Summer Rae, real name Danielle Moinet, is proof that you can do anything with hard work and passion. Before debuting in WWE, she was a player for the LFL's Chicago Bliss, where she became one of the best players in the league. After signing with WWE in 2011, Rae debuted in FCW, and quickly made a name for herself as the First Lady of NXT, Fandango's dancer, and a talented in-ring competitor. She's breezed through many roles in only a few years, working as a ring announcer, general manager, valet, reality star, and wrestler! She was known as one of the most controversial characters on E!'s "Total Divas" for two seasons, before leaving the show. Now she can be seen on WWE's weekly programming, as well as "After Total Divas", Sunday nights on WWE's YouTube channel, along with Renee Young. Another big career highlight, was becoming the first Diva to be cast in a WWE Stuios film, The Marine 4, coming later this year!
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WWE.com have uploaded a brand new Diva Focus featuring Summer, entitled “Beautiful & Bold”. In the shoot, the Divas embrace their wild side – be sure to head over to our gallery to see the stunning pictures!
Summer Rae makes her film debut in THE MARINE 4, playing the world’s hottest sniper, but it’s not as if she’s new to performing in front of millions. Rae is one of the most popular WWE Divas in wrestling, having been a part of the WWE since 2012 (she started as a ring announcer but eventually transitioned to full-time competition). Before her wrestling days, Rae was a part of the Lingerie Football League – which isn’t quite as frivolous as it sounds considering it’s a full-contact sport. Whether it’s via bodyslam or tackle, I sure wouldn’t mind being knocked out by this lovely gal.
I recently had occasion to speak with Rae about her turn in THE MARINE 4 (out now on Blu-ray), her very athletic career, her favorite cheat foods and her secret past as a plumber!
Tell me about acting in The Marine 4, your first movie role; what were some of the challenges you faced?
It was very important to learn how to make everything look legitimate. I had never held a gun before or shot a gun before, so when playing a sniper I wanted to make sure I was convincing. We went through a lot of weapons training before and I was able to actively fire on the set and that was amazing. Talk about a great release, I’m going to be going to the firing range a lot.
How is it different from what you do in the ring?
A big difference would be, you’re usually in an arena surrounded by 7,000 people and you’re absolutely projecting to the people up in the rafters. You’re big, you’re animated, we all have these larger than life personalities. In a movie, it can be the slightest blink or eyebrow raise that tells an entire emotion, so for me that was very different, I had to really pull back. And then when you scale it back, you have to scale it back ten more times. [Laughs] But what was really cool was being on set and being able to learn how people get into character, I almost felt like I wanted to keep filming after the four weeks of filming were complete. I really absorbed everything like a sponge.
Can you see yourself transitioning fully into acting?
You know, I love my job, being a WWE Diva was the end goal for me. I love the WWE and the fact that I can have this experience with WWE Studios. If I ever have another opportunity with WWE Studios, if they trust me to do something with them again, I would love to take what I learned from The Marine 4 and apply. Maybe a different kind of role, not just an action role, although I will say I love being in an action film. Doing what we do, that was great.
Summer Rae and Cameron are backstage talking about how Naomi attacked Brie this past week on RAW. Summer says she didn’t think Naomi had that in her, and Cameron says she taught Naomi everything she knows. Summer leaves as she sees Nikki Bella walking up, and Nikki and Cameron argue.
Summer Rae and The Miz made an appearance on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz, hosted by Nick Lachey, this morning. They talked about their new movie, The Marine 4, WWE, and much more! They also played a trivia game where Summer got to flaunt some of her Full House knowledge! Watch the trivia game below, and click here to se other clips from the show!
The Marine 4: Moving Target, starring The Miz and Summer Rae has officially dropped on DVD and Blu-Ray, so you can now own it on 3 platforms! The physical version includes special bonus features. The bonus features include the work that goes in to the gun scenes, a look back at the entire Marine franchise, and a special look into the badass women in The Marine 4!