Not everyone comes to California with dreams of being discovered and becoming a star. Some are escaping frigid winters, some are relocating for work, while others pick up and move 3000 miles for love. Maryland native, Ashley Brooks, the only female cast member of Animal Planet’s hit show, Pit Boss, came west to be with her girlfriend, found work as a performer and a receptionist, and ended up on a TV show. Only in LA.
The unlikely celebrity talked to AfterEllen.com about being a little person performer, her stuntwoman girlfriend, being out on national television, and her love of seafood.
AfterEllen: How did you end up on Pit Boss?
AE: And now you’re a celebrity.
AE: What’s involved in being on Shortywood’s casting roster?
And Shorty still tries to make me go on auditions and I’m like, "Uh, OK. But I’m telling you, I’m not going to make you look good." Any character other than just myself? I’m horrible.
AE: Good thing you don’t have to worry about that. Pit Boss has had a very successful first season.
Being with the boys for that long stresses me out. We’re all in the same office, and sometimes, it’s all I can do to not say, "Shut up!"
A rare moment of peace and quiet with Sebastian (L) and Ronald (R)
AE: Why? What do they talk about?
AE: Sounds awful. I’m so sorry. Ronald also seems to complain a lot about the costumed gigs you get sent to. He doesn’t like them at all.
So, to sit there crying about it? It’s like, "Dude. If you don’t like it, don’t do it." But he’s been out here a long time, and I think that’s the LA part of him: thinking he’s too good for it. So, he’s definitely the diva, but he’s getting better about it. It’s better to be in the costume and getting the paycheck.
AE: The three of you have no formal background with animals, and yet you’re on Animal Planet. I don’t think anyone imagines they’d end up on Animal Planet unless they’re a zoologist. Or a shark.
AE: Do you you get recognized a lot now?
AE: Maybe she was thinking outside the bun.