Lana recently did an interview with Celebrate Hilton Head magazine to talk about various topics. Here are the highlights:
Was it difficult to step out from behind Lana and present as yourself in Total Divas?
“In Total Divas, you have to be yourself and be willing to show your flaws and imperfections, and that can be challenging because the world is gonna judge you. In SmackDown Live, I was Lana, the Ravishing Russian. I spoke in an accent, and I was a villain—well, I still am a villain (laughs)—so if I wasn’t liked, it meant that I was doing a good job. However, when people don’t like you and judge you for who you are, that is a little more challenging, and it can be hurtful. But you have to be prepared; that’s the job—that’s what you are signing up for.”
This year’s WrestleMania included a women’s match at the main event for the very first time. As a female WWE Superstar, you have played a key role in moving this forward. How does that make you feel?
“It’s an incredible honor. I can’t even express how grateful I am to be a part of history. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to entertain and tell stories, but I would always tell my parents, I wanna make history. When I started in WWE in 2014, women only had three-minute matches, and I was one of the few to be given microphone time and be on promos. Women just weren’t given those opportunities, so to see how all of us women have worked so hard to push the limits in matches and in athleticism, and to push our character development in our promos and in our acting, is amazing. We have really shown that we belong, we deserve this, and we can deliver. To be a part of those moments and to be able to walk with these incredible women and to make history is such an honor. That’s what I have to say to all the little girls and all the little boys out there. You can do anything you set your mind to, and you can be a history maker.”