Beth Ostrosky, Filter
On Saturday, June 3, at 7 pm/ET, the G4 cable network relaunches its long-running Filter
series as a fast and funny countdown show. Now hosting the glammed-up and pop-culture-heavy production is model-actress Beth Ostrosky
, whom TVGuide.com spoke to a few weeks ago about her glitzy new gig, her oversized appendages and her and boyfriend Howard Stern
's most special of many passions. (Hint: It involves petting.)
TVGuide.com: Does a part of you ever giggle when you see a press release, like the one for Filter's relaunch, point out that you've made FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" list for four years in a row?
Beth Ostrosky: Oh, it's ridiculous! [Laughs] I'm one of the world's "sexiest women" because my boyfriend's fans are so kind to me.
TVGuide.com: What would you say is your worst — or "least flattering" — feature?
Ostrosky: I have Size 11 feet that just go on for days.
TVGuide.com: Yikes! Does that make shopping at Stuart Weitzman extra tough?
Ostrosky: Oh, please, it's the hardest thing! I've had this size foot since I was, like, 11 years old, so it was always "old lady" shoes. In this day and age, there's a little more to choose from, but it's still bleak — unless I pay a lot of money for special-order designer shoes, which is what I often have to do.
TVGuide.com: The best I can figure, the new Filter is sorta like Best Week Ever meets Wild On...?
TVGuide.com: Well, tell me: What exactly are you counting down each week?
Ostrosky: I'm counting down lists that you never thought you ever needed to know. [Laughs] For example, "Top Things to Do Before You Turn 30" — but with a twist, like, "Date an older woman... live rent-free with your parents... and do a reality show." We go through each list and use examples from pop culture.
TVGuide.com: Much has been made of this relaunch with its new sets and host and everything.
Ostrosky: Yeah, it's going to be less games- and gadgets-oriented, which is definitely a new thing for G4. The network, I guess, was all gaming and technology, but this show has nothing to do with that. It's all pop-culture-related.
TVGuide.com: Are you in the loop on games and gadgets, though?
Ostrosky: I don't know anything! I'm going to the E3 convention tomorrow....
TVGuide.com: Can you grab me a PlayStation 3 if you see one?
Ostrosky: You know what? If they give me one I'm going to send it right over to you, because I know nothing about it — nor do I think I want to! [Update: This editor never received a package.]
TVGuide.com: What sort of wardrobe will Filter be pouring you into?
Ostrosky: Sexy tops and jeans, or little dresses. It's all for the guys! For the guys!
TVGuide.com: As an advice columnist for FHM, what do you get asked the most?
Ostrosky: There are a lot of relationship questions, of course, but the majority of my questions from guys are about appearance. Guys even stop me on the street every day to ask, "How should I wear this?" "Should I cut my hair?" It's really funny. Guys are really concerned with how they look to a woman, so I definitely like to give my honest opinion.
TVGuide.com: When formulating your answers, do you ever turn to a certain shock jock for help?
Ostrosky: Oh, yeah, absolutely. Or I like to read him my answers. He gets a kick out of them.
TVGuide.com: Now that is you in the MasterCard TV commercial, right?
TVGuide.com: Did you not see the storyboard, or...?
Ostrosky: I've been doing commercials since I was 9 years old. I've done Burger King, beer commercials... the whole lot. My agent called — it was a huge, network national spot — I go in, I was exactly what the character called for, I do this commercial, I make a crap load of money, but now, unfortunately, I'm recognizable. So it's been horrible. A total embarrassment. There are so many commercials I've been in over the years, but now, unfortunately, people recognize me. I'm reading Page Six one day and it says I'm not going to be winning any acting awards for my MasterCard commercial. [Laughs] But that's exactly why I got the job, because I gave them the Vanna White-type girl they wanted! I'm collecting my checks, but sadly I'm getting made fun of along the way.
TVGuide.com: Sounds like someone was late with their "payment" to Page Six.
Ostrosky: Right! [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: I love flipping through my New York Daily News and seeing you and the critters in your North Shore Animal League ads smiling at me.
Ostrosky: I know, they're so great with [running those PSAs]. That is my passion in life, these animals and getting them adopted.
TVGuide.com: Where did you all net out with finding homes for Katrina animals?
Ostrosky: It's been great. We've rescued over 1,000 animals at this point. We did two airlifts and we had tons of cargo vans going back and forth. Sadly, we've even gotten some more recent ones in, because the animals that have been left behind have been multiplying, having babies.
TVGuide.com: Sounds like some animals were very happy to have survived!
Ostrosky: [Laughs] Yeah, exactly!
TVGuide.com: Were you yourself down there in a motorboat, à la Sean Penn?
Ostrosky: I didn't go down, but I was at the North Shore Animal League upon their arrival to take them out of the vans. It's an amazing organization. I'm so proud to be a part of it.
TVGuide.com: I was looking at some pictures of you — proper pictures....
Ostrosky: "Proper pictures"!?
TVGuide.com: And you have this almost feline quality to your eyes. Do you perchance believe you were an animal in a previous life?
Ostrosky: I don't believe in past lives, so I've never gone there with my thoughts. I just have such a feeling for animals. Howard does, too. We have a lot of connections, but that is one of our most special ones, our love and passion for animals. He's so supportive. We just rescued an English bulldog, and he helped me with voicing the situation over the air. He's so great to let me call in [to his Sirius radio show] and talk about it.
TVGuide.com: Is the moral of the story here that the funny but not necessarily classically handsome guy can get the girl?
Ostrosky: Oh, my god, I think Howard is the most handsome guy in the world!