Simone in March 2012
August 3, 1980 |
London, England, UK
|Occupation||Actress, model, television hostess, VJ|
|Home town||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
The first concert that my parents took me to was in this canyon in Saudi Arabia called Buttermilk Canyon. You sleep under the stars in the desert, and ex-pats – German, Swiss, Canadian, American – would play classical music that filled the whole canyon.
I feel like we can't pick who we fall in love with because if we could, we would all make better choices. Your heart just falls where it falls.
When you're going through a breakup, you should just let yourself feel everything so you can get over it as opposed to pretending everything's okay and dragging it out.
It's funny, I was talking to somebody who writes for a cop show, and he was saying how they aren't allowed to acknowledge Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, just because it has to be able to play forever.
Most high-level models that I've ever met are actually well-travelled; they're cultured, and no guy laying a cheesy line on them is actually going to impact their world.
The thing about dating someone who listens to a totally different genre than you is they can help you find things to appreciate in that genre.
While I was growing up all over, in all my different schools, I was always doing theater, auditioning for plays.
I got a job as a human rights and refugees officer, working on youth-based projects. But I realized all the kids I was working with were far more into 'The Daily Show' than the policy briefings.
Working opposite Max Greenfield is the best job in the world. He's just incredible.
I guess there are all these women with a big secret – they're hiding men they are ashamed of. They come up to me and say: 'I've been dating this guy for six months in secret but none of my friends know. I can't give him up even though he's embarrassing.'
I remember the first time my friend Colin Lewis, who used to be a judge with me on a show on MuchMusic called 'disBAND,' told me, 'I think I just found your next favorite artist to adore.' He sent me The Weeknd, and he was completely spot on. The Weeknd is literally on every playlist I have.
I went to Coachella once, and it was only to go see Leonard Cohen. I got in the car and sat through all the crazy traffic in L.A. to get there – instead of a two hour drive, it takes, like, six hours. Then I watched his set and turned around and left. I just so wanted to see him perform in the desert.
My mom used to call me a parrot, because the way I spoke would change in every country we'd go to.
It's always exciting when you love something and you get the opportunity to share it with more people.
People know not to mess with my friends or my family because it's not going to work out well for you.
My family never told me like you have to be one thing. What do you want to be when you grow up? They think it's the most ridiculous question. You can be many, many things.
Often women are pitted against each other for an easy joke, so they fight or steal each other's boyfriends. That's not really true to life.
I dated someone in the '90s who was really into Metallica, and I remember thinking at the time, 'That just sounds so heavy and hard.' But they have great ballads! Great ballads.
All of my relationships have happened organically with people who are super cool and in my life and it just moved into a relationship zone.
It comes down to personal style, and that's what's sexy and attractive in a man.
I played ping-pong with Prince. That's pretty surreal. He gave me a lesson before we played; like, he's great. He's a master at it, so I took the free lesson.
I had two different degrees: One in International Relations/Political Science and another degree in Radio and Television Production.
When I lived in India, I'd speak like an Indian to get good prices while shopping. I'm good with accents.
I lived on the Greek side of Cypress, and I think that's also where my interest in politics really started to come alive. It was the first time that I was told I couldn't go somewhere: My grandfather's house is on the Turkish side, but we were not allowed to go there.
I'm thrilled to partner with Gillette to help men understand what women want. If we're able to give them that information, and Gillette can give them the tools to get there, then we both win, and that's very exciting.
You can't force chemistry. It's either there or it's not. You can't create it.
I move countries every three or four years. I was born in London, and we lived in Canada. Then we lived in Saudi Arabia until the Gulf War broke out, when we were forced to leave. Then we hop-scotched for a while from Holland back to Canada back to Saudi Arabia. Then there was D-day, so we had to get out again.