September 1, 2007 - Posted at 7:33 p.m. CDT
CAMPBELL, MO -- In the mid 90's she was a strong competitor in the Southeast Missouri beauty pageant circuit...I should know, I lost to her several times.
But today, Hollywood up-and-comer April Scott graces the cover of magazines, posters and even the newest maximum celebrity calendar...but her parents say this Bootheel beauty always remembers her Region 8 roots.
"She's still the same girl she was when she was in pageants with you. Loves what she's doing, just loves it," said her mother Linda McIntosh.
I knew her as April McIntosh...a stunning brunette from Campbell, Missouri, who always had a beautiful dress and sparkling smile.
"She just always liked the entertainment, she always said even in the pageants that what she wanted to get into, so she has," said proud dad Jim McIntosh.
Her parents still live in Campbell and say it didn't take long for their daughter to head for Hollywood...but only after she graduated valedictorian from College of the Ozarks with a degree in theatre.
"She and a friend of hers packed their cars and drove out there. I think it took them two days or three days maybe. They drove all the way out there and found an apartment in a not very nice neighborhood," said Linda, "But she has just been able to do everything on her own."
And her mother really does mean everything!
April has modeled extensively, been listed in People Magazine's Top 100 most beautiful people and is the face of Merle Norman Cosmetics. She was also Maxim Magazine's girl to watch in December of 2005.
"I kind of listen to her voice when she calls at night and I can tell if it's been a good day or a bad day," said Jim, "And one time she was just screaming and I said, 'What in the world is it?' and she said she was going to do modeling for J.C. Penny. That was interesting!"
"She was always an actress, whenever kids were here or anything they would always have a play for us. She's always been interested in it," said Linda.
Her interest in acting would land her in a Motley Crue video, roles on Entourage, The Shield, Ripley's Believe It or Not, CSI: Miami, Deal or No Deal and the coveted cut-off's belonging to Daisy Duke.
"That CSI: Miami got her a lot; she was one of the main characters in it. She got run over by a Lamborghini but it got her a lot of story talked about and everything like that," laughed Jim, "All the people in town are wondering when her next movie is going to be out? We never know, we just have to wait and see."
Her transition to Hollywood comes with a busier lifestyle, faster traffic and her mother says all sorts of new friends.
"Adam Sandler, she was at a party with him. All kinds of parties with everybody. Quincy Jones is a good friend of theirs out there. So they are always going to his home and he has a lot of guests out there. So she meets everybody, she's just always telling me somebody that she has met," said Linda.
But the beauty that now goes by April Scott is determined to leave her mark on the world.
"I don't know that she has changed that much, she seems like the same person to me. Not an awful lot rattles her; she's always kind of been that way. She has more confidence now then I guess then she did when she was back in the pageants," said Linda.
"I think it's just been her attitude because she always been a nice girl, just like you have always been. And people pick up on that and they give her chances where they might not somebody else," remarked Jim.