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WWE Superstar Lana recently sat down with Crave Online to discuss being featured on the upcoming season of Total Divas and returning to the squared circle as a wrestler. The Ravishing Russian goes in depth to discuss her journey as a performer and touches on how being on the E! reality show has helped her backstage friendships. Here are the highlights:
On wrestling again: “I would love to do it but when the time is right. It was always a dream for me to do my debut match at WrestleMania and people would laugh at me. People would laugh at me all the time for my crazy ideas. Reach for the stars and at the very least, you will get the moon and so I would say my first match is going to be at WrestleMania and people would laugh at me and sure enough it happened. So right now I’ve been filming a lot of things for Total Divas and focusing on my weddings so when all of that passes, I’m sure you will see a lot more of me in the ring.”
On filming Total Divas: “You can expect ratings to go through the roof [laughs] with Lana on TV. We’re manifesting to be the highest rated season yet. I have had an incredible experience. It has been so fun being on Total Divas. I have got a lot closer to the girls. I guess it’s the Russian side of me that takes me a long time to get close to people. It took about two and a half years for me to finally make friends with some of these girls. I’m excited because basically, we’re taking you backstage and opening up the curtain on Rusev and me. You’ve seen us together the last three years on TV but now you’re going to see a lot more of our relationship. To be honest, I think a lot of people will fall in love with him [Rusev] because they’re going to see this other side of him that I’ve always been able to see and he’s really fun. I don’t know if people know that but he’s a really funny guy.”
On breaking into the industry: “Ever since I was a little girl, I had a dream to be an entertainer and I wanted to travel the world telling stories and putting smiles on people’s faces. I can say that L.A. was a lot of ups and downs. When I moved to L.A., I went to Las Vegas first and I literally had $50 in my account. I played some blackjack and got lucky and made $3,000 and basically, moved to L.A. with $3,000 and my car. I would sleep in my car, I would shower at L.A. Fitness and there were a lot of auditions.
I would get a bunch of jobs for a couple of months and not a couple of jobs for like six months. You just get used to a lot of rejection over and over and over again. I was never going to give up the dream. I wasn’t going to go home. I had decided I was going to make it. It’s everything they paint in those movies. That struggle was my life.
With WWE, I got this audition and thought there was no way that I was going to actually get the job. They were doing the WWE Diva Search at the time and I didn’t think I would get the job because I wasn’t a wrestler. I went to that cattle call and kept being called back over and over again and they narrowed us down to the top 12 where Eva Marie and JoJo were also in that top 12 and I remember Triple H being there.
Then we went through this month camp, learning how to bump and hit the ropes, I just fell in love with WWE and sports entertainment. It was the perfect world of the merge in sports, action, acting and entertainment. I felt like I finally found my place. Then they picked five girls that they signed and me, Eva Marie and JoJo were part of the five and that’s where my journey began and where my life was changed and where I met my husband [laughs].”
Lana also discusses her new WWE Studios film “Interrogation”, working alongside WWE Hall of Famer Edge and more. The interview can be found here.
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