Crystal Hefner tells us what it’s like to DJ at Vegas' Rehab Pool Party and how life has changed since her marriage to the head of the Playboy empire.
What brings model Crystal Hefner, wife of American icon Hugh Hefner (that’s what she calls the Playboy founder on her Twitter page), to Las Vegas this summer? Her 2014 residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Rehab Pool Party is in full swing; catch her on Saturdays July 12 and August 9 in the DJ booth.
Many of us got to know Crystal when she appeared on E! network’s The Girls Next Door, a reality show set in the Playboy Mansion. Crystal starred with twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon as the show's original girlfriends—Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson—prepared to leave the mansion.
We caught up with Crystal ahead of this weekend’s DJ gig and found out what life is like after marrying Hugh, which of her ex-housemates she keeps in touch with, and what she really thinks of the Vegas pool party scene. Read on to find out what else she’s up to.
VEGAS: What has life been like since the end of The Girls Next Door and your marriage to Hugh? CRYSTAL HEFNER: Everything is very happy. I’m very in love and things are so good around here, and Hef and I are very happy. We just had the Fourth of July party here at the [mansion]. We had a lot of friends over, and I DJed the party and Hef played backgammon. It was cool just being here and hanging out with everybody. We always have fun stuff going on here—it's a cool place to be.
V: Do you keep in touch with any girls from the show? CH: We’re probably closest with Kendra. She's invited to all of the parties. She didn't make it out to the Fourth of July party, but I'm pretty sure she'll be coming out to the Midsummer Night’s Dream party. That's one's fun—its in August. [Kendra’s] really cool. I know Holly lives in Vegas, so she's in a different state, and Bridget is doing her own thing.
V: Speaking of Vegas, tell us about this summer’s DJ residency and how you got started in music. CH: It was just being here at the mansion and all of the DJs that come here for the parties. My mom was a DJ when she was younger. I started DJing with the mansion resident DJ—his name is DJ Crash. He's been DJing here for about 15 years. He taught me everything he knew and I took off from there. Now I DJ pretty much all of the parties at the mansion.
V: Do you ever get stressed out in front of a big crowd, or are you used to that? CH: It’s fun. I love reading the crowd and putting something on and seeing how they'll react to it. There's always some nerves, but once you get going and the music is playing, it's a lot of fun.
V: Which artists do you always include in your sets? CH: I include my own songs; I just came out with a DJ track—it's called "Call the Cops.” It’s pretty fun. And then whatever's popular at the current time. People were going crazy for that “Selfie” song [by The Chainsmokers], so I found different remixes. People also love Iggy Azalea lately. I find really cool remixes and sometimes I make my own. It's pretty fun—the best job ever.
V: Have you DJed in Vegas before? CH: I had a residency in Vegas last year, so it’s my second summer in Vegas. The Rehab pool is so crazy—I love it. I think last time I was there, there were 3,000 people and they were all in the pool splashing water like crazy. It’s pretty intense.
V: Do you have time to hang out in Vegas when you're here? CH: I usually go in just for the day because we have movie nights here at the mansion on weekends, so it's usually a quick trip in and out. I'm usually back here for movie night all on the same day.
Last time we were [in Vegas], we went in the new High Roller [observation wheel at The LINQ]. That's so cool. Then we saw a [Cirque du Soleil] show, Zumanity. It was cool. There are so many things that I want to do, like see Britney Spears and a bunch of other shows I haven't seen.
V: Do you ever see yourself doing something like Holly Madison when she did Peepshow, or are you going to stick with DJing? CH: Probably stick to DJing. I really respect burlesque and stuff like that, but I've never been that into it myself.
V: You’re launching a loungewear line this fall. Tell us more about that. CH: Even though I've been a Playmate and it's very lingerie-based, what I wear on a usual day is just comfy, relaxing stuff. So we took [that] and put a cute spin on it. We have lace and ruffles and it's just really fun, comfortable loungewear. If you go to a store and you go to the loungewear section, it's kind of geared toward older people, so we're bringing a youthful vibe to it.
V: Do you think you'll ever return to reality TV? CH: Hef is supportive of the idea. We're very close friends with the producers of The Girls Next Door, so you never know.