1. Are there particular qualities you like in a contestant?
I love the contestants that have a really positive outlook and a great reason for why this money would be useful in their lives. I really root for the charitable contestants. People who are using the money for good always deserve to win.
Do you have a favorite contestant, and who was it?
We have had some exciting contestants this season already! Although I'm going to have to say that my favorite was a contestant named Tommy. He was so lovable and sweet, and anyone who watches him will be instantly captured!
2. How tough is it to stand in place for the entire taping? Is there something like martial arts training for long-term smiling?
At the end of a tape cycle (which is usually about three days in a row) our feet and cheeks just ache. That's another reason why good contestants are so important, they can momentarily take your mind off how much pain you're in!
3. What was your most embarrassing moment on the show?
One time, they locked my case and didn't tell me! I was quietly freaking out, but everyone knew about it and was cracking up... so mean! But I have to say it was pretty funny.
4. What would you like to be doing next in your career?
I'm really enjoying working on Deal, but I would love to be doing more acting and musical theatre. I love to perform, whether it's acting, dancing, or singing. Also, I have many projects I'm working on outside of the industry that I like.
What do you like doing most with your free time?
I'm very passionate about health, nutrition and fitness. I'm starting work as a spokesmodel for a nutrition company called Nootri.com that I truly believe in. I love kickboxing, cycling, dancing and hiking. I recently hiked to the top of Mt. Whitney in one day! It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but I loved the challenge. I've also become very active in my church, working with kids, which makes me happy.
5. What one person, besides your parents, has had the most influence on your life? Why?
My brother has always been a strong influence in my life. He was the one who challenged me to hike Mt. Whitney with him. He's the coolest, wisest older brother and I always look to him to gain perspective on things. He's always been there for me and he's someone I know I can always trust.
6. Where are you from originally? (If not from Los Angeles) What brought you to Los Angeles?
I was born in Hinsdale, Illinois and moved to Calabasas, California when I was two years old. My family had moved to Illinois temporarily for business. They now reside in the San Fernando Valley and I relocated to Orange County to go to Cal State Fullerton. Even after college I'm still living in Orange County and probably will never leave. I love it here!
7. What has been a particularly memorable experience in your life, something that really stood out?
There have been many memorable experiences in my life that have stood out. Graduating from college was an experience that will always be with me, as was hiking to the top of Mt. Whitney. Recently my most fulfilling experience has been working with the kids at church. I teach Sunday school to 4th and 5th graders and it has been the greatest addition to my life!
8. Now for the important questions: what was your favorite television show when you were ten?
I've never watched that much TV, ironically, but I'd have to say my favorite television shows back then were "Beverly Hills 90210," "Home Improvement," "Blossom," "Full House," "The Cosby Show," "Roseanne" and "Seinfeld."