Tight dresses. High heels. Lots of attitude.
They’re heeeerrrrreee: “WAGS Miami.”
For those of you not in the know, “wags” is an acronym used to refer to Wives And Girlfriends of high-profile professional athletes.
The E! reality series, which premieres on Sunday, is a spinoff of the L.A. show, simply called “WAGS.”
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In the first episode, you’ll meet a motley crew of gorgeous gal pals, singletons looking for love, ex WAGS and wannabe brides.
We spoke to Ashley Nicole Roberts. The Las Vegas-born, Atlanta-raised model who is in the Army Reserve lives in the Fort Lauderdale area with former Miami Dolphin player turned Atlanta Falcon Philip Wheeler and their 2-year-old son, Philip, aka Deuce.
What can we expect?
You can expect us all to get straight to business, straight to the drama. You’ll get to know the real us. We’re not putting it on for the cameras. The cast is really up front about who we are. You’ll be surprised how fast we get into it. We started filming at the end of May and are still working. We visit all the fancy hot spots — Seaspice, River Yacht Club, the beaches. The visuals are going to be amazing with the best, sexiest locations.
How is it different from the L.A. version?
I was a fan since it first started. I definitely watched it because I was really interested and happy to see a show about our lifestyle. I would say we get down to the nitty gritty a bit more on our show [laughs]. I will say that we are very real. We bring a lot of emotions. We show the ups and down of being in a relationship with a pro athlete, but we also show the sisterhood and why it’s so important to be good friends with people who are in the same position as you are. We’re holding these guys down, supporting them, while they’re out doing their job.
Can you give us a hint about the drama? Any table turning or hair pulling?
Well, I did kind of bump heads with one of my cast mates, Claudia Sampedro [who dates Julius Peppers, outside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers]. I thought we would get along. We have a lot in common. We’re both WAGs, we’re both moms, but it just didn’t happen for us. I’m not saying we won’t end up being friends, but we got off to a rocky start. I mean, it’s normal when you get a group of girls together there are sometimes cat fights. You’ll see that. But I just didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. Darnell is my boo, my best friend.
How did you meet Philip?
It’s kind of crazy how we got together. About seven years ago, I was in college at Tuskegee working as a waitress in a club and he would come in a couple of times. At first when he tried to talk to me I would ignore him — then I was like, OK, you’re cute and gave him a chance. He was with the Colts at the time. He would drive back and forth to see me.
How much will we see of the guys?
You’ll see the men a lot. Phil has been very supportive. Usually he’s a quiet, kind of stay-to-himself, mind-his-own-business kind of guy, but he’s like another person when the camera is on, bringing all the jokes. The producers ended up loving him; I was like, ‘Wait! What about me?’ [Laughs]. He’s a natural.
So your home base is still South Florida even though he plays for Atlanta?
Yes, we love Florida. When we got here in 2013 with the Dolphins, we were like, ‘This is going to be our home.’ It didn’t matter what team he ended up with. It’s gorgeous here, and he still has a lot of friends who were teammates.
What was your favorite part about this project?
It hasn’t happened yet. We’re about to take a big trip. Traveling is something I really love. We’re going to a country that I would never have thought about going to and know nothing about. I’ve been Googling it, and the pictures are amazing. I don’t want to give it away. You’ll have to stay tuned for that.