'T-Mobile 4G Girl' Carly Foulkes is More Than a Pretty Face
Her real name is Carly Foulkes, but you might know her better as That Hot T-Mobile 4G Girl who gets guys everywhere to actually watch a commercial, rather than fast-forward straight through. (She's also developed a bit of a cult following among tech geeks and creepy guys alike).
In real life, she's a former band geek with a Cadbury Flake addiction and she rarely wears pink. MyDaily talked with her about life, love and what it's like to be an overnight sex symbol -- you know, to get to know the girl behind the Internet whirl.
MyDaily: Hi, Carly. We want to know more about you -- the real girl, not the 4G girl. What's your sign?
Carly Foulkes: I've always been a Leo, but now with this whole new astrology signs business, it turns out I'm actually a Cancer. I was freaked at first, but now I've read up on the Cancer thing and it actually makes a lot more sense.
But we've actually debunked those new signs, you know. Relationship status?
I've been with my boyfriend Tyler for about two-and-a-half years. He's amazing. I couldn't ask for more when it comes to a supportive boyfriend. Plus he's also an actor so he gets the crazy hours, the last-minute hopping on a plane, all that stuff. We're really supportive of each others' careers.
What were you like in high school?
OK, I know everyone always says they were geeky, but I was. I have the pictures to prove it. I never went to the high school keggers, I was into musical theater and band. I was a little punk-music kid. I sort of looked tough, because I wore all black and had all these leather cuffs, but as soon as you talked to me, you figured out that I wasn't tough.
How did you go from band geek to model/actress?
I started when I was 13, doing small modeling jobs in Toronto. Then I moved to New York right after high school and started meeting with agents, but I guess I just wasn't ready. I ended up spending a few years traveling to Singapore and Europe, and I have amazing memories from that. Then I realized that I love New York -- it's the city that gets me every time, I can't seem to shake it. So I came back and started modeling, and now I'm pushing more into acting.
So, did you know that these T-Mobile commercials made you an instant Internet sex symbol?
Um, no. When I heard that, I told my mom, "If only they knew how much I sat at home and played video games." I'm very homey and comfy. When I think of sexy, I definitely don't put myself in the category. So I'm very flattered, but it's pretty funny.
Any crazy stalker fans or creepy come-ons?
No. A few times people have asked if I'm the MyTouch girl, but nothing crazy.
How have your friends and family reacted to seeing you as the 4G Girl?
They're excited for me. My best friend has this "Friend Wall" where she puts up anything awesome that her friends are doing and she keeps calling and asking for a poster or something to put on there. It's really sweet.
And who designed the awesome pink and white dress?
Debra LeClair, the T-Mobile stylist. She's amazing. She designs the outfits and then they have them made from scratch. I'm always so excited to see what she comes up with.
I think anyone who knows me can tell you that I have maybe not even one item of pink in my closet. I'm still doing the adult version of my high school self. Lots of black. I shop at Urban Outfitters and All Saints a lot. You wouldn't really notice me on the street. If I were on a desert island, all I'd need is moisturizer and maybe some lip balm. But it's fun to do the girly thing and wear pink on set.
What's your go-to tech (besides the MyTouch 4G, duh)?
Tyler and I are both pretty into our PlayStation 3. I like the video games, plus you can get your Netflix on there.
What's on your iPod right now?
I'm all over the place with music. I love reggae, especially Bob Marley, and right now I'm really into Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys and Metric.
What's your favorite guilty pleasure food?
I have the biggest sweet tooth ever. I grew up in Toronto, but my parents are British, so I used to spend my summers in England and I'm still obsessed with all that great British candy. I could eat about ten Cadbury Flakes.
And what fun facts would surprise anyone who just knows you as The Hot T-Mobile Girl?
I skateboard. I can sort of play the drums. And I give really good foot massages.
Virginia Sole-Smith is a journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications including Parents, Slate and The New York Times. She's also the author of the blog Beauty Schooled. She, too, has a British parent and British candy addiction. Unlike Carly, she loves the color pink.
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