Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My Interview with Michelle Betts From Tough Love Miami

VH1's Tough Love Miami features women who are seeking love but can't seem to find it. On the show, matchmaker Steve Ward helps the women overcome their dating problems to find their perfect match. While some of the women are way over the top, one woman comes off refreshingly normal and fun. Her name is Michelle Betts.

Michelle Betts is more than a reality show contestant. She's an actress and personal trainer, and she was Demi Moore's body double in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. (How cool is that?) Along with her modeling, acting and personal training, Michelle finds time to stay connected with fans: she writes a fitness blog and tweets frequently on Twitter.

I was lucky enough to score an email interview with Michelle. Keep reading to learn more about Michelle, her experience on Tough Love and where we can expect to see her next.


The awesome Michelle Betts
1. What was your favorite part about appearing on Tough Love Miami?


My favorite part about appearing on Tough Love Miami is that I'm hoping other people will learn from my mistakes.  It's hard putting yourself out there, but if it helps someone then it's worth it.  I also really like that my animated facial expressions are making people laugh....that means I'm making them feel good.


2. What was your least favorite part about appearing on Tough Love Miami?


My least favorite part about appearing on Tough Love Maimi was the long days.  Some filming days could be up to 14 hours long (then in the house there's cameras so you're always on being filmed), it was very hard for me to keep my fitness regimen up, I was waking up about an hour and a half before the other girls so I could work out and it was really exhausting.  Now though, when a client tells me they don't have time it doesn't fly......you make the time.


3. Did you learn a lot from being on Tough Love?  What's the best piece of advice you got from being on the show?


I learned sooooooo much from being on Tough Love.  I had no idea that a really destructive relationship 8 years ago had left me scarred.  The best piece of advice I could give someone is that no one is perfect and you have to forgive yourself for mistakes you've made....you can't take back the past you can only learn and be a better person from your struggles.


4. What was it like working with Steve Ward?


Working with Steve Ward was INCREDIBLE.  He is a genius when it comes to dating, he really knows what he's talking about and although he is really harsh with the cast, he does it because he cares about us and wants to help us.  I have been pursuing a career in entertainment in LA for almost 10 years, I take criticism very well, and as personal trainer I have to dish out tough love to my clients, so I respected the things Steve told me even though it was straight forward.


5. Have you stayed in touch with any of the women from Tough Love?


I have stayed in touch with all of the women from Tough Love.  All of the ladies hold a special place in my heart, there are certain gals that I am closer with then others, but I try to reach out to all 7 of the women.  I got really close with Claudia in the begining of bootcamp, she has the biggest heart, and Bridgette was there when I really needed a friend during bootcamp.  Jane I took on like a little sister, yes, she pissed me off at times, but I love her.  When you go through an experience like this you build an incredible bond, love my Tough Lough Miami ladies.


6.  Now that you've made it through Boot Camp, do you feel more ready to find and maintain a relationship?  Has the show helped you find a match?


Now that I've made it through boot camp, I can't tell you if I found a match, but I will tell you that I went into bootcamp not looking for someone, I went in trying to learn and work on me.......and I did, I'm extremely grateful for my bootcamp experience, it has changed my life for the better.


7.  Have you gotten feedback from fans about your appearances on Tough Love?



I have gotten such amazing and wonderful feedback from my fans.  I have been showered with love and support, my friends, family and fans have been amazing. 


8.  What's it like watching yourself on Tough Love now that it's on TV?


It is sooooooo scary watching myself on Tough Love on TV, every Sunday my nerves are out of control. I always feel better after I see the episode for the first time, but I am VERY hard on myself, but I'm learning to let that go.


9.  You were Demi Moore's body double in Charlie's Angels:  Full Throttle.  What was that like?  Did you get to meet Demi and other celebrities on set?


I was cast by director McG as Demi Moore's body double the last 3 days of filming Charlie's Angels:  Full Throttle and is was an INCREDIBLE experience.  Demi could't be there for the 3 days, I never got to meet her, but I did need her apporoval.  So MkG cast me and she approved my photos.  I'll never forget the first day of filming I was sitting in the chair getting wigged (Demi's hair was much longer than mine), and Cameron Diaz walked in and sat in the chair next to me, she turned to me and said, "Hi you're doing Demi's work today, I'm Cameron".  She was so incredibly nice, it was a really great experience.  I got to work with the really good looking Brazilian actor, and Irish actor, and I did meet the late Bernie Mac.  I was treated so well by everyone.  I had my own make up artist, wardrobe and hair ladies, and a stand in.  Most of my scenes are when she is wearing a tiny purple bra and underwear set, so at first I was nervous, but after 5 minutes the nerves went away.  I felt honored that I was choosen, she's in incrredible shape.  Wonderful experience :)


10.  You're not only an actress, but a personal trainer as well.  How did you get into fitness and do you plan to make fitness and personal training part of your long term career goals?


I'll try to keep this as short as possible, after my bad break up 8 years ago, I turned to the gym.  That's how I dealt with the pain, and I became really involved at the gym.  Now, as an actress you also need to look your best, so I would go to the gym everyday and I would run around LA in my gym clothes and people would come up to me all the time and ask me what I did to stay fit.  My friends would join me for work out sessions and would always tell me what a great motivator I was.  I was bartending at the time and I was really unhappy, I decided to try a Tony Robbins program to change my life.......and that's exactly what it did, Tony Robbins programs helped me find what I'm truly passionate about and make a living at.  I practice his "hour of power" every morning and try and lead a positive life now, it's wonderful.  As far as making it my long term career goal? Well here's what I tell everyone.  I would love to be Courtney Cox or Jillian Michaels.  I'm really good with comedy and I would love to reach an audience on a big scale and make them laugh....that would be awesome!  However, I'm a REALLY good personal trainer and fitness expert, I would also just as much love to help and reach people with there health and fitness goals.  I'm open and would be happy doing either...we will see where life takes me.


11.  What can we expect next from you?  More acting?  New ad campaigns?  Will you be focusing on personal training?


There is so much in the works for me right now, life is so exciting.  I have been offered an ongoing monthly fitness column in a Canadian publication, it starts running in November. I have developed a fitness band that I am planning to launch next year, it's in the works but it's a great tool and you can train every major muscle with it.  I am still pursuing acting, however my theatrical agent retired, so this month I have been taking meetings and hopefully within the next two weeks will have it narrowed down so I can start auditioning again.  I went out for a new ad campaign for a running shoe yesterday.......keep your fingers crossed!!! As far as personal training....I'll never give that up.  I LOVE helping people feel good about themselves,  when I get messages or texts or emails from a client or someone I have helped telling me how good they feel, or that they fit into jeans they haven't worn for years, or that they came home from a doctors appointment and there blood pressure is down....it's the greatest feeling in the world!!!!! I will always make time for clients and giving back is a major priority in my life.

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