Poker pro Annie Duke seems like she will be a force to reckon with as a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice. She knows what Donald Trump is looking for on his show — competency and controversy — and this intelligent and frank player could bring both elements to the table. Here's more from my fun interview with Annie.
SavvySugar: Did you form any bonds with the other contestants?
Annie Duke: Anyone who knows me would be surprised by this unless they know this person. But Brande Roderick, she's a former Playboy playmate. Brandy is really smart, one of the sweetest people on the planet, and to this day we’re really good friends. I would never guess I’d go on a show like that and become real friends with someone, but we started bonding during press week. She’s one of my favorite people now. Herschel Walker is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. He’s a total sweetheart. The call time for that show is 5 a.m., so in order for him to get in his run, he’d wake up at 3 a.m. He’s a business owner, confident guy, really nice. Natalie Gulbis . . . we probably bonded because we kind of do similar things. She travels a lot, she's a female athlete, really smart and confident.
To see how Annie worries about how she comes off on the show and her feelings about the March 1 premiere,
SavvySugar: What’s next for you in your career?
Annie Duke: I don’t know, I'm just sitting here dreading the premiere of the show. One of the reasons I hesitated to go on . . . I have a very strong personality and I’m really direct and used to communicating with men. The way you communicate with men is much different than the way you communicate with women. You have to go at things more sideways, and I’m more of a frontways person. I’m definitely concerned that the show is going to premiere and people will say 'that’s one snarky bitch.' You give me a task and I face it head on . . . besides the dread of March 1 I have a lot of poker coming up. . . and I'm going to hide in my house [laughs]. I had a horrible panic attack, people in my yoga studio don’t really know who I am. Right after I got back from The Celebrity Apprentice and someone came up to me and said, 'hey just wanted to let you know, big fan.' Then I thought, what if I come to the yoga studio and more people recognize me. I’m having a little bit of a, oh no what have I done?
Join me in rooting for Annie on Sunday when The Celebrity Apprentice premieres its second season.
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