'The Playboy Club' star Amber Heard: 'I don't think it's that racy'

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Despite earlier reports claiming that the stars of The Playboy Club were required to sign nudity clauses, might NBC’s ’60s-era drama about Hugh Hefner’s empire lack the titillation factor some are expecting?

Yesterday, during NBC’s annual presentation to prospective advertisers, star Amber Heard said the finished product may surprise some viewers. “I think because this is character-based — it’s a group of friends who become family within this interesting, rich setting — I think the plot and stars can’t help but take center stage. The racy material, you’ll find, is not all that racy,” she said.

The show, scheduled to air Mondays at 10 p.m. in the fall, centers on the opening of the first Playboy Club in Chicago. Heard says she was inspired to take on the show with a potentially controversial premise especially after researching the subject. “I was surprised by how Hugh, when he was branding this, used its progressive and racy nature to push the envelope and push society forward. He was the first to integrate his workplace, without the mandatory obligation to do so. Things like that, I appreciate. He did what he could to push the envelope, I hope we do the same,” she said, adding the caveat that she doesn’t expect them to take it too far.

“I don’t think it’s that racy,” she repeated. “I really don’t. I think it’s story about the time, the setting, the movement, the people behind it. It’s a story about a group of girls taking over Chicago, and I think that’s what will come through.”

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  • Jack Easton

    Amber is incredibly gorgeous. I love her. She’s really beautiful and a really sweet girl.

  • Lazerov

    I’ve always liked Amber Heard and I was so disappointed when she came out as a lesbian. What an absolute waste. She doesn’t know what she’s missing. She might really want what other women can give her but she needs what men can give her.

    • Ke

      Go Away.

    • Kat

      kill yourself

  • scottm

    Oh Lazerov, with that enlightened attitude I think Amber will stay exactly as she is without too much trouble.

  • sam

    The thing that people have forgotten is that The Play Boy Club was a legitimate place to go. It wasn’t some seedy nudie bar.

    • erin

      Anyone who watches Mad Men knows this and that’s the audience this show is after.

  • ChrisV

    Criticize me if you want… but if it is tame (not sleazy), I just don’t see this show succeeding. Heard is gorgeous, too! From “Informers” or “The Stepfather,” she always looks great!

  • Clete

    Kind of curious. Did Hugh Hefner marry that twenty-three old?

  • JC

    Interesting trailer…until Amber Heard accidentally kills that member. that story line is old.

  • KY

    Amber Heard is beautiful but I’m not sure whether this show will go a success. just wait and see

  • Fabe

    Well, even if the show is not racy, if the storyline is interesting and enthralling it should do well. Hopefully all Mad Men watchers will tune in.

  • Rex

    I’m so disappointed that Amber came out as a lesbian. I hope she will change her disgusting ways. But that has little to do with show. It’s destined to fail because it’s on NBC. I give it about 6-8 episodes.

    • Lily

      How about you change your disgusting ways?

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