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The Bella Twins, Nikki and Brie Garcia, are known as the malicious bullies, traviesas, causing havoc since 2007. In reality however, are two very sweet and humble sisters grounded in who they are, and where they come from.
The Sporting Nation had a chance to catch up with the two sisters during the whirlwind of launching their new show “Total Divas”on E! Network, premiering this .
SN: You both were raised in Arizona. What is it like to be representing this state? What is the experience like when you both come home?
Brie: “It’s a really good feeling because anytime you come home you are nervous because you want to impress everyone and make them proud, but at the same time it just feels like home!"
Nikki: “Any state or city gets excited when one of their own makes it, especially in Arizona, and to come home they get super excited to see us. It's just always a great feeling.”
SN: To have this platform and visibility as Latinas in the industry, do you feel you both are you using it in a positive way and what does that mean to you to represent that?
Brie: “We know that part of WWE is being a role model and our audience is 40 percent women and young girls, having that platform is huge. We play the “bad girls” as a character but in our normal lives we are nice, sweet girls. We want to hammer anti-bullying and use this platform to talk about it. We always tell young girls that we play a character and that it’s just a story line, it’s not real.”
Nikki: “Representing Latinas is such an honor when you get to represent your roots and culture, we are the only Mexican women in WWE so it’s fun to go overseas, and over to Mexico and you just have that special connection.”
SN: What is the greatest thing you both have learned from being in the spotlight, thus far?
Brie: “I have learned a lot. Especially how we can really touch people. There are two ways, negatively or positively. We are both I believe good-hearted people, and we can touch many. The great thing about WWE is we have a great campaign called “Be A Star,” where we go around and speak to young kids about anti-bullying. We are the bad girls on TV but good girls in life. We like to give back to charities and get involved because our audience gives back so much to us.
SN: What keeps you both grounded throughout everything. Maybe it's something you remember from your childhood. Maybe something that connects you to your roots or culture?
Nikki: “The one thing Brie and I are lucky about is we come from a wonderful family. They would be the first ones to humble us and give us a love tap to remind ourselves of who we are and we are so fortunate for that. Our cousins are like brother and sisters and it’s just a huge support system.”
SN: You have a reality show kicking off on E! called Total Divas! Are you guys guilty of being hooked on any reality shows yourselves?
Both: We both loved watching “ The Hills” when it was on. Of course “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” is a favorite.
SN: What has the experience been like filming your show? Certainly a change of pace. Is it difficult to be around cameras for that long? And how do you remain yourself at the same time?
Nikki: “With WWE we are already on the road about 300 days a year so we are used to being on the road and away from home filming. The one that that has changed is a bit more publicity and popularity, but what we do is our dream so we love it.”
Nikki: “At first yes, we were scared and there are moments in life where you just keep private and to yourself. But everything is put out there now! Other people go through the same things with family and boyfriends and the audience will see that."
SN: How do you think this show will benefit both you two and the WWE?
Brie: “I always think of the Kardashians and their success. You see where it took them and the level to where they got and it can happen for Total Divas as well I feel.”
Nikki: “It’s such an insane and surreal experience and I am excited to reach out and show what being a DIVA it is all about. It shows our personal life, it shows struggles with family, relationships with boyfriends, everything that the everyday person goes through and I am really excited to showcase who we are and what we do to the world.”
SN: How is it working with your co-stars and how do you feel the show portrayed the divas of WWE?
Brie: “With any cast people get on your nerves, (she laughed) we are all like family and we get along. But also with sister Nikki and I get into fights but mostly we are just like a big family."
Brie: "I had no idea what to expect but we are both really happy with how things turned out. I think it’s going to be great, it will open up a world that people do not really know about and I am sure people will get addicted watching it.”