In a recent interview conducted for TheReminder.com, Dean Ambrose spoke on a number of topics, including his thoughts on social media, his promo style, The Shield and more. Below are some interview highlights:
Potential cracks in The Shield:
"On the real, from the day we started this and had this opportunity, it was 'O.K., screw everybody else in the world. We're going to take over this company and this business for the next 10 years, whatever it is. We'll fight whatever battles we need to fight together and we'll stick together and have each other's backs in circumstances.' It was an all-for-one, one-for-all mentality. And we've done that and it's been successful. I think you see that and it comes off as very real, cause it is real. Does that mean we have to be finishing each other's sentences and smiling and happy, high fiving all the time? No. Did Guns N' Roses like each other every night? No. Did the Kinks like each other? No. Ray Davies and his brother hated each other, but onstage, magic. As long as the three of us can get to the ring together, that magic that happens when all three of us are together is going to happen, whether we were arguing about who gets to sit in the front seat earlier in the night. By the time we get out in front of the audience, that magic's going to happen."
Having a lot of female fans and not using social media:
"I probably don't have any more of a bigger following on the Internet than anybody else does, I just probably have a stranger one. I don't know where that comes from. Maybe it's just the kind of person I attract. I'm aware that that's there, but I try to not pay too close attention to it, unless for simple entertainment purposes. As far as social media and all that, I understand connecting with fans on a different level, but I don't feel the need to open myself up to the opinion of everybody in the world with a phone or computer. I just don't get that; being connected to everybody on such a superficial level like that. It's not really for me. There's a kind of mystery when you don't put yourself out like that. When you don't put yourself out like that, people start to kind of create their own version of you in their head of what you really are like or who you really are and things about you become rumors and all that becomes true. People's perception of me they haven't even realized is probably so, or it might be kind of real, but maybe they know but [maybe] they don't. No one really has any idea about me. To me, what I give you is what happens onscreen and past that, anything you're coming up with in your own head you're creating in your own mind. But it's cool. I'd rather have too many weird fans than no fans at all. I love all those crazy girls."
"It's the same thing as performing in the ring. As the old saying goes, 'You're just yourself with the volume turned up.' To me, I try not to do anything that is not authentic. If it's not something I would feel like saying or doing, then I either won't do it or I'll try to work it into a way that feels right. When I'm doing promos or whatever – you just have to put yourself there. That's the way I do it anyway. Even down to the little things, you have to put yourself in the moment whether it's a promo where you're supposed to be pissed off about something, you need to get yourself there mentally so you're pissed off so that all the little things and everything you're doing comes off authentically. Me being authentic is really important to everything I'm doing. Everything I do is real in one way or another."