Macenstein’s “Mac Chick of the Month” (June 2007): Mandy Amano
Photo by Grace Oh
Named â€œThe Asian Audrey Hepburnâ€¦who could kick your assâ€ by the brilliant and famed comic book headliner, Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers, DareDevil), Mandy’s popularity skyrocketed when she was featured in the Pepsi/I-Tunes ad during the 2005 Super Bowl. Within hours, she became known as â€œthe face that launched 1,000 websitesâ€ when the internet exploded with over a thousand fan sites, websites, and blogs dedicated to her all around the world. The most famous was thatpepsigirl, which launched within minutes of the commercial’s debut.
KROQ’s Kevin and Bean Morning Show interviewed Mandy on their morning drive time program following her appearance in Maxim Magazine (Frank Miller’s Collector’s Edition, watch Maxim video shoot) about all the attention the ad had generated. They even managed to get Justin, the owner of thatpepsigirl on the phone as well, which made for a pretty funny interview (listen here).
Due to her lifelong devotion to the world of comics, Mandy’s been crowned â€œcomic book royaltyâ€. Her father is the venerable Jeff Amano (Roninhood, Fade From Grace, Red Warrior, The Cobbler’s Monster) of Beckett Comics and her boyfriend is the incomparable David Mack (Kabuki, DareDevil).
Mandy also occasionally serves as an inspiration for many of their characters.
“My Dad, being an artist, was always a Mac man. And after all, ‘father knows best’!!” says Mandy. “As far back as I can remember, he always had a Mac…which meant it was also our household computer of choice. In fact, way back when, the company he worked for (Beckett) was one of the first to convert all company computers to Macintosh…thanks to him. It was his idea and now he’s president of Beckett Comics. I’m not saying that’s the only reason, because it’s definitely not, but his innovation and sick talent of foreseeing the latest and the greatest certainly has played a part in his success.”
Photo by Grace Oh
“The iBook was the first actual Apple product that I personally owned. I, like most, love the design, but I also love how easy it makes everything compared to PC’s. Macs keep things simple, logical, easy, and fun. And they’re cute! Once you go Mac, you never go back!!”
NAME: Mandy Amano
LOCATION: Los Angeles
OCCUPATION: Actress & Model
FIRST APPLE PRODUCT: iBook
FAVORITE APPLE GEAR: iPod (although I have my sights on the new iPhone!)
FAVORITE NON-APPLE GEAR: My manâ€¦David Mackâ€¦fitting name, donâ€™t you think?
FAVORITE TV SHOWS: ALIAS (Seasons 1, 2), ALLY MCBEAL (the ones with Lucy Liu), The CROCODILE HUNTER, PROJECT RUNWAY, ROME
FAVORITE MOVIES: The LAST SAMURAI, TRUE ROMANCE, RUDY, CHOKE, The PROFESSIONAL
ON MY iPOD: Mostly Soundtracks: AMELIE, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, GLADIATOR, GOODBYE LENIN, HELLBOY, The HOURS, The LAST of the MOHICANS, The LAST SAMURAI, PANâ€™S LABYRINTH
BOOKS: The ALCHEMIST, The BOOK of FIVE RINGS, CAPTIVATING, The LITTLE ENGINE that COULD, The MASTERY of LOVE, The WAR of ART
COMICS: ALIAS, BATTLE ANGEL ALITA, COURTNEY CRUMRIN, DAREDEVIL: VISION QUEST, FADE FROM GRACE, HELLBOY, KABUKI, NYX/X-23, PRIDE of BAGHDAD, RONINHOOD, RUNAWAYS, SANDMAN, SIN CITY
HOBBIES: Anything that’ll break a sweat!! =)
PETS: NONE as of NOW, I’m GONE TOO MUCH! But I EVENTUALLY want a SIAMESE KITTEN because THEY’re PRETTYâ€¦and a HUSKY, an AKITA, or a SHAR-PEI because THEY’re CUTE, CUDDLY, AND THEY are WARRIOR-DOGS!! And itâ€™s ALWAYS been a DREAM of MINE to have a HORSE (like most little girls I guess, I just never let go of it)! And MAYBE a LEOPARD GECKO!! Aawww, now I wanna pet something!!!
Photo by Grace Oh
“Oddly enough, the Pepsi/iTunes commercial paid for my iPod! Itâ€™s awesome, great for all the traveling I do. Itâ€™s a lifesaver on airplanes (hard to think I used to lug around one of those portable CD players with a case of CDâ€™s every time I got on an airplane!!), a motivator on the treadmill, an inspiration during yoga, a resource for my work, AND itâ€™s excellent for tuning out people and trafficâ€¦you know, all the important things in life. ”
A Wilhelmina model, Mandy is also currently recognized as “The Hottest fan-girl in Comics” by Wizard Magazine (‘Variety’ of the comic book world) and has just recently completed filming the leading role for the independent feature, GHOSTS OF GOLDFIELD.
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