EXCLUSIVE: Chasing Maria Menounos finale has "shocking commitment" in store
We talk to Maria Menounos exclusively about the "emotional" and "shocking" season finale of her reality show, Chasing Maria Menounos.
On the last episode of Chasing Maria Menounos, emotions were high when Menounos' longtime boyfriend (Keven Undergaro) underwent surgery for fertility. But will it be enough for Menounos' old- fashioned family or will they expect him to make another type of commitment?
In our exclusive interview, Menounos teased what fans can expect in the show's season finale, airing Tuesday, May 20 at 10:30/9:30c on Oxygen.
"I can say that there is a major commitment that goes on in the final episode and it is a big decision and it was really emotional and beautiful and we were surrounded by all of our family and friends. It was really cool," Menounos revealed.
In the interview, Menounos also talked about what it's like being a seasoned interviewer on Extra. After so many interviews, is it possible that Menounos still gets nervous?
"It depends on the interview," Menounos said. "For the most part, no; but there are those times, whether it's sitting with the Obama family, that was nerve-wracking. You have to be very prepared. You just have to know everything you can, have done all your research. I think preparation kind of gives you that ease and that confidence."
Filming a reality TV show has definitely been hard, according to Menounos, especially the long days it has required.
"The toughest part was definitely the hours," Menounos admitted. "Kevin and I were so committed to making this as authentic as possible that it really took quadruple the time."
Menounos said she had friends who were also on reality shows ask her, "'What was it, like a six to nine-week shoot?' And I'm like, 'Try May through November.'"
The reason the show took longer than most reality shows was due to the couple's commitment to keeping everything as real as possible.
"It was a long process because we just wanted to let things play out. Whatever happened, we would kind of take our storylines from there. With the exception of some of the major things we knew were going on, like I knew I was going to wrestle at SummerSlam."
But as challenging as it has been, the rewards have far outweighed the difficulties. "It's been crazy," Menounos said. "But then at the same time, it's been really cool because I feel like we've gotten so close with people who are watching. Because they feel so connected to us and what we're dealing with and what we're going through. And people love my dad."
One thing that's still tough on Menounos is watching herself on TV every week. When asked if she ever had moments where she was embarrassed, Menounos said, "Are you kidding me? I'm in the fetal position every Tuesday night. Every Tuesday night I'm watching the show and I'll have different friends with me and they're like, 'Oh, you're not looking so good tonight,' and I'm like, 'What? I'm a human being!'"
According to Menounos, the best part about being on her own reality show has been what it has meant to her mother and father. "For me, it's just so fun to watch my parents, who came from a village with no running water, who could've never imagined this happening to me, but now happening to them, too. That, to me, is exciting. I think it just shows what this country is about and dreams coming true."