recent interview with Slice TV. The single mother and founder of Joga talks about her business and shares her first impressions of the other women, what it's like being a "Real Housewife" cast member and what viewers can expect from Season 1. Check it out below
What does it feel like officially being a housewife?
It’s exciting. There’s some nerves because you don’t know how your character is going to unfold so there’s definitely some nervousness there. But in saying that – accountability. You just have to be accountable for everything that you do and say.
There’s times where we’ll see a housewife blame an edit, will you be that person?
Oh 100%! [Laughs] My instincts will definitely be like ‘I said that, but it wasn’t in that context.’ Of course, but that’s human instinct, right? It’s to protect yourself.
There’s a line on the show where you say something about how your mom asked you, ‘How are you going to be a housewife when you don’t cook, clean, and aren’t married?’. How does it feel to be on the show, now doing it as a single mom?
It feels awesome. My mom and dad were the first people that reacted. When they said ‘we’re so proud of you’, I was like 'nothing else matters now.' Now I feel with the episodes coming out, as long as my mom and dad are proud, that’s all that matters to me.
Was it important for you to showcase that you’re not only a single mom, but you’re also running this Joga empire?
It’s important because I think people will look at my social feeds and be like ‘oh my god, that woman is like Wonder Woman.’ And that’s just not attainable, that’s not achievable, and that’s not true. Even Wonder Woman has adversities and challenges, and doing all of this as a single mom… it’s hard. A lot of the times we just show the shiny stuff because that’s what the consumer likes to see, but definitely there’s ebbs and flows. And the point of showing that is definitely to inspire other women to get out of their comfort zone.
Joga has really taken off now, how did that all get started?
I was actually in a car accident many years ago that got me into yoga. I was in school in Toronto, and it was my singing teacher who said I should try yoga to rehab because I had a bunch of nerve damage. I started to do yoga, but I couldn’t do it. I was that person in the class who was just awkward because I was an athlete, so my hamstrings were tight, my hips were tight, but I loved it so much. [Then] I found a course in Japan that looks at individualization, so prescribed movement based on your actual structural anatomy. So for me, that made sense. That’s the type of learning that I come from, and so I adjusted to that and manipulated that into what I love – sports and athletic movements.
There’s a lot of talk about your dating life on the show. Are you exclusive with anyone currently?
I’m not, no. I’m not ready for that. Emotionally, mentally, spiritually, I’m just not there yet.
What’s it been like seeing yourself on TV?
You’re definitely like ‘oh, Jesus!’ [laughs] You’re definitely hard on yourself because you look for all the imperfections – again, by nature, that’s what we do. But as soon as I feel myself doing that I just have to stop myself because if I start [being critical] now, it’s going to be a long 10 episodes. A lot of people are already going to be trying to break you down, so I think that I have to really own my stuff.
What were your first impressions of the other women and the ‘procedure party?’
Well it was a procedure party, so my first impressions were ‘oh my god, this is really happening!’
Have you been to something like that before?
No! God no. Oh my god no. So that was my first impression. I was like ‘oh I really did sign up for this, this is what it’s going to be!’ It was overwhelming at first. [You're] going into this environment of not knowing anybody, and then there’s this stigma of what the show is, [and] your tone is set by that.
Did you feel the need to portray yourself a certain way because of the expectations of the franchise?
A little bit. I mean, if I had it my way, I’d probably just show up in my runners and my snapback. I’m not really one to get all done up.
What can we expect this season?
First of all – Toronto! The viewer is going to get a really good scope of Toronto on so many levels. From not only the people that live here, but what there is to do here. From the food, to the culture, to the entertainment, Toronto is an amazing city. From working in sports, my athletes LOVE coming here for a reason. It’s one of the best cities in North America.
Do you have any regrets from this season?
There’s definitely some things I say without thinking… and with too many glasses of wine in my belly. But I’m just going to have to be accountable for it now. Oh – and I wish I had gotten more spray tans [laughs].
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The Real Housewives of Toronto airs Tuesday nights at 10pm ET on Slice in Canada.
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