Rosa Blasi: Sensory Overload
WORDS Tereso Caspa
She pleases the eye, stimulates the mind, titillates the imagination, and ignites the spirit. Who is she? We'll give you a couple of hints: She played a doctor on Lifetime's Strong Medicine and hails from Illinois. If you still don't recognize her, don't worry. Her name is Rosa Blasi, and we're sure that you won't forget her again.
Sensual! That is the word I have been searching for. "Sexy" sounds too comical, too much like a blonde, blue-eyed bimbo in a teenybopper T&A movie. "Cute" would be a good word for the next-door neighbor's newborn baby. "Pretty," would describe a mare running through a prairie. To describe the former star of Lifetime's Strong Medicine, Rosa Blasi, I need to find strong words like sensual, luscious, voluptuous, or maybe something like unapologetic, bold femininity, or possibly, curvaceous, contentious, and charismatic.
When I arrived one Saturday afternoon at the office, the guys asked me if I wanted an assignment. They told me they wanted me to interview a woman for the cover. I told them I wasn't interested. I wanted to write something interesting, intelligent, and intellectual. I wanted to put my talent to better use. Please, let me interview a Chicana heroine like Dolores Huerta, but not another woman in a bikini. I mean how many ways can you say someone is pretty? It gets tiring. I am an artist and I want to create. I was halfway through my soliloquy with the editor when he broke out Rosa Blasi's photos.
Mmmmm...must give a man pause.
All my artistic integrity was out the door and replaced with my most base instincts. I would do the interview with pleasure. Unfortunately, I had to do it over the phone. It is never the same.
Rosa Blasi is another Latina on the rise. I was told that she was bold, unafraid to speak her mind, and very articulate. I was upset with myself for allowing my most basic male instinct to control my entire weekend. I was angry with the editors for using this knowledge of my own shallowness to their advantage. I decided that if this is what was before me, then I was going to get something out of it. Struggling with my own conflicts and relationships, I decided to use this opportunity to try and get some honest answers out of a woman. Fortunately for me, Rosa Blasi really was articulate, intelligent, and enlightening—not to mention fun to look at. (Okay, so maybe I'm not that intellectual.)
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PHOTOS OF ROSA BLASI
You have sex appeal.
Many women are pretty, but you have sex appeal. Where does it come from?
You are born with it, or not. I remember being eight years old and hiking up my swimsuit to make my legs look longer. I hoped that it would attract the lifeguard, who must have been...sixteen. In my brain, you know, I thought I had a shot. (she laughs)
Wow, you have been working
a long time?
I remember being really little, and before I knew I wanted be an actress, I remember seeing the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders on The Love Boat. And I remember thinking they are all so beautiful, and sexy. I remember thinking I wanted to look like that when I grew up. It wasn't until a little bit after that I realized that I could actually be on a TV show, rather than just be a cheerleader with a guest appearance. It was then I realized I wanted to be an actress. Part of it was the allure. I just saw it as something glamorous that I aspired to be like, or look like.
Well, you certainly are
beautiful, but like I said, where does that other quality come from? At a photo
shoot, you are flirtatious, in control, but respectfully so. I have looked at
the photos and you have an edge that many others don't.
It's within you, or it's not. I think there are women far more beautiful than myself... that are not sexy. And I think there are women that may not be stereotypically attractive that do exude a sex appeal. It is like trying to have charisma. You either have it or you don't...it's not about who is the best looking. It is about that certain something that you can't put your finger on, but people are attracted to it.
I imagine that men are
putty in your hands. Is that true?
I am not interested in a man that is putty in my hands. Why not? Oh God no, who wants that? I mean, would you want a girl that is like, "Oh my God, you are so good looking. You are so great. You are the greatest thing since sliced bread. I can't wait to go out with you again." Ultimately people—women—want an element of challenge. Who wants to be with someone who is putty in their hand? Who wants that? I'll get a lap dog. Who wants that?
So you would like a man
who is more in control, who...
You want somebody who is on your level, who is your equal. Or if not your equal, then darn close. To be complimented, to be admired, or to be adored by your boyfriend, it is wonderful, it is lovely, but to say putty in my hands...I don't want to have all of the control. That's not sexy to me. That is when a man becomes unattractive. You know, when he hands me his scrotum and says, 'Here, take my balls and put them in your purse.' That is not sexy to me.
Do you think men feel
the same way, or do we like lap dogs?
For men it is the same. If you have your choice between two girls, say you start dating two girls at the same time, and you like them both about the same. And one of them returns your phone call when it is convenient for her, and likes to see you, and is interested in seeing you, but is not foaming at the mouth. And the other one calls you three times a day and, you know, twice after the date just to tell you what a good time she had. And she asks you when can you go out again and tells you that you are the cutest guy she has ever been out with. Honestly, you are innately going to be attracted to the girl who is a little bit cooler. You might think there is something wrong with somebody who is so over the top.
Let me ask you another
question. Does Hollywood equal sexism? Do your looks get you through doors that
otherwise you wouldn't get through even if you were the most talented actress
in all of Los Angeles?
Absolutely. At the end of the day, this is a business that is based somewhat on how you look, and anyone who tells you differently is lying. Because if it were about who is the most talented, they would be recruiting people from the graduating classes of [the top acting schools] and the graduating classes of NYU, and they would just cast everybody on TV and film based on those graduating classes. They would find a new crop of talent every year from the best schools in the country, but that is not the way it works. Unfortunately—and fortunately—there is a market for the way people look. I am lucky I look a certain way...but listen, if I had continued to play those trophy girl parts that I was playing—I was making quite a career playing those, you know, the pretty girlfriend, the trophy girl, the sexy girl who walks in and does this—nobody wants to see you do that once you are 30 or 35. So if I wanted to sustain a career, eventually I had to get past that. Talent sustains a career, because, think about it, every year there is going to be a new crop of 19-year-olds who are a lot hotter than I am. If you want any kind of longevity then you have got to have talent. If you only work five years in your life and all you do is play the hot girl, then that is a sad career.
MORE OYE GIRLS:
Has being Latina worked
for you or against you?
In the past, how did
it affect you when you knew you deserved a job, but didn't get it because of
Is Hollywood a man's
Many women get upset
with us. "Too much sex," they say. These same women would be upset
with you, and say that you shouldn't flaunt it. They'd also say that a woman
should be respected for her mind, and if she uses her body then that sets women
back. But you are clearly very intelligent, intellectual maybe, yet you flaunt
it as well, without apology? How would you respond to them?
You are clearly a strong
woman. Do you still want chivalry, do you still want men to play the role. If
you are walking down the street with your boyfriend or husband and another man
makes a rude comment to you, would you want your man to fight for your honor?
Do men assume that because
you are beautiful, you are unintelligent?
What is a good man?
That guy is really hard
to find. All men want to know this. We want the shortest distance between two
points. We meet a girl...we like her...let's say we love her. Eventually we
want to end up in the bedroom, and we are stupid when it comes to trying to
get there. The bedroom? How do we get there with grace?
What if you are not on
the same mental wavelength?
What if you don't know?
If you have to question it, or if you don't know, then you are not on the same
mental wavelength? Okay, say there is a girl I like, and I have no way of telling
whether she is interested in me or not. I'm not talking about the bedroom now,
but in general. I think she is absolutely beautiful, but I have no way of telling
whether or not she is interested. Where do I go from there? What does a guy
like me do?
Is there any advice to
men, if we have done all that other crap?
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