Monday, November 16, 2015

Not Just Another Supermodel: Interview with Veronica Grey

In today’s world of breaking the Internet, it’s refreshing to have a new breed of celebrity: The Activist. Veronica Grey is the award winning documentary filmmaker of the environmental piece titled “Worst Shark Attack Ever” which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and The Cure. As such, this supermodel shares the 2015 Special Humanitarian Award with Leonardo DiCaprio for their tireless efforts to salvage the environment. Thanks to him, she is now considered A-List.

Leonardo DiCaprio is known for taking artists to the next level in their careers, like he did for Vera Farmiga with her breakout role in “The Departed.” Maybe he has a penchant for V girls. Anyway, his newest protege’ is Veronica Grey.

But what makes her a supermodel? Well she is the world’s most televised surfer, and a modern day muse, who has influenced more songs to be written for / about her than anyone else alive, by such A list bands like U2, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc. Also Veronica Grey has two lines of clothing. She invented shark repellent swimwear via her Swim Without Sharks company and also eco-friendly beach wear called Gun of a Barrel.

The photos attached to this story are full page layouts from recent issues of FreeSurf magazine. You may find her this winter wherever superstar surfer, her superfriend John John Florence is.

Interview with Veronica Grey

What motivated you to become a model, actress, and film maker?

Veronica: Honestly it was Andrew Vanwyngarden of MGMT who lit the fire underneath me. I guess he really likes to live up to his past lyrics of making wives out of models. Whatever it takes...

What is it about modeling that you enjoy the most?

My name Veronica means "true image" so I enjoy bringing out the truth and there is beauty in the truth. Veronica:

Leonardo DiCaprio seems to have taken a special interest in you. In what capacity is he interested in you?

Veronica: I am not sure he has taken an interest in me so much as an interest in my mission to clean up the planet. We are on the same path. Together we accomplish more. That's all.

More opportunities as an actor and modeling? Can you explain?

Veronica: Right now I get paid to surf / model on Hawai'i 5-0 but I really would love a lead role - maybe an undercover cop who surfs. I would have scenes with lots of drugs probably.

Tell us about your documentary film, “Worst Shark Attack Ever”. What inspired you to make this film and how did you get Leonardo to be apart of it?

Veronica: "Worst Shark Attack Ever" is about how humans ARE the worst shark attackers ever, by the way
we slaughter them and rape the ocean. It can be viewed free at and is quite short, only 21 minutes and it also stars The Cure.
The first time I was at a party with Leonardo DiCaprio was at the Armani Store on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood after he premiered "Romeo and Juliet" so I've definitely been in his sphere of influence for awhile.

You own a clothing two clothing lines, right? Can you tell us a little bit about those lines and your company "Swim Without Sharks"?

Veronica: Well is precisely about our shark repellent line of wetsuits, board shorts, bathing suits, and surfboards. You can buy it on eBay but really we would LOVE for a global distributor to snap up our exclusive trademark of shark repellent products so that you can walk into a sporting goods store near you and protect yourself with our competitively priced, life and limbsaving shark repellent swimwear.

The other clothing line is for Surf Addicts. Yeah, just search for Surf Addict T shirts! The first step to addiction is admitting you have a problem and yeah, I have a problem. I am definitely addicted to superstars surfer John John Florence. I mean surfing. Oh he's my neighbor, we can say that about each other.

Speaking of "Swim Without Sharks". We found a video of you on Good Morning America on YouTube and we decided to post it below. How was this experience for you and do you plan on appearing on similar TV programs?

Veronica: I love ABC the network that broadcasts GMA and definitely welcome the opportunity to appear in it again and more national shows that make a difference.

You've had a lot of songs written about you by major recording artists. How does this make you feel that you're such a memorable icon?

Veronica: Yesterday I was laying out on the beach in front of John John's house and a U2 song comes on that is partially about us "Every Breaking Wave" and I was like, "Hey J Flo - tell U2 I said hi." He's a bigger celebrity than me hehehe (for now).

I did catch U2 a few weeks ago at Madison Square Garden and they were ridiculously super nice to me. As Andrew Vanwyngarden would have said, I luff them...

How can you not love Angels of Harlem? We love God respecting and Jesus in their lyrics!

What is on the horizon for Veronica Grey? What projects are coming up and when can we expect to see you on the big screen, TV, or magazine issues?

Veronica: Well right now the greatest show on Earth happens for the next few weeks on the North Shore of O'ahu, Hawai'i - the Vans Triple Crown which is where modern day gladiators strut their stuff on death defying waves and yup, look for me wherever you see John Florence or Superman Kelly Slater. There's nowhere else on Earth I'd rather be every winter...

Find more of Veronica Grey:
Official Swim Without Sharks Website:

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