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At the same time, she also managed to total her car while on her way to an audition. When she found herself selling artwork out of her cousin's car, feeling the pain of a broken heart, and literally ripping her jeans at the seams, she decided it was time to pack her bags and return home. Back home, she lost the weight and two months later returned to the city that had chewed her up and spit her out.
The dedication quickly paid off and she landed her first acting job in an independent film titled "Malibu Spring Break," in which she played the role of Gloria. The marketing of "Malibu Spring Break" caught the eye of Playboy's senior photo editor and soon Pilar found herself gracing the pages of Playboy in her birthday suit, becoming Miss August 2004! Becoming a Playboy centerfold gave her a sense of confidence and power. Knowing the typical stereotype associated with Playmates, she worked twice as hard to prove that beyond having sex appeal, she has class, intelligence and talent.
Her thirst for success soon landed several other independent films, including guest shots on soaps and "Las Vegas." Soon, she found herself on the NBC hit show "Deal or No Deal" as Case Model #8. Aside from acting and modeling, she is the host of The Playmate Hour, a one-hour slumber party talk show on Playboy Radio, Sirius channel 198.
Lastra's dating adventures, and experiences with Playboy and life in Los Angeles, inspired her to write her first book, titled "You're Onto Him... A Response to the Complete A**holes Guide to Handling Chicks." Learning to maintain and repair her own car inspired her to write her second book, "Treat Me Like Your Car... A Man's Guide to Treating a Lady." Both books are being pitched to publishing houses at the moment. She is now in the process of writing her first feature film and is also developing a cooking show.