One of the cast members on The Apprentice 7 whose presence is helping to stretch the definition of “celebrity” is season one cast member Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth. Having been known for her abrasive personality and confrontational style — among other things, she battled with Janice Dickinson on The Surreal Life — Omarosa says she’s acting, just like Paris Hilton.
“I enjoy reality TV. I have the luxury of going into a situation where I have an opportunity to control and create my character. I get to do what I want, wear what I want and look the way I want,” she tells the Toronto Sun. Omarosa talks about her participation as “a job,” saying, “We had a couple of meetings before the show aired and everyone was saying, ‘Oh, you’re so nice,’ she laughs. (Then I said) ‘I enjoyed getting to know you all, but as soon as the cameras come on I have a job to do.’” Later, she refers to her presence on the show as a “role,” as if she’s an actress: “I hear people say, ‘Oh, why do you keep doing those reality shows?’ And I say, ‘How many roles do you think there are for African-American women on American TV?’”
While her ego may not have deflated, Omarosa does promise a change. “I can truly tell you that there has been an evolution in all things Omarosa. And I had to change because all my 13 competitors have had an opportunity to watch me. I had to come up with a whole different game plan,” she said. Unfortunately, that game plan didn’t involve staying off television forever.