Laura Prepon has been praised for her honest portrayal of Donna on THAT '70s SHOW, which marked her network television debut. She has received critical acclaim for her performance, and Entertainment Weekly called her a "rising star" and "wonderfully deadpan." Prepon had a desire to act at a young age and she began studying the craft at 15. She went on to study theater at the Total Theater Lab in New York. Prepon recently wrapped production of the independent film "Deadly," which is slated for release in 2005. Prepon can soon be seen in the independent film "Lightning Bug," a drama thriller set in the South about a young boy who longs to escape the misery of his childhood and the misunderstanding of his hometown. Prepon plays "Angevin Duvel," a young girl who can't seem to let go of small-town life. Prepon starred in the film "Slackers" opposite Jason Schwartzman, James King and Devon Sawa. Her other film credits include a leading role in the independent feature "Southlander" opposite Beck and Hank Williams III. She also co-starred in "The Pornographer: A Love Story" with Martin Donovan, Kathleen Chalfant and Irene Jacob. Prepon got her break portraying the lead character on the groundbreaking Internet series "They Go On." She has also appeared in numerous theatrical presentations, including "A Woman of Property" and "Ascension Day." Although an East-coaster at heart, Prepon currently lives in Los Angeles with her dogs, Cody and Lambert. Prepon was born on March 7, 1980, in Watching, New Jersey.
Laura Prepon Is A Proud Jersey Girl
"I never wear makeup. When I wear makeup on the show, I take it off as soon as I can. I just like the au naturel thing."
Where you've seen her:
As the polyester-clad teen goddess on That '70s Show. She also did turns in the movies The Pornographer: A Love Story, Southlander, Slackers, and The Lightning Bug. Catch her on the big screen next year in Deadly, a dramatic thriller about Canada's most famous serial-killing couple.
Sweet and low:
"When people meet me, they think I'm going to be outgoing, but I like things low-key. I don't like people to think I'm bragging."
Life's a butch:
"Even in real life, I'd rather hang out with guys."
For the love of Jersey:
"I'm a Jersey girl and proud of it. In Los Angeles everyone always says, 'You're totally from, like, Jersey.' I'm like, 'What is that supposed to mean?'"
Laura Prepon and team to produce new series ''Hollywood Pocker Night''
It's All in the Cards as E! Presents 'Hollywood Poker Night'. New Series Featuring a Star-Studded Evening Highlighted With a Little Cards, a Little Conversation and an Exclusive Home Tour.
That '70s Show's Laura Prepon to Team With Flutie Entertainment, Sara Chazen and Joel Klein as Executive Producers of the Series.
This March, E! is shuffling the deck on the celebrity poker genre with the launch of "Hollywood Poker Night," a new hour-long weekly series that takes viewers inside our favorite celebrity homes
for more than just an innocent game of cards, announced Ted Harbert, President & CEO, E! Networks. "'Hollywood Poker Night' is E!'s signature take on the celebrity poker craze," said Harbert. "The series offers the fun and challenge of cards, but will also gives viewers a unique glimpse into the lives and homes of some of today's top young stars." From the diamonds in their hands to those on their fingers, "Hollywood Poker Night" offers viewers more then just a friendly game of poker as three stars and three of their best buddies ante-up for an evening of cards,
conversation and good company. Each week, different celebrity hosts take viewers on an exclusive tour of their home, sharing their favorite places to relax, work out, and find solace away from their busy Hollywood lives. After the tour, the fun really begins as the players saddle up for some real Texas Hold'em. Although most celebrities are poker-faced about their private lives,
there's no telling what personal info they'll deal up as they kickback and chitchat amongst friends. From their love lives, to families, to friends, work and hobbies, these players lay more than just their cards on the table! Featured celebrities in the series include Macaulay Culkin, Andy Dick,
Shannon Elizabeth ("American Pie"), Mila Kunis ("That '70s Show"), Seth Green ("The Italian Job"), Tom Green, Chris Masterson ("Malcolm in the Middle"),Danny Masterson ("That '70s Show"), Sara Rue ("Less Than Perfect"), Wilmer Valderrama ("That '70s Show"), and skaters Tony Hawk and Bam Margera.
Laura Prepon ("That '70s Show"), Flutie Entertainment, Sara Chazen and Joel Klein serve as Executive Producers for the series.
Could life get any cooler for actress Laura Prepon?
She has parts on a hilarious hit TV show, adoring boyfriend, and awesome movies about to hit theaters. What's not to be happy about?
Laura, 20, a former Elite model, reluctantly left her home in New Jersey when she landed her first acting role ever as the tomboyish Donna. Here's how she fuels the laugh track to the rest of her life.
LAURA: Our director won't put Wilmer near me anymore because we laugh the whole time. I get in trouble for laughing so much. I sit in my dressing room and Wilmer and the guys put on these skits, and I'll just be sitting on the couch cracking up.
Thongs: just say no
LAURA: I usually just wear baggy pants and a T-shirt. Tight stuff makes me feel constricted, and you don't have to wear sexy clothes to be sexy. It's all about how you present yourself. But now that I have a boyfriend, I want to look prettier, so I have a designated dress-up outfit, awesome long jeans, Gucci snakeskin heels, and my gold LAURA necklace that I've had since I was, like, 13.
LAURA: [dating Malcolm in the Middle's Christopher Masterson for almost a year and a half]: Chris is amazing. I've never really had a serious boyfriend before now. A year and a half! That's a pretty long time. He's one of the funniest people I have ever met. He's just so witty and really smart. He's never in a bad mood, and being with him has made me want to be better at what I do. I love to be with people who are always in a good mood.
The best romantic gifts
LAURA: My boyfriend brought me to the stable to ride, and we were looking around at the horses, and he was like, What do you think of this horse? and I said, He's really cute, and he said, Well, he's yours! I was like, Oh my God, you bough me a horse? I have this guidebook about horse pampering, massages, facials, body scrubs. I'm going to pamper my horse to no end. I've been riding for about ten years. It really relaxes me. My horse will kiss me and rub his head on me. I love that!
Having a blast making movies on the side
LAURA: [in The Best and the Brightest, out in February]: Making it was hilarious. My character is the exact opposite of anything Donna would do. This girl would put Erin Brockovich's clothes to shame. She totally knows about guys, what?Js going down. She's like, If you play with guys, they'll always come back, you gotta screw with their heads. Totally in control of every situation, but she's lovable. You just don't mess with her.
Laura's Happy Things:
I go hang out with my horse, because that makes me happy. I'm my dad's little baby, and if I'm down, he'll do anything to make me happy. It's so cute.
Watchung, NJ, where I grew up. I'm so close to my family, and when I go back there, I'm so happy. Manhattan. I love that at 4 a.m. there are tons of people on the streets and lights and cool things.
The Ben Folds Five song Army. I put it on and I'm in such a good mood. Beastie Boys' Girls, only I change the words and sing Boys All I really want is boys!
Happy Gilmore, because Adam Sandler is funny. And the whole Indiana Jones trilogy, because I love Harrison Ford. Pretty Woman, I can put it on mute and do all the characters lines. I own it, I love it!
Snapdragons! I have a whole bunch are growing in front of my house. They're tall and have flowers going all the way up. Purple roses, as long as they have a smell to them. But I hate when they come with other things in the bouquet.
Black is really cool. It's not a happy color, but I'm happy when I wear it. Sky blue. I can look at the sky for hours.
Any berry. Bananas. An apple is a circle, an orange is a circle, what is a banana?
Great Laura Prepon from ''That' 70s'' show
Laura Prepon, that redhead from That '70s Show, makes us long for the era of bell-bottoms, Pop Rocks, and casual sex. Especially the casual sex part
Most people know Laura Prepon as the sassy but adorable girl next door on the Fox sitcom That '70s Show. That's where she plays Donna Pinciotti, a fast-talking, Aerosmith-loving, hoop-shooting Wisconsin teenager who recently lost her virginity to an incredibly lucky neighbor.
As it ends up, Laura is a lot like her character. If you didn't know that this gorgeous redhead with the mile-long legs stars in a hit show, or that she has three indie flicks on the way, or that she used to model in Milan, you might mistake her for just another 20-year-old in baggy pants and a funky old sweatshirt. Because there's nothing about her that reeks of Hollywood pretension. Shooting the breeze over pasta at her favorite L.A. red-sauce joint, she's all clear-eyed moxie and down-to-earth frankness. In fact, you get the feeling she'd rather chew glass than walk the red carpet at the latest Hollywood schmooze-fest. It's likely this attitude is a result of growing up far, far away in the New Jersey suburbs with four older brothers and sisters, and parents who let her get in just enough trouble. That's where she was first bitten by the acting bug, spending half her time in New York City studying to make it her life. Nonetheless, whether you want to call it a Jersey thing, a tomboy thing, or just plain real, it's a spirit that has made her like her character one of the coolest women on prime time.
Are you getting tired of being known as the '70s girl?
Not so much the '70s girl, but the tough girl, because on the show I play such a tomboy. I'm trying to learn how to ease up on that a bit. Like, I went on an audition the other day, and I tried hard to keep it light, but they still said I was too tough.
Maybe you shouldn't have challenged the casting director to an arm-wrestling contest.
No, no! I put on a girly outfit and totally tried to lighten it up!
What's wrong with being tough?
Nothing. I love being the tough girl! And if people want to think that, that's cool. It probably has a lot to do with my voice being sort of deep. Even my mom thinks I'm my brother sometimes. I'll answer the phone when I'm at home, and she'll say, Brad, put Laura on the phone. But I love having a deep voice. I think deep voices on girls are sexy.
Us, too. Do you play a tomboy in your upcoming indie flick The Best and Brightest, too?
No, I play a college girl who really knows how to wrap guys around her finger. It was fun, because on That '70s Show I'm always in jeans and a sweatshirt, and in this movie I'm wearing miniskirts, heels clothes that put Erin Brockovich to shame. I even had to do this fantasy scene where I French-kiss another woman, played by James King, the model. At first I was, like, sh*t, this is too weird! But it was fine. James and I have been friends for a long time, so it was no big deal once we just did it.
You tend to speak your mind. Did that ever get you into trouble growing up back in New Jersey?
All the time in high school. I got sent to detention and suspended a lot for being late for class, not showing up, or talking back to teachers. Like one time a teacher said something to me, and I said, Kiss my ass! Not as an insult or anything but, you know, just as a reaction, like What the f*ck? No big deal, but they threw me in detention.
So you developed a flair for cussing at an early age?
I read somewhere that my mouth is a sewer. It said that I'm a Jersey girl with a sewer mouth. And you know what? I love New Jersey. I'm f*cking proud of being from Jersey, and I don't give a sh*t what people say. And my mouth is not a sewer, although some people may think it is. I don't even notice when I swear, so I don't know how I'm going to tone it down.
We like a girl who's not afraid to toss out a four-letter word now and then.
I read this article on Jodie Foster where she said she swears a lot, too, that when she feels strongly about something, she uses strong words. I feel the same way. So, you know, what the f*ck?
Do you have a hidden talent that would surprise people?
Well, for someone who's not really into hair and makeup, I'm really good at doing other people's. Whenever I'm back home and I go out with my sisters, I always do them up. Not long ago my sister and I went to see The Lion King on Broadway. I got her a new outfit, and I did her hair and makeup, and she looked so hot. I swear to God. Even I was, like, Damn!
Maybe you picked up that skill when you were a model.
I wasn't that glamorous, let me tell you. I hated modeling. It's really cutthroat. My sister was the one who originally talked me into it, and I thought maybe it would be fun to travel. I got to live in Paris, Milan, Brazil, and I liked that part. It was kind of exciting at first, but then I realized it wasn't what I wanted. I knew I wanted to act.
Did you have a special model persona?
Yeah, I tried to be the hard-core girl. But when you're in an evening dress, you can't really do that. So I quickly realized that I couldn't be myself.
As the first carrot-top to grace a Maxim cover, do you enjoy being a redhead?
I love being a redhead. It's a rare thing, so I think there's a bond between redheads.
You're also quite tall. Are you worried this might be a problem, since most Hollywood leading men wouldn't pass the height requirement to ride a roller coaster?
I know! I saw Cliffhanger and figured Sylvester Stallone had to be about six feet tall. Then I saw him in person and realized he's like 5'4 or something. But, yeah, I hope that's not going to stand in my way. I mean, Nicole Kidman is quite tall and a redhead, and she's doing all right.
Since you missed the '70s, what kind of prep work did you do to get your head in that decade?
I watched a lot of old '70s TV shows, but didn't really do that much prep. Our characters live in the middle of Wisconsin, so we're not affected by all the crazy trends that much.
What's your favorite thing about the '70s?
That there wasn't as much pressure on people then, or at least on kids. There were fewer restrictions, you know.
What's the worst thing?
Platform shoes. Hate 'em. They're really dangerous. And I don't think my insurance covers bad-'70s-clothes-related accidents.
Do you get a lot of fan mail?
I never think of myself as any kind of sex symbol, but I get letters from all over, all sorts. It's really cool. I get a lot from inmates, which is kind of scary. But the best was the guy who wanted to send me a plane ticket to fly me to his prom.
What kind of guys do you go for?
They have to be funny. That's top of the list. They have to be able to spark my interest so I want to pursue it, and they have to have an awesome personality really laid-back. All those things are sexy to me. But he can't be anal. I can't stand being around anal people, especially anal people with big egos.
Could you date a guy if he was a lousy kisser?
You can always turn a bad kisser into a good one. You just have to teach him how to do it right, and if he gets offended, then you have to say, Dude, you don't know how to f*ckin' kiss! But in a fun or playful way.
Sounds like you've played tutor a few times.
Yeah. I've been with guys who did stuff I didn't like, and I'd tell 'em. And it always works out for the better.
What about a guy who's dull in bed?
Well, it's the same thing. You gotta tell them what you want.
What do you sleep in?
I used to wear boxers and a tank top, but now I sleep in the nude. It's kind of weird, because I used to have to wear something to bed, whether it was a tank top or whatever. And now if I have any clothes at all on, it's really hard to get to sleep.
Now that you're jumping into movies, how do you feel about sex scenes?
The weird thing about sex scenes is that the better the actors are, the more uncomfortable they should make you feel, you know? Because if they're really into it, they're going to make it look that much more real, right? So I can admire a good sex scene on a technical level, but it still makes me feel like I'm watching something I shouldn't be watching.
Speaking of which, have you ever watched a porno flick?
Oh, yeah. I mean, I don't really watch them, but if guys want to watch that stuff, it's no big deal. There was this one porno I saw based on Cinderella, but instead of a glass slipper, she has something else, which I'd rather not mention. People think I'm crazy, because no one has ever heard of it.
What's the last thing you did that you felt guilty about?
I just bought a new car when I should be saving money. I put a down payment on a black BMW SUV with black interior, fully loaded, and my business manager doesn't even know about it yet. But it's awesome. I had to have it.
OK, how about this one: A stranger offers you a million bucks for a night of and you're guaranteed that no one will ever find out about it. Would you do it?
Oh, my God! That's a tough question. Well, first, I guess it depends on if I have a boyfriend or not. If I have a boyfriend, then I wouldn't do it. If I don't have a boyfriend, then maybe buy you know a million bucks, and it's totally safe, and no one would ever know yeah, I'd do it.
Laura Prepon's new movie '' Deadly'' slated for 2005 release
A Hollywood producer is planning to release a low-budget movie depicting the lives and crimes of notorious Ontario couple Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka.
Scheduled for a April 2005 release, Deadly is said to feature "the incredible true story of Canada's most lethal couple," according to a release from production company MB Partners.
The $5-million US film features Laura Prepon, from the sitcom That 70s Show, as Homolka and actor Misha Collins as Bernardo.
The St. Catharines couple is currently in prison for the brutal kidnapping, rape and killing of two teenaged girls during the early 1990s.
Bernardo is serving a life sentence for his role in the crimes. Homolka, who videotaped the rape and murders, is approaching the end of her 12-year sentence for manslaughter.
Laura Prepon's stay-fit secrets
When it comes to staying in shape, the 23-year-old actress is hot to trot.
Most Hollywood stars owe their killer bodies to marathon gym sessions. Not Laura Prepon. The That '70s Show actress gets her fitness fix by regularly riding one of her four horses near the Agoura Hills, California home she shares with her boyfriend, Malcolm in the Middle star Chris Masterson, 23. Now she gives Us her workout details.
What she does Three to four times a week, Prepon rides for about an hour, varying the pace between a slow walk and a full-fledged gallop. "I try to ride as much as I can," says Prepon, who hits the trails near her house in the early morning or at dusk. "I have to take the three quarter horses I have here - Havana, 6, Bella, 9, and Bella's baby, Willis, 1 - out every day, so there's added incentive to go for a ride." (Prepon's fourth horse, Jezebel, lives in Burbank; the actress is relocating to nearby Los Feliz in Los Angeles.)
What it does for her body "It's an amazing workout," says the 5-foot-10 actress, whose defined biceps are proof poitive that her saddle sessions are effective. "If you just ride for a little bit you literally can't walk the next day. Your legs are so sore, but your inner thighs are shredded. Your arms are too, because you have to hold them out in front of you the whole time. This morning I was just lunging my horses - basically hooking a rope to their halter and walking them - and I was sweating. Whatever you do it's a workout."
Why she loves it "Most workouts are boring, but riding is different," Prepon says. "You can take it easy, relax a little and let your mind wander, or gallop through the hills. I've been riding since I was a kid, and it makes me happy."
How she got hooked Prepon caught equestrian fever at summer camp when she was 10. "I learned to ride on a horse named Dude. Nobody in the class wanted to ride him because he was so bouncy that your butt would literally bounce up in the air," Prepon recalls. "At first he bucked me off, but eventually we were pals."
How she fuels up "With all the bouncing it's not smart to eat before you ride," says Prepon. "So afterward, I'm starving and dehydrated." Immediately post-workout, the actress downs an Emergen-C supplement mixed with water. later, she'll nosh on a protein bar, an egg white omlet and whole wheat pita. Lunch and dinner consist of salad and protein(such as chicken). Says Prepon, "I'm always the health nut." Her stay-fit secrets:
- Cross-training When Prepon can't ride one of her horses, she takes a spinning class. "At first it's so hard you think you'll die," Prepon says. "But it's all about good music. Easy listening will ruin a workout."
-Flexibility sessions The actress loves Pilates, which helps tone and lengthen muscles. "After two weeks, I noticed a difference in my body," she says.
-A healthy diet Prepon digs into organic fare such as rice bread; at night she lays off carbs. But she's not afraid to indulge post-workout. "I love French bread and Brie!" she say.
Laura Prepon's new role in the '' Slackers'' movie
For three years actress Laura Prepon has played the feisty Donna Pinciotti on the FOX sitcom That '70s Show (airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET), but it won't be long before she wears the title "movie star."
In January, Prepon will be starring alongside Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore) in a new American Pie-style teen movie entitled Slackers. She remains committed to her hit series, of course, and though she's a busy girl these days, Prepon spoke with us about her role on the sitcom, the upcoming Slackers, being a sex symbol and why polyester sucks.
Laura, how's life these days?
Prepon: Man, I'm sick right now, actually. I've got whatever it is that's going around. But I feel pretty good right now.
Nothing a few shots of tequila can't cure, I'm sure.
Prepon: [Laughs] Yeah, maybe so!
First off, congrats on the success of the show. Actually, you guys have had a very favorable timeslot this season, with competition like NBC's Emeril, which is just plain bad. Have you seen that monstrosity?
Prepon: No, definitely haven't seen that one. I mean, I try to watch some TV, but I'm lucky if I even get to see my show each week.
You guys have had some very creative episodes this season--a nice musical episode with [Wilmer Valderrama's character] Fez and a '50s-style flashback Halloween episode. Anything like that coming up this season?
Prepon: Ya know, we get scripts on Friday and run through 'em on Monday, so I never know what we're going to do. But we must be doing something right. We're getting the best ratings we've ever had.
You've had some training in jazz and ballet in the past. Will Donna be showing off any of those skills in the future?
Prepon: [Laughs] I doubt it. They're keeping Donna a tomboy for now. But yeah, I've taken ballet--it's just not me, ya know?
One thing that makes your show so unique is the writing. Very fresh. Do you guys--Topher [Grace, who plays Eric Forman, Donna's on-again off-again boyfriend], Ashton [Kutcher, who plays Kelso] and the gang--have any input into the scripts?
Prepon: In our script run-throughs we give some feedback but we stay pretty close to what we're given. It's just such good stuff. I mean, so many more people are watching this show than when it began--a lot more attention is being paid.
Speaking of the scripts, do you have any storyline tidbits for us in terms of what will happen between Donna and Eric? You guys are such a roller coaster.
Prepon: Actually, a lot more will be happening with Fez than with Eric and Donna. But that's good. If you've ever broken up with someone, you know that so many new directions can be taken. There are so many possibilities, and we're gonna take 'em.
I know you've said in the past that you really don't like '70s fashion. Is that still true or has it grown on ya?
Prepon: It's not that I really hate the clothes, I just don't like all the polyester. And the bell-bottoms--the big ones--are pretty bad. Some of the stuff that Wilmer wears is bad. And Debra Jo [Rupp, who plays Kitty Forman]. But, I swear, they're turning Donna into Annie Hall this season. More ties. More suits. But they're also keeping her really motivated, ya know? Like, wanting to be a rock journalist. Wanting to be the first woman president.
Now, you personally have been labeled a sex symbol. What are your feelings about that?
Prepon: Oh, god. The fact that anyone would find me sexy is very, very flattering, but ridiculous. I so don't believe it. But I'm flattered. Truth is, I don't lift a finger to look sexy. Ever.
Ashton's also been called a sex symbol. Do you ever give him grief for that?
Prepon: Hey, Ashton's a cute guy. He is. Of course he'd be labeled a sex symbol. And he likes it. We're different in that way.
Do you guys hang out in your spare time, or just keep it on the set?
Prepon: Oh, we hang out all the time. We're very close. Any day, any night--we're together. We're lucky.
There are a ton of new shows this season. Are you a fan of any of them?
Prepon: Gosh, lemme think. Um, I've seen Undeclared once and I wish I could watch it more often. I'm a big Malcolm in the Middle fan, too. I love that show. Mostly, though, I watch HBO. I like Mind of the Married Man and Curb Your Enthusiasm. And I love Sex and the City and The Sopranos.
In January, you have a new film opening titled Slackers, a teen comedy. What sort of character do you play?
Prepon: She's much different than Donna. She's the kind of girl who always uses her feminine wiles to get what she wants. It's a very sexual role.
It's already being compared to American Pie. Would you say that's accurate?
Prepon: Wow. That's great. I really don't know--I tend to avoid screenings. I have a hard time watching myself act. I actually try not to watch our show. [Laughs] Actually, there was a screening of [Slackers] the other night and I told Topher not to go. I'm afraid I look like a huge dork or something.
Well, good luck with that in January. What're you up to for the holidays?
Prepon: Oh man, it's so freaky you just asked me that! I just figured out what we're doing yesterday. I called my mom and worked it all out. You see, I got a new house and we're all going over there. Man, I'm, like, cooking for 15 people! It's like, "Oh my god! I'm only 21 years old for crying out loud!"
Sounds like you're sitting at the grown-up table this year.
Prepon: That's true. Very true. I guess I am. I'm on my own and paying a mortgage. Gosh. But it's cool. People don't know that at heart, I'm Cindy Homemaker.