Lana recently spoke with Scott Fishman for Channel Guide Magazine to promote Total Divas. Here are the highlights.
On The Bella Twins:
“There are times where I get so stressed out. They can relate because they came from a modeling background as well. They weren’t on the independent scene or come from a wrestling family like Nattie. They’ve helped me with being able to transition from Raw and SmackDown to having the reality show cameras on me. They encourage me to keep practicing and wrestling because the day is going to come that WWE is going to say, ‘You’re wrestling tonight.’ That’s why I’m training because I do want to be an in-ring competitor, but it’s about timing.”
On being herself on the show and not being in character:
“You are going to see me for me. And the truth is we all want to be liked as human beings. It’s human nature. We all want to be loved and accepted. Here I’m going to be vulnerable and let you into my life to see who I am. I have always protected my character, and Rusev has always protected his character. That said, I have always wanted to do interviews as myself like this because it’s who I am. Lana is 100 percent an extension of me, but just one side of me. I feel that’s what I get really excited about because on Total Divas you are going to see other sides of me. I feel it will also show I created this character. I grew up in Russia. I lived there for 13 years. I had crazy teachers who would yell at me and throw their bags at me at a Russian ballet school. That’s where I created this whole thing where I yell at Rusev when he isn’t doing well because that’s how they are.”