Amra : " People emphasize looks wherever you go"
AMRA SILAJDZIC@ PINKERTON LA @ ELITE MIAMI
PR: Hello Amra! You made such a buzz by appearing in the Enrique Iglesias video (HERE)! Almost like Nina Moric in Ricky Martin's video. Do you know who she is?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: Yes, I know who Nina is. Actually, my manager used to work with her at that time. How funny!
PR: How do you like the song? Enrique's music is really great for making you want to hit the dance floor!
AMRA SILAJDZIC: The song is great! It's not really a dance song like some of Enrique's other songs but rather a love song. I love the Latin beat, my ears can never get bored of it! We filmed it at a very exclusive club in Los Angeles called Trousdale.
PR: How were you cast for the video?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: I had an audition trough my agency, Pinkerton, and that was it! A great experience!
PR: What was Enrique like on the shoot?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: Enrique is very nice and very approachable. We shot several scenes together and he was a true professional always.
PR: You are currently taking acting classes at the Howard Fine Studio. Do you see improvement in your acting since you started attending the classes?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: Acting is an art form. I think actors in general should always try to improve their art. I am no different when it comes to this and I work very hard to be the best in everything I do.
PR: Your role in CSI: wow, also one sexy interpretation! Do you avoid certain roles now while you're working on your accent? Are you afraid of being type-cast because of your origin?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: I speak 4 different languages so studios like that and I can change my accent depending on the project.
I think my ability to change my accent has made me quite versatile as an actress and actually landed me more roles. Still, I am very aware of a fact that American accent is the most important one and I’m working on it every day.
PR: Where can we expect to see you next (acting wise)?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: I am working on several exciting projects right now so stay tuned!
PR: How did you start modeling?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: I started very young when my mom signed me up for Metropolitan Model Contest and behind my back.
Being totally into sports and especially martial arts, she knew I was never going to do it myself. She believed in me, and when they called me in and after several months of training and competing in different cities, I was a winner in Bosnia.
Winning a press winner prize on a world contest in Beijing, China, and signing a contract with Metropolitan agency in Paris, my modeling career has started.
PR: You are Bosnian, you were married, you have a daughter, you moved to the USA… you are either very capable or not afraid of anything! Which one is it?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: It's both. In life you have to learn to adjust to new situations. Life has been and continues to be an adventure for me.
PR: How do you like living in LA? Life must be quite different from the one you had in Europe. The lifestyle itself is very different, no?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: I love LA! It's the perfect city: great weather and nice people. The pace is perfect, and this is the heart of the entertainment industry so overall it's the ideal city for me.
PR: Do people in your country of birth put so much emphasis on looks as they do in LA?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: I don't know that LA is any different than anywhere else. People emphasize looks wherever you go. LA happens to be the center of the entertainment business so it draws people whose career is their look.
PR: What do you see more in LA: examples of good plastic surgery or bad?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: Well there is certainly a lot of plastic surgery in LA but I see a trend in recent years towards a more natural look for women.
- MODEL ROUTINES -
PR: What type of exercise do you do?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: Sport has always been a big and important part of my life. I used to compete for national team in track and field and was several times an international champion in taekwondo.
I just love running and that's my best therapy for everything. Last LA marathon was the best experience of this kind so far :).
I go to the gym almost every day... I hike, swim, play tennis... Anything with what I can spice up my sports life a bit ... And yeah, Bikram Yoga rocks!!
PR: Famous model Christie Brinkley said that for good looks you have to posses 2 things: first good genes, second: a good dermatologist! We know you have great genes, but do you have a dermatologist?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: Well if you have good genes then I guess you don't need a good dermatologist, right?
PR: No….(?). Tell us about your basic skincare routine?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: I use different brands and change them every 3 month or so. I never had problems with my skin and I never put anything aggressive on it, moisturizing creams, nice masks and pilings based on plants is all I go for.
PR: Do you apply sun factor daily?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: Yes, every day. I know how important this is to reduce the harmful effect of UV rays.
PR: Do you have a beauty secret or a home recipe you could share with our readers?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: Not really. I feel good in my skin, I laugh a lot... That's for sure one of the biggest beauty 'secrets'.
PR: Do you prepare Bosnian food at home?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: I almost have no time to ever cook in my house even though I really like it a lot.
Sometimes, when I want to surprise my friends, I prepare my daughter's favorite Bosnian meal called "pita zeljanica" (a spinach pie).
PR: Has your food regime changed since staying in LA… LA is all about health and we don't know if rich Bosnian cuisine can be healthy…
AMRA SILAJDZIC: Yes it definitely has. I try to stick with fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of water.
Bosnian food is amazing but if I eat it every day, I'm not so sure I would be very healthy.
PR: What does your breakfast look like?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: I'm almost never hungry in the morning or always in a hurry but I'm trying to have a proper breakfast every morning. Instead of bowl of fresh fruits which is my favorite I'm trying to have a nice egg whites omelet with vegetables, to keep me more energized till lunch.
PR: What is your favorite restaurant in LA?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: Well I like most places in LA, but if I have to choose one then it is Katana (HERE).
PR: What are the main values in your life?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: Love, honesty, appreciation... Respect.
We are all different, yet we are all the same in the sense we want to be respected for how we think and believe.
PR: And your life motto?
AMRA SILAJDZIC: Live simply, love generously, care deeply, and speak kindly.
The source of photos shown at pony-ryder.com (Amra Silajdzic's interview) is Amra's Facebook Page.