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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Guest Interview - John Antorino, Actor/Cover Model

Today I'm happy to introduce someone who is no stranger to Romance Books 4 Us - the multi-talented John Antorino. His career encompasses many avenues; personal trainer, nutrition consultant, bodybuilder, model, actor...the list goes on and on. It has been a while since he has stopped by to chat with us, so I managed to pull him aside from his busy schedule so that he could give us an update as to what's going on in his career and his life in general.

Q (Suzanne Rock): It’s been about a year since you last spoke with us. What have you been up to?

A (John): Yes. Thanks for having me back. I’ve been up to alot. First and foremost I’ve been spending much time with my mom and helping her get through her battle with breast cancer. It’s been a long road. But she’s doing pretty good right now. Career wise so much has been happening. Still with my sponsor Muscle Wiz. Been busy with them making appearances, doing demo’s and shoots. Shot a few more covers and now in prep for more covers. Been traveling a lot. As usual. And what I think is going to be a big career break for me. I signed on to play the lead German soldier in a show for The History Channel called “Escaping the Holocaust”. Going to be a very challenging role that I’ve been working real hard in preparation for. We start filming in late November. And I’ve been working very hard in the gym and also with my diet to stay photo shoot shape ready and also for my appearances and events.

Q: Do you have a bucket list? If so, what’s on it?

A: Not really. I’ve done so much already at such a young age. I’ve been all over the world and have done so much in my career and life already. I’ve taken my mom on trips. Always wanted to take her to Italy and did so a few years back. Maybe having some kids. Is that bucket list material? Haha

Suzanne: Absolutely! :)

Q: You have done a lot of acting and modeling in front of the camera. Ever think of pursuing other projects behind the camera? 

A: Maybe down the road. Yes. I wouldn’t rule it out. But I still have a lot left in me in front of the camera I think and I believe my acting career is just really getting started. I’ve pretty much done it all in the modeling world and am now really focused more on moving forward and ahead with my acting career.

Q: Tell us about your new movie project, Escaping the Holocaust. How did you prepare for your part?

A: Yes! I am thrilled to be a part of this great project. I will be playing the lead German soldier. Basically one of the “bad” guys. It’s an amazing true story. About a man and a woman that met while both in one of the concentration camps during those dark brutal times of Hitlers reign of chaos and hate. Stay tuned for it! I prepared by first researching about those times with Hitler and Nazi German soldiers in Europe. I’ve been learning some German. And I had to lose some weight to look the part. Challenging role and brutal content. But this is what I do and I’m up for the challenge. (For more information about the movie, go here.

Q: What was the best present you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

A: Hmmmmm tough one. I’m very weird about receiving gifts. I’m such a giver. Big time! And although I like nice things in life. I am not materialistic. So…I’ll have to say this. And it’s a non-material gift. And from the heart and how I really feel. My niece Morgan. Best present I ever received. My twin sister Jill’s daughter. Anyone that knows me knows how I’ve always felt and feel about Morgan. She’s been my love and life from day one. I then knew what real true love was when she was born. And have to say as she’s gotten older and is growing up I’ve had a real hard time with it. God what will happen when I have my own? But really I’ve always treated her like my own and love her more than anything. Sorry for all that. Bet none of you were expecting all that. Ha!

Suzanne: No - we weren't, but it's an awesome answer. :)

 Q: What is your favorite holiday? Why is it your favorite?

 A: Definitely Christmas! Just the season and everything about it. The giving of gifts and time with friends and family. I love giving lots of gifts to my family and friends. And also help as many less-fortunate out during this time of year. Also, it’s the end of the year and soon get a new fresh start for the new year. I also never forget the REAL reason for Christmas and the season.

 Q: You mentioned in a previous interview that you have a strict diet and exercise schedule, but every once in a while, you have a cheat day. What would be your ideal “cheat day?”

A: Ahhhhh yes. My ideal cheat day. This is an easy one. Pizza, first. Chinese food. Chicken parm and meatballs. And anything pumpkin- pie donuts bread. And a big glass of milk. Ahhh you have me drooling here.

Suzanne: We're drooling too! ;)

Q: You’re a very versatile model, having done both clean-cut shots and…ahem…photos for Playgirl. (*grin*) Do you prefer one type of photo shoot over the other? Do you have a favorite photo?

 A: Haha yes yes. I am and have done a wide range of work over my career. Very blessed. I have to say that doing those Playgirl shots weren’t fun and not easy. I am done with those I am sure. I actually prefer studio shoots/indoor shoots over location shoots. I have some favorite photo’s. But I am very tough and critical on myself.

Q: You seem like a very positive person. What keeps you focused and upbeat in an industry known for tearing people down?

A: Yes I am. It’s just who I am. I think because at the end of the day I know who I am and am confident in myself. And, it’s just work to me.

Q: You mentioned in a previous interview that you like to cook. Do you have a specialty?

 A: I do. I love it. I cook everything. Italian and seafood. Homemade pizza. Meatballs. Chicken parm.

Suzanne: Where do you live again? ;)

Q: Night owl or early riser?

A: Easy one. Early riser. Up at 6am and ready to go. Gym first thing. To me the morning is the best part of the day. And I rarely go out. Especially while in prep for work and projects. I’m in bed by 10pm. 

Q: I’m from New England and a huge football fan (HUGE). Do you have a favorite sport you like to watch? A favorite team? (If you’re a Jets fan, I may have to end this interview now. J/K ;)

 A: I like and watch lots of sports. Love football and definitely not a Jets fan and I’m actually a Patriots fan too!

Suzanne: No way! Get out! I didn't see that coming! Woot - go Pats! *high five*

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do to “recharge” after a tough day? 

A: Hot bath, cook some good food and relax and watch tv

Q: Where was your favorite photo shoot location? Why was it your favorite?

A: I have so many, so I’ll name a few. Hawaii Italy Brazil St Thomas. Beautiful and fun places.

Q: I heard that your family is very important to you. Your mom, in particular, is a major influence. Can you tell us a little bit about your relationship with her and why she’s so special to you?

A: Yes. They are. My mom is my best friend. She raised us on her own. She’s been all I ever had really. She worked 2-3 jobs to support and provide for us. We just have a special bond and connection. And I have a great respect and admiration for her. We can be ourselves completely with each other without judgement. We just have fun and laugh when we’re together. We’ve been through it all together. She’s been fighting breast cancer for 2 years now. It’s been a long tough road. I’ve been by her side through it all. And wouldn’t have it any other way. I give to breast cancer charities and attend as many breast cancer events as I possible.

Q: You mentioned that you enjoy music. Do you have a playlist for when you work out? What’s on it?

A: Yes I do. Here’s what’s on it now: Godsmack, Disturbed, Creed, Avenged Sevenfold, Devour the Day, Linkin Park, Slayer, Eminem, Cypress Hill, Three Days Grace, Korn, and Young Guns.

Q: Do you have any upcoming appearances where we could meet you and get autographs?

A: I have several coming up. Here’s where I’ll be the coming months- NYC, Chicago, LA, San Diego, Washington D.C. Add my facebook page or contact me for details and info on my appearances. The big one I have is in December in Tennessee at the East Tennessee Writer’s Workshop and Holiday book signing hosted by Destiny Blaine. I’ll be the cover model there and will be attending all the events there. Going to be a great event and time! More information here.

 Q: Anything else you’d like to share with us?

 A: First, thank you for interviewing me. It was fun! I want to thank all my friends family and fans for all their love and support with my life and career. And anyone wishing to contact me for work- appearances shoots charity work/events or just to say hello can do so here:
or on my facebook pages here: and

God bless everyone- John Antorino


***For more information/photos of John, visit and click on his name under the Red Heart section!
Got a question for John? Ask it in the comments section. I'm sure he'll be happy to answer it! Don't have a question? Perhaps you just want to shower him with compliments. That's okay, too. ;) Now's your chance to tell him what's really on your mind!

And THANK YOU, John, for spending some time with us. 
 We really appreciate it!


Sandy said...

I enjoyed meeting you again, John. I'm glad you have such a connection with your little niece. It will always be there. I had one with my niece, too.

Gemma Juliana said...

You're an amazing man, John. Quite the type of romance hero we all strive to write about, in fact. I wish your mother a speedy and thorough healing. Your bond with her touched me deeply. Thanks for sharing so openly from the heart. I wish you well on your travels and great success with your movie.

Rose Anderson said...

I enjoyed your interview, John. I wish you great success on your acting career. Thanks for joining us.

Tina Donahue said...

Yum. :)

Suzanne Rock said...

Great interview, John. Whew - you're busy! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and chat with us. It looks like you're having a great time with your new movie. I'm sure it will be a hit!

Rose Gorham said...

Great interview! John sounds like a down-to-earth-guy, that his fame hasn't gone to his head. The love he shows for his niece tells me John will make a great dad.

Cara Marsi said...

I enjoyed your interview, John. You are certainly a busy guy. Best of luck in your new acting career. I wish your mother a full recovery.

Nicole Morgan said...

Wow, you really are busy. Congratulations on your many successes! Here's to 2014 being just as great! Thanks so much for sharing with us today! :)

Molly Daniels said...

Hi John:) I love your playlist! And my daughter is thrilled you like Avenge 7 also:)

I look forward to seeing you on the History Channel! Keep up the good work:)

Melissa Keir said...

Again, it's nice to hear from John. He is such a wholesome and caring man. I'm pleased to see a person who values his family as much as he does.

John, I wish you all the best with the movie career. That's a tough one and I'm sure you will do great!

jean hart stewart said...

Such a nice guy! That's what strikes me most...even above the amazing physical attributes...All the best!

Marianne Stephens said...

Nice reading all your news, John. What a great career...and we're happy to have you here again!

Adele Downs said...

It's so good to see you again, John! I wish you all the best for your continued career success.


Jeanine said...

Very nice interview and very nice pics!! Sounds like an interesting show on the History Channel.

Sheri Fredricks said...

It's always great to catch up with John and his busy schedule!

Kaye Spencer said...

John, You touched my heart with your feelings toward your niece and the relationship you have with your mom. Thank you for sharing that. The Holocaust is one of my research/reading about obsessions. I'm looking forward to seeing you in Escaping the Holocauston the History Channel.

Jane Leopold Quinn said...

I loved your comments about your niece. I had a special relationship with my niece so know how you feel. But I'm chuckling now because I barely recognized any names on your music list. I'm a little older... Good luck with your History Channel show. That's a particularly challenging subject to portray.

Cynthia Arsuaga said...

Thanks for stopping by and updating us on your life, John! Darn about the December conference. I was planning to go and changed my mind. Hmm, may have to change it again. :)
Good luck with the movie. History Channel is one of my favorites so I'll look for it in the future.

Sandy said...

Loved the interview and the pictures. Thanks for sharing. My mom battled breast cancer too, so I know how hard that is. I'll send up a special prayer for her.

Amber Skyze said...

We share the same love of music and anything pumpkin!!! :)

Great interview.

Michelle McLean said...

Wonderful interview :) So sweet how much you love your niece. I wish your mom much health and happiness.

Lynda Bailey said...

Great interview and I LOVE your pics, John. ;)
Best of luck with all your endeavors!

Harlie Reader said...


Was there an interview? I was too busy drooling.

Seriously, I can't wait to see your movie on The History Channel. :)


John Antorino said...

Thank you all for stopping by and checking out the interview! And thank you for your kind words and compliments. Much appreciated! And all feel free and keep in touch. If you haven't already add me on facebook:
And authors when you're ready for ME on your covers let me know!!
All the best- John Antorino

Carly Carson said...

Ack. I think my comment disappeared. Sorry if it appears twice.
Great interview...and the pictures aren't bad either. lol
My question is this: How do you feel about people repinning your photos? (There's no right or wrong answer, but I don't like to Pin without permission.)
Good luck to your mother!

chey said...

Great interview.

the jo said...

What a great interview! I hafta say morning person?! AYE!!! I hate mornings...hahahaha

I have a question for John...How did you get your start? Were you "discovered" or did you decide on a career path and set out to conquer it?



M. S. Spencer said...

Okay,I'm asking for you on my next cover--it's nice to know you're not just a pretty face! Loved everything you said except the bit about being a Patriot fan (I'll treat it like the dropped stitch in a sweater--it makes you special). Thanks for sharing. M. S.

Mindy said...

Awesome interview John :)
You have a great physique, what is your workout schedual like?

I can't wait to see your movie on the History Channel.

Mindy :)

Janice Seagraves said...

Congratulations on the movie deal. That's fantastic. I'm sure you'll be great.

I have a nephew. I loved him so much when he was born. My heart grew. Then a few years later I had my daughter. The love is different. Stronger. My heart doubled in size. It's just different when it's your own child.

Light, prayers and good wishes for your mom to have a speedy recovery.


Katalina Leon said...

Great interview John, best wishes to you with all your projects.

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

John, as always this interview was awesome! I'm so glad to hear your mother is doing pretty well after her battle with cancer. I've been wondering...

And I, too, love Christmas because I just enjoy giving to others and seeing their smile. It's so rewarding to give. I love that about you.

Lastly, I enjoyed knowing your playlist. There were so many from yours that I have on mine, save for Eminem (sp) Not a fan of him post Slim Shady LOL

I wish you all the best in your upcoming film. I love historical movies.

Paris said...


Glad you could stop by and visit again. Looking forward to seeing your History Channel debut. Good luck with all of your future goals!

Elaine Cantrell said...

congrats on your movie. I'll be looking forward to it.

LKF said...

Amazing interview John. I loved learning so much more about you and hope to meet you some day at one of your events.

Elf2060 said...

Great interview, thanks for sharing.

Tory Richards said...

Interesting interview, John. It was nice meeting you. Sounds like you've had quite a life so far. And you have a very nice smile!

John Antorino said...

Thank you all again for your kind words and compliments here!! Feel free to keep in touch or ask any questions via facebook:
All the best- John Antorino

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