Scarlett Keegan, Playboy’s Miss September 2004, wants to make one thing clear: Her name isn't a stage name. "My mom's favorite movie is Gone With the Wind," she said. "I didn't wake up one day and say, 'I want to be a star. I'm going to change my name to make it sound sexy.'"
Scarlett is 100 percent Irish. "My mom was born in Dublin, and I've gone there almost every year since I was young," she told Playboy. "Dubliners give you a hard time if you're Irish and you weren't born there. They know you have character if you can put up with a slagging. They're knowledgeable about American history—more than we are—which is embarrassing when you get into a political discussion at the pub. The city has a warm vibe. It's where my heart is."
Her body, however, is usually at her country home in California's Santa Ynez Valley, where she posed on her porch for her Playmate shoot. Did anyone tip off the neighbors? "No, and I'm not telling them," she said. "Word has already spread, though. It's a small town, and everyone knows one another."
Miss September 2004 has been acting and modeling since she was 12, but her cheeks turn as red as her hair when she recounts her first acting job—in a toilet-paper commercial at age three. "I didn't understand how filming worked," she said. "I thought I was going to be trapped inside the television. I started screaming, and they couldn't shoot the commercial. They hired someone else." Perhaps this traumatic incident is what prompted her to create a list of aspirations. "I write down all the things I want to accomplish," she said. "I would love to get married and have a family. I hope to have a house in Dublin. I hope to be successful enough to have a little place here and a little place there. And I'd love to continue acting and see where it takes me."
So what does a self-described city lover do for fun in the sleepy Santa Ynez Valley? "What can I say? I like drunk bowling," she said. "I have good hand-eye coordination, but I generally get worse as the game progresses. My friends and I have a lot of house parties. We go to the beach. I can be a wild girl. The way I look is a reflection of my personality. With my big pouf of thick curly hair, look out!"
What turns a woman like Scarlett Keegan on? She told Playboy she’s attracted to “intelligence, wit, sincerity, soulful eyes, optimism, and sensitivity.” Her turnoffs include “game playing, stinginess, cheesy pickup lines, laziness, and poor hygiene.”