When someone signs on for a reality show, the entire focus of the show can’t be just about that one person. Enter the ensemble cast – which is usually made of friends, neighbors and family.
It’s the family part that can get a bit dicey. This is just the case with WE tv’s new show “Sanya’s Glam & Gold” which chronicles the lives of four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards-Ross and her husband, two-time NFL Super Bowl champion, Aaron Ross. The couple met in college at the University of Texas, married in 2010 and now are focused as much on their athletic careers as they are on their busy personal lives.
In each hour-long episode viewers will get a first-hand look inside the world of the athletic power couple, with a special focus on unstoppable track superstar Richards-Ross as she juggles appearances, grows her businesses, expands her career and maintains a loving marriage.
Sanya moves at a fast pace, running circles around everyone in her path, including her family. “Team S.R.R” includes Archie, her father and manager; Sharon, mother and agent, and Yolande, cousin, publicist and stylist. Viewers also have a front seat to the strong and often heated relationship Sanya has with her sister, Shari, who is her partner in The Hair Clinic, a salon they founded in Austin. Sanya’s passion for The Hair Clinic is extremely evident as this is her first major business investment and failure is not an option.
Getting her family to agree to appear on the show wasn’t a done deal right away. “ I had to do some talking,” reveals Richards-Ross. “Especially to my dad, but he after a bit he came onboard.”
Agreeing to the show and being on camera are two different things and it was an adjustment for the family. “You’re not used to having all those people watching you,” says Richards-Ross, “But we have a great crew and they made it easy for us to be ourselves.”
And the members of Team SRR , as they are often referred to, are certainly open and honest on the show, especially when it comes to Sanya and her sister Shari. The two butt heads often but Richards-Ross wants viewers to know that, ”My sister and I do struggle over how to run our business together, and I think that’s important to see, but for some reason, I don’t think that you see a lot of the tender moments between us on the show, and I want people to know that we really are best friends.”
Richards-Ross did learn a few things about herself by watching the final cuts of the show that bears her name. “My family says I’m a bully,” she admits. “I mean, I know that I’m fast paced and I want everyone to keep up and I always thought it wasn’t that bad,” she says with a hint of a laugh, “But watching myself I can see what they’re talking about. It was not something I expected to see!”
Sadly, history has shown that married couples often don’t fare well on reality shows. When asked if this was a concern for her, Richards-Ross was quick to say, “Ross (as she refers to her husband) and I made a promise when we started this show that our relationship comes first; no matter what. It’s not like we’re just starting out together, we’ve been together for ten years. We have a very solid foundation and we know how to work together.”
In the end, the balance of the show tilts a bit more toward the drama of family relationships than it does toward simply showing the lives of an athletic super couple, but this is what makes it more than just a show about….an athletic super couple. It’s about the pursuit of not only physical achievement but personal life balance as well.
And in the end, thankfully, Team SRR is satisfied that Richards-Ross talked them into this endeavor.
“We’re all happy with the process and the outcome,” discloses Richards-Ross. “It was an adventure for us, but a very cool adventure, that’s for sure.”
“Sanya’s Glam & Gold” airs on WE tv Thursdays at 10pm e/p.