with someone and if they can’t make me laugh, it’s not going to work. I don’t care who you are, what you do, or what you look like—we have to be able to talk. That’s the most important thing to me, definitely.
Does your being a Latina mean that you’re old-fashioned? For instance would approach a guy you were interested in?
I won’t. I can’t do it, never have.
So the guy has to make the first move?
Yeah. I’m real old fashioned when it comes to stuff like that.
But you would at least let him know you’re interested, right?
We’ll make eye contact and I might give him a smile, but I won’t do too much. He has to be a man. I have to know he’s interested.
You’ve gotten to rub elbows with some pretty big celebs, is there anyone in particular that you’re still dying to “get to know”?
I don’t have one. There are famous guys that I’ve looked at and thought, “He’s so hot,” but then when I’ve met them…they’ll try to take me to dinner and I completely blow them off. There’s no one celebrity I would just get with. I would really have to get to know someone, which probably won’t happen because they’re really busy people.
So you’re not into famous guys. Next you’re going to tell me that you’re not into studly guys either?
No. I don’t like that stripper look on a guy. I don’t like tight shirts. I hate muscle shirts. I don’t like any of that. They could be big, but not buff. I’d rather they have some meat on them than have all muscle.
A lot of our readers now have their hopes up. They think they have a shot with you.
I really like average guys. I like very average, humble men.
Get ready for more of that “I’m your soul mate” fan mail.
When people see me I don’t want them to feel like they can’t talk to me. I’m a regular female that likes regular guys. I haven’t dated anyone in the industry, not because I can’t but because I don’t want to.
So you’re just a regular down to earth girl.
Very down to earth!
Don’t tell me you even cook!
Yeah, I can cook. Do I cook often? No. But I can cook. I’m a Latin woman. We can cook. I love food. Food is like my best friend.
Coming from a Latino family, do you look forward to having a big family of your own one day?
I love kids. I really love kids. I’m the oldest. The most important person in my life is my little sister. I also have two brothers that are younger. I want so many kids. Well I want about three. I don’t want to have three kids, but I want to adopt. I might have two and adopt two.
So you want to be the Latina Angelina Jolie?
I think she’s amazing, honestly. I think what she does is great. I think the biggest downfall of what I do is not being able to have a family right now and have kids. My little sister is five. She holds me down for now. There are guys I’ve dated that are jealous of her. They’re like, “You wouldn’t do that for me!”
Isn’t that a sure fire way of getting dumped by you?
Definitely. You have to know that my sister is getting the majority of my free time.
Let me try to put this all together. You’re interested in a normal kind of guy. He doesn’t have to be buff. He can have a little meat on him. He has to be funny and you’d rather he not be in the industry. Do I have it right?
Well, I’d rather he not be in the industry, but if he and we get along and he has a great personality, who cares? It really doesn’t matter what he does.
I’m glad you threw in that part because I was just about to quit this magazine gig and ask you out!
Care to share any words of wisdom with our readers?
Well to the women that are trying to do it, respect yourself. You have to be smart. You can’t just have looks. Know what you’re bringing to the table and what they’re bringing to the table.