We chat to the hot new WAG steaming up TV screens

2016-10-18 19:00

Cape Town – There are a new set of WAGS warming up the screens on E! (DStv 124).

An all-new coast, all new cast and all new drama, WAGS Miami documents the extravagant lifestyles and real-life drama that comes with being a wife or girlfriend of a professional athlete.  

Claudia Sampedro, the girlfriend of Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers is one of the WAGS on the show. 

They pair have merged their blended families with an 8-month-old son together, and a 7-year-old daughter and son from each of their previous relationships.

Having modelled for Maxim, FHM and many other major outlets, she is famous for her insane six-pack abs and incredible booty.  

We had a quick chat with Claudia about being a WAG, the drama and what it's like being a reality star.

1. Can you describe WAGS: Miami and is this spin-off any different from the original?

WAGS Miami is definitely more drama filled. From the first episode, we get right into it. It’s definitely entertaining and catty sometimes.

2. What can viewers expect from you in the show?

You can expect me to share a little bit about my personal life and relationship with Julius, and you know our struggles. You can also expect to see friendships; we have a really close bond with Vanessa who is one of the girls I met on the show. You can see me and Astrid getting into a little bit of trouble in Green Bay.

3. Is there a hierarchy between the wives and girlfriends and how do you deal with this?

In my journey, I have never experienced the hierarchy between the wives and girlfriends, and coming into this group, most of us were girlfriends and now are engaged. I don’t think a hierarchy is the cause of the drama and the problems in our group. I think it’s, you know, girls being girls, and all of us having very dynamic personalities and being put in scenes together and letting our personalities show. I don’t think a hierarchy was a problem in this show. 

4. What were some of the challenges that you faced throughout the filming process? How did you overcome them?

The biggest challenge I faced was getting along with the other girls. We came into this with Astrid and I being best friends, but everyone else I’ve pretty much gotten to know on scene. My biggest challenge was getting along with everyone else, because of personalities. We all want to be the alpha and omega and have the last word. Being that we all have really strong characters, it can cause conflict.

5. Is there anyone on the cast that you have built a close relationship with?

I have a really close relationship with Vanessa. You know I love her whole entire vibe. She is very business minded, positive and goal orientated. She sets these goals for herself and accomplishes them, and I really admire that. Anyone I can associate with, that can inspire me to do better and set higher goals for myself – that’s a great inspiration in my book. So I really enjoyed getting to know her. 

6. How have you adjusted to cameras following you 24/7?

In the beginning it was really difficult being filmed and not to be worried about the camera and forget that everyone else is watching you, but after a while you just get used to it. I am happy to have my privacy back at this point (laughs). It was fun filming the show but also challenging. I am happy to have some alone time alright.

7. What's been the best advice you received before embarking on your reality show career?

Watch and be mindful of everything you say, because you don’t know what will make it in – so much goes into a scene. We film these scenes for hours at a time and they are really condensed into maybe 4 minute sessions that the viewers see. You really can’t take anything personally, you just move forward with it, stay true to yourself and just know who you are, because everything can get lost in translation.

8. Were there parts that you were reluctant to show?

Yes, my relationship with Julius. He is a very private person. He is in his own field of work, you know, in football. He doesn’t do media, he doesn’t do too many interviews, and me wanting to come onto the show and show our relationship… he was a little hesitant at first, but he saw that this was something I really wanted to do, so he came on for filming and we shot scenes with him. I really, really appreciate him for being such a great team player.

Catch WAGS Miami, Fridays at 20:00 on E! (DStv 124).

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