Justin M. Bowen
Published Thursday, June 18, 2009 | 11:09 a.m.
Updated Tuesday, June 23, 2009 | 1:02 p.m.
Last week, I spent a couple of days working on a travel story. I visited Hollyland, which I would dub Hollywood but won’t for intellectual trademark infringement concerns.
I ride sidecar with Holly Madison and wrote about the experience for the current cover story in Las Vegas Weekly. We’ve assembled a photo gallery and video of Madison’s cover shoot at The Peepshow Theater at Planet Hollywood (yes, the sign was changed to “Planet Holly” for a time last week, allowing for photo ops). Next week, on Monday, Madison begins at least a three-month run as the show's co-star (with Shoshana Bean) and biggest draw. One moment in my time with her not in the Weekly story showed how very isolated celebrities can become.
One day, we went house hunting in Centennial Hills, wound back to Planet Hollywood for a red carpet walk for the CineVegas premiere of “Saint John of Las Vegas,” visited Madison’s suite at P.H., walked her dog Napoleon, hit the Peppermill for dinner and wound up at a late-night performance of “Jubilee!” at Bally’s. We finally got back to the hotel around 1 a.m., and I remarked to her how exhausted I felt after the whole process. “Really?” she said, and it was obvious this was not an atypical day for her. As I drove off, I hit KNPR, where a news report of the shooting at the Holocaust Museum was being updated. I had not heard of this event all day, and certainly no one in Madison’s camp would have been able to catch up on the day’s events during the hamster wheel ride that is Madison’s life. I thought, no wonder celebrities -- or at least, many of them -- seem so out of touch with current events. Where’s the time?
I have also pulled a few quoted highlights of my time with Madison. Read on:
On her ill-fated relationship with Luxor headliner and “Mindfreak” star Criss Angel: “Some people don’t want to be happy, so they look for problems, and they pick away at something until they find problems. … He’s the one with the problem, not me.”
On whether her relationship with Hugh Hefner during “The Girls Next Door,” co-starring Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson, was genuine: “It’s for the audience to decide if it was real. ….It’s not normal, it’s not like you’re dating someone, and it’s normal. It was the most absurd situation. It was just supposed to be fun.”
On why she moved from Oregon to Los Angeles: “Have you ever been to Oregon?”
On her dust-up with Channel 3 entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs, who took umbrage at a comment Madison made about her sundress during an appearance at an event marking Hugh Hefner’s 83rd birthday at the Palms Place pool over Memorial Day weekend: “I honestly did NOT mean to take a dig at her. I was so unprepared for this to turn into a catty thing. … It’s like she just loves the drama.”
On whether her parents will see her perform in “Peepshow,” where she appears topless: “I’m not sure. I don’t know if I can be sexy with my parents in the audience.”
On her revealing “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” ad for PETA: “I made it clear to them that I’m not a vegetarian, and I’ve got leather seats in my car. I’m not a hardcore PETA person.”
On her objective in Las Vegas: “I want to be the new Miss Las Vegas.”