Sometimes a celebrity becomes so famous that their surname becomes superfluous. If we say Britney, you think Spears. If we say Oprah, you think Winfrey. If we say Cheryl, you think Cole. And if we say Audrina, you think Patridge. Okay, maybe you don’t, but Americans do.

Over the past few months the 26-year-old model and actress has – thanks to securing her own TV show, appearing on Dancing With The Stars, amassing 1.5 million followers on Twitter, and starring in numerous advertising campaigns – just got hotter and hotter. Which is nice, because last time we spoke to her she was, quite literally, freezing.

“My last FHM shoot took place on the beach in December and it was so cold,” recalls the honey who moved to LA at the age of 18 and found fame in The Hills soon after. “Do you know how tough it is to look sexy when you’re covered in goose pimples?”

Audrina Patridge in a silver swimsuit
Audrina: this time she's warm..

Judging from the pictures in our April 2010 issue the answer is ‘not very’, but nevertheless we booked a nice, cosy photo studio for Audrina Cover Shoot II: This Time It’s Flirty.

“I loved every minute,” grins the face of Bongo clothing. “Usually when I pose it’s all about being full-on sexy, but in this shoot I was able to dance around, have fun and flirt with the camera and it meant the photos were really cool.”

Audrina, whose film credits include Sorority Row and Honey 2, says ‘cool’ a lot. In fact, we’d go so far as to say it’s one of her five favourite words. The others? ‘Corey’ (her boyfriend), ‘Lady’ (her puppy), ‘fun’ and ‘family’ – four terms which form an extremely accurate synopsis of her insanely popular new show Audrina!

On the other side of the pond the VH1 faux-reality show has done exactly what TOWIE has done over here. Every newspaper is filled with stories about Audrina, every gossip website is filled with pictures of Audrina and every man, woman, boy and girl wants to befriend her.

“It’s crazy,” laughs the girl whose fan page is currently the fastest growing on Facebook.“The Hills was about living in Hollywood, but Audrina! is about everything that’s going on in my life. It gets pretty intense at times. Especially when my family are arguing, or I’m fighting with Corey.”

Audrina Patridge in a purple vest
and she's big in America..

How difficult is it to have a relationship on screen?

It’s really hard, especially when you watch the show and your fights have been edited to seem like a bigger deal than they really were. Plus everyone has an opinion even though they don’t really know the truth. It’s for this reason I don’t really care or read what people say. I used to, but then I realised that if you care about what everyone else thinks and try to please them all, then you will end up destroying yourself.

Didn’t you nearly destroy your ankles on Dancing With The Stars?

I did. By the time I got voted out I was dancing with two sprained ankles. I had to wear numbing pads, because it hurt so much, but I kept smiling and won the judges over, so I was really proud of myself. Appearing on that show and dancing in front of an audience of 20 million people was the biggest accomplishment of my career so far.

Is ballroom dancing as good for your body as everyone claims it is?

Absolutely, it’s such incredibly hard work. I did seven hours of dancing a day and as a result ended up more toned than I had ever been before.

Audrina Patridge in a pink swimsuit and high heels
Ballroom dancing: good for body

What’s your favourite part of your body?

Definitely my stomach. When I was little I had a good, athletic stomach and then I made my high school swim team and it got better from there. 

Are you proud of appearing on a giant billboard in Times Square?

That’s a shot from the bikini campaign that I did for Bongo clothing and I’m so proud of it that I’ve asked for a poster, so I can show my kids when I am older. It’s surreal, though. The first time I saw it, I was like: “Wow, that is gigantic.” I mean, I’m about 40 storeys high and my belly button is as big as a car! 

Talking cars, haven’t you been filming in the motor city of Detroit?

I have. my new show for the website, Dream Maker, just wrapped in Detroit. I play a cheesy, overly optimistic LA talent manager who has this profound religious experience, which prompts her to move to Detroit. It’s based on the British Office.

Audrina Patridge in a pink swimsuit and high heels
She's a big history fan...

Have you been over to Britain recently?

I was over last year. I loved it. Britain is so cool, you have such a good energy and everyone is so nice, friendly, carefree and non-judgmental, which is a pleasant change from LA. 

Did you notice any other differences?

Yes, you have a much greater sense of history – I am a huge fan of the Tudors, so loved standing on the spot where Anne Boleyn was executed – and your paparazzi are way more aggressive. 

What do you mean?

At the end of a night out one of them forced his way into the car with me! That wouldn’t happen in LA.

Audrina Patridge in a vest and a truck
Apparently in Britain, our Paparazzi are more aggressive... 

What does happen in LA?

It depends how you act. If you are rude, then they won’t leave you alone and will keep hounding you until they get a picture of you looking pissed off. But if you smile and let them have a couple of pictures they'll leave you alone. 

Do you get used to it after a while?

I can’t say you ever get used to having 20 or more people trying to take your picture in the street, but I kind of know how to deal with it now. mind you, even I just want to run sometimes. 

Tell us something true that people don’t know about you.

I love laughing at myself. If I mess up or do something stupid I laugh at myself and I think that’s what everyone should do. Oh, and when I was younger I wanted to be a psychologist.

Audrina Patridge in a white swimsuit drinking coke
Audrina, practicing 'not being a psychologist.'..

What happened?

Acting happened. I had to choose between going to college and trying to be a psychologist or moving to LA and trying to be an actress. Acting won out.

Good decision. What advice do you have for people trying to make it in Hollywood?

You can’t give up, because it is very, very competitive and you will have more disappointments than you can imagine. But you have to keep going and grow thick skin, because once you are famous there is a lot of rubbish that comes with it. You are constantly going to be judged and be the subject of gossip and rumours. You just have to be prepared for it and not let it get to you or change who you are.

Audrina Patridge in a striped vest
Audrina, practicing 'sexy yet thoughtful' balcony position.

What’s the best rumour you’ve read about yourself?

I did laugh when people started gossiping about my new boyfriend the other week. The paparazzi had taken some shots of me having lunch with my brother Marky and made a story out of it. That’s how ridiculous things can get.

What’s the best way to pick you up on the beach?

I’m not sure; it is easier to tell you what doesn’t work. Asking me for a picture “for your wife” is transparent and lame and so are most lines. The worst I’ve ever heard was: “If you were a door I’d slam you all night long.” That wasn’t funny. It was rude and it certainly wasn’t successful.