NFL pro Terrell Owens is on the verge of big things. But then again, he’s been doing big things for a while now, and as anyone who follows him knows, he doesn’t wait for opportunity. While sports fans anticipate T.O.’s next post-injury NFL move, loyal viewers of his self-titled reality show are looking forward to the VH1 season 3 premiere on August 22, 2011.
While sports analysts and bloggers speculate on where T.O. will land on the field in the new football season, there is no doubt that we’ll be seeing more of the spirited baller in Hollywood. With the assistance and support of his good friends and The T.O. Show co-stars Monique Jackson and Kita Williams, Owens is taking on more acting roles, including a spot in the season finale of the USA Network’s Necessary Roughness in September.
UrbLife.com took a few moments on the sidelines of Terrell Owens’ busy life to find out more about round three of The T.O. Show, his thoughts on the 2011 NFL season, how he feels reality television has affected his life, and why he thinks it’s so important to stay connected to his fans. Read on…
Do you feel as if the show has been therapeutic for you? How do you see the show in terms of your life?
Terrell Owens: I think the show has pretty much been an eye opener for a lot of fans that may think that celebrities, football players, entertainers and the like feel that we’re invincible, that we don’t go through the same things that they may go through. I think with my show, I’m constantly in talks with production to really show the realness and authenticity of what goes on in one’s life.
I can only speak for myself; I know that a lot of celebrities, people with fame and celebrity status, we all go through hardships. We all have good times and bad times. I think for myself, I have the avenue to do VH1 and to be able to let people in on what’s going on in the life of Terrell Owens. I think that’s what has been so key and refreshing to a lot of fans, is that regardless people may see you as this larger than life football player or celebrity, but I actually go through the same things that they go through.
With all of that has come with my celebrity status, before all of that evolved, I grew up in a small town of Alexander City, probably less than 17,000 people. If I didn’t have the celebrity status that I have, I would probably be just like them, looking into everybody else’s life like the Kardashians and Housewives of Atlanta. All of these reality shows that are going on that you get to see what’s going on on an everyday basis. Again I think it allows people to see and kind of humanizes the celebrity status of myself.
You have gotten new acting roles too. Your friends/publicists Mo and Kita were working hard to get some new things rolling for you last season. How is the transition of exposing your personal life to getting new acting opportunities?
TO: The thing is, at one point in time [Kita and Mo] were my publicists, but to clear it up, they are more my friends moreso now than acting as my publicists. There’s not really any titles attached to us aside from friends and our friendship. At the same time, we’ve gone through our ups and downs.
Throughout the show you’ll be able to see that they reach out to people considering some of the things that I’m interested in, which obviously [includes]acting… Trying to transition into that after football. These are some of the things that I’ve been doing, and I think that it will unfold throughout this season.
Are you excited about your role on Unnecessary Roughness coming up?
TO: Yeah, I’ve met with the casting director a couple of weeks ago and the writers. I’m excited! In a couple of weeks or so I’ll be filming that. Other than that, it’s definitely something that I’m looking forward to. I’m trying to make my way into the acting world. Definitely another avenue to consider until my football playing days are over.
After sit ups, what is the number one ab exercise someone can do to get where you are with those abs?
TO: I think the number one thing that people are misinformed about is that you can do all of the abs exercises… I can give you a list of abs exercises to do in the world, but that’s not going to make you have abs if you’re not dieting or eating right.
If they’re not eating right, they can do abs for a year but you just can’t see them. If you don’t shed the excess fat, you can be strong in that area, but you won’t be able to see them.
You’re very interactive with your fans on Twitter. Why do you feel that it’s so important to connect with your fans other than the television show and appearances that you do?
TO: Whoever started these social media network stream avenues to interact with fans are geniuses. Talking about Twitter, Facebook, and it initially started with MySpace… I think its genius. Fans want to know what you’re up to, and I tend to get on there and engage with my fans because sometimes I take a hiatus. At the same time, I skim through a lot of my fans questions and pages.
They are obviously loyal fans out there that are my everyday fans, and there are fans that like me because of some of the things that I’m a part of and I do. My fan base has grown year after year. It’s refreshing that they keep up to date with me.
What are you looking forward to in the new NFL season as far as players, teams… anything you’re kind of anticipating that would be exciting for the fans?
TO: It’s going to be really exciting, considering. Obviously there was a lockout, and a lot of people didn’t really get the whole offseason to train with their teams effectively. I don’t think it’s really going to change the quality of football being played this year, but I will say that if you’ve been paying attention to the injury reports, there have been a lot of injuries thus far. We’ll see how all of that goes as the season unfolds.
It’s going to be an exciting year. It’s a good thing that football is finally on its way!
Tell us a little about what we can expect to see on this upcoming season of The T.O. Show from you.
TO: I think that a lot of people just got wind of my knee injury probably like a month and a half ago, so they’ll see how all of that unfolded, and where I am now and what’s been going on in between that time. There have been a lot of personal things that have gone on since the end of the season last year in Cincinnati.
I think that the fans will enjoy the show. I think they will see that I probably have one of the realest shows out there. There are a lot of highs and lows, not just on the show, but in life in general. I think that’s what my show emphasizes.
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