1. Are there particular qualities you like in a contestant?
Definitely! Each contestant obviously brings their own amazing energy to play the game, which is a quality that they must have to pursue the dream of winning that million dollars. It's so sad to see that so many wonderful contestants get to a certain point in the game where the risks are high and then they lose that belief and low and behold they are the special contestants that generally tend to have the million! But that's the name of the game, right? The particular qualities I like to see in a contestant are pretty simple: enjoy the moment of the game, have fun with the family support and the audience involvement, and have fun with the girls and Howie.
2. Do you have a favorite contestant, and who was it?
So, so many great contestants have graced Deal or No Deal's stage. However my favorite would have to be Gary Riotto from Season 1. He had all the qualities a contestant should have. He was a blast and if I'm correct one of the most memorable contestants for me and many others.
3. How tough is it to stand in place for the entire taping? Is there
something like martial arts training for long-term smiling?
Love this question - a lot of fans of Deal or No Deal ask us this all the time and my response is that it's all mental! Of course standing still in heels in the same position and not being able to move as we have 10 cameras on us is definitely a mind game in itself! It's not just the heels and the feet. I mean the legs cramp, the back aches, the neck gets stiff, so yes, I'm not going to sugarcoat it! It is a lot harder than most would think, but as professional as all us girls are we make it look easy for you fans. It's a fantastic job and I am blessed to be standing on stage with 26 beautiful girls that are all so talented and great to get along with and working on a hit NBC game show with Howie Mandel. Oh and the massages help, a lot! As for the long-term smiling? Vaseline smeared on the teeth! It's an old pageant trick, it really does work!
4. What was your most embarrassing moment on the show?
Gosh that's easy! Well for those fans that aren't aware, I'm known for being a big klutz and have two left feet, so my most embarrassing moment and I'm not ashamed to share... I was the first girl to fall down the stairs in Season 1! It's all good, I didn't hurt myself but there's nothing like having a live audience to cheer you on! Thanks guys!
5. What would you like to be doing next in your career?
I have had such a blast with all the success over the years and of course there's bigger things to come - please check out the bio section for all my successes - my ultimate goal is to host my own fashion or travel TV show, and of course more movies.
6. What do you like doing most with your free time?
Honestly? Catching up on sleep! I like catching up with friends when I do get free time but most of that is spent running around doing errands! I like going to a movie, chilling with a book, working and updating my pictures and resume to get the next job! In this biz, it's neverending, but I'm a hard worker, so it pays off.
7. What one person, besides your parents, has had the most influence on
your life? Why?
My older sister. I have three sisters and one brother, but it was when my older sister and her husband went through becoming pregnant for the first time about five years ago, it took her a while, then it happened and they were over the moon that they were blessed with a child to be. They were just thinking it was one baby and to their surprise they discovered three! However at 4-1/2 months she had complications and lost all three beauties. Two years after their loss they are now happily and safely pregnant and are expecting this New Year's. My sister has amazing strength having gone through what she went through I see so much empowerment in that. It's the most beautiful thing to see her come through such a moving experience withour giving up hope. So when times are tough for me I think of her and her strength. I love you sis, you're an angel.
8. Where are you from originally? (If not from Los Angeles) What brought
you to Los Angeles?
I am originally from the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. I moved to the states in 2001 and haven't looked back. I wanted a career and the good ol' USA was calling my name. hello!
9. What has been a particularly memorable experience in your life,
something that really stood out?
It was back in 1998 when I was in Australia and I traveled in the outback going to all these amazing places roughing it raising funds for the Australian Variety Club, which is an organization that raises funds for disadvantaged kids. It really has been my most memorable and life-changing experience - I would love to do more. Seeing smiles on disadvantaged kids faces was such a heart-touching thing, knowing I was part of making a difference for them.
10. Now for the important questions: what was your favorite television
show when you were ten?
Well after doing my homework, I would have to say "The Smurfs"! They looked so fluffy and cute. I love old-time cartoons still to this day: "The Flinstones," "The Jetsons ," they're legends, mate!