John Cena on Reaching Outside of WWE’s Audience – “I’m becoming less reserved about going for it”

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John Cena spoke with Zap2It and EW to promote tonight’s premiere of American Grit. Some highlights are below:

On trying to reach a different audience outside WWE: “Yeah. You’re always trying to reach as many eyes as you can, especially when you have a product that you feel is entertaining. When folks see this, though, they will focus on the “cadre” [the military-veteran mentors] and the competitors.”

On whether there’s a consistent challenge he struggles to overcome as he expands his career: “From the time you wake up from the time you go to bed, it’s a struggle. [It’s] more embracing new opportunities; producing this show, taking a hosting route rather than an in-the-action player, which is kind of what I’ve been for the WWE over the past 15 years. Even slightly before that, the roles in comedies aren’t really typical of my profession. It’s just being able to take that leap of faith into doing interesting things and new projects that normally wouldn’t be on the menu for someone like me. Being able to swing in and host the Today show when they call me, it certainly is a new experience that I have a lot of fun with, and it’s different than being in the middle of the ring in Monday Night Raw. I’m becoming less reserved about going for it if the opportunity presents itself.”