VIBEVixen: How does it feel to have your life displayed on TV?
Sanya Richards Ross: I always thought we had a family made for TV. Everyone has an amazing dynamic personality and to see it all come into fruition is like a dream come true for me. But there is also moments where I’m like ‘that’s what they’re talking about’ and I can definitely be better. Being an athlete and having that type of mentality, I always want to do better, so this has been inspirational for me and it’s been a great teacher for me in areas that I want to grow.
Which areas in your life would you like to improve?
My patience. I don’t have a lot of patience. When there is something I am very passionate about and I expressed the importance of it being done, I get impatient when it’s not done. That’s an area I want to work on, being overall more patience.
What do you want your audience to learn from watching you and your family?
I want my audience to be inspired. My husband and I have been together for 10 years and unfortunately they’re not a lot of strong family units [you hear about]. You constantly hear about single moms and divorces so I want people to be encouraged that true love does exist. I want people to look inside their family and to grow together and build whatever they’re trying to build.
How do you handle working with your family?
I always say the good days outweigh the bad days but I’m not going to deny that there are rough patches working with family because sometimes it’s hard to differentiate the roles. Sometimes my cousin Yollie and I are somewhere and we fall into cousin mode and it’s still a working dynamic and I have to say “hey we’re not watching TV, I expect you to do X,Y,and Z.’ My mom is my manager and sometimes I feel that she falls into mom role and I have to remind her to respond to that email or change my flight—stuff like that. I think the hardest part is being in close quarters. At the end of the day I have a lot of patients with them as my employee but it gets hard having to go into that tough role.
How is your relationship with your dad? We’ve noticed that you guys are very close but he doesn’t talk too much in the show.
You’ll see him open up more; especially on the final show. My dad and I have a great relationship as I do with everyone. But we do have our moments where it gets challenging. He’s a real Jamaican dad and he has very strict ideals. He always wants me to be this runner and everything is focused on my training, eating, resting, and as I grow and want to be more than just a runner, sometimes he gets disappointed that I’m out in NY doing something else. That’s the hardest part for us; he doesn’t want to let go of my being the runner all the time.
Who’s the hardest person to work with?
My sister is the hardest one to work with. We’re business partners but she’s the hardest to work with because it’s a different dynamic. The rest of my family is on payroll; we have an understanding of what their roles are for the most part. But my sister and I couldn’t get on the same page in regards to our expectations of each other. She always wanted to own a salon and in my mind I saw us working together but she had different ideas of how it would run.
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