— Scout Masterson (@ScoutMasterson) June 16, 2013
It’s Father’s Day and the Guncles are in town! In honor of their September interview with Luxury Report Magazine, here’s some Father’s Day questions as a sneak preview. So, Happy Father’s Day to you and The Guncles!
Me: Happy Father’s Day! How will you be spending the day?
Guncles: This year for Father’s Day we’re planning on doing something fun with Simone… like mini golfing. Our perfect Father’s day is Simone having a fun day with her dads.
Me: What are some great Father’s Day gifts?
Guncles: We think the perfect Father’s Day gift is a grilling or wood-fire pizza making class at somewhere like Sur la Table or Williams-Sonoma. Then dad can take those skills home and treat the family with delicious meals.
Another great, inexpensive gift is a foot massage. In Los Angeles, we have a ton of foot massage spas and they cost around $25-$40 for an hour massage. What dad wouldn’t like his feet rubbed for an hour? (We certainly would!!)
Me: What could be the best gift in the world that Simone could possibly give you?
Guncles: The best gift Simone gives us is when she says “Dads – Your the best!”. At age 3, we know she means it. To her, we’re pretty cool dads! Hopefully we’ll earn that saying for the rest of our lives.
— Scout Masterson (@ScoutMasterson) June 16, 2013
Stay Tuned for more from the Guncles!!!!!!!!!!
— Ulrica Wihlborg (@ulricawihlborg) June 14, 2013
Keep your eyes peeled around :53 seconds for a little Lauren cameo, accompanied by Ashley Kinsey.
Looking forward to a new season.
For Actual Interview, Visit: http://www.heavy.com/entertainment/2013/04/dwts-kym-johnson-top-10/
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I have to say I love Karina Smirnoff. Her personality and spirit are as amazing as her dance floor moves. I’ve had the pleasure to interview her twice already and thought I’d post each interview here in honor of tonight’s Dancing With The Stars episode. In Runway Magazine and MF Magazine, she dished about so many things, both on and off the show… from Ralph Macchio to the Soviet Union, she tells all.
Runway Magazine Interview
Well, all her hard work has finally paid off! The infamous Mirrorball Trophy is hers. With celebrity partner JR Martinez, Dancing With The Stars has succumbed to the ballroom domination of Karina Smirnoff. I was fortunate enough to have a little “gab session” with her at the beginning of all the chaos from this past season and talk about what she had in store for viewers. We chatted about her makeup line, her collaboration with Bear Paw, a little gossip, but, most importantly, her dancing. So, were her predictions for the season correct? I caught up with Karina on her way to one of her hectic rehearsals, just a week or two before the DWTS premiere this Fall. Let’s see the road it took to get to that DWTS victory.
You’re working non-stop right now with rehearsals, right?
Well, we are on track. We did, for the first time, have our first somewhat difficult rehearsal yesterday. I guess JR thought that he was better than what he thought it looked like in the video because I always tape on the phone or on the iPad in order to learn better. So, he got a little discouraged. The guy is so hard on himself because he’s a military person and he tries to get it done right away. We both want everything yesterday, but it’s going to take time.
Right. So, it’s two perfectionists, huh?
Yes! When I do something, I don’t want the satisfaction and the gratification in a year. Heck now! I want it now! (She kids.) When we rehearsed for five hours today we want to see the results. And, they are there, but I guess he can only see me, so he automatically starts comparing himself to me. He is doing really, really well though. JR is an incredible person, absolutely incredible. The charisma, the charm, the personality of his, is so contagious. He’s also a great actor so we try to work on the story of each dance. I think people will be very pleasantly surprised.
Any predictions for the season ahead?
You know, I don’t. The show is about as unpredictable as it can get, as it’s proven over the course of twelve seasons. We actually haven’t seen anyone practice yet, so we think we are just doing really good. (She laughs.) We don’t practice at the studio warehouse where everyone else does. We actually practice at a studio that’s closer to both of our homes, so we don’t get to spy on the competition unfortunately. But, he being from the military forces and my being from the former Soviet Union, I’m sure we can find a way to spy on them.
Sneaky. I like it. Are you still designing all your costumes for each week? I know you love to do that as we’ve talked about in the past.
Oh, yeah! I know exactly what I want are costumes to look like. I always come up with an idea. I can’t tell you right now because it has to be a surprise.
Well, what can you tell me?! (I joke.)
Well, we are starting off with the Viennese waltz. This season they are starting off with the Cha-cha too. We are doing the ballroom dance, so the costumes will reflect the energy and the romance of the music… I’m talking into my butt right now. (She burst out in laughter.)
That’s okay! It works. Okay, I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. Let’s talk about Bear Paw. I know that last time I talked to you, you were working with them in creating new boots with thicker tread on the bottom.
It’s going great. We got the Alexa boots out and they were a great success. Half of the Dancing With The Stars cast wears the boots. It was so cool. They are so comfortable and I’m not even exaggerating when I say that. Especially during this season, when we are on our feet all day long, I only wear Bear Paw because they are so great. My second pair, called the Capulet, will be out soon and it has even more colors than the Alexa boots.
So, where are they being sold? I know they’re sold online. Where can you find them?
They are sold online at bearpawshoes.com, on my website, and on other sites. In the winter were going to have a big announcement, but right now that’s under wraps. Yay! But, with the Capulet, it’s actually taken from Romeo and Juliet. The name actually came from when Ralph Macchio was my partner a couple seasons ago on the show. We actually did a waltz and it was one of the most popular dances on the show, which was to Romeo and Juliet.
So, the Karate Kid inspired the Capulet.
Well, he inspired the name of the shoes. Ralph did a kick-ass job on the show. I mean he was such a great character, a great dancer, a great person, which is probably why the dance was so popular. Yeah, so he was the inspiration behind the Capulet.
Okay let’s move on to another brand. Tell me about your relationship with Girlactik Beauty.
It’s one of the best makeup lines there is on the market right now. The owner and I kind of came together and decided to create a line that would be easy-to-use and easy to apply, healthy, and something that would actually benefit your skin. I dance all day long and on-screen you wear a significant amount of makeup and you don’t want to clog your pores. I don’t want anything that’s going to dry out my skin either. And, I love what we came up with. It’s sexy, fashionable, beautiful, and I love that I can mix and match colors. I wear it on the show. I wear it off the show.
Well, let’s take a break from beauty and get back to dance. Let’s talk about your studio, Karina Smirnoff Dance. I know the grand opening wasn’t too long ago.
It is awesome! I am absolutely ecstatic about the studio. I was clueless at how much work it required, so I give a shout out to anyone who owns a studio out there. Now, with the school year going on we’ve included kids’ classes. I already have children as young as five and six in classes. Even though it is a lot of work, it is such a great feeling when you see the progress of the answers to come in. You see the results. Plus, I have a whole new support system during the show, so that’s great.
What kind of teachers do have there? Do you teach any of the classes yourself?
I teach a lot of classes myself. I have a number of students that I teach and then I have professional dancers as well.
Is it hard to juggle with DWTS?
Yes, we decided that sleep is overrated and I don’t need it. (She jokes.) . I don’t have time for a lot of things like going to the gym, but I don’t need to. My work makes me dance, you know? Dance makes you work out automatically. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I think that I can get up, that I’m exhausted, but then I remember that there is a reason that I’m doing this. I’m doing something I love and I get paid for it. You can’t get better than that.
Special Thanks to Runway Mag, MF Mag, Melissa Berger PR, Lindsay Rielly, and Continuum Entertainment.