They say the most beautiful women in the world come from Sweden, and Anna Sophia Berglund is proof. Playboy’s Miss January 2011 displays all the traditional traits associated with her mother’s Scandinavian homeland. Anna was born April 5, 1986 in San Pedro, California. Although she grew up in SoCal, she holds dual citizenship in Sweden.
Anna’s passion has always been acting. She received a degree in Theater from UCLA in 2008. She says she never considered acting to be more than a dream until she moved to Los Angeles. She originally studied psychology when she enrolled as a Bruin.
After college she took classes at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, the renowned acting school that produced George Clooney, Jim Carrey and Michelle Pfeiffer. Before modeling for Playboy, Anna appeared in a number of small roles on television and film. These include “Desperate Housewives,” “Cavemen” and “Hannah Montana.”
After attending a party at the Playboy Mansion, Anna was invited to one of Hugh Hefner’s infamous movie nights. At one of those events she met Crystal Harris (who later married Hefner). The two of them became very good friends, and Anna made several appearances on “The Girls Next Door” and “Holly’s World.”
She initially resisted Crystal’s suggestion to submit pictures for a test shoot, but eventually relented. Anna wanted an Old Hollywood feel for her pictorial. Hugh says she reminds him of Alice Faye.
Anna continues to work both model and acting gigs. She appeared in 2012’s “Project X” about a group of teenagers who throw a massive party. One of her ambitions, she said after becoming a Playmate, is to become a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” She’s shown off her humor chops while hosting the Playboy Comedy Show at the Palms in Vegas.
While her passion is acting, Anna also wants to start a family someday. One of her major turn-offs is a guy who isn’t close with his parents. She says she’s looking for a guy with whom she can feel a connection that will always last.