“The worst thing about working on TV is when we shoot long 12-15 hour days. That means I'll usually have early morning call times, which are never fun. But even that isn't that bad because I love being on set and I love what I do. As long as you are passionate about your job, even the worst things don't really seem that bad.” Katrina Bowden
Actress Katrina Bowden, who is sometimes credited as Katie Bowden, rose to fame as attractive assistant Cerie Xerox on the NBC comedy series “30 Rock” (2006-2009), from which she picked up a Screen Actors Guild Award. She was also voted one of Maxim's “The Hottest Women of Fall TV '08” for her role in the show. Prior to winning her breakout role in the series, Bowden starred in music videos and appeared in the television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “One Life to Live” (both 2006).
Bowden's success on “30 Rock” has opened doors to roles in feature films. Since her debut in “Sex Drive” (2008), the New Jersey native has acted in “Ratko: The Dictator's Son” and “The Shortcut” (both 2009) and will star in the comedy “The Last Film Festival” (also 2009).
Childhood and Family:
Katrina Bowden was born on September 19, 1988, in Wyckoff, New Jersey. She was educated at Saint Thomas More School in Midland Park, New Jersey, and Immaculate Heart Academy, an all-girls college preparatory private Roman Catholic high school in Washington Township, New Jersey. An honor student, Katrina maintained good grades while attempting to get small acting roles and modeling gigs.
“Working with Fall Out Boy was really fun. They are all really nice guys. Pete Wentz had plenty of his own eye makeup so there was no real need for me to keep mine under close watch, but my lip gloss was a completely different story. He only tried to bite me once.” Katrina Bowden
Katrina Bowden began modeling in her hometown of Wyckoff, New Jersey, while still in school. After starring in the music videos “Dance Dance,” by Fall Out Boy, and “Good Day,” by Jewel (both 2006), she quickly graduated to television acting with a guest spot in NBC's “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (also 2006). She then joined the cast of the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live” (2006). However, she had to leave the show after two episodes because of scheduling conflicts.
Bowden next won the role of Cerie Xerox, Liz Lemon's (played by Tina Fey) laid back assistant in the NBC sitcom “30 Rock” (2006-2009). Debuting in October 2006, the series gained success with critics but struggled to attract viewers. However, in 2008, Bowden was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for her work in “30 Rock.” She shared the honor with costars Tina Fey, Judah Friedlander, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer and Tracy Morgan, among others. Also that year, Bowden made her film debut in “Sex Drive,” a comedy directed and scripted by Sean Anders. Playing Ms. Tasty in the movie, she costarred opposite Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, Clark Duke, James Marsden and Seth Green. “Sex Drive” garnered mixed reviews from critics. 2008 also found the actress appearing in the “We Are Scientists” video for the song “After Hours.”
Recently, Bowden and her “30 Rock” costars jointly nabbed a 2009 Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. She also portrayed Holly in “National Lampoon's 'Ratko: The Dictator's Son,’” opposite Blake Anderson, Curtis Armstrong and Jeffrey Ballard. The comedy premiered in Canada on January 10, 2009, and was released in the United States in June. She then worked with Andrew Seeley, Shannon Woodward, Dave Franco and Josh Emerson in the thriller “The Shortcut” (2009), which was helmed by Nicholaus Goossen.
Bowden will be cast as a young starlet in Linda Yellen's comedy “The Last Film Festival” (2009) and will reprise her role of Cerie Xerox in the fourth season of “30 Rock,” which was scheduled to begin in the fall of 2009.
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “30 Rock,” 2009