Tamara: So, why Football Wives? Why did you decide to participate and how did you come to be part of the cast?
Dawn: Why not? As cast mate Erin McBriar puts it, 'Reality TV – don't knock it 'til you try it.' Participating on the show was a phenomenal opportunity to tell the story of what our lives are really like and I've had a blast doing it. It also gave us an amazing platform for autism awareness.
Chanita Foster was involved with the project from the beginning. She knew I had an interesting story and perspective so she suggested me to the producers. They interviewed a lot of people for the project and I was one of the lucky ones to be chosen.
Tamara: Did your husband have any hesitation about participating in the show?
Dawn: None – he was excited about the project and was 100% supportive and involved. His only concern was when things got really real and I was still upset after the cameras stopped rolling.
Tamara: It seems that with a lot of 'Wives' shows, the drama stems from the fact that they are putting people together who ordinarily would not be friends. In the first episode we see you all at Bible Study and then together at lunch. Is that something that would have happened without the cameras rolling? How many of the other Wives did you know before the show? Which ones are you friends with outside of the show?
Dawn: I knew Chanita before the show. We served on the board of Off the Field (the national football wives association) together. I knew Melani, but really had a chance to get to know her better during the taping. And I'd met Pilar a couple of times before at wives' events. Now that we've gotten to know each other better, we definitely get along for the most part and hang out regularly. The only person I don't really get along with is Pilar, and you'll have to tune in to see why.
Tamara: What has been the best thing to come from being a part of Football Wives and what has been the worst?
Dawn: The best thing is that it actually brought Ryan and I closer together. The worst part? Being fair game for the blogs and social networkers. The entire cast has been subjected to some pretty mean commentary online. It's crazy to me that people can be so cruel when they hide behind anonymity. I knew going into this that we'd be subjecting ourselves to ridicule, but it's been unreal. I had someone on a blog talk about how skinny my forearms are – like I have any control over that. Nothing is off limits.
Tamara: Do you think that over the season we will get a true picture of who Dawn is?
Dawn: Oh yes – no doubt. What you see is what you get. I'm that person that will say what everyone else is thinking. Some people may think that makes me a bitch, but I'm okay with that. I think you'll also see my sensitive side too – it's there.
Tamara: Do you have any regrets about participating in Football Wives? Will there be a season two? If so, will you participate?
Dawn: No regrets whatsoever and if we're lucky enough to get a season two and I'm asked to be back, then I'm in.
Tamara: Are you a big football fan?
Dawn: I was a football fan long before Ryan came along. My dad was a high school football coach when I was little so I was always around the game.
Tamara: On Sunday afternoon, which team can we find you cheering for?
Dawn: I'm cheering for the Cowboys these days – they are the home team and I've got to support the ladies' husbands. But we have friends all over the league – we're hoping they do well too!
Tamara: Lastly, describe your personal style. Are you big into fashion?
Dawn: I'm not a huge fashionista. I'm pretty low-key and am happy in a t-shirt and jeans. While some of the ladies like Louboutins, I'd rather spend the money on a nice business suit.
Tamara: Is there anything that we didn't cover that you would like to share with my readers?
Dawn: I hope we're able to show what football life is really like – a life of privilege but at what cost. Ryan will have long-term injury issues because of the game, and that's scary. He literally puts his life on the line for a paycheck and at some point, you can't help but to question if it was worth it. Having been fortunate enough to experience this chapter in our lives, I'm looking to permanently hanging up the cleats.
Tamara: Thank you again for taking the time to speak with me and giving all of my readers a chance to get to know you a little better. You are now a friend of Blitz And Glam so if you ever want to reach out to your fans and fans of Football Wives, you've got a place to do it.
Read Part 1 of my One-on-One Interview with Dawn Neufeld here. You can watch Football Wives Sundays at 9:30/8:30c on VH1.