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Katrina Bowden is an American actress most notable for her role as scantily clad intern Cerie from the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. It has become a running gag on 30 Rock to dress her up in next to nothing outfits much the to dismay of boss Liz Lemon (played by Tina Fey and to the enjoyment of her male co workers. She also recently caused quite a stir as the delectable Ms. Tasty in the sex romp film Sex Drive.
Born on Sept. 19, 1988, Bowden was raised in Wyckoff, NJ. She was discovered at the age of 14, when a family friend, whose own children had modeling careers, suggested that Bowden’s parents send pictures of their daughter to a talent manager. The manager, who previously guided the careers of child stars Christina Ricci and Keshia Knight Pulliam, recognized Bowden’s potential and set about grooming her for future stardom by sending her off to acting lessons. In no time, Bowden started appearing in catalogs and print advertisements, then in television commercials for J.C. Penney and Dr. Pepper. She soon graduated to appearing in music videos for Jewel and Fall Out Boy. All the while, Bowden squeezed auditions and acting gigs in between attending Immaculate Heart Academy, a private Catholic school in the Township of Washington, NJ.
As the benignly clueless receptionist, Cerie, on the breakout comedy hit “30 Rock” (NBC, 2006- ), actress Katrina Bowden launched a career based on a unique premise for a beautiful actress – playing a character whose potent physical attractiveness is played for laughs. Whether it was grown men gazing at her as she walks by, or her own unwittingly revealing wardrobe choices, Bowden’s character represented a comedic step up from most screen sirens – she appeared to seriously have no idea of the effect she was having on the lascivious men and jealous women in her workplace. The result of Bowden’s unique take on an old caricature paved the wave for the young actress to have a long and viable career as a talented comedic actress.
Bowden landed her first break in series television with a guest spot on the venerable “Law & Order” franchise, playing the friend of a missing girl in a 2006 episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC, 1999- ). She also took what would have been a recurring role on the daytime drama, “One Life to Live,” (ABC, 1968- ), playing the role of bad girl, Britney. But as soon as she had accepted the daytime gig, Bowden was offered a spot on “30 Rock.” Dropping plans to attend college at Marymount Manhattan at the last minute, Bowden jumped and said yes to the role – one she considered to be a one in a million opportunity. Although she did not appear in the show’s unseen original pilot – where the part was played by a different actress – Bowden did appear in the pilot that eventually aired, having turned 18 just around the time of filming.
Bowden, who often went by “Katie,” held her own among powerhouse comic performers Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan, both formerly of “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 1975- ); comedian Judah Friedlander and A-list feature film actor, Alec Baldwin, who went on to win an Emmy Award for his hilarious portrayal of domineering network executive Jack Donaghy. Through it all, Bowden deadpanned lines with a look that was not simple-minded, but disengaged, and often considered co-workers who were in their mid-30s as “old” – not so much a mean but a neutral analysis. In one memorable scene, when asked by Liz Lemon (Fey) if she would mind going out to pick up coffee, Bowden’s character looked up from her magazine and replied, “Oh, no thanks.”
Katrina is set to star in the upcoming film National Lampoon's Ratko: The Dictator's Son. Prior to being cast on 30 Rock, she was credited under the name Katie Bowden and appeared in an episode of Law and Order: SVU, Fall Out Boy's music video "Dance, Dance" and in numerous commercials. In 2006, she joined the daytime drama One Life to Live, but had to quit before her two episodes aired since the schedules conflicted with her role on 30 Rock. She also appeared in the comedy Sex Drive (2008) in the role of Ms. Tasty.
Katrina made the 2012 Maxin hot 100 list, coming in at number 18.
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