Rid­ing the re­al­ity roller-coaster

Celebrity Ap­pren­tice’s Layla Subritzky wants to keep let­ting the good times roll, writes Lisa Sim­mons

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BIG Brother run­ner-up Layla Subritzky doubts she has the killer instinct re­quired to win

Celebrity Ap­pren­tice.

‘‘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

Brother house.’’

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

Layla Subritzky

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