Tanisha: I wasn't nervous, but I knew going in that Celebrity Fit Club was going to be a very different type of show for me. I did have my guard up all the way at first 'cause I was really, really hesitant. In the back of my mind, I just knew that in order for me to really let go of the weight, I would also have to let go a lot of emotion that I've been carrying around for years, and once I decided to finally commit and agree to that transformation, that transformation was amazing.
TWoP: We're used to seeing you in situations where you're pretty much in control, not to mention the loudest person. But Fit Club's trainer, former U.S. Marine Harvey Walden IV, is not someone you want to talk back to, much less yell at, right?
Tanisha: Right, right. Well that was another thing I had to deal with. Harvey is known for running things, but you guys know who the HBIC [Head Bitch In Charge] is. I mean, when I come through, it's a wrap! [laughs]
TWoP: Did Harvey ever stop screaming at any point during taping? How did he not have a heart attack?
Tanisha: [laughs] Exactly! That's what I wanted to know... Harvey was tough but as time progressed, you could genuinely see that he was a really, really nice guy and he really cared about us. It took a while for me to realize that he's not picking on me; he's not attacking me; this man is really here to help us. And I just gave in. After a while I was like, "You know what, I'm tired of fighting, I'm tired of going against everything. I'm just gonna give in and give this 100 percent and see what happens." That was it. It's a competition, and if there's one thing I am, it's competitive.
TWoP: Let's talk a little about some of your castmates. What was it like being on a show with someone you grew up listening to, like Bobby Brown?
Tanisha: Aw, man. The day I saw Bobby Brown, I was like, "Oh my God! This is one of Hollywood's most interminable bad boys... What is about to go down?" And it was amazing. Bobby Brown is so cool, so down to earth. I told him, "A lot of kids are out there because of you!" He started laughing. I told him, "A lot of people were conceived as a result of your music." It was great being next to Bobby Brown when I grew up listening to him. It was an amazing feeling.
TWoP: Did you comfortable to ask him at all about some of his well-publicized drama with Whitney Houston, among other things, or was it not the right situation to broach those topics?