Hidden Remote: How did you come to be the newest addition to Total Divas cast?
Rosa Mendes: Well, you know I’ve been off for about a year and a half dealing with some personal issues. I’ve been in the business for about eight years, so I didn’t expect it and it came out of the blue. To be cast on Total Divas is a big promotion, its a really big deal. I don’t think the other Divas expected me to not only come back, but to come back as a Total Diva, so it kind of threw everyone off guard. Not only that, I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life. So it was like, I get back in the locker room; I’m on Total Divas; I’m looking the best I’ve ever looked and it kind of threw everyone off.
I feel so grateful and blessed that I got this opportunity. [Total Divas is] going to open a lot of doors for me and I’m really excited.
Hidden Remote: What has been the most difficult aspect of filming Total Divas?
Rosa: I think the most difficult aspect is that I’ve known everyone for a really long time – like I said I’ve been in the business for eight years. For the past year and a half I had some personal issues and I expected the Divas to be supportive and welcoming. I didn’t expect them to be jealous, and not be happy for me. I’m getting a lot more opportunities now. I’ve always been happy for them when they got opportunities, but now that I’m getting new opportunities some of them are not happy for me and that kind of hurt my feelings.
I’m an open book and I love the attention, so the cameras don’t bother me at all. All the skeletons are coming outside of the closet, but I’m Rosa and I’m myself so that doesn’t bother me. What did bother me and was the real life struggle was the fact that some of the girls didn’t welcome me, that was hurtful.
Hidden Remote: Each Diva on the show brings a unique aspect of their life to the series, what will Rosa Mendes be bringing to the table this season?
Rosa: I’m an open book. All of the skeletons will be outside of the closet, I’m not holding anything back. What you see is what you get. When I’m feeling something, I say it; if I want to walk around naked I’m going to walk around naked. You’re going to see the real Rosa Mendes and I’m really, really excited for the WWE Universe and fans of Total Divas to see that side of me.
Hidden Remote: In the season three promo, you share a lot of screen time with fellow Canadian Diva Natalya. How would you describe your relationship with Natalya?
Rosa: Natalya and I have always been pretty close, she’s like a big sister to me. When I was going through my personal issues she was there for me and she’s been there for me through a lot of hard times. I’ve always gone to her for everything and she’s helped me in the ring as well. She’s helping me get comfortable in the locker room and get adjusted to the road, and I really appreciate having her as a friend.