“I would say go for it, ... Life is short-lived, and you've got to take it while it's there and run with it.” Michelle Lombardo (on regarding a career change)
Rising to fame as the first winner of 2004 Sports Illustrated's Fresh Face Contest, American model and actress of Irish and Italian heritage Michelle Lombardo has since appeared in a lot of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues, and has added acting to her endeavors. She is popular among comedy fans with her portrayal of Adam Sandler (and David Hasselhoff)'s secretary/lover in the Academy Award-nominated “Click” (2006), by director Frank Coraci. It was her third film voyage after the independent flicks “Dishdogz” (2005) and “All In” (2006). Other acting credits include guest spots in such TV series as HBO's “Entourage,” ABC's “October Road” and Showtime's “Californication.”
A suicide girl in the 2008 thriller “Stiletto,” Lombardo is set to costar with Alex Frost in the Gary Lundgren-directed comedy “Calvin Marshall” (2009).
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of Janice and Peter Lombardo, Michelle Helen Lombardo was born on September 16, 1983, in Glastonbury, Connecticut. She has a brother named Peter J. Lombardo. A born athlete, Michelle competed in various sports like volleyball, swimming and soccer in high school and in local organizations.
Michelle graduated from Glastonbury High School in 2001, in which she became the captain of her volleyball team. She furthered her education at the University of Connecticut, but quit after one year in pursuit of modeling and later acting.
In 2003, Michelle was married to Drew Broadrick, a singer-songwriter from Manchester, England.
Michelle is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
SI's Fresh Face
A drop out from the University of Connecticut, Michelle Lombardo moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to try her luck as a model. While waiting for her break, the former competitive athlete supported herself by working as a waitress. It was not long before Lombardo hit the big time by winning the 2004 Sports Illustrated's Fresh Face Contest. This led to her three-year modeling contract with Next Model Management as well as a 2004 Nissan 350 Z Roadster. She also made her first appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue later that same year.
Despite her initial success, Lombardo promptly realized that she was unsuited for runway due to her naturally athletic body. As a result, she had to look for other opportunities. Commenting about her body, she stated, ”I’m not the waif. My butt was always a little too big and my chest was always a little too large.”
Eventually, Lombardo chose to become an actress. Following her appearance in a cunning commercial for the Suzuki Forenza, where she strips down in an elevator and changed into her athletic wear in front of her dismayed associates, the Connecticut native got her first film role, playing a nurse named Hatcher, in the small but well-done coming of age drama “Dishdogz” (2005), starring Haylie Duff and Luke Perry. Her first major role, however, arrived in the following year with the Nick Vallelonga-directed comedy “All In,” playing Jasmine. The films starred Dominique Swain, Michael Madsen, Louis Gossett Jr., James Russo, Colleen Porch and Scott Whyte.
It was also in 2006 that Lombardo got her breakthrough motion picture with the Columbia Pictures production “Click,” starring Adam Sandler. She was cast as Linda, a secretary/mistress for both Sandler and David Hasselhoff.
Next up for Lombardo, she portrayed Layla in the crime/drama “Machine” (2007), directed by the first time director/writer Michael Lazar, who also starred in and produced the movie. She had a recurring role on the HBO comedy series “Entourage” (2 episodes, 2007), playing Catherine, had a one-episodic turn as Amiquay on the ABC mystery series “October Road” (2007) and acted in two Internet series: “Girltrash!” (2007) and “Quarterlife” (2008), where she portrayed Tyler Murphy and Debra, respectively.
Lombardo rejoined the “All In” director Nick Vallelonga for the crime/thriller “Stiletto” (2008), in which she acted along side Tom Berenger, William Forsythe, Kelly Hu, Amanda Brooks, James Russo, Tom Sizemore and her “All In” costar Dominique Swain. During 2007 to 2008, Lombardo could also be seen as surfer girl in a three episodes of the David Duchovny comedy series “Californication.”
The twenty-something actress will play Tori Jensen in the upcoming comedy “Calvin Marshall” (2009), directed and written by Gary Lundgren and starring Alex Frost in the titular role.