Occupation: model/actress
Birthdate: July 1, 1982
Birthplace: Avon Lake, Ohio
Residence: Manhattan Beach, California
Specs: 5'8", 118 pounds
Contact: www.carmelladecesare.net, www.CEDtalent.com

>> Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia has made some sharp reads in his day, but you’re staring at his all-time best. Not long after spotting this stunner at a party in Cleveland two years ago, Garcia led a one-man drive for her affection — and from the sound of things, he succeeded. “I think he’s adorable,” says Carmella DeCesare, who still dates the signal caller. “I love him to death.” ° It wasn’t the first time she received someone’s hurry-up offense. In 2003, after she ditched the reality show Who Wants to Be a Playmate Centerfold? Hugh Hefner himself convinced her to give the Bunny another try, which led to a Miss April layout and culminated with 2004 Playboy Playmate of the Year honors. Now living in the Los Angeles area, the brown-eyed beauty is modeling regularly and breaking into movies. In August she’ll film the horror flick The Rage, and get this: Her character doesn’t die. “Originally I was supposed to,” she says, “but I think they’re looking at a sequel.” ° That, and a very fit woman. Carmella’s five workouts a week include squats, 200 crunches and jogs along the beach with her chocolate lab Logan — and even her poodle Austin. “He thinks he’s a good runner,” she says. “But I don’t like taking him because he likes to bite people.” Okay, Carmella, that’s enough about Garcia.

Carmella answers a few more of our burning questions.

Anybody ever say you look like Eva Longoria?
“Never [sarcastic]. Yeah, I get that a lot. It’s funny how much I’ve heard it – for probably the past year and a half. I don’t mind. She’s a very pretty girl and she’s a great actress, so it’s a compliment.”

Worst pick-up line?
“I think the worst thing I would have to say is if a guy like whistles or hisses at you. I’m not a dog, you know? Don’t whistle at me. I mean, it’s a nice gesture if someone is polite and compliments you, but I’m not into the whole honking your horn thing.”

Your type of guy?
“My type has changed. As you grow up, you mature. You start to see and realize things, and now if you were to ask me what my type is, it would be an intelligent man who can hold a conversation and who can make me laugh and who’s completely real. I like somebody who likes to have fun, who likes to laugh, who makes me laugh…and he’s got to have some smarts to him.”

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