Sara Jean Underwood

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Sara Jean Underwood
Sara Jean Underwood 2011.jpg
Underwood at the E3 Expo 2011
Playboy centerfold appearance
July 2006
Preceded byStephanie Larimore
Succeeded byNicole Voss
Playboy Playmate of the Year
Preceded byKara Monaco
Succeeded byJayde Nicole
Personal details
Born (1984-03-26) March 26, 1984 (age 37)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)[1]
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Sara Jean Underwood (born March 26, 1984)[1][2] is an American model, television host, and actress who was chosen as the Playmate of the Month for the July 2006 issue of Playboy magazine[3] and later became Playmate of the Year in 2007. She is a former host of Attack of the Show! on G4.

Early life[edit]

Underwood was born in Portland, Oregon.[1][2] She graduated from Scappoose High School in Scappoose, Oregon, in 2002.[2] She has been a student at Oregon State University and Portland State University.[4]

Underwood was a schoolmate of American football player Derek Anderson.[5][6] Her first job was assisting in sales of heavy construction equipment.[3] She worked in the Beaverton, Oregon, branch of the Hooters chain of restaurants.[7]



Underwood first appeared in Playboy in its Girls of the Pac-10 pictorial in the October 2005 issue. She was featured on the cover, holding a football and clad only in a body painted rendering of an Oregon State Beavers football jersey and matching bikini briefs.[8] She next appeared in the magazine in July 2006, as the Playmate of the Month. When she became Playmate of the Year in June 2007, her prize included a Mini Cooper convertible.[9] She was the first Miss July to receive the title, although she herself said, "I didn't think I was pretty enough".[10] In March 2008, Playboy magazine ranked her at #25 on their "25 Hottest Playboy Celebrities" list.[11]

Underwood appeared in episode #2 of the E! network's series The Girls Next Door, as a Playmate hoping to have her test shoot taken at Playboy Studio West.[12] Subsequently, Playboy featured her as Miss July 2006. She appeared in several more episodes of The Girls Next Door.

On June 7, 2007, a group of Oregon State University women's studies students created a poster celebrating Underwood's selection as Playboy's 2007 Playmate of the Year, and posted it outside Bexel Hall, where it remained in place for only a few hours before Oregon State University staff took it down. The poster embraced the theme and the style of the "Achievement" posters that line Campus Way at the university. The poster read, "Sara Jean: First OSU Beaver Playmate of the Year, Playboy June '07, OSU Centerfold, People, Ideas, Innovation."[13] The mention of her as the "first" Playmate of the Year from OSU was actually incorrect; she was preceded by Jodi Ann Paterson, the Playmate of the Year for 2000.[14]

Underwood is credited with discovering 2009 Playmate of the Year Ida Ljungqvist while shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California.[15][16]

Film and television work[edit]

Underwood at Wizard World Chicago 2013

Underwood appears as a pirate wench in the 2007 film Epic Movie, along with fellow Playmates Qiana Chase, Irina Voronina and Jillian Grace. Underwood appeared as a playmate in the 2008 comedy, House Bunny, along with fellow playmates and in 2009 was in the film The Telling with Bridget Marquardt and Holly Madison, and as herself in Miss March.[17] In 2013 Underwood was cast in the lead role in the horror thriller Deadly Weekend (also known as Zellwood).[18]

Underwood appeared on the wedding episode of Kendra where it was announced at Kendra Wilkinson's bachelorette party that Underwood had undergone breast augmentation surgery.[19] Later, on The Howard Stern Show, Underwood confirmed that she had breast implants.[20]

Underwood has also worked in television as a presenter. She worked as a "fight jock" or continuity announcer for the Blackbelt TV cable network.[20] In 2009 she co-hosted five episodes of G4's Attack of the Show, filling in for a vacationing Olivia Munn.[21][22] She co-hosted episodes in 2010. In 2011, she was a substitute host and one of the regular presenters of The Feed.[citation needed]

An avid practitioner of yoga, Underwood competed in the eighth Kunoichi competition in Japan, known in the U.S. as Women of Ninja Warrior. She won her first stage heat after gaining a big lead on three Japanese contestants that had more pedigreed backgrounds in athletics. She failed on the second stage when she misjudged the second step of the Dancing Stones and fell.[citation needed]

After modeling in advertising for and playing in charity poker tournaments, Underwood joined their team of professional poker players.[23]

In 2012 Underwood was on MTV's reality show Ridiculousness as a guest star for Season 2.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Underwood had a two-year on-off relationship with television presenter Ryan Seacrest.[20] In 2013 she dated The Bachelorette season 6's Roberto Martinez.[25][26]

Sara met her partner Jacob Witzling when she inquired about doing a photoshoot with some of the whimsical cabins he built. From February 13, 2019 to May 15th, 2020 they produced a YouTube channel to document the build process of several cabins.[27]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Accepted Girl by pool Uncredited
2007 Epic Movie[2] Pirate Wench
2008 The House Bunny Herself Cameo
2009 Two Million Stupid Women Ginger
2009 Miss March Herself
2009 The Telling Tracey
2014 Deadly Weekend Katie



  1. ^ a b c "Playmate data". Retrieved 2009-03-03.
  2. ^ a b c d Baker, Jeff (April 28, 2014). "18 actors you (maybe) didn't know were from Portland". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  3. ^ a b 07 at Playboy Online. Retrieved 2010-01-07.
  4. ^ "Playmate makes film appearance". 2009-02-13. Archived from the original on 2009-02-20. Right now, I'm taking classes at Portland State University in business and business marketing
  5. ^ "Derek Anderson Tight With Playboy Playmate". The Oregonian. 2007-11-01.
  6. ^ Greg Garber (2007-12-27). "Derek Anderson: From humble beginnings to budding star". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-03-17. cover of Playboy wearing what appeared to be an Oregon State football jersey, a tribute to her fellow Beaver, Anderson.
  7. ^ The Girls Next Door Season 3 episode broadcast May 6, 2007
  8. ^ Salyer, Shannon (2005-09-27). "Uncovered: Beavers bust into Playboy". The Daily Barometer.
  9. ^ "Playmate of the year sells her 2007 Mini Cooper S convertible". Global Motors. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23..
  10. ^ Sandy Cohen (2007-03-07). "Miss July named Playboy's 2007 Playmate of the Year". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  11. ^ Hefner, Hugh M, ed. (March 2008). Playboy. Vol. 55, no. 3. p. 74. Playmate of the Year Sara Jean Underwood wasn't shopping for talent when she walked into Bebe in Beverly Hills, but in 26-year-old sales specialist Ida (pronounced "EE-duh") Ljungqvist she spotted a must-have item. {{cite magazine}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ The Girls Next Door
  13. ^ "'Playboy' project draws fire from university officials". Archived from the original on 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  14. ^ "Playmate of the Year". Playboy. June 2000.
  15. ^ "Playboy bunny fights for her Chihuahua". 2008-11-14.
  16. ^ Melissa Arseniuk (2009-04-24). "Playmate of the Year' to be crowned in Las Vegas". Las Vegas Sun. The Greenspun Corporation. Archived from the original on 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2019-03-26. Many other former Playmates of the Year are also expected to attend. Recent Playmates of the Year include Jayde Nicole (2008), Sara Jean Underwood (2007), who is also credited with discovering Ljungqvist, and Kara Monaco (2006).
  17. ^ Sara Jean Underwood "Miss March" Video Interview on YouTube
  18. ^ Staff. "Deadly Weekend (2013) Video 82 min – Horror, Thriller – 28 January 2014 (USA)". IMDb. Amazon. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  19. ^ "Undress Rehearsal/Let Them Eat Wedding Cake". Kendra. Season 1. Episode 9. 2009-08-02. E!: Entertainment Television.
  20. ^ a b c Stern, Howard (2009-11-11). "Sara Jean Underwood". The Howard Stern Show. Archived from the original on 2009-12-02. Retrieved 2009-12-02. Sara said they dated sporadically for 2 years but never had sex
  21. ^ G4's Attack of the Show August 10, 11 & 12, 2009
  22. ^ "Playmate News". Playboy. Playboy Inc. 56: 122–123. November 2009.
  23. ^ " Sara Underwood". Retrieved 2010-03-02.
  24. ^ "TV by the Numbers". Archived from the original on 11 April 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  25. ^ Waldholz, Chantal (March 28, 2013). "EXCLUSIVE: 'Bachelorette' Star Roberto Martinez Dating 'Playboy' Model Sara Underwood". Life and Style. Archived from the original on 2014-02-08.
  26. ^ "Bachelorette Winner Roberto Martinez Steams Up Mexico With Playmate Sara Underwood". Pop Dust.
  27. ^ "Cabinland". YouTube. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
  28. ^ Eugene Morton (August 11, 2009). "Attack of the Show Behind the Scenes". Retrieved 2009-08-12.
  29. ^ Playmate Sara Jean Underwood Co-hosts AOTS Nikole Zivalich. October 27, 2009

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