1. Are there particular qualities you like in a contestant?
I like to see contestants get to play who are deserving. Those who have an original story or just off the wall funny.
2. Do you have a favorite contestant, and who was it?
I really liked Brooks, he was like a big teddy bear but just couldn't catch a break, even the second time he played. I also liked Pyong Kong who clogged on the show and sang karaoke. But what was so great about him was that his family came over from Korea with only $750 and the numbers that he was left with at the end of the game were $750 and $750,000. It was as if destiny was playing a part in that game.
3. How tough is it to stand in place for the entire taping? Is there something like martial arts training for long-term smiling?
It is a lot harder than it looks to stand in one place for a long time especially in heels. Smiling for a long time also took some time to get used to. In the beginning of season 1, my jaw would quiver from my muscles getting so tired. But now that it is season 3 it's a piece of cake, I'm used to it.
4. What was your most embarrassing moment on the show?
It was the time that I had a hundred thousand dollars in my case. I reacted like it was a lot of money, and it is. But Howie thought that I thought I had the million-dollar case. When he asked me about it I said "No, Howie, to some people a hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money," and walked off stage. He later asked if I was mad at him. Of course I wasn't but at the same time it was funny and a bit embarrassing.
5. What would you like to be doing next in your career?
I am focusing most of my energy on acting rather than modeling now. I am also creating my own line of body lotions, which will be in stores next year.
6. What do you like doing most with your free time?
I still train in Wushu, and continue taking weapons classes too. Most of my free time goes to me working on my business and then remodeling my new home. I also like being spontaneous, like going away for the weekend, camping or driving up the coast to Santa Barbara.
7. What one person, besides your parents, has had the most influence on your life? Why?
My boyfriend, Josh Fritts, has a major influence on my life. He is so supportive with my career and everything I do.
8. Where are you from originally? (If not from Los Angeles) What brought you to Los Angeles?
I was born in Russia, my mom and I moved over to Florida when I was eight. After I graduated from high school I packed my stuff and drove cross country to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
9. What has been a particularly memorable experience in your life, something that really stood out?
When I first came to the U.S., I was seven and a half. It was in the end of January and in Russia it was below freezing. When I arrived in Florida it was like 90 degrees outside! I was in disbelief, then my stepdad took me to the grocery store and it was packed with food. I thought it was a dream!
10. Now for the important questions: what was your favorite television show when you were ten?
When I was 10 I loved "America's Funniest Home Videos," actually I still do!