Paige Dishes on Joining Total Divas: “I’m Not Used to Being Me”

With the season premiere of Total Divas right around the corner, you may have heard the rumors about several new additions to the show. And they’re all true!

WWE Diva Paige is no stranger to Total Divas (you might recall seeing her pop up in last season when Rosa Mendes was hitting on her backstage), and now she’ll be joining the other Divas which means you’ll get to see lots more of her!

“I’ve always wanted to do it,” she said of joining the show. “People behind the scenes always said they wanted to get me on the show because they need a different kind of Diva. The cards got moved around a little bit and they asked me if I’d take part and I said, ‘Hell yes!’ It helped because I already knew the girls, but they were all so great and they helped me through it. It was different going from WWE TV to a reality show. You have to be you and I’m not used to being me. I’m used to being Paige on TV. I opened up a lot and became myself. It was great.”

Originally from England, Paige grew up with wrestling in her blood. Her family runs the World Association of Wrestling, where she made her debut in 2005. Since then she’s gone on to be the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion as well as a two-time WWE Divas Champion, and she’s close with Rosa and Alicia Fox (the other newest addition to Total Divas).

“Rosa and I are close,” Paige says. “But you’ll see, it’s me, Rosa and Foxy all together. I love to play jokes on people so you’ll see a lot of that. We’re the three amigos and we just kind of do things spur of the moment. Crazy stuff, like I’ll take them places and we did some pretty crazy stuff which I think people will enjoy. And being single ladies too, that’s always a plus to watch. I kind of got the other girls out, like whenever I want to do stuff I force the other girls to come and have fun with me and experience how I live my life. They’re doing more crazy stuff because I feel like I’m influencing them somehow. Live like a 22-year-old lives!”

As for any big moments in the upcoming season and how her family reacted upon finding out that she would be doing reality television?

“I don’t know what I can reveal at this point but there’s lots of big moments,” Paige explains. “Like when you’re watching my side, we’ll be having a ton of big moments and some things you’re not gonna expect whatsoever. To be honest, my family is so supportive of everything I do and the more opportunities I get, the more happy they are for me. You’ll get to see a little bit of my dad on the show and I will tell you, he gets mad at me over the decisions I make, but overall they’re happy for me.”

All-new episodes of Total Divas return Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 10pm ET, before returning to its regular time slot at 9pm beginning January 11.