Raquel Pomplun is the first Mexican-American to win Playboy Playmate of the Year, is an actress, model and dancer.
Birthday: October 24, 1987
Born: San Diego, California, USA
Famous for: Model
Raquel Pomplun was born in San Diego and grew up in Tijuana, Mexico. She was named after actress Raquel Welch. At the age of 13 she moved back to San Diego and attended Southwestern College majoring in Biochemistry.
While seeking funding for her education she decided to pose for Playboy. In April 2012 she was Playboy’s Playmate of the month and she won Playboy Playmate of the Year in 2013.
She became the host of a radio show on Playboy Playmates along with Miss May 2012, Nikki Leigh. The chemistry was so strong the producers gave them their own show.
Pomplun has also had roles in movies and television series as well as appearances on various shows. She became the host of the martial arts series Rockin’ Rounds in 2013 on BlackBelt TV station and has appeared in episodes of Mockpocalypse and Agents of Shield.
In 2014 she starred with Mark Wahlberg in The Gambler and in 2016 she is to star in the horror movie “Muck: Feast of Saint Patrick” with fellow Playmate Jaclyn Swedberg.
What's your favourite picture of yourself? My wedding photo with my husband. Best day ever! What's the movie about and what is your role in it? It's a horror movie and I play one of the supporting actors who may or may not die... : What is something no one knows about you? Most people know everything about me by now.... But somehow people get surprised with the fact that I've been married for almost 5 years. Who is the most interesting person you have met in your career? My managers Edith and Oscar Torres Wikipedia says you're the first Mexican-American to be Playmate of the Year. Does that feel like a special accomplishment? Also, what are parties at the mansion like? I don't see it like an accomplishment but more like a set stone in history, and it feels cool! Mansion parties are amazing! Raquel, congrats on making the move to acting. I wish you the best of luck. Since acting is something that is new to you, what has been the biggest challenge in getting started with your acting career? And if you could act on one TV show, which would it be? Also, I once instagrammed a picture and you commented on it. That made my day lmao. Thanks for that. Aawww you are welcome! I guess the biggest challenge is to be taken seriously, don't forget that I am in the Mecca of acting: Hollywood. Most actors here have been training their whole lives and it's almost offensive to them for me to come and try to make it when I barely started training. However, it's a great challenge and I love that, nothing better that working for your accomplishments. The tv show that I would love to be in is Supernatural :) Hi Raquel! Do you think you'll be doing anymore movies after the Muck trilogy? Oh yes! I have other projects going on too! Follow me on my social media to find out about them! @rpomplun Hi Raquel, big fan of you and happy for all your accomplishments. One thing has me perplexed though. I believe Pomplun is your maiden name, but why is your husband's last name also Pomplun? I could be wrong, lol. Well, that's simple, he took my name, he liked my name better than his for our family name :) he truly is one of the kind. Congrats on the success! What is/was the most charming thing anyone has ever done for you? Good luck in the rest of your career. To pay attention, seriously, it's the best when people pay attention to little things and remember. Whats happens at the playboy mansion that might surprise people? Mmmm... Pretty much everything is out there, the question should be, what doesn't really happen at the mansion that could surprise people. How did you first get discovered or into Playboy, and do you have any tips for girls like me who want to model for Playboy someday? I'm a huge fan thank you! I submitted my photos online. Best advice is to stay as natural and next girl looking as possible, that whole lip and boob enhanced look was back in 2000 Can you talk about the process of becoming Playmate of the year? What were the best/worst parts There was really nothing bad about becoming playmate of the year, it's between Hugh Hefner and corporate that they decide who playmate of the year is. Then from there it's just photoshoots and lots of appearances and work! Just like miss universe! What's one thing you wish people knew about being a Playmate? It's really not pornographic or has anything to do with it... In that case Michael Angelo and Davinci would have created the same with their muses... When you first started doing playboy type modeling, did you find it to be a bit uncomfortable? I've always been a playmate, no halfsies of typies .... And no, playboy is a very proffecional corporation, it has history, really doesn't hurt to research it ;) How have the men in your life handled what you do? There's only been one, and that is my husband, Alejandro, and you can ask him, I mean, we are still married if that helps ;) I don't like when people say that in order to be playmate of the year or even playmate, you have to sleep with Hugh Hefner. It's ridiculous that some people believe that. What are your thoughts on that? Same here, it's the most ridiculous thought I've even heard, but again, ignorance can make people say things like that! What's your favorite Pokemon? Wiggly puff
How did you get involved in the prequel for "Muck?" Raquel Pomplun: Steve had Playboy Playmate of the Year 2012 Jaclyn Swedberg in the first "Muck," so he thought it was a great idea to have two other Playmates of the Year in the prequel. So Both Kennedy and I are gonna be featured in the prequel. But our agent at Playboy promotions pretty much said, ‘Jaclyn had a great time, she did this, she did that, she’s in the movie - it’s a great opportunity Can you describe your character and what we can expect? RP: Expect sleek, sexy and fun – I don’t want to give out too much. She’s loyal and fun and another girl in the backwoods that shouldn’t be there! (Laughs) Are you a fan of horror films and what are some of your favorites? RP: I am so scared of horror movies – I don’t know how I’m going to shoot one to be honest. I’m super scared. I am the type of person that if everyone wants to watch a scary movie I will be having nightmares that night. But we’ll see – I decided to get into acting so it has to be done! (Laughs) Now if your role in "Muck" leads to other horror film offers are you game to do more RP: Oh my god – I would have to see after this one. I don’t know what to expect! After this one if I don’t end up all traumatized I guess I would keep going! (Laughs) Can you talk a bit about your reaction upon learning that you were a Playboy Playmate of the Year for 2013? RP: Posing for Playboy has been one of the craziest experiences of my life. Playboy is definitely a family for life now and it was something I never expected. The whole reason I did it was to pay off school and I ended up getting Playmate of the Year, so trust me I was in shock. It was amazing and I’m very grateful and I wouldn’t change a thing. We just recently toured the Playboy Mansion for a screening of "Muck" – what is your favorite part of the famous estate? RP: It has to be the living room where we watch the movies. Just like Hef, I love movies. I love all everything from production to the acting to costumes, make-up, hair, everything. I just love the creation that goes into a movie and to be able to watch it in an iconic space – it’s really comfortable. So what’s Hugh Hefner really like? RP: You’d be surprised – I didn’t get to be around him that much. But the little I did hang out with him, he is a very well rounded person and a true gentleman. He’s a person that you think twice before you open your mouth because he’s seen it all, he’s done it all, and he knows it all – literally.
 Pacific San Diego Magazine Feb 2013 (Photos by Brevin Blach)