Renee Young gave a backstage interview recently where he talked about a lot of stuff including her happiness for having good support from the fans, her future plans, and more exciting stuff. Here are the discussion details;
WWE.COM: Were you a WWE fan growing up?
RENEE YOUNG: I was. I attended a few events and WrestleMania VI. My dad is a concert promoter and he’d get me into the events. I remember being backstage and meeting “Stone Cold” [Steve Austin], Triple H, Chyna, and Trish [Stratus] as a kid, so it’s really funny to me that I ended up here. I went on a different path than wanting to become a WWE Superstar. I have a broadcasting and performance background.
Renee Young Excited With The Support She Is Having From The Fans
WWE.COM: What was that path exactly? Did you go to school for broadcasting?
RENEE YOUNG: I did not, no. I always wanted to be an actor. Acting is really where everything started for me. As soon as I got out of high school, I went to The Second City and trained in improv comedy. I always wanted to be more of a comedic actress. That was the path I wanted to take. I fled off to Los Angeles at 19 without having worked a day of my life as a performer.
I came back to Toronto and auditioned for different films, music videos, and commercials. I did a commercial for Oxy, I was in a Tom Green music video, a Kelly Clarkson music video and other film projects. Being in Canada, I got stuck not getting lead role auditions, so I switched gears and got into hosting. I just needed a camera and myself to do that.
WWE.COM: What was your first hosting opportunity?
RENEE YOUNG: I started producing my own show for a small network in Canada that was a lot of band interviews and stuff about extreme sports. I snowballed that into working for The Score. I basically wanted to be Chelsea Handler. I still want to be Chelsea Handler. The Score did a lot of funny, tongue-in-cheek interviews, so I figured that could be somewhere I would go. That turned into being a national sports broadcaster, which just kind of happened. I played a lot of sports growing up, and it all just came together.
WWE.COM: How did wrestling come into the picture?
RENEE YOUNG: Within the first three months or so of being at The Score, my boss asked me to do a post-show for Raw. I hadn’t watched WWE since I was kid, but got back into it. As any starving performer knows, you say yes to anything that comes your way. We started doing Right After Wrestling [later called Aftermath], and it turned into a moderate success in Canada. Then we started doing a SmackDown post-show as well with former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas, [wrestling journalist] Arda Ocal and a few people that cycled through. It was fun. We did a live TV show twice a week, recapped everything and interviewed some of the Superstars. Getting to know some of these guys before I came to work at WWE was a big help.