A jaw-dropping 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day may have made The Hills star Heidi Montag the happiest she's ever been, but it also made her fodder for some comics. Now Montag is joining the laugh brigade, with the help of Funny or Die and Oscar-winning Ron Howard, who's directed a new video in which Montag stars.
Its mission: To urge Congress to enact financial reform.
"I was honored to work with the amazing Ron Howard," Montag, 23, tells PEOPLE. "He was even more incredible than I could have imagined – kind, generous and made me feel so comfortable – he made me feel confident in my talent."
The video, shot at a private home in Los Angeles on Feb. 26, was scripted but left room for a little improvising – such as a cameo appearance by husband Spencer Pratt. Montag also added a touch of her own, wearing a dress she designed herself.
So has Montag caught the performing bug? "I am so excited about my acting future," she says. "I can't wait for my next role to be as an action star! This is just the beginning of a whole new world for me."
Montag's video is part of a series launched by the Americans for Financial Reform that will urge, among other things, massive call-in days throughout the week to push Congress toward, among other measures, forming a strong and independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency.
In addition to an all-star Presidential Reunion video – in which Barack Obama gets a surprise visit in the night from ex-Presidents Bush Sr., Bush Jr., Clinton, Ford, Reagan and Carter, as played by Will Ferrell and other past and present SNL stalwarts – Funny and Die is working on additional videos to urge Congress to act on and pass financial reform.