Playmate Brande Nicole Roderick sets the bar pretty high. She was Playmate of the Year in 2001 and is an accomplished actress, international model, producer, author, and philanthropist. The former Baywatch actress, who caught the world’s attention running on the beach alongside Playmate Pamela Anderson and Playboy cover girl Carmen Electra, has succeeded as an author and businesswoman.
After years of being asked for love, career, and relationship advice by younger Playmates, Brande decided it was time to put it all into a book. She released her self-help book Bounce Don’t Break: A Guide to Life, Love, and Happiness in 2013.
With the expertise and skills she gained from an acting career, Brande also runs her own television and film production company. It might be easier to list all of the things she doesn’t do. Brande was selected to be on the advisory board for public relations for the Alkaline Water Company. She appeared on The Apprentice, competing on The Donald’s show with such celebrities as Dennis Rodman, La Toya Jackson, and rapper Lil Jon.
Brande has been in several Hollywood films and television shows since she became a Playmate, including Starsky & Hutch, Dracula II, The Nanny Diaries, Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror, Love Boat, Two Guys and a Girl and Beverly Hills 90210. She also made an appearance in the movie Armageddon and played an alien in Babylon Five. On top of all that, Brande has starred in commercials for Dr. Pepper and Snickers.
Her charity work includes Promises 2 Kids, which helps protect foster children. As a mother and wife, she spends most of her time with her two children and husband Glenn Cadres, a former NFL linebacker.
Brande was raised in the picturesque wine country of Northern California in the town of Novato. When she was 21 she knew she wanted to pursue acting, so she took a leap and made the move to Los Angeles. She didn’t have a stable job or even a car, and she slept on friends’ couches until she figured out what was next. In just a few short years she became Miss April 2000.
Being a Playmate was a goal Roderick set for herself. “It’s more something I’m doing for myself, something to cherish and remember,” she told Playboy. “It’s like a family. Playmates have a special bond that nobody can break, and I wanted to be a part of that so much.”