From the creative mind of billionaire payments mogul Andy Khawaja comes a new reality show that brings nearly 100 models from around the globe together to compete for their chance at $1 million and Hollywood stardom if they can prove themselves to be a true superstar!
The contestants will have to conquer their fears and prove themselves in everything from daring feats, such as zip lining through the jungles of Thailand to swimming with sharks in the tropic waters of Bora Bora to get their picture-perfect shot. A series of exciting go-sees, photo shoots, and runway challenges in the world’s most beautiful locations will determine which top 13 girls will move on to the Beverly Hills mansion in sunny California.
Only one will win the grand prize and be named the next Model Turned Superstar!
Interview with “Model Turned Superstar” host April Scott
Tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up on a small farm in southeast, Missouri. I graduated with a degree in Theater and moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dreams of becoming an actress. I’m best known for playing, Daisy Duke, in the Warner Brother’s film, “Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning.”
How did you get started in the entertainment business?
After moving to LA, I mailed out pics and resumes and found an acting agent within the first week– which was a really lucky break! A few months later, I was approached by a modeling agent to join their agency. I pursued modeling and acting simultaneously. I was working as a model on the TV show, “Deal or No Deal,” when I booked by first movie role, as Daisy Duke, in the Warner Brother’s film, “Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning.”
Do you ever get nervous?
Absolutely, I think whenever you do something new, challenging, or put yourself on the line that will naturally bring with it a certain amount of nerves. The challenge is having enough confidence in your abilities to manage that stress. Which comes from experience and believing in yourself.
Favorite movie or TV series?
Lately I’ve been obsessed with MSNBC’s “SharkTank.” I have a huge interest in business and start ups, and I have a lot of respect for people who come up with inventive products and build them into empires.
With a background working on big name series like “CSI, ”“Entourage,” “The Shield,” and, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” what kind of project you like the most, and how did you get into big shows like these ones?
I would say that CSI Miami was my favorite TV show to work on. The plotlines were really exciting, and I got to do my own stunts. I worked with flying harnesses, racing car stunts with Lamborghini’s, and stage combat. I remember I got to break a Champagne bottle over this Cuban drug lord’s head once– that was fantastic!
What did you buy with your first big check?
I bought myself a car– a Range Rover.
What’s next for April Scott?
I just completed a dark western film called “For Blood,” with Writer- Director, Chadwick Pelletier and Co-Director John T. Connor. There is a lot of poker playing, fighting, and like the title says — blood! My character is, “Lady Blade” and I performed multiple knife stunts. I learned how to spin knives in my hands, throw knives, and I even stabbed a guy’s hand through a table. I was taught by knife and weapon’s expert Dave Baker from the Hollywood Combat Center. It was great experience. It’s coming out next year.
We heard the news that you’re hosting “Model Turned Superstar”? How did you get here, and what do you think about the show?
“Model Turned Superstar” is an awesome show! It’s like “America’s Top Model,” meets “The Amazing Race.” They are giving away a million dollars to the winner! I started working on the show a year ago and we have filmed all over the world. Dubai, Bahamas, Hong-Kong, Thailand, Bora Bora, Mexico, and then our finale was filmed in LA. We have really exciting challenges like riding elephants in the jungle, we swam with sharks, and zip-lined through the rain forest! And each episode is packed with great celebrity guests and judges. I love being a part of the show!
How is working with Andy Khawaja?
He’s a phenomenal producer. He took his vision for the show and pursued it 100%. Andy and his production team are constantly working to find the most amazing locations in the world to film, and the challenges that they come up with for the models are so inventive. We are literally shooting in the most beautiful places on earth. We’ve had our own private islands, private villas, full house staffs, and personal chef’s. It’s a such a first class production!
How did you start modeling?
I was approached by a modeling agent on the street in LA. I signed with their agency and they helped me build my portfolio and start working.
If you could work with any actor/actress right now, who would it be?
I’d really love to work with Charlie Hunnam from “Son’s of Anarchy.” That was such a great show!
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
My family (my 2 year old daughter London and my husband Julian), margharita pizza, and lifting weights at the gym!
What advice do you live by?
You can accomplish anything you set your mind to. It all starts from within. Be creative, be brave, and shoot for the stars!
What is you favorite song to belt out at the bar/in the car/for karaoke?
“Every Rose Has It’s Thorn,” by Poison.
Five years from now you will be….
Perfectly happy, and running my own business.
Tell us something your fans don’t know about you.
I’ve studied Astrology for several years. I find it fascinating.
Where we can follow you?
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Favorite travel destination?
I love Mexico. I love the food, the beaches, and the friendly people.
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” — Oscar Wilde
Interview with “Model Turned Superstar” EP Andy Khawaja
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am the CEO and Founder of Allied Wallet, a Los Angeles based global payment solutions empire that I started from zero with the idea to offer business owners around the world the best method to improve their business and reach millions of customers on a daily basis over the internet. To diversify my portfolio, I decided to produce a reality show with beautiful models in exotic locations called “Model Turned Superstar” and make it a big hit worldwide.
What is the key to your success?
The key to my success is being persistent, working smart, and not wasting any time. I’m always on the go, jet setting across the world to build my business. I have a great team, and I will not let anything get in my way.
What was your job before Allied Wallet?
I was in the fashion business operating a chain of very successful men’s retail stores.
What financial advice do you have for someone who is newly rich?
Continue to take risks in your life, because you have one life to live. Also, give back to the community and charity.
Best advice you have followed?
Look at life as having many options and opportunities, not limitations.
Do you have a hero?
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Energetic, Eclectic, Passionate.
What book should every entrepreneur read?
Steve Jobs: A Biography
You have $100k, where do you put it?
If it was my last $100K, I would invest all of it into my business to multiply it by 100.
Tell us a little about “Model Turned Superstar.”
The show is about competition, talent, and beauty for models to see if they have what it takes to be a superstar. We shoot in exotic locations around the world with a new set of around 15 models each time. The top 3 are selected to compete in the finale, which is shot in Beverly Hills. The winner of the finale will receive $1 million and a role in a Hollywood movie to make her a “Model Turned Superstar.”
How did you get involved with this show?
I travel the world and have many friends that are models from all over. I noticed they are not given a fair chance and are often taken advantage of in their profession. I wanted to give them a shot at becoming a millionaire superstar and change their lives publicly, while making it entertaining at the same time.
We know you’re a very busy person, but how much did you get involved in this project?
I am very hands on and involved with the show, and on set every day we are shooting.
How is it working with beautiful and talented fashion icons like Alessandra Ambrosio, Irina Sheik, and Ana Barros?
They are great supermodels with easy going personalities, and we are very happy to have them as part of the show.
Any future plans that you wish to share with us?
I am taking Allied Wallet public in the next 18 months.
Do you have kids? If so, what is the best advice you have for them?
Yes, I have one young boy. The best advice is to follow in his father’s steps.
What was your first car? And what is your current one?
An old used Isuzu, now I have a Rolls Royce Ghost, Ferrari California, and a Mercedes G550.
Where we can follow you?
Favorite quote: Life is Good.
Favorite book: Profit, by Khalil Jabran
Favorite travel destination: Tokyo, Japan