Hollywood’s exotic model Annabella Gutman talks to Gentlemans Butler
Gentlemans Butler recently spoke with ANNABELLA GUTMAN, was recently crowned MISS LOS ANGELES 2014 and has now added producer to her long list of accomplishments with her newest film, DOMINION, which she worked on alongside Kimber Eastwood (Clint Eastwood’s daughter).
At sixteen, Annabella moved to New York to pursue her modelling career and quickly conquered runways around the world for some of today’s most elite designers including Calvin Klein. Annabella always felt her true passion was acting and moved to Los Angeles to begin studying Motion Picture & Television at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica. Since her mov e, Annabella has appeared in a number of film and TV roles on hits such as HBO’s “Entourage,” CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” to name a few.
Born and raised in Israel, Anabella’s parents enrolled her in ballet classes where she grew to appreciate the challenges and opportunities for personal growth and development that came from sports. When Annabella is not juggling her acting, modelling, and producing career, she volunteers her time, energy and resources in support non-profit organizations such as the Red Cross, Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Peace One and various animal welfare groups. Annabella is also a huge fitness junkie and enjoys hot yoga, spinning, and playing both basketball and soccer.
1. What do you think about being referred to as an exotic model? How does it make you feel?
I definitely don’t mind being referred to as an exotic model because it is something different from the ordinary and I feel like the exotic model is just one aspect of me. However, I’m very diverse and I think that once people get to know me, they’ll get to see my personality and that there is more to me than meets the eye. For instance, my naturally goofy sense of humour is great for comedy, but you wouldn’t know that about me just from looking at me. I believe that laughter is the best medicine and I love making people laugh.
2. What made you apply for Miss Los Angeles? Can you tell us what you had to do?
When I was a little girl, every year I used to watch the Miss America and Miss World pageants with my mom and sisters. It was like a ceremony for us. My mom would make food, invite my aunts and clients from her beauty salon, and we would make an entire day out of it. For us, it was a very important date on our calendar. I always wanted to do it so when I decided to apply, it was to fulfil a lifelong dream; but it wasn’t easy. I had to secure sponsors, pick out dresses, prepare for how I would answer questions for the judges, and learn a dance routine. There were, and still are, lots of charity appearances I do as well. I have a lot of respect for the Miss United States Organization. They really do shine a light on important issues that may otherwise go overlooked. On my blog, you can see a lot of what I’m involved in, which you can find on my website at www.AnnabellaG.com
3. As an executive producer myself it’s often a slightly misunderstood role. What drew you to becoming a producer?
I decided to produce because I wanted to have a bit more creative control to be able to cast people that I enjoy working with.
4. What surprised you about producing a film?
I can say that it’s a lot more work than I thought it was going to be. Each step of the process takes a lot of time. There really isn’t any way to rush through it and if you try to, the quality of what you produce, suffers. One surprise was to find out how expensive special effects can be. Both “Rapture” and “Dominion” required us to spend more on special effects than we had originally budgeted for, so that became a challenge that we had to work through but in the end, I very much enjoyed the entire process. When something unexpected pops up, I found that there’s almost always another way you can go to get it done.
5. Do Gentlemen treat you differently depending on which country you are in?
Yes, and only because customs vary from country to country. However, 99% of my experiences, with the gentlemen that I’ve met, have been good. Overall, they are usually very respectful. Naturally, I am a very humble and loving person, so people usually don’t feel intimidated around me.
6. Choosing a gift for a lady can be a key moment for a Gentleman. Can you give any advice and what are some of your favourite gifts you have received?
Of course! Since we are in the holiday season, it’s a very good question. Personally, I love when I get gift cards for Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. A gift card to one of my favourite stores at the mall is great too! H&M, Mark Jacobs, DKNY and Victoria’s Secret are at the top of my list. The Porsche wasn’t a bad gift either, but whatever the size of the gift, a gentleman will always remember that what matters the most is that it comes from the heart. That’s my advice!
7. And perfume – how should you buy perfume for a lady?
Personally, I’ve been wearing the same perfume since the age of 12, which is Angel. Every woman has her own taste, so a gentleman needs to pay attention to what his lady likes. If the gift of choice is perfume, you can feel confident that she will appreciate it if you know what she likes. If it sounds too simple, that’s because it is. Lol!
8. Clint Eastwood is a legend. Can you tell us anything about working with his daughter and what drew you to her? Is she in anyway similar to her father?
Kimberly is a beautiful woman inside and out. She’s humble, hard working and very passionate about everything she does in her career. It was really an honour to work with her. It’s an inspiration to me when I see women who pursue their passion.
9. Being a beautiful lady can have its challenges. Are you OK with men adoring you or do you have ways of changing the conversation. The ladies I speak to say there is a big difference between the hot and cold climates. What are your experiences?
It’s a compliment! As long as I feel that he’s sincere and respectful, I’ll probably adore him back. If there’s no sincerity or I’m dealing with cheesy pick-up lines, I don’t try and change the conversation, I simply end it.
10. If you were advising a Gentleman and a Lady who were visiting your home town for a holiday which romantic luxury hotel/place should they go to and what’s good about it?
There are a few nice hotels in Santa Monica that I think are very romantic. My two favorites are Viceroy and Shutters. Viceroy has a really cool vibe. The décor is a mix of classic sophistication and contemporary chic. Shutters is right on the beach, so you can’t beat the location, plus, they also have a great spa.
11. What are your passions? Food, music? If you were advising a man with not so much confidence who wanted to take a girl to dance and eat…do you have some memories of places like this growing up that you could share with us.
Music is very powerful and I enjoy listening to it! There are certain songs that remind me of different times in my life, so they each have a special meaning to me, while other songs simply cheer me up. I would have to say that I am quite passionate about music. My other passions are fashion, massages, comedic films and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
12. You work in an industry where the words “sexy” are used frequently. Could you say which 3 photos of yours you loved best and why?
I love the photos from a recent photo shoot I did with photographer Joe Bowers. I shoot a lot so it’s hard to narrow it down to just 3 favourite photos. I usually post the photos I like on Instagram, which you can view on my Instagram page at Instagram.com/AnnabellaGutman
13. When you look at an image of another lady what styles of fashion really inspire you?
Colourful outfits really inspire me. My personality is joyful and confident, so I like my clothes to be a reflection of that. I love bright colours on a dress, especially when it’s well coordinated with accessories.
14. Do you have a favourite period of fashion and do you collect fashion pieces yourself?
My favourite period of fashion is probably the 40’s and 50’s but unfortunately no one really dresses that way anymore. To me, the fashion from that time period was very classy and elegant. I recently modelled a new fashion collection, by designer Camille Wood, that celebrated the style from that time period, which you can also see on my online blog at www.AnnabellaG.com