GeneralLOVE. preston. family. friends. ocean-minded souls and sunsh!ne :) everything to do with sun / sand / snow, especially: SURFING, wakeboarding, kiteboarding, jetskiing, kayaking, white water rafting all summer, and SNOWBOARDING all winter... ADVENTURE, technology, ANIMALS, nature, SCIENCE, books, POLITICS, art, MUSIC, film, TRAVELING, volunteering, SMILING, roller coasters, seaside bike rides, moonlit hiking, frollicking barefoot, CAMPING, football, baseball, tennis, FOOSBALL, rollerblading, TREE / ROCK / CLIMBING ANYTHING! foreign films, theater, museums, arboretums, gardens, poetry, SALSA, capoiera, MMA, riding horses and elephants, sailing, battle royale c VS d paintball wars, flying kites, yoga, doga, long romantic cartwheels on the beach ;) sky diving, fried banana rolls, sacred medicine circles... happily ever nows... always creating kodak moments with the ones i love :) the simple things in life... afternoons at barnes and noble, laying on the floor, reading a good book fresh off the shelf in my pj's... blockbuster nights filled with chinese food, chick flicks and cuddling... soaking in flower-filled bubble baths, after a long day in nature or on set... cooking, and especially baking! from scratch, for the ones i love... asking for a side of french fries at a 5 star restaurant without feeling uncouth... picking out only the red gummie bears... pecan turtles over godiva... astronaut ice cream that melts in your mouth.... my homemade guacamole... still not liking vegetables and believing it's perfectly acceptable to substitute wheat grass, edamame and gummie vitamins in lieu of the gross green stuff that's good for you... thinking apple computers not makeup when i hear the word mac... being addicted to popular science, new scientist and wired instead of us weekly, cosmo and vogue... reading the wsj and hoping one day, i'll truly get it... practicing yoga 3 times a week, still always snickering, creating mental to-do lists, and wanting to scream like a 5 yr old in church- whenever they chant "ommmm".... feeling just as comfortable running around on set wearing a fanny pack as i am skipping down the red carpet in a designer outfit (that i could obviously never put together without the help of my wardrobe stylist friends!)... the smell of christmas cookies, preston's breath, my man's t-shirt, tropical flowers, bonfire barbecues, old records, telecine houses, and the sea... the sound of children laughing, preston crying, audiences applauding, the first time a boyfriend whispers i love you... remembering how blessed i am to have the best friends, family, and munchkin a girl could ever hope for... reminiscing with old friends, cherishing new friends, trying never to take the people i care most about for granted, and trying to forget the ones who aren't worthy of my care... shaping hearts ;) handwritten love letters... handpicked flowers for no reason... pink lillies instead of red roses... celebrating birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and random days of appreciation- in between those hallmark occasions- with heartfelt, thoughtful, *just because* acts of kindness... feeling the sun on my face, absorbing anywhere in beautiful nature... taking exotic adventures all around the world, increasing my knowledge of foreign countries and cultures, hoping to reach every corner of the globe by 30, and pretty sure i will... disappearing at the cinema, sneaking into a second or third movie, mixing buttered popcorn and reeses pieces, and laughing at the tears streaming down my faces as the credits roll, hoping to make art that motivates others as much as it inspires me... finishing what i begin... always having faith... anticipating the future... enjoying the now... speaking out for animals, appreciating a perfect swell, doing everything i can to help others, help the world, and help myself live happily now AND ever after... believing one day, i will make a positive impact, if i haven't already... ;)
Musicwww.ROSIGOLAN.com, www.KEATONSIMONS.com, the format, postal service, bob marley, joshua radin, the fray, coldplay, keane, schuyler fisk, the cure, the ramones, corinne bailey rae, maroon 5, damien rice, will daely, train, duffy, sia, deathcab for cutie, snow patrol, madness, stereophonics, john mayer, rosi golan, john lennon, ray lamontagne, joe purdy, orson, the shins, caleb kane, matchbox 20, cameron meshell, butch walker, mitch allan, blackeyed peas, jack johnson, ben lee, tristan prettyman, aqualung, david gray, ryan adams, james blunt, dashboard confessional, jeff buckley, david ryan harris, chris trapper, the fray, starsailor, 311, the killers, jet, india arie, frank sinatra, stevie wonder, madonna, the beatles, michael buble, jamie cullum, bjork, madonna, old school jackson5, the streets, nick drake, the beach boys, norah jones, ray charles, billy joel, sade, depeche mode, sarah mclachlan, joseph arthur, beyonce, cierra, gwen stefani, missy elliott, eminem, dave mathews, harry connick jr, marvin gaye, beck, weezer, biggie, zthe strokes, prince, radiohead, nelly, dido, joss stone, the libertines, jurassic 5, marvin gaye, al green, splender~ rip my friends ...anything motown, 80's guilty pleasures and the classics~ mozart, pachebel, beethoven + so many more i'm surely forgetting!..
Moviesmy latest producing endeavor, RULE OF THREE:
first feature i produced, SURF SCHOOL:
i love any movie that causes me to me laugh, cry, think or love... examples, in no particular order after into the wild ;) um... here goes... the notebook, princess bride, eternal sunshine of a spotless mind, love actually, into the wild, juno, son of rambow, 2 days in paris, when harry met sally, love and sex, twice upon a yesterday, bridget jones, sliding doors, alfie, serendipity, notting hill, say anything, once, reign over me, life is beautiful, forrest gump, almost famous, the sixth sense, death at a funeral, austin powers, se7en, groundhogs day, usual suspects, happy feet, team america, fields of fuel, fahrenheit 911, inconvenient truth, plus any movie my friends and i are involved in :) esp. rule of three, surf school, threshold and mr. castanova's upcoming dogmantic comedy!
Televisioni'm more of an ocean than a channel surfer, but whilst multi-tasking feverishly, i enjoy... the news, msnbc, cnn, discovery channel, learning channel, travel channel, history channel, animal planet, fuel, mtv2, fuse, espn... dave, craig, jay, conan... martha, ellen, oprah, phil... grey's anatomy, two and a half men, family guy, entourage, lost... politically incorrect superbowl spots, and certain inspirationally heart warming late night infomercials... and of course, my favorite guilty pleasure... GREATEST AMERICAN DOG, premiering July 10th, Wednesday Nights @ 8pm only on CBS... starring my son*sh!ne :) Preston Casanova!
Booksme = nerd, defined. a perfect friday night 4 me? hot chocolate, preston & a good book @ barnes & noble... so dorky, but true. what else? anything of substance! thoreau. emerson. tolstoy. scripts i can't put down, travel guides, science magazines, industry trades, a good old fashioned newspaper, quotes of the day on my blackberry, and books that move me~ preferably ones without pretty pictures... loved "the five people you meet in heaven" & "tuesdays with morrie"... currently reading the boring, but educational garrett sutton & michael a. lechtor's series... nothing beats a nicholas sparks novel... also getting into jennifer weiner's books, wishing i had the $ to option her work as screenplays! does anyone remember 3-2-1 contact?! loved that as a kid, i should re-subscribe... classic favorites include: modoc, snow falling on cedars, the celestine prophecy, power of now, and most books on dogs, travel, entertainment, business, law, politics, etc... got into "tragedy & hope", thanks to my british love sergei... could not finish, so... ;) now alternating bw "the world is flat" and "an hour to live, an hour to love" ...excited for my copy of "i love you, ronnie... love letters from ronald to nancy" to arrive in an upcoming amazon.com order :) + dozens of DOGGIE & ROMANTIC COMEDY SCRIPTS, trying to find our next film project!
Heroesmy MOM! my dad. my sister.
my everything :) preston casanova > ..
Visit my family..Join the Dogster community.. MY FRIENDS = the best on earth!
john and yoko.
bill and sherrie.
ronald and nancy.
mother theresa and ghandi.
chris hansen and richard branson.
al gore, michael moore, BARACK OBAMA!
people with integrity who are honest and unafraid... modern gentlemen with good old fashioned values... boyfriends who communicate openly and won't fight via text message... wrinkly old couples happily married 50 plus years with deep laugh lines :) and smart peepul hoo no tha difrince bitween to & too, your & you're...
i don't believe in idolizing "heroes"... rather, learning from the most touching attributes of those you find most inspirational. there are ordinary people who can change your life in the simplest of ways~ i met this beautiful old couple, last november, in paris. they were sitting on a park bench, in the rain, sharing an ice cream cone. the wife actually spoke english, and i talked with her for ages~ about life, love, marriage... and learned how happy she and her husband had been for the last 60+ years... they were amazing together. so cute and perfectly fulfilled... and after 60 years?! that to me, is my ultimate goal, over any career aspiration... to be 90-something, sitting on Pont Neuf sharing an ice cream cone in the rain, with the love of my life...
- Nov 30, 2008 2:39 PM *old "official" biography... replaced 11/29/2008!
- Nov 16, 2008 3:44 PM *rollin’ on the red carpet "best friends"...
- Sep 11, 2008 5:40 AM *Greatest American Dog - CBS News Interview
- Aug 20, 2008 1:13 AM *Greatest American Dog - Greatest Freak Outs
- Jul 29, 2008 12:34 PM *LUCKIEST american momma... thank you!
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About me:dreamer. lover. surfer. yuppy. hippie. rebel. geek. activist. tomboy. neatfreak. clown. hopeFUL romantic. betty crocker wannabe. filmmaker. celebrity (doggie) MOMMA!
actress / producer / activist
It’s not surprising, after 10 million viewers tuned into Laura & Preston, week after week, in their prime time television debut- Laura Nativo’s life has officially gone to the dogs.
The breakout starlette from CBS’ hit reality show, GREATEST AMERICAN DOG, may not have taken home the grand prize… but America fell in love with Laura, and her little pom too. Now, Laura & Preston, deemed “America’s Favorite Ma & Paw” by ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, are fast becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest “power” couples in the realm of entertainment and philanthropy.
The duo has appeared on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, REALITY BINGE, THE INSIDER, E!NEWS, NBC, CBS, as well as in hundreds of articles, forums, blogs and videos across the internet. Laura can even be seen helping to build a wild animal sanctuary in an upcoming episode of EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION.
The brunette beauty already had an impressive list of credits, working as an actress and host in a number of movies, tv shows, music videos and commercials. Since her silver screen debut in Woody Allen’s aptly named film, CELEBRITY, Laura has shared camera time with the likes of Justin Timberlake (ALPHA DOG), Vin Diesel (XXX) and Charlize Theron (CELEBRITY).
Equally talented off screen, Laura is a highly respected film producer, credited with the teen comedy SURF SCHOOL, the festival hit RULE OF THREE, and THRESHOLD, an award-winning short film in which she also starred.
Currently, she is producing and hosting a live interactive show for dog lovers on the world’s most-watched internet television network, with her better half, Preston. PRESTON'S PLANET L!VE airs live Monday nights @ 6pm PST on theStream.tv!
Laura and Preston return to the big screen next year, co-starring in a “dogmantic comedy” set for production spring 2009. They also have a sitcom in development with a major production company, as well as a number of educational and reality programming in the works.
Laura’s girl-next-door warmth, captivating personality and undeniable brilliance have opened more doors than she ever imagined reality television could offer. But her “10 year overnight success” is long overdue, and certainly deserved.
She grew up in New Jersey with her father and younger sister, whom she helped raise after losing her mother to breast cancer. At the precocious age of five, Laura joined the cast of the popular television show ROMOPER ROOM and experienced a kindergarten epiphany. She knew that whether it was in front of or behind the camera, she was destined for show business.
The cinema became her escape and these experiences inspired her to help others, particularly children who endured similar loss. Thus, creating positive, thought provoking entertainment became her lifelong vocation.
When she wasn’t taking care of the family or in school, Laura devoted her time making films with neighborhood friends, re-enacting scenes from DIRTY DANCING every day after school, and performing all over the east coast with the professional children’s theatre group, KIDS ON TOUR.
At the age of 17, still just a junior in high school, Laura took her life savings and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and producing. The 4.0 student graduated early from Beverly Hills High school and passed on Ivy League offers to instead focus on her passion.
Laura’s experience on and off camera, devotion to quality entertainment, and sincere desire to help others makes her a modern day Renaissance woman. Laura is active in politics and many philanthropic ventures near and dear to her heart.
As a motivated contributor to the Barack Obama Campaign, she was a producer for the YES WE CAN TOUR, a series of short films inspired by Obama, which toured the nation raising money and spreading the message for his campaign. She was also active in the California battle for animal farming conditions- Yes on Prop 2, and is currently dedicated the civil rights battle against Proposition 8.
Look for Laura in upcoming PSA animal rights campaigns, as a national spokesperson for IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS, including their FUR-FREE FASHION and PET GUARDIAN initiatives. Laura will also be speaking on behalf of animals at IDA’s annual Fur-Free Friday Event in Beverly Hills. A long time animal lover, Laura has had the opportunity to spend extensive time with some of the world’s top animal trainers working with elephants, monkeys, leopards, hyenas, lions, tigers and bears (oh my), on a number of projects!
Laura’s relationship with Preston has opened doors she could have never imagined. Even before their experience on GREATEST AMERICAN DOG, Laura and Preston worked regularly as a therapy dog team with LOVE ON 4 PAWS, an LA based therapy dog program that visits local hospitals. Post-GAD, in an effort to form an innovated therapy dog group that appeals to a younger generation of volunteers, Laura has now joined forces with Greatest American Dog co-star Laurie Williams (BA CPDT) of COMFORT PAWS, a national non-profit therapy dog volunteer organization formed in 2006.
Laura will spearhead and oversee the LA division, THE PAWTASTICS, comprised of Preston and his celebrity, studio and other amazing dog friends, along with their humans. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to combine her love for animals with her compassion for children.
Laura is earning her reputation as a talented, gorgeous and brilliant young woman poised to become Hollywood’s next biggest and brightest thing. In her “free time” the self-proclaimed “prissy tomboy” is addicted to living out of a suitcase, surfing in Hawaii, justifying excuses to work in Europe, and adventuring around the world. When in LA (rarely) and not trying to save the world (particularly rarely), she most loves surfing, snowboarding, and sleeping with the only man who can keep up – Preston.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Publicist: Juline Hamilton
Inspire | Media Group
Greatest American Dog PR:
Colleen Sullivan - LA
VP Publicity, CBS
For sponsorship, endorsement, appearance requests:
Attorney: Cori Stockman
Thanks for your friendship, love and support!
Watch Laura & Preston guest hosting Five Minutes of Fame!
Watch This Episode on www.theStream.tv
Who I'd like to meet:I LOVE: people with PASSION... people with a PURPOSE... people who RECIPROCATE... whether it be time, energy, laundry quarters... people who GIVE a little more than they take... people who LOVE, truly, with no hope, expectations or agenda, unconditionally- whose actions speak louder than words. and whose words are honest, kind, and sincere. If you are any of the above, I would like to meet YOU! And if I'm fortunate to already know you, I would love to stay in touch! But please please please, COMMENT ME, as my inbox has become overwhelming and I don't want to miss your thoughts! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all of your wonderful past emails... it means the world to have this much support... and I really appreciate so many of you reaching out to me. I do my best to read and respond to all of your letters... but unfortunately, it's become almost impossible to keep up! I really wish there were 2 of me... 1 to stay in touch with all my new friends, and every incredible soul I have met along my journey :) and 1 to work. And for everyone who does know me, and can never seem to reach me, I am so sorry! Please be patient, and if anything is important, CALL ME... I work/play 24/7 and spend most of my life living out of a suitcase. And so I usually operate on an as-necessary basis... sincere apologies for my lack of time often confused as indifference, in advance ;) and thank you so much for your understanding!
<3 always, Laura :)
PS~ you can now CALL ME anytime FREE @ 818.641.1601 to hear stories from my adventures on the road with Preston :) and tell us about fun animal fundraisers in your town! We'll be traveling all over America, and can't wait to meet you... X
- Status: In a Relationship
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Hometown: Parsippany, NJ
- Orientation: Straight
- Body type: 5' 6" / More to love!
- Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
- Religion: Agnostic
- Zodiac Sign: Libra
- Children: Proud parent
- Smoke / Drink: No / No
- Education: Some college
- Occupation: Actress * Producer * Activist
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