Alexa Bliss is the guest this week on “Out of Character with Ryan Satin.” Bliss talked about The Fiend, her love for Disney, her character and more.
Here are a couple of highlights:
Bliss talked about how much of her real self is in her wrestling character:
“It’s just me right now. Obviously, dark Alexa, evil Alexa, was not me, but it was so fun. I love portraying characters. I love getting in that mindset of a different mentality and a different brain. But right now, it’s just me with Lilly and a doll. I’m still working on where to go with it. I think everyone kind of notices that too. I’m trying but I’m figuring it out slowly but surely.”
“Right now, it’s just me being myself. I’ve never actually done that on camera. I know me and I know Lexi, the person, and I’m boring. I’m boring as hell and I know I’m not entertaining to watch. It’s true. You can ask my husband. I’m really boring. But I’m trying to find a way to marry myself into turning it into some kind of character because everyone always says, ‘Your character should be an extension of yourself turned up to a thousand’, but I’ve never done that in the ring before. I’ve never done that. So right now, I’m trying it out. I’ll see how it goes. If not, you’ll see me come out with something completely different.”
“That’s why I love portraying the characters because as a person, I don’t like attention on me. As a character, I love it. If I’m performing all these things, I love the attention on me. I love being the center of attention. But me as a person, I hate the attention. I even freaked out the day before our wedding. I told my husband, ‘Oh my gosh.’ He’s like, ‘What?’ I said, ‘Everyone’s going to be watching me walk down the aisle. I don’t like that. That’s too much attention.’”
On her going to therapy in the storyline change to Alexa Bliss:
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“That was a pitch that I had pitched for a very long time. It was originally a different kind of therapy. I wanted to be taken away at Extreme Rules and then come back as a different version of the dark Alexa character. But obviously, things changed and all that jazz, and I had to have surgery. So we were like, oh perfect amount of time to go away. Then we would give time for Extreme Rules to settle, and then come back to these therapy sessions. They were so much fun. Everyone knows I love acting. I love performing in that aspect. It’s something that I just always feel creatively fulfilled, and for me and my creative outlet, having the most fun I can, and it was so much fun. We had a good amount of creative control, but Vince was super awesome, and from what I’ve heard, he sat down for a few hours, wrote it all out, took the vision, and made it come to life.”
On working with Bray Wyatt:
“Working with the Fiend, with Windham, was the most fun I’ve ever had in my entire WWE career. He is so brilliant with his creativity, and he puts so much effort into his character, so much research. It made me want to step my game up 100% being like, Okay, well, he puts this much thought into his character, I need to put twice as much thought in mine. When you step into someone else’s gimmick, you don’t want to bring it down. You only want to elevate it. I put in so much effort into that, and protecting the character, and protecting when we did the Firefly Funhouse. It was so fun. Obviously, it’s very sad that we don’t work together anymore because it was so much fun, and I think the WWE Universe saw how much fun we were having.”
On where she drew inspiration for her character:
“I jumped fully in with the amount of cult documentaries and the amount of different scary movies I would watch. So for me, I wanted to have my character have a bit of an identity crisis. That’s why I kind of reverted to a child mentality, because I know for me personally, to get real real about it, when I had my eating disorders, it was a traumatic thing for me. My brain went back to a childlike defense mechanism. I took part of that into my character. I remember thinking like, what did I like watching when I was a child? I liked watching the Big Comfy Couch. So I got the concept of having Lilly from the girl from The Comfy Couch’s doll, Molly. I took a lot of things from my childhood that I loved and brought that into the character. Then also I took a part of the movie, ‘The Orphan’, where the girl is like 30 posing as a child, and took that into the character as well. So there were a lot of things about my real interests and real things as a child that I actually brought into the dark Alexa character.”
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