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Model at 10: Erika Medina

You may know Erika Medina from her spreads in Maxim or FHM but if tv is more your thing, you may remember her from her guest appearances on 90210 as Tara or as Stacey, one of the “woo girls” on How I Met Your Mother. Erika is also a Monster Energy spokesmodel. Here she answers a few questions about her past, present and future and even a few hypotheticals. One of which includes me magically appearing next to her. She doesn’t admit it, but there was a real connection there.

Were you discovered or did you have to go around auditioning?
I have been wanting to be a model and actress since I was 4 years old. A friend dared me to submit some shots to FHM magazine and that’s how I got my start. Shortly after, I landed my first tv role on the Disney Channel.

You’re a Monster Energy Drink spokesmodel. Do they just send you cases and cases of energy drinks?
Monster is one of the best companies to work with and they take good care of their girls. Let’s just say I am never lacking energy. Plus, they always lace me up with some sick Monster gear.

You’ve been in a few music videos. Who’s been your favorite artist to work with and why?
Justin Timberlake. He is so talented and charismatic. Such a great artist

You’ve also had a lot of guest spots on a few series. What’s been your favorite?
I always have fun when I am on set. My most memorable would have to be filming How I Met Your Mother. The entire cast was amazing to work with and you can tell they have fun working with one another. It’s like they’re a family.

Is the Hollywood casting couch real or a myth?
To be honest, I had no idea what that was until I looked it up. I didn’t know there was a term for it. Fortunately, I have not been put in that situation. But if it were to happen, I know that I am better than that. I would walk away and move on to the next audition. I would not have to succumb to those actions in order to get a part. My talent is enough

What’s the dating scene like for you? Go on any terrible dates lately?
I am pretty much married to my job. But I still go out when I get the chance to.

I want to ask a few hypotheticals. First one. Visualize yourself at the beach. Now see me next to you. You feel what?
Ummmm… Awkward

Next one. You are auditioning for a supporting role in a movie by a well known director with a fetish. He asks to suck on your toes. What do you do?
Simple, I get up, tell him to have a good day and walk out the door

Finally, a guy takes you out on the most romantic date you’ve ever been on and will ever be on but at the end of the night he goes to the bathroom and never comes back leaving you with the dinner bill. Is there a second date?
Sorry, I simply cannot see that happening to me, lol! The guy would be a complete moron not to come back.

You’ve posed for a lot of magazines. Is there a holy grail magazine for you?
Harper’s BAZAAR. I love high fashion shoots and their covers are pretty killer

Is there something you wouldn’t do for a shoot? A line you wouldn’t cross?
I absolutely love doing photo shoots and I am most happy when I am in front of the camera. I wouldn’t do anything that would upset my parents. They raised me well enough to uphold my morals and values, while still enjoying being a girl.

Do models get along or is there always tension in the air?
I am pretty easy to get along with. I know a lot of girls in this business and I am happy whenever they accomplish something new. This business is tough enough for us to be tearing each other down. I believe the energy you put out is the energy you get back

Were you ever bullied growing up?
Kids will always find a reason to bully and pick on other kids. When I was little, I always got picked on for having big eyes, which is ironic considering that my eyes are one of my favorite features and I get compliments on them now that I am older. Unfortunately in this day in age, it is a more serious issue and kids need to be more aware of what they say to their peers.

Do you have any projects coming up in the near future?
I’m always up to something. I like to keep busy. Keep up with me and stay tuned for more!

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions. How can fans keep in touch with you?
Keep up with me on Instagram @ErikaMedina11 or on Facebook.

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