People love to see other people's households on TV. One we loved to watch? The Hogan Family. We all watched Hulk, Linda, Nick, and Brooke Hogan love and lose each other from about 2005 to 2007 on Hogan Knows Best. Once the family fell apart, apparently from Hulk having an affair, we got to watch his brood at work with the likes of Brooke Knows Best. And luckily for us, she did it right in our backyards in Miami Beach.
just as the eldest Hogan child was getting on a plane from her new
hometown of L.A., we chatted with her about her involvement in
photographer Jordan Michael Zuniga newest project premiering tonight at
Cafeina in Wynwood: "Women in Cages."
The exhibit features prominent Miami women -- everyone from Elaine Lancaster to Tracy Mourning -- and proceeds benefit PETA.
New Times: You filmed your show Brooke Knows Best here in Miami. Are you still living here?
Brooke Hogan: I just moved to L.A. so I am staying at Breakwater Hotel while I'm here.
They have been so hospitable and kind and I love my room. I will move
back to Miami one day... But maybe I'll trade a house for a hotel room
because I'm getting used to this!
When you were living here, what were a few of your favorite spots?
I love Lime, Barton G, and Balan's. My favorite club is LIV. Molly (my
Pomeranian's) favorite spot is Dogbar. I miss my little spots so much!
So the photo exhibit "Women In Cages" premieres tonight. What made you want to get involved in this campaign?
I've always had a love for animals and I've seen abuse firsthand. It ignited my passion for saving them even more.
Is PETA an organization that is close to your heart?
Absolutely. I have grown up with animals. I have a Pomeranian (love of my life) and once you know how emotional and intelligent they are, it's hard to know that they are hurting around the world. The worst part is that they are voiceless in our world, so it's our job to stand up for them. PETA makes that possible.
What was it like to be in a cage for the photo shoot?
Jordan Michael Zuniga is an amazing photographer and we were on the same wavelength regarding the concept. He read my mind and portrayed the caged, painful, sad-reality these animals have to live in. The sticker is seeing creatures (beautiful women) we would never THINK of putting in cages, in them. So it really shows how absurd that treatment is. You wouldn't do it to a human so....
It's kind of a crazy, yet powerful concept. What do you hope people take away after looking at the photos?
I hope it shocks them to see a human in the place of an "animal." We've almost gotten past the prejudices and racisms among humans alone, next is animals. We're all God's creatures. Just because we don't speak the same language doesn't mean they don't have feelings too.
Should we expect any more reality TV in your future?
Possibly. Right now I'm focusing on acting, singing, and producing and writing for other people and other shows. I'm also focusing on charities, my shoe/swimwear line and finding a good guy. If anyone has the guts to capture my crazy life, have at it!
What is it like to have your entire life on TV?
I had a great time, it was a beautiful experience. I'm lucky that people got to see a little bit of who I really am before forming brutal opinions. I have mostly positive feedback and really loyal fans.
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We kind of watched your family fall apart. How is your relationship with both your mom and dad?
I love my parents and would do anything for them. I think I turned out a good person with positive morals. What they do with their lives no longer sits on my shoulders anymore. I only communicate with people now if they're in a good mood. Otherwise, call me later!
What is your brother, Nick, up to these days?
Nick is working on his charity KIOTT, he's working a lot and staying grounded. He's the best little brother ever. So many people have a twisted impression of him, but it's only what they see in the press. One day the press is telling lies about him, the next day it is Paris Hilton... No one really knows anything. It's all hearsay. He's my support system and my angel. I wouldn't be able to live without him.
"Women in Cages" open stonight for an invite-only VIP reception, 7 to 10 p.m. at Cafeina (297 NW 23rd St, Miami). It's open to the public Saturday night for the Art Walk. Visit cafeinamiami.com.