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'Basketball Wives' Tami Roman Dishes on New Attitude, "The Show Really Serves As A Mirror"

Glass throwing? Fist flying? Not this season of Basketball Wives—at least not from Tami Roman. The BBW star and NV Clinical spokesperson says "the show really serves as a mirror" hinting that she's taken it down a notch.  After all, she has been watching.  But keep in mind Vixens, Tami is still human.

VIBE Vixen caught up with Tami as we get ready for the fifth season of VH1's hit show to premiere.  The 43-year-old dished on what viewers can expect during the season and her cast-mate's Shaunie O'Neals "new" attitude. We also had the chance to chat about Tami's current ventures including her return to scripted TV.

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Tami RomanVIBE VIXEN: Basketball Wives is returning for its fifth season. Could you tell us what we could expect to see from Tami?

TAMI ROMAN: The show really serves as a mirror for me. Some people love my reaction to things but I think that everybody should grow and mature and progress. So they may not see some of the things that they're use to, but I'm still human. You don't change overnight [Laughs]. I'm working on it. But, I'm still growing, learning and evolving. And I think that people are going to see a much different Tami and how I deal with people and how I handle certain situations.

Obviously everything can't fit into one episode, let alone a season. As a result the fans perceive you based on what they see. What's the side of you the viewers don't get to see that you would rather they see?

You never see me going to church on Basketball Wives and I'm there quite often. Me with more interaction with my daughters. I'm really a hands on mother. But, you know, because the show is revolved more around the ladies, you really don't get to see much of that and all that I do with my daughters. You don't get to see my charities that I'm involved with. You don't get to see my business ventures. I think this is actually the first season that they've allowed me to actually delve into showing the world some of the ventures I'm involved with. The other ladies have shown that side of themselves—this is gonna be the first time that they'll see it from me.

Tami Roman & Shaunie O'NealDo watch the show at home?

I watch the show at home. I don’t see anything until everybody else sees it. [Laughter] I’m, most of the time, just as shocked as you are.

What exactly do you think when you see yourself? Do you say ‘Maybe I am a little bitch sometimes?’

In all fairness, I think every woman has a little bitch in them sometimes. And if we put a camera on anybody's life, we've all had that one moment where it's like 'Oh, okay. I really did that there.' You know? So, I'm no different. It's just that I have that camera there. So for me, last season in particular, was a little difficult because they took a moment that was maybe 30 minutes long and stretched it over three weeks. So it really had this impact that I was just driving, driving, driving and it really took thirty minutes to have that whole altercation.

It seems Ms. Shaunie has a new attitude going into the fifth season.


What is that like to see Shaunie be more verbal with her feelings? Do the two of you clash?

I think it’s good for Shaunie to step up and speak on how she feels about certain things. I've just always been a person that I say what I need to say to the person. And I just love that there are some many behind the back gangstas and behind the back speeches being made that I was never privy to. So I'm just as surprised as everyone else when I watched this trailer and I see all of these things because when I had a conversation with her I heard none of that. So to answer your question [Laughs], I’m not going to confirm or deny because I don’t wanna take it away for what’s coming this season.

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Tami Roman Belle's promoLet’s get to know Tami outside of TV, What do you do in your free time when you’re not filming the show?

Most of the time, I don't have free time. I have two daughters one's in college, the other's a senior this year. So I'm always at basketball games or a parent teacher conference. I try to spend time with my daughters as much as I can. Outside of that I got TR 'Love' cosmetics which is my lip gloss and nail polish line, and that's doing very well—it will be in Walgreen's this fall. So that has really taken a lot of my time. I'm excited about that because you start these ventures and you just hope people support you. I got the TR jewelry collection with a company called BFoxy.com so I'm always promoting that. I've got NV Clinical which I'm a national spokesperson for them. In all of that, I have no dating life. So if you can include for me that I would just like to date sometimes [laughter] ‘cause the toys are getting and old and I would just like a human touch.

You’ve been getting back into acting recently. How was it for you to get back to a scripted series as opposed to unscripted reality TV?

It was a breath of fresh air because that's what I was doing for 14 years before even going on to Basketball Wives. And if my original show—which is called “Moonlight” which was on CBS -- had not got canceled I probably would not have been on Basketball Wives to this day. You get your lines, you’re working with seasoned actors; Elise Neal, Ella Joyce, Keith Davis, Miguel and we show up and it was really, really a family atmosphere.  So the difference was showing up and actually being able to like the people that you work with rather than the type of show being one where they really would prefer distinction.

Catch Basketball Wives Season 5 on Vh1 Mondays at 8 p.m. EST

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