Playboy’s Miss March 2003 Pennelope Jimenez is nomadic by nature. “I was born in San Diego, but my entire family is from Ensenada,” she told Playboy. “I lived there for a few years and then moved to Mexico City just before the big earthquake. I lived in Garden Grove, California, for three years and then went to junior high and high school in Corona before settling in Huntington Beach.”
Pennelope’s ethnic background is just as colorful. “I’m a mutt,” she said. “My father’s family is Spanish, but they moved to Baja to create a new family. My mom’s mom is French, and we think her father is a true Mexican. My dad thinks he has a little Filipino in him, but he’s not his dad, so what does my father know? It confuses the hell out of me.”
One thing is clear: Pennelope is family oriented. “I would drop everything if my family needed me,” she said. “I talk to my mom about seven times a day. I would love to have met her grandma because I hear stories from my mother, and she seemed so wise. My great-grandmother’s husband had a mistress and one time he bought her some shoes. Instead of bitching him out when she found them, my great-grandmother said, ‘Thanks for the shoes,’ and wore them around even though they were two sizes too small. She just wanted to keep reminding him that she knew what he did.”
Pennelope majored in sports medicine and would like the opportunity someday to mend bodies as a physical therapist. She models on the side, and it was her former manager who suggested she try out for The Scorpion King. She played a harem girl who rubs herself all over the Rock and promises to make all his dreams come true.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t get to follow through on that,” she said. “It was my first movie, and I thought I was going to throw up on the set. When I get nervous, I yawn a lot because it keeps me from freaking out. So the director talked to me and asked, 'Am I boring you?’ I had to run to the bathroom and give myself a pep talk. I said, 'What am I doing? I have four lines in this movie and I’m freaking out!’”
Pennelope appeared in an episode of The Bold and the Beautiful in 2001, and from 2002 to 2003 she modeled on The Price Is Right. She played a character in an Ultimate Fighting Championship game for Xbox, appeared in ads for Jose Cuervo, and did a commercial for a James Bond video game where a laser blasts off her skirt.
“For some reason they always want me to take off my clothes,” she said, laughing. “I also appeared in several skits on Spy TV. In one scene, I was on a boat taking off my clothes and asking married couples to take my picture. The wives got mad of course, but it was all supposed to be funny. I really love comedy. I guess I wouldn’t mind being a big movie star. Then I could buy a house by the water. I just don’t know where I want to live yet.”
When we asked if anyone special would move into that house with her, she said, without missing a beat, “I think talking about a relationship in an article is a jinx. I’ll tell you that the guy of my dreams is tall, fit, caring, and likes to cuddle. Someone who likes to sit at home in sweats, order a pizza with ranch dressing, and watch a movie on a Friday night—that’s my favorite thing to do.” We also learned she likes sensual kisses and light tugging of her hair. “The keyword is light tugging,” she stressed. “I don’t want guys to meet me, yank my hair, and say, 'That turns you on, doesn’t it?’ Yeah, spank me, too. I can just see it now!”
In 2007 Pennelope put her Playboy experience on the page when she teamed up with fellow Playmates Deanna Brooks and Serria Tawan to write The Bunny Book: How to Walk, Talk, Tease and Please Like a Playboy Bunny.