Mikaela Hoover was destined for stardom. The gorgeous Washington native placed herself in dance and acting classes at a young age and took the reigns as captain of her high school’s dance team. After earning a BA in theater from Loyola Marymount, Mikaela used her talents to land roles on How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, and Happy Endings. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve also probably spotted the sexy starlet sharing screen-time with Chris Pratt in last year's hit, Guardians of the Galaxy. Next up, you’ll catch her in writer/director James Gunn’s next project, The Belko Experiment. It seems Mikaela is a regular player in Gunn’s projects, and we can’t say we’re mad about it.
Mikaela gave Maxim the lowdown on her hometown life, feeling comfortable, and why more guys should look like Jimmy Kimmel.
If I wasn’t acting, I would have loved to be a psychologist. I tried to double major in Psychology & Theater at Loyola Marymount, but felt I needed to concentrate more on theater.
I grew up in a very small town outside of Spokane, Washington called Colbert. I've been super blessed and lived in the same house whole life. My parents still live there. It's on the river with no close neighbors and very lush and green.
I feel the sexiest when I am comfortable, so if I'm not filming, I'm usually wearing sweatpants and a tank. I really don't like having to get dressed up.
For me, there is never anything better thanbeer. I was in Italy a few days ago and ordered beer everywhere I went. The Italians looked at me like I was crazy. They kept offering me wine but it's not really my thing.
I love Big Macs and McDonald's is my weakness. Any guy who has ever dated me knows if they want to make me happy they surprise me with McDonald's.
If a guy can be goofy I'm automatically drawn to him. I used to have the biggest crush on Jimmy Kimmel. I liked him when he was chubbier though. I've never really been attracted to the "classically" handsome guy. I've always liked men with a little meat on their bones.
I'm a huge homebody so pizza and a scary movie is my heaven.
Confidence and humor attracts me to a man. And I love when guys where baseball caps. It's my weakness.
I would say Penelope Cruz is a girl crush of mine. Spanish women are so sexy. The way they move and talk drives me crazy!
As for what’s next, I'm currently in Europe for a wedding but I leave in a few days for a movie in Colombia called The Belko Experiment. I also just finished a really fun project with my girlfriend Angela Kinsey called Blacked Out.
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