Jodi Ann Paterson, Playboy’s Miss October 1999, went on to become Playmate of the Year 2000. Out on the town in Hollywood or at parties at the Playboy Mansion, she hears one question a lot. She’ll be talking to someone, going on about the joys of camping or the importance of character or the value of a strong work ethic, and they’ll look at her strangely and ask, “You’re not from around here, are you?” She’s not. She was born in Balikpapan, Indonesia, the second child of an Indonesian mother and an American father.
Her parents later moved to Oregon, where Jodi Ann attended Thurston High School and was an honor roll student, a member of the student council, and homecoming princess. She also became a spokesperson for the state’s DARE program, a motivational speaker for teens, and won beauty pageants (including Miss Oregon Teen USA 1994). Her parents were overprotective of her when it came to the pageants. “They were afraid I might start valuing appearance over brains. My father always told me, ‘It’s easy to be attractive—all it takes is a little work and some luck. But it takes effort to be knowledgeable, and to be a good person.’”
After high school Jodi Ann attended the University of Oregon and Oregon State (she received a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from OSU). Throw in summer jobs every year from the time she was 12, stellar grades, and an extracurricular slate that would exhaust most students (at OSU it included the debate team, the school newspaper, and the campus television station), and you can tell Jodi Ann had what it took to succeed.
Jodi Ann found Playboy while visiting a friend from college in Los Angeles. “She picked me up at the airport and said, ‘The Playboy bus is in Century City, and I want you to hop on it.’ She really pressured me, so I finally told her, ‘I’ll do it if you swear you won’t tell anybody in Oregon about it.’” Luckily, when her parents found out, they took the news in stride. “I didn’t tell them until I started posing for the centerfold,” she said. “They supported my decision. They knew I wouldn’t do something if I had a bad feeling about it. I think they were worried that I might want to get implants or something, but I would never even consider that. I wouldn’t even get fake fingernails for the photos. I did streak my hair [laughs]. But everything else is natural, 100 percent me.”
After posing for Playboy, Jodi Ann appeared in several Playboy video documentaries and Special Editions. She’s featured in Zebrahead’s music video “Playmate of the Year” and had small roles in the movies Dude, Where’s My Car? and Toxic. She has acted on the TV shows Roswell, Spy TV, and According to Jim, and appeared on VH1’s The Greatest: 100 Hottest Hotties.
In 2006 Jodi Ann married auto racer Michael Andretti.