On Sunday's The Apprentice (10 pm/ET, on NBC), it was, "Lights, camera... ejection!" for 28-year-old Muna Heaven when her team's sudsy webisode for Soft Scrub was high on drama, yet low on intelligibility.
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Will Muna ever forgive Heidi's betrayal? Why didn't she spill all of Kristine's dirty secrets? And how will Dr. Alistair Sexton react when he learns that his nephew Biff is actually his long-lost son's presumed-dead twin, Guillermo? TVGuide.com asked the Jamaica-born Muna these questions — well, at least two of them — and more.
TVGuide.com: Your last name is Heaven, as in that place up by the clouds?
Muna Heaven: Yep. Well, if you go straight up, yeah.... [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: How long was the boardroom last night?
Muna: To be honest with you, it was so intense I can't remember. But it seemed like an eternity!
TVGuide.com: Why didn't you make more of Kristine being absent during the critical, early part of the shoot? It'd seem to me that you could have really gone off on her.
Muna: You see, boardrooms are very difficult to manage. The key point that I wanted to make was that despite her absence, she had the opportunity to review tapes and so on.... And topics change very quickly, so while sometimes you go into a boardroom with a plan, it doesn't always come out that way. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Suppose that when you first said you'd be "more comfortable" in front of the camera, Kristina had said straight away, "My concern is that your accent might be hard for people to understand." Would you have acknowledged and appreciated her project manager's viewpoint on that?
Muna: Well, surely. My approach through the entire Apprentice process has always been a heavy focus on winning the tasks. As time goes on, it gets more and more difficult for people, and they tend to take things personally. According to Kristine, trust issues come up and you're micromanaging, but the way I see it is, "Listen, whatever we need to do, we just need to do. Point me, I'll go." Your time constraints are so limited you don't have time to be running in circles and arguing over foolishness. Just go and produce, you know?
TVGuide.com: Arrow had a soap-opera fan on board in the form of Nicole. Was anyone on Kinetic a soap fan at all?
Muna: No, no.... I saw how excited Nicole was [on TV], but I had no idea [when doing the actual show].
TVGuide.com: Could that have been a liability for Kinetic, not having someone familiar with the genre's camera angles and so on?
Muna: No, no. Both Kristine and Heidi have a lot of experience with film, in general, so no.
TVGuide.com: If you had to pick either Kristine or Heidi to be on your team, whom would you choose?
Muna: Oh, Heidi, hands down. She's undoubtedly one of the best teammates on Kinetic. Just because yesterday didn't go well doesn't change my opinion of what is and what isn't. She's a very, very solid player, Heidi.
TVGuide.com: Heidi, of course, may have picked Kristine just to keep a weaker player around, to make it easier for her to steamroll over everyone.
Muna: But you know what? On the one hand, if I had a shadow of a doubt that Heidi would not support me, obviously I would not have put that ["Would you pick me or Kristine?"] question to her. On the other hand, as Heidi made that decision, I'm sure she thought that it would be in her best interest, and I can't fault her for that. Everybody operates like that to a certain extent on the show. If not, you'll be gone.
TVGuide.com: Are there any players whose full potential we haven't seen, or who may be skating by on their Olympic laurels?
Muna: [Laughs] With me gone, Angela will have even more of an opportunity to shine. As you can tell, she's a very accomplished person, and should the opportunity present itself, I'm sure she will rise to the occasion. But I guess that remains to be seen.
TVGuide.com: What was the best part of the mansion, and the worst part of the tents?
Muna: The best part of the mansion was the pool area, because we had this phenomenal view. Anytime, night or day, it was a pleasure to be out there. The worst part about the tents were the showers, because it was so very cold and we were operating under such a tight schedule. And I'm pretty picky about where I put my feet!
TVGuide.com: Was there limited cold water? Like, were you screwed if you weren't first in line to wash up?
Muna: I heard people screaming because of cold water, yes!
TVGuide.com: What's next for you?
Muna: My website should be up by the end of the week, MunaHeaven.com. And I have two main things I'm working on: TV hosting and, thanks to Soft Scrub, I really am interested in doing some acting. So I'm really curious to see how that will play out.
Muna: Yeah, well, why not!
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