"There are so many women who are beautiful to look at until they open their mouths. I believe the way a person makes you feel when you're around them is what makes them beautiful." Joanna Krupa.
Polish model and actress Joanna Krupa, the former Juggy Dancer (2003-2003) on Comedy Central's “The Man Show,” received wide recognition while posing in the July 2005 issue of Playboy. She has been featured in FHM, Stuff and Maxim, and has been featured as a model for Sketchers shoes, Venus Swimwear and Frederick's of Hollywood, adding to her handful lucrative campaigns. As an actress, she could be seen in Tim Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes (2001), Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon (2004) and The Dog Problem (2006). She will appear in the upcoming films Ripple Effect and Skinner Box.
The 5' 7" tall, 32-24-32 stunner who won the Spokesmodel competition on the 2003 revival of the 80s talent show “Star Search” was named “Model of the Year (2005)” by TV Media, a prominent Austrian men's magazine. She was also one of Maxim magazine’s "Hot 100 of 2005" and was the April 2007 entry in Stuff magazine's 2006-2007 pin up calendar.
Joanna is currently the official spokesperson for Titan Poker, an online poker room. More personally, she previously dated “Smallville” actor Jensen Ackles.
Childhood and Family:
"My mother raised me pretty well. Seeing what goes on, I thank God for my mother and the way she brought me up." Joanna Krupa.
In Warsaw, Poland, Joanna Krupa, nicknamed “JoJo” or “Jo,” was born on April 23, 1981 to prominent hotelier Steven Krupa. She is the eldest of three daughters, one of whom is younger sister Marta Krupa. When she was five, Joanna followed her family moving to a huge Polish community in Chicago, Illinois. She recalled: “I grew up with the Polish food and even went to a Polish school for six years. We followed our Polish traditions.”
Joanna enrolled at a local community college in nearby Lombard, Illinois. Since the late 1990s, she has been living in Los Angeles, California. Joanna, best friends with fellow Chicagoan and “Joe Millionaire” star Sarah Kozer (ex Playboy cover model), is a strong animal activist. She has two dogs, Mickey and Jezzabelle. In her free times, she goes kick boxing, step class, core training, yoga and Pilates. She also loves to take her dogs hiking.
“I go at least three or four times a week and take hour classes like kick boxing, step class, core training, yoga, and Pilates. I like classes that not only work all your body parts, but are fun. I also love to take my dogs hiking.” Joanna Krupa.
"I was posing in a park wearing a button-down shirt, and when I lifted my arms the whole thing popped open. The poor little kids who saw probably had nightmares." Joanna Krupa.
Not long after her arrival in Los Angeles, Joanna Krupa landed on several high-profile modeling jobs, including with such brands as Mario Magro, Skechers, Izod, Le Coup, Physicians Formula, Frederick's of Hollywood, and Venus Swimwear. On her very early photo shoot experience, Joanna revealed: "The first time I did a sexy photo shoot, I was nervous that all the girls in America would hate me for it and think I was letting them down. It's really nice when a woman comes up to me and says, 'Oh, I loved your picture in such and such.'"
Joanna subsequently entered the screen, starting with a guest spot in an August 2000 episode of the “Baywatch” spoof, “Son of the Beach.” She followed it up with a guest appearance in a January 2001 episode of comedy talk show "The X Show" and a bit part in Tim Burton's adaptation of the novel "La planète des singes" by Pierre Boulle and a remake of the 1968 film, Planet of the Apes (2001; starring Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth and Helena Bonham Carter).
The next year, Joanna secured a year-long (2002-2003) recurring role as a Juggy Dancer on Comedy Central's “The Man Show.” Being asked about her job in the comedy show, she said: "I knew it wasn't me. But they didn't make me feel degraded so it was actually kind of fun. I dressed up in costumes and danced around to music. But every job and every experience helps you get something else and has a reason. Even though it was stupid, it gave me a little bit of recognition."
"That period when I first left ‘Star Search’ was hard. I remember having to do a photo shoot with a really famous photographer and I didn't know if I was coming or going. Part of me still felt like a really young girl." Joanna Krupa.
Subsequently, Joanna was featured on the 2003 revival of the 80s talent show “Star Search,” where she won the Spokesmodel competition. Afterward, she became a familiar face to readers of such publications as FHM, Stuff, Men's Fitness and Trump World. She was spotted as a guest in a November 2004 episode of NBC dramedy “Las Vegas” and starred half of the vacationing sisters in Albert Pyun's kickboxing movie, Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon (2004), alongside Mickey Hardt and David Carradine. About her role in the film, Joanna admitted: "At first I was scared to do a major role. But the scariest part was when I found out they were giving me a lead role! It gave me more confidence in my acting ability because I got good feedback and was comfortable with the role."
2005 proved to be Joanna’s breakout year. She appeared in the July 2005 edition of Playboy magazine and was named “Model of the Year” by TV Media, a prominent Austrian men's magazine. She was also listed in Maxim magazine’s "Hot 100 of 2005."
Afterward, more major film roles rolled in. Joanna was cast in writer-director Scott Caan's romantic comedy film The Dog Problem (starring Don Cheadle, Giovanni Ribisi and Mena Suvari), which was screened at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival.
Joanna just wrapped writer-director Philippe Caland's upcoming drama film, Ripple Effect, starring Philippe Caland, Forest Whitaker, Virginia Madsen and Minnie Driver. She is currently filming Erick Gosse's horror/thriller movie, Skinner Box, alongside Erick Gosse and Mark Parrish. As for modeling, she was the April 2007 entry in Stuff magazine's 2006-2007 pin up calendar.
"I want to be in this business as long as I can and I want to make smart decisions. Obviously right now I'm gonna concentrate on modeling and traveling, and doing the movies. I just want to be like a Brigitte Bardot, somebody who has been in the business for a long time, somebody that people will respect 20 years down the line, that would be my goal." Joanna Krupa.