Amy Weber is a woman on a mission. Possibly best known for her role as a WWE Diva, her acting career has seen her appear in TV shows such as CSI, Son of the Beach and The Young. She's also starred in films alongside David Spade, Sean Penn, Whoopi Goldberg and Pauly Shore.
Amy's latest career path in music has set the Billboard charts alight, and it shows whatever she sets her mind to, she can succeed.
Kim O’Meara caught up with Amy to find out about her dogs and what's ahead.
Tell us about your dogs - we'd like to know everything about them!
My dogs are like my children and I can’t imagine life without them. They always seem to know when I am having a bad day and never leave my side when I am sick. I never intended to have three dogs but it works and they each have their own amazing personality!
Shady, the Dachshund is the smallest and he's 10 years old, he thinks he rules the roost. Then I have Bella, my cream coloured Golden Retriever who is six years old and is the biggest, but also the biggest baby. And then we have my rescue dog, Shaggy, who we think is five years old. I found in the street who turned out to be a Coton de Tulear and he is the mischievous one.
When did your interest in pets/animals begin and how long have you been a pet owner?
I have loved animals since I was a small child. I used to rescue wild animals that were hurt and nurse them back to health and release them back into the wild. I had mainly dogs growing up from the time I can remember and then I decided to get a cat when I started college because I was so lonely.
She was so aloof compared to dogs and I thought she hated me but I had to figure out that there are definite differences between the species.
Your career has been so varied to date. You might be best known for your time as a WWE Diva but you've accomplished so much in your various acting, producing and modeling career. Did you always want to have such variety in your career?
I don’t think I really had a plan to be so diversified, but I also knew that I wasn’t going to put limitations on myself either, since the entertainment industry does that enough for you. If something is tugging at my heart, then I whole heartedly pursue it.
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Did you ever regret leaving WWE when you did?
No, I never regretted leaving the WWE. I think that what I was meant to learn as a person and grow and learn from had already occurred before my decision to leave.
It is an incredibly difficult lifestyle to constantly be on the road, in an airport or on an airplane - one that I never really knew about or experienced and after almost a year, it was enough to show me that it wasn’t for me.
In 2010 you published your book 'An Insider's Guide to Making it in Show Business'. It details everything from the start of your career to her your experiences as a model, actress, host and now producer as well as your role as the owner of a very successful model/commercial agency that she built and ran for 5 years, which people might not know about your career.
What made you write a book detailing your experiences at that point? Was it something of a bookmark for your career up to that point?
After owning a successful modeling agency and representing over 400 models and talent for five years, I felt as thought I had a lot to share with others. My hope was that what I had learned and experienced might be of value to others either just starting out or anyone that had maybe hit a wall or was feeling discouraged about their dreams.
What three words best sum up your personality? And if you were to choose three words to describe each of your dogs, what would you choose?
I would sum of my personality as a combination of honesty, integrity and perseverance. I would describe Bella as sweet, loyal and affectionate. Shady is tough, shy and loving and Shaggy is adventurous, happy go lucky and dependent.
There are over 100,000 dogs in UK rescues waiting for new homes. What would you say to anyone thinking about getting a new dog to encourage them to consider adopting a dog?
I would always encourage people to rescue any animal. Animals have souls and feelings just like we do and there is something about a rescue that is different. Not to take away from other animals, but it is almost as if they “know” that you saved them and they never forget it.
Do you have a motto that you live your life by? What would you say your dogs mottos might be?
I do, my motto is “Do what you love and the money will follow” and I really think my dogs would be “Live like someone left the gate open.”
If you were to swap roles with one of your dogs for a day, how do you think they'd cope being you and what would you love most about being them?
I would swap roles with my big girl, Bella. She is so spoiled and is incredible at relaxing. She take a dip in the pool, chases a ball for a bit then snoozes for a few hours! However she would not cope with being me, I think my fast paced life would overwhelm her within the hour!
For this question, we ask our celebs to match up the following people’s personality to a breed of dog, for example, Winston Churchill = Bulldog or J.Lo = Afghan Hound, Frank Bruno = Boxer etc. If the following celebrities and dog lovers were breeds of dogs, based on their personalities alone, what type of breed do you think they'd be...
Lady Gaga – I think she would be a Boston Terrier.
Vince McMahon (WWE Chairman and CEO) – He would be a Mastiff.
DJ Tracy Young – I think she'd be a Labradoodle.
Martin Scorsese – I'm thinking he would be a British Bulldog.
Which do you prefer and why?
Big dogs or little dogs – Big dogs for me because I can throw my arms around them and get the best hug.
Pedigree dogs or cross-breeds – I love both - I think personality is more important than pedigree.
Days off or days at work – I love days at work. Work is my salvation.
Describe the last time you laughed out loud because of something you saw one of your dogs, or another dog do.
My rescue dog Shaggy is crazy when it comes to balls and I threw him his ball and he just went bonkers running up and down the hill and up and down and in circles, it was the funniest thing ever and he wouldn’t stop. I was literally on the ground laughing.
What is your current favourite…?
TV show – I'm loving 'Dark Skies'.
Book – It has to be 'The Gift' by Cecelia Ahern.
Album – Definitely 'Mylo Xyloto' from Coldplay.
Film – I'd have to say 'Schindler’s List'.
Tell us something no one else knows about you.
Ok, well, I’m addicted to cleaning carpets.
If you could sum it up, what do you think is the best thing about being a dog owner?
The best thing about being a dog owner is knowing that simply your love and care is the one thing that can make your dog’s life beautiful. They don’t ask for much except for your heart.
Finish the following sentence, my dogs are...one of the best parts of my life.
And finally, this is always a tough question and often requires a fair degree of thinking time but….If your dogs had the ability to speak and answer one question and one question only, what would you ask them and what do you think that they would say?
I would ask Bella if she feels jealous of my twins- she was my first baby. I would ask Shady why he barks so much and I would ask Shaggy where he came from and why he ran away since I found him in the street.
If I got a follow up question, I would want to know if they were all happy.
Many Thanks Amy!
Amy Was Speaking With Kim O'Meara