Riding the reality roller-coaster
Celebrity Apprentice’s Layla Subritzky wants to keep letting the good times roll, writes Lisa Simmons
BIG Brother runner-up Layla Subritzky doubts she has the killer instinct required to win
‘‘I’d love to win, but I’m not going to change who I am to do that,’’ she says.
The British beautician’s family moved to their new Gold Coast home while Subritzky was living in the Big Brother house last year.
‘‘I’m not going to become some evil nasty business woman to do it (win),’’ she says.
‘‘I had a business and it ran perfectly without me being mean to people.
‘‘If I get fired, I get fired. So be it. I want to leave with my head held high.’’
Subritzky says appearing on Channel 9’s TV hit Big Brother changed her.
‘‘Last year was massive for me. You know, I haven’t been in Australia for a full year yet. I landed here and the next thing I knew, I was in the Big
She loved the idea of maintaining that level of fun.
‘‘How could I say no to this new adventure? Next thing, it was like, what the hell, here I am in Sydney, working and hanging out and working with all these celebrity types.’’ She also joined the Celebrity
Apprentice to impress her little brother. ‘‘He applied to join an under 18s version of The Apprentice back in the UK, but didn’t make the cut,’’ she says.
Big Brother Australia may have been the making of Subritzky, but nothing could prepare her the challenge she would find on Celebrity Apprentice.
‘‘It’s been really hard. People get quite catty. It’s been completely out of my comfort zone.’’
Subritzky had only nice things to say about fellow contestants who compete in the series to win cash for charity.
New buddies included ‘80s pop star Brian Mannix and swim champion
Dawn Fraser, both reality TV favourites who previously appeared on Channel 7’s
Dancing with the Stars.
‘‘On a day off, Dawn can not only quite easily drink me under the table but she can even stay out longer than me. We had a great evening out the other night. I got home at 3am. She got home at 5am. She’s quite the soldier,’’ Subritzky says.
‘‘Brian’s become a good friend. If ever I’m feeling a bit down or a bit low, he’ll cheer me right up. He just knows what to say.’’
Pop princess Prinnie Stevens, who got her break on last year’s edition of Channel 9’s TV talent show The Voice was a friend for life, Subritzky says.
‘‘She’s been staying right next door at the hotel. We stay up talking through the night. She gives me girlie time.’’
Celebrity Apprentice: Tuesdays, 8.40pm, Nine, NBN