Friday, August 9, 2013
Q-and-A: Mansfield Bridezilla Krystal Gentry admits to being spoiled
Catch Gentry's episode on WE TV Friday, August 16.
MANSFIELD Krystal Gentry of Mansfield admits that Bridezilla got it right.
Yep, she can be spoiled. Yep, her friends have called her mean.
But most of her frustrations with being on Bridezilla weren’t so much from the wedding preparations as they were from having a “camera in your face 24/7.”
“I wasn’t expecting that,” she said. “I have to say that I respect celebrities a lot more now.”
Krystal and her husband Marvin are one of the featured couples on WE TV’s Bridezillas at 7 p.m. Friday, August 16. It’s the 10th and final season of the reality series that spotlights the dramatic demeanor of brides as they prepare for their wedding.
The show’s format has been around since 2004, so the brides know exactly what they’re getting into. And prospective brides must submit a three-minute video -- and it’s likely the even-tempered do not apply.
“My mom and my husband and my friends told me, ‘You’re such a Bridezilla, you’re such a Bridezilla,’” Krystal said. “They told me I should go for it.”
She was selected and learned right away that her March 30 wedding in Grand Prairie wasn’t going to be the same.
“I never got a chance to be in a room by myself,” she said. “There was a camera around all day. It was pretty draining.
“I did enjoy myself. But sometimes, I did snap at the cameraman.”
The Gentrys, who’ve been together for 2.5 years, are used to performing before crowds. Krystal, 26, ran track at Mansfield Summit High School. Marvin, 29, played college basketball at the University of Cincinnati.
In one scene in Bridezilla, the couple is playing basketball at Rose Park in Mansfield. They’re fussing over who’s chasing rebounds and doing pushups.
“He calls me Bride-Diva,” she said. “He says ‘when you’re mad, you’re over the top.’ My diva side shows when I don’t get my way.”
Krystal answered a few questions about her involvement with the show:
The Dallas Morning News: Has being a Bridezilla changed your life?
Krystal Gentry: Not really. It’s pretty much the same. Except I have a lot of new friend requests on Facebook.
How did you feel you were portrayed in the show?
More spoiled. I don’t think I was selfish or really mean to my bridesmaids. I wasn’t making them run or lose weight. I was moreso wanting things done correctly. I don’t know how they’ll portray me on TV, but I wasn’t difficult at all. I was sane. I wasn’t like most Bridezillas.
Are you really spoiled?
I’m very spoiled. They pretty much portrayed how I am. My parents gave me everything I wanted. I was being spoiled pretty much the whole episode. No acting was involved.
Do you want to be on TV again?
It was a good experience. If I have the opportunity to be on TV, it could be like Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas (which features Jim and Elizabeth Carroll, a husband-and-wife marriage counselor team from Dallas). We have our arguments, so we’d definitely consider doing something like that.
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