Jason Jordan recently did an interview with Nene Leakes for USA Today that is pretty awesome! He covers everything from her free throwing skills on the basketball court to what she likes on her pizza! Here is what she has to say about Pajama Brawl 2013:
JJ: You guys had a little UFC action this season on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, was it as bad as it looked on TV?
NL: I can answer that in two parts; first on TV it didn’t show the fun that we had. We had so much fun, we really did. Some people came that were reluctant to come and then when they got there they had a really good time. It never showed that. We were there for hours and on TV it looks like we were there for a little while then it all went bad, but we were there for a long time. Second, I think it was worse in person than it was on TV.
JJ: Since we’re on UFC talk who would’ve won if Peter and Todd hadn’t been separated?
JJ: Cynthia and Kandi?
JJ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
NL: My aunt who raised me has given me some of the best advice. She always told me to be a dreamer and I always have been. She would always tell me, and I know it’s cliché but it’s so true, that you can do anything you want to do and be anybody you want to be. When I was young I didn’t get it; I’d be like, “She’s so crazy, I can’t be Janet Jackson!” I couldn’t see what she saw, but being older I see how true it is. She was saying that if you put your mind to it you can do and be anything that you want to be.
On her acting career:
JJ: What classic role would you love to play on TV or in film?
NL: Well, I’ve done so much comedy and that’s is my love; like I feel like it’s just natural for me. I can just say things on the fly, I’m quick on my feet and I like to be funny. But I would want people to see me more serious, so a great dramatic role would be a dream role for me.
And of course on her thoughts on Dancing With The Stars:
JJ: You’ve got Dancing with the Stars, which kicks off March 17, what has the preparation been like for that?
NL: Jason, it’s very difficult! This show is not for the weak. I know there are a lot of people who want to come on Dancing with the Stars, maybe for the wardrobe, but you cannot do this show without a great work ethic. If you don’t have it, this show is not for you. The hours are very long. I rehearse from 8 a.m. to noon everyday then, lately, we’ve been hooking up in the evening just because I want to feel confident with everything. Four hours a day is the minimum practice time for this and you can’t go past six hours. Sometimes I do six and sometimes I do four. It’s tough! You’ve got to pick things up easily. I’d heard all of the horror stories and that’s why I was a little hesitant at first to do it. They’ve been asking me since November. But I have really good work ethic, and even though I don’t have two left feet it’s still a lot of work for me. It’s tough. These Olympians that are on the show are used to drive and endurance and they’ve got me beat on that. When it comes down to dancing I don’t know though.
JJ: What’s your strategy?
NL: My only strategy is to bring personality, fun and soul to the show. I feel like they don’t have a lot of soul in there so I can add that. My goal is just to do the best that I can do. My best may not win, but I will absolutely give it all that I have. I just want to be able to come home and be at peace.
JJ: This year America can pick different partners for you; who would you love to pair up with?
NL: Yeah, I’m so not excited about that. My only pick would be Max because he’s the only tall one. I hope they give me him and not Derek because we would look like fools.
JJ: Well, we’ll definitely be tuning in.
NL: Thank you so much Jason! I just want everyone to watch and vote for Tony and I. We’re gonna try to win the audience vote, if nothing else. We’re looking to bring lot of personality and soul and have a lot of fun along the way!