Earlier today Jenny Dry Erase, the star of the The Chive's wildly popular hoax
, revealed her real identity: Elyse Porterfield, 22, aspiring actress.
We caught up with her after she'd polished off a burger and beer (only one, she says) in her new hometown of L.A.
But heck (as Elyse would say -- she was quite the gentlewoman), we think she deserves to toast herself.
We talked about all the things you usually discuss with famous one-name actresses: posing in Playboy, her breakout roles -- and what it's like to achieve fame overnight after starring in an Internet meme.
Below, get to know the previously unknown hopeful who had the whole Web going yesterday -- and now has better name recognition than the Old Spice guy. She might even let you friend her on Facebook
, if you're nice.
Lemondrop: How does it feel to star in an Internet hoax?
It's pretty fun. I had no idea that it was going to become this big. Oh gosh! The funniest reactions have probably been on Facebook. I've had some people friend request me, but I also have people pretending that they know me, and saying, "Oh, I thought that was you, how have you been?" That's been one of the craziest things. It's like, dude, just request, but don't be creepy.
Had you heard of The Chive before this?
No, I had not. But I checked them out before I went to audition, and I liked the site a lot. I spend most of my online time on Facebook.
We have to ask: Do you play Farmville like your fictitious boss, Spencer?
I don't play Farmville. I most definitely don't.
So, are you more Hot Piece of Ass or Girl Who Wears Glasses?
Probably in between. Because I don't wear glasses. Those were fake, but they were my idea. I brought my little clear glasses from Claire's, and thought, Should I wear these
Tell us a little bit about you, the girl behind fake Jenny.
I'm 22. I'm from a small town of Glenwood Springs, Colo. It's a little mountain town between Vail and Aspen. I'm the oldest of four kids, and my parents have been together forever. I moved out here two months ago for acting. I've always wanted to do film and television.
Not, say, Internet?
Well, I went to school at the University of Northern Colorado for musical theater.
So that's why you were so good at making faces! Have you ever had a skeevy boss in real life?
I have. There was this one time -- it was a random job -- I was working in the mall at this glass-blowing business, and the guy hired me to work sales, but he was creepy. He was paying me cash, and he was hitting on me, and I'd catch him pulling bottles of vodka out of his coat, and I was like, OK, I'm done
But I've never quit in such a dramatic fashion.
What's your best telling-someone-off story?
It's definitely the only time I've ever hit somebody -- and he was a guy. We were in high school and he was making fun of my boyfriend, saying he was gay. I told him to stop, and he wouldn't. So, I hit him in the face.
Damn, you were the right girl for this part. How did your boyfriend react?
I never told him. He never found out.
Classy. So, have you heard about this Facebook group, 1,000,000 Strong for Jenny DryErase to Pose in Playboy?
I most certainly did. I'm so entertained.
What do you think is a better career booster -- this or Playboy?
Probably this. I don't think that [doing Playboy] would be the right way to go. I would only do Playboy if they let me be fully clothed.
Why do you think the character of Jenny DryErase resonated with so many women?
I think every woman knows what it feels like to be thought of as a piece of ass. I don't care who you are, everybody does. It's really hard for girls to face that, so when they see somebody who's brave enough to stand up to it, they can relate to that. It's inspiring ...
What's next for you? Is Hollywood calling?
I have no idea, not as of yet. I haven't had have time to sift through emails. But on Facebook, I had about 400 friends, and now I have 3,400.