It’s no wonder Miss October 1997 Layla Roberts became a Playmate. She has been around famous people her entire life. Although she was born in Kealakekua Kona, Hawaii, she grew up in Beverly Hills, California, and Mexico City. She attended Beverly Hills High, where she participated in cheerleading. Alicia Silverstone was in Layla’s high school class.
Layla followed in the footsteps of her mother by becoming a model. Her mom, who is of Native American descent, became very successful while the family lived in Mexico. After high school a modeling agent discovered Layla and asked her to move to France to pursue her career. She didn’t like her experience there.
“Paris sucked,” she said. “It’s a beautiful city, but the people were mean, and I was homesick. That was the end for me as a model. I quit.”
While shopping at a supermarket in Los Angeles an agent from Elite Models approached Layla about pursuing a career in modeling. She decided to stick with it this time, which eventually led to her Playmate pictorial.
Before the Playboy photo shoot Layla appeared in some movies and music videos. She had a small role in The Good Life with Sylvester Stallone. (He sued the studio to prevent the release of the film.) She was also featured in an Aerosmith music video for “Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees).” She earned a small role as Molly Mounds in 1998’s Armageddon alongside Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Ben Affleck. She later appeared in Beowulf (1999) and Red Letters.
After her Playboy spread Layla continued modeling for a number of different publications. She worked on a Lorel campaign in Paris. She also graced the covers of several magazines including GQ, Maxim and FHM.
Layla has been romantically linked to a number of high-profile celebrities. Vin Diesel and Tom Brady both allegedly dated her in the early 2000s. In 2004 she married John Hilinski, an Internet tycoon who helped start search engine AltaVista. The couple has one daughter, Paris Emerson Hilinski, born in 2003. Layla and her daughter appeared in Town and Country Magazine in 2005.