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Celebrity Apprentice Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is an interview with Donald Trump, Tia Carrere and George Takei on February 29, 2012 about appearing on the show Celebrity Apprentice.

George Takei

Question:
George, last week we kind of saw Lou Ferrigno get visibly upset when Penn Jillette said he would bring him back into the boardroom and you kept very calm and collected. Was that a little bit of a strategic move to kind of show I can be a team player; I can take this. And what was your mindset when you first heard what Penn was saying?

George Takei:
We know that someone has to be called in, or two people have to be called, and this was a purely hypothetical situation. And I was kind of surprised that Lou got so agitated by that because it was not the real thing. But Lou I think has a little bit of insecurity because of his hearing. And he started going into all that fuss. But I knew that this was the way the game goes and particularly because I have such admiration for Penn. He's a real hero of mine. One of the gifts that I got from this whole experience is meeting Penn. And we're planning on having lunch when I make it to Las Vegas next.

Question:
Tia, over this past episode we saw a little bit of a divide starting to form between Lisa, Aubrey and maybe to a lesser extent Teresa and some of the other women. Is that something you felt on your end during this time with Lisa as project manager, were things kind of starting to split a little bit between the team?

Tia Carrere:
I think it's very apparent that people that know how to play to the camera and get their voices heard; there are others of us that have a much more understated style. And unfortunately that sometimes gets mistaken for weakness or any sort of malleability. So it's easy for them to marginalize. But it's Lisa was the project manager and she could do as she saw fit as is anyone's prerogative when they're project manager. So I didn't take it personally but was very hard that by design we're in two separate vehicles; that made it very, very difficult to communicate with someone that's hard to communicate with in the first place.

Question:
Could each of you talk about how you chose your charity and how you were chosen to be on the show?

Tia Carrere:
I was introduced to my charity, After School All Stars, by Arnold Schwarzenegger about 18 years ago. We did some stuff down in East LA. It was primarily an athletic after school program but now it's grown dramatically across America. And they just recently opened an after school program in my neighborhood in Hawaii. And I got involved with the Hawaii chapter and had just come back from living in Hawaii for two months. And I thought you know what the money that Celebrity Apprentice provides for charity could make a huge difference in my personal neighborhood. And so it was a very personal thing getting into this.

George Takei:
My charity is the Japanese American National Museum. And I've been on its board of trustees from its inception and served as its Chairman of the Board from the year 2000-2004. It's a story of immigrants that came from Japan and their descendants. And every immigrant story has an epic quality to it. But what makes the Japanese American experience so singular is that in the second generation after the immigrants came Pearl Harbor happened.

And because of that simply because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor, and we're Americans of Japanese ancestry, we were summarily rounded up with no charges, with no trial. The pillar of our justice system, due process, was totally ignored. Our constitution was violated. And we were put into 10 barbed wire internment camps. It was one of the most shameful and certainly for my parents it was a time of loss and anguish and extreme hardship.

And I was a child so my experience is different from my parents. But as I was growing up and as a teenager I was starting to ask questions about it and do some reading about it and particularly challenging my father about it. And to summarize what my father said after many, many years of discussion he said both the strength and the weakness of American democracy is in the fact that it's a people's democracy and it can be as great as the people can be but it can be as fallible as people are.

I think it's a message that's important for all Americans that's why we founded this museum. And I have been dedicated to it. It's a cause near and dear to me. My mission in life is to raise the awareness of that dark chapter of American history to all Americans because it happened to our constitution. And that's why I chose that, well it wasn't choosing it; it is my primary charity. And I'm so glad that I was able to talk about it and share the story of it to so many people by Celebrity Apprentice. It's a story that too many Americans are still to this day unaware of.

Tia Carrere:
Yes absolutely. It's unconscionable.

Donald Trump:
George, it is hard to believe. Just sitting here listening to you tell that story it is so hard to believe that could have happened. And I want to tell you George and Tia have been absolutely great contestants. They have been amazing. They're smart and they're sharp and they're tough. People don't realize how tough you are, George. They're sharp and they've both been fantastic. That was an amazing story, George, I didn't realize that.

George Takei:
Mr. Trump, I want to thank you for that because Tia addressed it too; there's this stereotype about Asian Americans that we're polite and self-effacing and, as Tia said, too often Asian Americans get marginalized. And the fact that you have us on the show and the fact that you made that statement and have been making that statement throughout the show I think is a compliment to you and it's deeply appreciated by us.

Question:
Mr. Trump, how hard was it to know what Victoria was capable of but not see it on the show and perhaps some of the others too?

Donald Trump:
Victoria is very capable. I've known Victoria for a long time. And she's a very capable person. She made a mistake. But the mistake could have gone either way, frankly, between Lisa or Victoria. But Victoria understands that. I've known Victoria. She's very, very smart. And I really like her; I think she's a great person.

Tia Carrere:
I liked her a lot too actually. Even though I called her out as saying that I would bring her back in but I think Victoria Gotti is terrific. You know, she's tough. And she did realize that it was a straight cut thing that she could have opted out herself.

George Takei:
I got to know Victoria as well because we shared the car, just the two of us, on a couple of occasions coming back from our tasks. And she has that hard facade. She looks like a tough gal which she is. But when you talk with her personally and in that very private situation where just the two of you are in the car being driven back to the hotel she's a very interesting person certainly we know about her family background but also her sense of entrepreneurialism. And I got to liking her. I was first taken by her facade. You always have to look beyond the front.

Tia Carrere:
That's the best thing about Celebrity Apprentice, is that you inevitably get beyond the public persona and the facade that people project and they get worn down and they get tired and they get grump and you really get to see to the core of people. And you see which people really aren't very nice and which people you think wow I thought they were so sweet or nice but whoa they've got fangs. It's very, very interesting to see that front face drop.

George Takei:
You're the same person behind the facade as you in public. You're lovely, you're obviously visually glamorous and you have a lovely soul.

Tia Carrere:
I love you too George.

Question:
One of the things about Celebrity Apprentice I love is the big family dynamic. You have Mr. Trump and three of his children working on it. Do you think that's part of why the show works so well?

Donald Trump:
I think it helps. I have two and actually Eric now is joining the cast and they were all great students and they're good kids and they're smart. And I think it's been nice. Having a family dynamic is nice. And I don't know how my two compatriots on the phone feel but I think Ivanka and Don and Eric have done a good job.

Tia Carrere:
I really enjoyed getting to know your family, Mr. Trump. I have a soft spot for Donald Junior, he's just a sweetie. I think it's a great testament to you, like we're saying that you get to see behind the curtains of people's public persona. And you think wow very foreboding presence and powerful man. But he's also raised a really wonderful and bright family. And they have very great insights and they're great business people in and of their own right. So I think that's also intriguing to the viewer to get to know the Trump family as well as the Trump organization in an approach to business.

George Takei:
Yes, I got to echo a lot of what you said, Tia. And the other thought that went through my mind, there's Mr. Trump the patriarch of this dynasty, and I kind of mused on what both Donald and Ivanka and Eric are going to do when they're their father's age. What is going to happen with this dynasty. Now you think of like the Kennedy's and generation after generation there contributing and doing interesting things. And I kind of mused on the future with the Trump family.

Donald Trump:
I hope they do well. We just bought Doral Country Club in Miami, which is a phenomenal piece of land, hundreds of acres. And I have them right now working on that so they work on television but they have to go into the real world also which is for us real estate.

George Takei:
Congratulations on your new hotel in Waikiki.

Donald Trump:
Right, I have one in Waikiki which is a big success as you know, George.

George Takei:
Yes indeed. It's a beautiful building.

Tia Carrere:
It's gorgeous.

Donald Trump:
It's really been getting great reviews.

Question:
Two challenges into the season were you guys raring to become project managers and to take the lead or were you getting more and more nervous about that?

Tia Carrere:
I think the first two challenges people immediately chimed up, oh I'm great at that. So I was like you know what I'm going to give this a beat. I think I was one of the last people to jump on. So I wanted to give the game some time to play out and learn how it works. There's some technological things that we needed to figure out like we had brand new cell phones that I had a little difficulty figuring out personally. So I wanted to leave it some space to breathe and grow and learn the ropes and let other people make some mistakes before I jumped in. So I was very happy to take this time to research what goes into being a project manager and where they might go wrong and where they might succeed.

George Takei:
I'm going to let you guys all in on a little advance peak at the next show. I've been told that I can share this with you but I took on the project manager shift with the task that you're going to be seeing this Sunday. With the first show Paul Teutul when he announced immediately that he was going to be able to raise a impressive six-figure amount for charity that quieted everybody else down and we immediately gave it to him.

But in this case my desire to raise as much money as I can for the Japanese American National Museum was what got me to accept the challenge because right up front there was a $25,000 prize. And so I did take on the challenge of being a project manager. So stay tuned and you'll find out what happens.

Question:
George, how has six years working with Howard Stern and his crew helped you prepare for this moment on the Celebrity Apprentice?

George Takei:
It's two different things. With the Howard Stern show it's just getting up brutally early in the morning and having a party. It's a very early morning party that Howard throws.

Now Mr. Trump throws a party but he also gets work out of you. And so the difference is the party is with Howard and with Mr. Trump it's learning new things, taking on new challenges, making discoveries, working as a team with people that are rugged individuals and we're competing with another team but in essence it turns out we're competing with our team mates as well. So it was a very competitive and exciting and thrilling and ultimately fulfilling experience.

Question:
George, last week when you were on the show and you were being the announcer for the medieval show they kind of presented you as a little bit incompetent about reading which seems to contradict who you really are. Do you feel that was a fair portrait of you for that show or do you think that was a little bit misleading about how competent you were?

George Takei:
I'm an actor and we actors when we're in front of an audience don't like to have the script with us. So I tried to get the very gist of what I'm supposed to do up there. But of course there's that other thing of having to give cues to the people in the light booth. And so when I was kind of improvising along the outlines of the script the people in the booth were finding it difficult to find their cues. So Clay, dear Clay, he made a big thing out of that and he went on and on. Clay tends to be a little bit of a chatterbox critic. And so that got played up a little bit bigger than it really was.

I decided all right, the time is limited; we won't have enough time to memorize so I will read it. And I'll read it like a medieval herald. So what we did was we scotch-taped all the pages of the script together and made it into a scroll and made the herald reading off of an ancient scroll.

Tia Carrere:
Very smart move.

George Takei:
Wasn't that clever?

Tia Carrere:
That's funny. Well it's true you don't have enough time to memorize lines per se.

George Takei:
That's right.

Tia Carrere:
But you just sort of get the gist of it and you go. And if you have to improve you improvise and you just throw in a few there, thy and thine and then swing a sword or something and it's still exciting for the kids so.

Question:
George, if you could have any one of your former Star Trek costars on the show with you to ensure victory who would it be and why?

George Takei:
For this show you need that driving, singular focus, competitive spirit, the hunger to win. And I think the member of the original cast of Star Trek that most personifies that is Bill Shatner, our Captain Kirk boldly going. I think it'd be fun to see him doing Celebrity Apprentice. And Mr. Trump I think you would be able to get Bill. He is that kind of personality who would. He's said it himself; I don't like to say no to things. So if you invite him I'm sure you'll get Bill Shatner.

Tia Carrere:
He would be terrific.

Question:
Was there anyone that you were surprised to see as a fierce competitor this season or had a personality that you didn't expect?

Tia Carrere:
I walked into the lobby the first person I saw was George and I was like George.

George Takei:
Yes.

Tia Carrere:
I love that because they don't tell you; you have no idea who's going to be who the other 17 people are. So it was nice to see a friendly face in the lobby as soon as I walked in at the Trump hotel. And it just set everything off; it was perfect. I was happy to see you, George, personally.

George Takei:
I must say with me there were a few people that I didn't know at all like Paul Teutul for example. And Victoria I didn't know either. Both have that gruff, tough, hard facade. From Paul what I really learned is you can't judge a book by its cover. Paul is a very successful businessman. I had no idea someone who looks like a motorcycle guy could be so successful. But of course it was in the motorcycle business.

And Victoria turned out to be there's that stereotype of a mafia daughter. But she turned out to be a very fair-minded, open-minded person that I could discuss things other than just our mission. And she was very concerned about her children. And I thought yes she's a mother too isn't she. So what you learn from working with a varied group of people like that is to always keep an open mind, to not read just the surface and get to know the person that you're with. You might find some great rewards as I did indeed, a lot of new friends.

Question:
The guy team seems pretty cohesive right now. As the season progresses should we expect that to change or do they stay pretty tight as a team or what's that all about?

Donald Trump:
I can answer that the answer is no. They become a total catastrophe and disaster. And you're right, they're cohesive. The word I used was cohesive, you're right for the first couple of episodes. But like it usually ends up they become terrible enemies of each other; it's incredible.

George Takei:
As I said it's because we are very competitive. I mean, when it comes closer and closer to the end point we want to win. And it's that drives the testosterone or whatever the women have. The women had testosterone from the beginning. Lisa, who I love dearly, she's a friend from way back, but she has that she too has that tough facade, a very tough-talking facade. Actually she's a very sensitive young lady. And she can be moved to tears at times.

Tia Carrere:
Yes, she was, often.

George Takei:
She was a tough taskmaster there in last week's challenge.

Question:
Mr. Trump, obviously you've played a major role in the political process this year. Does NBC prevent you from mentioning your political leanings during the show or is it a strategic or editorial decision based on the nature of The Celebrity Apprentice?

Donald Trump:
They don't prevent me from doing it; they haven't said anything per se but I don't do it because I think it would be probably inappropriate so I don't do it. Although I will say Mitt Romney was very nice to me and his wife, Ann, who's a terrific woman, was very nice last night. They thanked me for my help. But I do not do that in terms of Celebrity Apprentice or Apprentice. I don't think it would be the right thing to do.

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