On Episode 3 of My Big Fat Revenge, we met Bo, a comedienne who's ready to make a change to her body and mind. Bo had struggled with her weight throughout her life, and when her mother passed away it only made things worse. Bo turned to food to cope with her emotional problems, and her weight became the target of a fellow colleague's jokes. We watched Bo make an amazing transformation into a fit, happy young woman who's now auditioning for positions that call for blonde bombshells. Catch up with Bo in this uplifting Q&A.
What made you want to be on the show?
I went on My Big Fat Revenge because I wanted to inspire others to stand up for themselves regardless of the harshest criticisms they receive because we are all destined for greatness. When someone is bring you down, they are telling you who THEY are, NOT who YOU are.
What might have held you back from losing weight before?
Before My Big Fat Revenge it never occurred to me my twenty year struggle with eating disorders had emotional rooting. The show enlightened me to the underlying correlation of how my body is a direct reflection of what I am feeling on the inside.
Were you nervous to have your insecurities displayed on TV?
Placing my insecurities on television was not as nerve-racking to me as it was knowing my entire career was on the line by broaching a taboo double-standard in the comedy world. As a comedienne I've never been shy to share who I really am, as the best comedy always stems from truth.
What’s some positive qualities about yourself that you wished people focused on instead of criticizing you?
I have an extremely kind heart and have never understood evil intentions. I tend to live life with rose-colored glasses and my favorite hobbies are laughing and loving. You burn more calories laughing and smiling anyway, so it's a win-win!
How has your life changed since being on ‘My Big Fat Revenge?’
My life has done a complete 180 since wrapping production on "My Big Fat Revenge." When I auditioned for the show I was lost, depressed and homeless and not sure where my life or career were headed. I'm now auditioning for roles soliciting a "blonde bombshell" and have incredible opportunities opening up in multiple areas of my life.
Have you since had contact with your fellow comedian Tony after filming?
I've seen him a handful of times since my revenge occurred and other than the exchange of head nods and glances we don't communicate. I have entirely closed the chapter of his involvement in my life and while I wish him well, I will never revisit the negative memories. Tony who? ;)
What are you most proud of accomplishing on the show?
Before the show I spent the last eight and a half years searching for the person I was before my mom died, and now that I've had My Big Fat Revenge I've finally found myself again. My goals during production were to leave happy, healthy and fit. I achieved all three of my goals and so much more than I could've ever imagined.
What are you up to now?
I have a couple of different projects in development and have returned to writing and performing comedy. I've changed my mind and my entire life and am manifesting happiness and success around every corner I turn.
What advice would you give to girls who are criticized for their weight?
I know it is easier said than done, but you HAVE to believe in yourself even when it seems no one else does. Know your worth. We all have an inner-beauty that can outshine the ugliest heart. Weight-loss is not an easy journey but if you can keep visualizing your goals it will be worth it in the end and you WILL achieve true happiness, which is ultimately the best revenge!
What do you do to keep up with your weight loss and stay in shape?
My happy place is anywhere there is sunshine so I love going on hikes or running at the beach. The biggest change has been in my nutritional habits. I now view food as fuel rather than a coping mechanism. Food is the most overused and abused anti-depressant while exercise is the most underused. Life is all about balance and I've found great balance in learning to enjoy life without over-indulging.
Tune into 'My Big Fat Revenge' Tuesdays at 9/8c.