What would Reverend Camden say? Former 7th Heaven star Mackenzie Rosman strips down to skimpy lingerie in a sexy pictorial for the September issue of Maxim. The 23-year-old actress, who played the religious family’s youngest daughter, Ruthie Camden, acknowledges that the racy photo shoot will likely cause some controversy.
When asked if people will “be surprised” to see her in such a provocative state, the former child star replies, “They might be. But you know what? It’s who I am.”
Rosman isn’t the first 7th Heaven star to pose for a men’s magazine: Jessica Biel, who played her big sister, Mary, posed topless on the cover of Gear in 2000. At the time, Biel was 17 and Rosman was 9. “I remember that. It was a big deal,” Rosman recalls. “The magazine was banned on set, I think by orders of Aaron Spelling. I sneaked a peek at it, though. It was racy gossip amongst the women of 7th Heaven.”
(Biel later admitted that she regrets her racy spread, telling Entertainment Weekly in November 2008, “That photo shoot was just a really bad decision on my part and I got myself involved with people who weren’t thinking about me and were instead thinking about what kind of a story they could get out of it.”)
Despite the trouble Biel’s Gear cover caused on set, Rosman tells Maxim she “looked up to Jessie a lot. She and I connected; we were just more alike than the others.”
When it comes to dating, Rosman says she values “manners” above all else. “Like, just be respectful. I don’t deal with the whole bad boy who doesn’t call you,” she says. “That doesn’t interest me at all, and I just look the other way.”
Rossman also reveals that she has a boyfriend — though she doesn’t divulge the lucky guy’s name.