33, West LoopReal-life roles: Territory manager for a medical device sales company; The Apprentice candidate, season six (2007)
Starring in: Risky Business
How was working for the Donald? “Boy, was I in for a lot more than I bargained for,” says Trottier, an Elmhurst native and graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since Trottier works in sales, signing on with the TV show meant losing her job, and, by extension, her work-provided car and laptop. “It was a very intense experience, and everyone reacts differently,” she says of her time in the spotlight. “I might have gone further if I’d been more conniving and backstabbing, but I learned that when I’m backed up against a wall, I still make good decisions, and that’s comforting to go to bed with at night.”
What did you think you’d be when you grew up? An attorney. Actually, I thought I’d be president, and being an attorney was the route.
Childhood nickname? Trots. Everyone still calls me Trots.
Gutsiest thing you’ve ever done? I gave CPR to someone in a mall when I was in high school. Good thing I paid attention in health class.
What did you do on your best date? Went on a 12-day trip to Europe. That wasn’t a bad date.
What makes someone a Chicagoan? A Chicagoan does not put ketchup on her hot dog, does not leave a sporting event early, and knows whose phone number is 588-2300 [Empire Today].
In a dream world, who would you look like? Angelina Jolie. Write like? David Sedaris. Dance like? A ballerina; those girls can leap! Cook like? Ina Garten, the “Barefoot Contessa.” And sing like? Beyoncé, because she rocks it out.
What do you do every day? Eat, shower, brush my teeth, work out, and laugh. I won’t get through a day without laughing 100 times.
Favorite movie hero? Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption.
Most quotable movie line? “So I have that going for me, which is nice.” –Bill Murray in Caddyshack.
Last movie that made you cry? The Pursuit of Happyness.
Favorite blog? I love reading Sarah Preston’s blog [Last Girl Standing at chicagomag.com]. She’s a friend of mine, a Chicago girl, a single girl in the city, and sometimes I’m mentioned.
Most recommended book? I Know This Much Is True, by Wally Lamb.
Name one thing that’s overrated: Red Bull—and foie gras.
Who are you a secret groupie for? George Clooney.
When you’re alone, who do you play air guitar to? Anything streaming out of my iPod.
What song will be played at your wedding? What a Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong.
What’s your go-to homemade meal? Lasagne.
Fill in the blanks: Vacations are for relaxation, not seeing too many historical sites.
You pull a Ferris Bueller and call in sick on a beautiful July day. What do you do? Go to breakfast somewhere fun; go to a Cubs game, for sure; and finish the day off at the East Bank pool, where I’d pass out on a lawn chair.
What Chicago neighborhoods have you lived in? Lake View, South Loop, Gold Coast, and the West Loop. I love the Gold Coast because I love the proximity to the lake and Michigan Avenue, but I love the West Loop, because it has more of a neighborhood feel, and everyone’s very friendly.
How long is too long to spend looking for a parking spot? More than five minutes. Valet, valet, valet.
Teacher’s pet or class clown? Both.
Name one thing you have in your house from your childhood: My mitt that I played softball with from age eight through my freshman year of high school.
And one embarrassing thing you hide when guests are coming over: My huge pile of magazines.
Describe the state of your closet: Thank God someone comes and cleans it.
What’s your power outfit? Almost any dress by Diane von Furstenberg.
How much is too much to pay for jeans? This is going to sound really bad, but I have to own it: anything over $350.
What’s in your pockets right now? Quarters for the parking meter.
Have you ever collected anything? Shoes.
Last time you jumped up and cheered? Probably today, over a work thing. I got a big [sales] order at work, and I was really excited.
Last time you told a lie? About five minutes ago—just kidding! That’s a hard one. I’m in sales, so within 24 hours.
And the last time you Googled yourself? Yesterday.
Worst advice you’ve been given? “Read The Apprentice blogs; they’re full of good information.”
If you could give someone a talking-to, who would it be? George Clooney. I’d ask him, “Why aren’t you married yet?”
What do you do when a server at a restaurant brings you a horrible dish? Politely send it back.
Do you have any tattoos? No.
But if you did? I probably wouldn’t [get one] at this point, but if I did, it would be something really simple.
What time is your alarm clock set for? This is embarrassing since my boss might see this, but 7 a.m. That averages it out.
And how many times do you hit the snooze button? Once, at a minimum.
Dive bar or nightclub? Nightclub.
Drinks before 5 p.m.: always, sometimes, never? Sometimes.
What’s your remedy for a tough day? A good workout.
Fill in the blanks: I’d rather have a significant other who is adventurous than someone who is monotonous.
How do you show someone you’re not interested? Don’t return phone calls.
Where would you like to get engaged? Surprise me.