Lana Says Her Dance Background Led to Her Moves 'Looking Too Pretty'

Posted By Caroline Walsh on 12/05/18


Lana recently spoke with Fangirling, and discussed how she thinks the demands of being a dancer and being a WWE performer are actually quite similar

On the difficulty of removing the “graceful aesthetic” from her wrestling moves: “The one common thread in all of those things is that we are storytellers, and all of that, and we entertain,” Lana began. “And so, I feel like I’ve lived all these different lives but when I take a step back, I go, ‘oh no, the one thing I always did was entertain and always tell stories.’ If I was Giselle, or The Nutcracker, or Swan Lake, or a modern dance piece with Alvin Ailey, to WWE. That’s what we do in WWE, we tell stories. And it’s the same thing and there’s challenges in it, too. Trying to lose the graceful aesthetics and they’re always like, ‘you go out there and your moves are too pretty.’ Cause I’m a bad guy, ya know? And they’re like, ‘your moves are too pretty’. And I was like, ‘Ok, let me try to be aggressive!'”

On how she wants to be remembered: “Believing in yourself, for sure, is a huge one,” Lana continued. “And I think that it can be interpreted in so many different ways. And even I doubt myself sometimes. I mean, there’s days that I get down on myself and I doubt myself. So much of our life is dictated by our mindsets. So much of it! Of how we think, we shall become. So if we’re always like, ‘oh, I’m a loser. I suck. I’m going to never succeed.’ We’re going to live those words. Like, we’re gonna manifest those words. And I never want to look back and be like, ‘oh, if I was a little bit more positive, if I chose to have be a little bit more grateful, if I had chose to say, “no, this is going to happen! Like, I am going to be successful. I am going to achieve my dreams!” And literally have that on my vision board.”