Interview with Sexy Cat Mom AnnaLynne McCord

Starlit AnnaLynne McCord  – of 9021o fame (the new version)has paired up with Fresh Step and the ASPCA to unveil both the Catdance Film Festival (Jan 19th, Park City Utah) and a super cute limited-edition cat hat ($39.99) with 100% of proceeds benefiting the ASPCA (a collaboration with knitwear designer, Sunghee Bang.)

And while I can’t get a hat or be in Salt Lake city in person to celebrate (I asked!), I was able to ask this cat loving celeb – and new cat mom –  some questions via email I HAVE CAT fans were burning to know (most of which she graciously answered!). Read to the end of the post to find out how you can vote on your favorite cat videos and win prizes like product coupons and even that super cool cat hat!

AnnaLynne McCord with Cat Buni

Tell us about your cat Buni.  Where did you get him, how old is he, and how did he get his name? 

I adopted Buni when he was about 8 weeks old. He was the runt of the litter – he’d been left behind. A casting director actually found him behind her house and brought him in for adoption. I wasn’t sure about adopting again because I’d lost a couple cats to cancer and one that ran away –  it can be heartbreaking, but amazing as well. Anyway, I decided to adopt Buni and he looks just like a little bunny with his massive ears. He goes by the name Christopher Buni.

How would you describe Buni in relation to yourself? –  Pet, Roommate, Companion, Child, other? And why.

Obviously, I would call him my child. I tell everyone, “I have to get home to my child.” He is a cat, but he is my child.

Who takes care of Buni when you are on location or does he ever come to set with you?

I take my Buni with me unless I’m going out of the country. He’s a good little traveler. It’s so nice to have him on location with me. I actually just did a movie in Ohio for about 6 weeks and he came with me.

AnnaLynne McCord and cat Buni

What personality traits do you share with your cat?

Buni is independent and so am I, so we definitely have that in common.

What do you love about cats?

I love everything about cats. I love that they are independent and with the nature of what I do I need a pet that I don’t need to take out and walk every day. I love dogs, but it’s a bit to taxing for my particular schedule so it’s great to have a little buddy that is so okay with his own company.

What lessons have you learned from your cat?

That’s an interesting question. I’ve been having a very interesting spiritual journey in last year and a lot of changes in my life and some of the things that I’ve been reading and studying talk about being in the now and looking to your dog or cat.  Cats are what they are and sometimes I watch Buni and I watch him in the moment, and I can learn a lot from that.


AnnaLynne McCord and her cat


How do you like to spoil Buni?

In every way possible. The best thing that happened to him is that his mother left him behind. He was the runt in the litter and he was left behind. He now has everything in the world and he is definitely spoiled. The mother that he has now will buy him anything in the world.

How did you get involved in the Catdance Film Festival? Tell us about it and why you wanted to take on this project.

I have to admit I’m obsessed with capturing cute home videos of my cat ‘Buni’, so I am excited to be a part of the Catdance Film Festival which shows off the skilled filmmakers who are actually creating their own short cat cinema masterpieces. We’re screening five finalists from our nationwide search and asking America to vote on the winner.

And I don’t think that cat pride should be limited to the Internet or screen, so as part of the Catdance Film Festival I’ll be debuting the latest in kitty couture –  a limited edition cat-inspired hat.  It’s not only stylish, but each purchase helps cats as all proceeds benefit the ASPCA.You can visit to watch the films, cast your ballot and buy the limited edition hat.


well-known knitwear designer Sunghee Bang

Suitable for both the slopes and the streets the hat is a fun and playful mix of popcorn knit in a black and grey stripe complete with two pointy cat ears.


What projects are next for you?
I’m actually taking some time off. The show is almost finished for season 5 and I’m going to be focused on some other creative projects that don’t require me to be in front of the camera – more so behind the scenes. I also have a couple films I did last year. Watch out for Scorn – a very scary thriller – with Cathy Bates coming out next year, among other projects.

Describe your ideal day spent with your cat.
In bed. Buni and I are most happy cuddled up in bed and doing nothing so that would be my ideal day.


How you can participate in picking the Catdance flim winners and maybe even winning prizes while you’re at it!
When the curtain goes down on Catdance, the festival will just be starting.  While the critically acclaimed cat shorts screened at Catdance will each have their moment at the festival, the fans at home will decide which filmmaker will receive a $10,000 cash prize.  To screen all of the Catdance finalists and cast a ballot for the viewer’s choice award, visit Jan. 20 through Feb. 28, 2013.  All voters will have a chance to win great prizes, including the limited-edition cat hat and Fresh Step coupons.  Other Catdance official selections will also be available on the site for viewer cat-ertainment.


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  • Christina Schmid

    I like her even more now that I know she is a cat-lady! Great interview!

    • Tamar

      Thanks! I know and she’s so young! She kind of looks like her cat don’t you think? LOL!

  • We love stories about sexy cat women! Oh how we wish Christine could go to Catdance Film festival but alas tis the busy season here in Miami. We will definitely be voting to support these wonderful film makers.

    • Tamar

      Me too! I was hoping they’d wanna send some bloggers but no dice! LOL! Not even a hat, but it’s for a good cause so I might have to buy one! LOL!

  • Buni is adorable!

    • Tamar

      I know! that’s one lucky runt!

  • Susan

    I love stories like these! They totally dispel the “cat lady” stigma, and celebrities who cherish animals greatly enhance their popularity when they talk about their pets and animal charity activities. Wish I could go to the festival:)

    • Tamar

      I wish i could go too! So glad you liked the post/interview and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment – it means so much!

  • Wonderful interview! I love the idea of sending cat bloggers – what a shame it was a no go. I would love that hat in leopard!

    • Tamar

      I know! think of all the fun we would have had! they are missing out not having us there! we are a fun bunch!

  • Gary

    Tamar…you are the cutest of all cat mommies around…what you do to help out and kep everyone in thel loop as to what is happening everywhere is great….too bad we are half a nation apart or I’d be right by your side helping with all the causes you try to promote…plus trying to rescue kitties too. 🙂

    • Tamar

      ***Blushing profusely**** you are too kind. Thanks for loving the kitties and for all that you do and for being such a loyal I HAVE CAT fan. It means a lot!