Anna Hunt and Hannah Helvey talk about 'Texas
Women,' themselves and why people should watch
By MSN TV
CMT's hit summer show "Texas Women" reminds us of the smart, ambitious women
in "Sex in the City" (with a Texas reality twist). The four women on the
show are Ali Dee, a country singer; Brooke Jeter, a professional barrel
racer; Anna Hunt, a gorgeous, bubbly and strong bucking bulls stock
contractor; and Hannah Helvey, a young and beautiful aspiring model/party
girl. MSN TV had the chance to meet the two roommates of the show, Anna and
Hannah, at the famous Saddle Ranch in Los Angeles where Anna was riding the
electric bull and drinking a beer. A new favorite guilty pleasure, "Texas Women"
airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.
MSN TV: Could you please tell us about yourselves and your
Anna Hunt: I started racing bucking bulls when I was 8 years old. My dad's a
college rodeo coach, my sister's a two-time champion, and my mom's a state
champion. We've always rodeoed. My bucking bull career started when I was 8. It
really took off from the get-go. I had instant success. Now I've got a bunch of
bulls and I'm involved in taking them around to all the rodeos and bull runs. I
got involved with "Texas Women," and the show's going great. I got to meet with
three wonderful women.
Hannah Helvey:I've grown up junior rodeoing. My dad has a
big ranch in Oklahoma, where I'm from. I'm very family-oriented. This show has
made me a lot more independent and, in a lot of ways, has allowed me to do my
own thing. Anna and I have grown so close.
Will you be tuning in to watch these sexy ladies of Texas? Tell us on
You two are roommates, but did you know each other before joining the
Hannah Helvey: Yeah, kind of.
Anna Hunt: We had a lot of mutual friends. We got closer about a year before
the show started. Instantly we had a little drama, and thank goodness for it,
because we became better friends.
What kind of drama?
Hannah Helvey: I whacked her forehead.
Anna Hunt: We went out one night. I was goofing one night. I grabbed a menu
and I tapped her in the forehead. Apparently, I overstepped my boundary. She hit
me for it with her open paws out.
Hannah Helvey: It was the first time I ever hit anybody.
Anna Hunt: And left me at the bar by myself.
Hannah Helvey: Well, you kept on wanting to talk about it. I just wanted to
go out and have a nice night out.
Anna Hunt: We're opposites, completely. She's tall; I'm short. She's dirty;
I'm clean. I cook; she eats.
How were you approached to do the show?
Anna Hunt: I was actually working. I was out of state and working, they asked
if we'd be interested in it. We shot a sizzle.
Hannah Helvey: Yeah, we shot a sizzle, and the whole premise was about four
strong, determined women, so we're all that.
How else would you say the show is different than other female
reality shows out there?
Hannah Helvey: With the "Real Housewives," all they do is shop, or raise
their kids or tell the nanny to raise their kids. We're not afraid to get dirty,
work hard and go out at night and look good.
Anna Hunt: Hannah is an aspiring model. I'm a stock contractor. The rest of
the girls, Brooke is a [professional barrel] racer, Ali is a country singer.
We're individuals. We work hard in our industry, but at the end of the day, we
are girlfriends and we come together. We share all the things we're involved in.
Friends get along and sometimes friends have some issues. At the end of the day,
we're [also] worried about our careers.
Is it harder or easier for you two to work things out because you
have the cameras around?
Hannah Helvey: No, it's easier.
Anna Hunt: Specifically for us. We've helped each other; she's relaxed me.
Hannah Helvey: She's given me responsibility, like being on time.
Anna Hunt: With the other girls, we're all pretty selfish. We are consumed in
our lives. We expect everybody to help out, but at the end of the day, it's
first and foremost us and our careers.
The show's done really well. How has your life changed since being on
Anna Hunt: It hasn't. I work at a ranch and I don't even see anybody.
Do people recognize you?
Anna Hunt: Oh, barely.
Hannah Helvey: They do [recognize] me because I'm kind of hard to miss. I'm
5'11, dark-headed, loud girl.
Anna Hunt: It hasn't changed anything for me. I still have to feed, water and
take care of stuff.
For people that have never watched the show, will they get lost if
they start tuning in?
Anna Hunt: No, I think the best part of this show is that we're all really
down-to-earth. That's really Texas, everybody has a slower pace. I think it
doesn't matter if you started the first episode or the last; you're going to get
a kick out of it because we are fun. We're on the [right] track and we've got
goals and ambition. If you get an hour of it or eight hours of it [the entire
season], I think you'd get something out of every single episode.
Hannah Helvey: People have messaged me and told me I've inspired them to
start modeling, eating right. For her [pointing to Anna], she's one of the
female stock contractors out there. It's hard for a woman to do it. People that
come to Anna have been supportive and wanted to get into that themselves.
Anna Hunt: We all feel very honored to be involved in this. There are a lot
of people that can't be a stock contractor or a model, but for an hour of their
time they can watch the show and live it, enjoy it, see us get sweaty and dirty.
Hannah Helvey: Drink beer.
What's your relationship status?
Hannah Helvey: We're the two single girls. That's why we live together.
Anna Hunt: More single than ever, minute by minute.
Hannah Helvey: No joke.
Anna Hunt: No men. We haven't been swept off our feet.
Are you meeting guys from being on the show?
Hannah Helvey: Oh, gosh. They message me and stuff. I don't trust people, so
when people message me on Twitter and Facebook [I don't take it seriously]. I'm
young. I'm not interested in settling down right now. Don't waste my time. It
takes a long time to break down my walls.
Anna Hunt: I think I intimidate men, being in a man's world. Backing off men.
I think I have to probably be the instigator if I want to find a man.