Sonya Deville recently spoke with Newsweek about her wrestling journey, acting, her feud with Mandy Rose, and more. Check out the highlights below.
On performing in front of no audience:
I’m just proud to be a part of something that’s giving people a little light and entertainment at home right now. There’s so much going on in the world and it’s good to have a little departure once in a while, so it’s cool to be a part of that. It’s cool as a performer and as a wrestler to be able to recreate and reinvent because we can’t perform the same way we did with a crowd. So it’s been fun as a creative mind to be able to do that as well.
On finally getting the opportunity to shine:
Listen, I’ve wanted to act since I was a little girl. That’s the first dream I had. I’ve been on and off with lessons over the past decade or so. So I’ve always wanted an opportunity to show what I can do on the microphone to show that it’s compatible with what I do in the ring. It’s definitely been an opportunity I’ve been asking for. But I think that everything happens when it should and timing is everything in sports entertainment. And so I think all the places fell in the right place with the right story and I think it benefited everyone involved.
On having creative input in her storyline:
What makes a great storyline, you have to put some real in there. Obviously everything is magnified and has a creative spin to it, but I think it’s very important to bring real life elements in there. When I was working on the first promo I did with Mandy, I was helping write it and threw in there that she came to my sister’s wedding with me, and she was my roommate. Those are things that maybe the writers or someone wouldn’t have known. So you’re sitting at home [and] hopefully that gives you the ability to be like, “Wow, this cuts deep. They weren’t just friends on TV–they are actually real-life friends and sisters.”
On her storyline with Mandy being cut several times:
I’m a firm believer of everything happens for a reason. So there’s disappointment in that moment. But it’s easy for me to realize that our path is what it is for a reason, and it’ll work out as it should if you put the work in and keep fighting for what you want. That’s what we did and I think everything fell as it should at the exact right moment. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way, looking back at it.
On stepping up now that Becky is on hiatus:
Becky is someone I think is incredible and who has elevated the women’s division on all three brands to the next level. I think that I can continue that and enhance it even further. There’s definitely going to be a void and we’re going to miss Becky. She’s a good friend of mine and I’m so happy for her and Seth [Rollins]. I can’t wait to step up. If there’s ever been a better time for Sonya Deville as a character, I think this is it. It’s her chance to grab that brass ring.