Charlene Amoia is best known for playing Wendy the waitress in the hit US sitcom, 'How I Met Your Mother'. She got her big break into showbiz through modelling, but has since had starring roles in films such as 'Seven Pounds' alongside Will Smith and 'American Pie: Reunion', and on TV shows such as 'Days of Our Lives', spin off show 'Joey' and the ever popular 'Glee'.
Kim O'Meara caught up with Charlene to hear all about her own dog, Bunny, and her new short film, 'SHE' which centres around the story of how a rescue dog changed a woman's life.
Tell us about your dog – we'd love to know everything about her!
Her name is Bunny, we think she’s about 7 years old and a mix of Dachshund and Jack Russell Terrier, and she is a huge love bug!
We rescued her almost 2 years ago from an organisation called 'Remember Me Rescue'. The owner had brought her out since she was going to be a harder dog to rescue since she was older but once you see Bunny you just fall in love immediately. She's been a huge blessing in our lives!
When did your interest in pets/animals begin and how long have you been a pet owner?
I’ve always had pets growing up. We had a bulldog named Maggie and a Cat named Kitty when I was a little girl so I guess animals have always just seemed like a staple to have in a home.
Most of our readers will know you as Wendy from 'How I Met Your Mother' but you made your way into acting through modelling. What do you think you would have done if you hadn't followed that career path?
I feel so fortunate that I stumbled upon acting for it is truly is my greatest passion but if I didn’t find it I think I would be involved with holistic medicine is someway. I’ve always been interested in the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
You recently starred in a short film, 'SHE' alongside your own dog, Bunny. The story is how one rescue dog changed a woman's life and was short listed at the San Jose Short Film Festival 2013.
It's a really touching story with a great message. What did you hope for when you set out making the short film?
We wanted to shed a light on how important animals can be in our lives and the benefits of rescuing those in need. People can see the film on my web page at www.charleneamoia.net under the ‘producing’ link, or here on Vimeo.
There are over 100,000 dogs in rescue centres here in the UK and an estimated 100,000 dogs were abandoned last year. What would you say to anyone thinking about getting a dog to encourage them to rescue?
If your thinking of rescuing an animal please do it today. Between 3-4 million dogs and cats are killed each year just in the United States, and it sounds like the numbers aren’t much better in the UK. Having an animal at home brings in so much unconditional love and we are all happier with more love in our lives so it’s a win-win situation. Bunny has been such a wonderful blessing in my life.
Motto's. Most of us have them, what would you say yours would be, and what do you think Bunny's motto might be?
I think my motto would be something along the lines of ”Think big and dream bigger” Bunny’s would be “Meat, cheese and cuddles please.”
And finally, this is always a tough question and often requires a fair degree of thinking time but….if your dogs had the ability to speak and answer one question and one question only, what would you ask them and what do you think that they would say?
I’d ask what happened to her eye, was someone mean to her or was it just an accident? And then I would say, “Who’s a good dog?” and she would say “I am!”
Many Thanks Charlene!
Charlene Amoia Was Speaking With Kim O'Meara