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RingTV.com: What about the celebrities?
I tell people, sometimes when they come in here with the attitude where they feel they need to be the center of attention, and they need a lot of people catering to them, they don't last long here. That's just not the way things are run here in the gym.
RingTV.com: What was involved with the scene when you were complaining about dirty towels on the floor?
MS: What's funny is that I had asked them and requested of them, "could you take that out please?" No one realizes that for that past two weeks, I had been asking the guys to help me to clean up the towels.
I'll put the gloves on, and I'll walk around and pick up the towels and clean up the gym of trash and towels that has been left ion corners for, like, I'm talking for days and days.
That's gross. So I was like, "guys, if you see a towel hanging behind a chair for 10 minutes, or 15 minutes, then obviously, it's been left there. Just pick it up and throw it into the towel baskets."
When it's lying around, it's gross. So I'm like, "help me out guys," and they're like, "sure." They were there for two weeks. But not only did I do it, but I just did it on my own.
So, they caught me on a day where I walked into the shower, and lo and behold, there are towels that I saw there two days ago that were still sitting in that corner.
And it was disgusting. So that's what that was all about. Some people here call me "The Den Mother," but I take that as a compliment. Sometimes, they're just plain lazy and they just don't want to deal with it.
I tsay on them for it. Part of what I've learned from working at this gym is that you can't be too passive or overly nice. That's not going to do you any good.
Maybe that scene wasn't as respectful as I could have been, and it may have been more like mom yelling at the kids to get this done. But it is what it is.
RingTV.com: How much of your desire to do your job is from the way you care for Freddie, personally?
RingTV.com: Do you care, deep down, what reporters and media members and people who are trying to schedule Freddie's time think of you?
I'm hear to take care of my responsibilities for Freddie. But do I care what they think of me? Sometimes, I do. I wish that I could help everyone. I wish that everyone could be accommodated, but it's not the easiest thing in the world.
Or we can't accommodate you. But they're not always happy, so when that happens, and they're not happy, they criticize me, which is often the case. I get that. But it's not always easy to ignore that sometimes. A lot of people don't know me and they believe what they read, and there's nothing that you can do about that.
RingTV.com: How was it overall watching yourself portrayed in an HBO reality series?
MS: It was uncomfortable. I value my privacy a tremendous amount. You are well aware of the criticism that I get just by the nature of my job and the nature of my responsibilities. So it's uncomfortable on so many levels.
You're seeing yourself, and you're saying, "what am I going to be criticized for next?" So I'm losing a little bit of my privacy now.
But to the HBO crew, Peter Berg and all of the people that worked with Freddie, this project could not have been in better hands.
I thought that they shot it beautifully and they maintained by far beyond my expectations, the integrity of Freddie's day-to-day life. That includes everybody around him.
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