Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy is one of the contestants on NBC's reality series The Apprentice and she takes on the coveted role of Project Manager for the women's team on the show's new episode, which airs tonight, Thursday, October 7 at 10 PM ET on NBC. Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy also made headlines recently by resigning from her post as a prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney's office. The contestant recently held a conference call to discuss the series, and here's what she had to say:
So just watching these first few episodes, have there been anything that's aired that's kind of surprised you based on your own experience?
Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy: I think one of the most incredible things about The Apprentice is that the producers really try to show you what happened to the best of their ability. So nothing has really surprised me. I think it's a very fair and accurate portrayal of what actually happened.
We just saw a snippet of this where Ivanka Trump suggested that maybe Don will think about getting rid of you for - just for the way you fought back against Nicole in the board room. What's your take on what she had to say?
Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy: Well I definitely understand where she's coming from, why she said that. But what you have to try to understand is this was my dream. I left my job and I knew there was a risk that I was going to lose my job. And I actually did end up resigning this past week. I was fighting for my life. I was fighting as hard as I could. I did not want to get sent home. And so while I understand why she made those comments, you know, I was being true to who I was and I was fighting for my life. I don't regret it.
I mean without revealing I guess any spoilers for the show, why did you resign from your job as an ADA in the Brooklyn's DA office?
Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy: I think it was a very difficult decision for me to make, because I love being a prosecutor. But I think first just to explain why I decided to go on The Apprentice, I think we're all allowed to have that one dream job even if you might be very happy with your day job. I think everyone kind of understands like having that one dream that you've always wanted to go for. So when I had the opportunity I could not turn it down. And it's like, it's this vision that I do not regret at all. Basically when I went back to the DA's office it just quickly became very clear as the episodes came out that people were starting to recognize me. And I'm not exactly sure in what way this could affect the outcome of my cases. But it just didn't feel right. And I think the DA's office agrees with that. So I really didn't have a choice but to resign. I could have taken more of a low profile position there, but the reason I'm a prosecutor is because I like to be in the courtroom. Doing something like at a desk is just not who I am. So I really felt that I had no choice but to resign. And I think going into The Apprentice I knew everything was on the line for me just like everyone else this season. And certainly now more than ever everything is on the line because I don't have a backup plan right now. I hope that answers your question.
In regarding the teammates on The Apprentice and Fortitude, specifically whom on Fortitude did you respect the most and who did you respect the least on your team and why?
Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy: I would say that I really respect Kelly very much. I think that she's, you know, quiet, she's very kind, she's very positive. Whether or not you have seen it she has always had like really good ideas that, you know, she's NPR and she's very good at that. And I was always very - I enjoyed having her around. She has a very positive energy and she always had great ideas. And I would say that I respect her a lot. As far as the second part of your question I think that anyone that tries to take me down in the board room, anyone that tries to take me out of this competition is the person that I respect least. I have nothing bad to say about any of them. I think they're all great girls and I think we're all just trying to make our dream come true.
Well Mahsa in your educational background it said you also studied film and biology. And I understand that you host a couple of Web series of your own on the side.
Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy: That's right.
Now that you've been on The Apprentice have you sort of been bitten by the reality TV bug? And in the future would you like to star or host your own reality TV series?
Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy: I have not been bitten by the reality TV bug at all. I think the reason I did this was because I wanted to make my dream of working for Mr. Trump come true. That being said, for the past five years I have been hosting and doing online shows. So that certainly is something that I'd be interested in pursuing in the future. But right now my goal is to become Mr. Trump's Apprentice. I think I have a very strong shot at this. And I'm in it to win.
Without revealing whether or not you were eventually fired by Donald Trump, how would you rate your performance in the competition and on the tasks overall? How would you rate your own performance?
Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy: I think that I've been a really good team member. I think I always on the tasks like in my interviews I might seem a little like strong. But I think when I'm on a task I'm very positive, I'm there to make it happen. On this past episode, you know, I have a - I'm terrified of dogs. Absolutely terrified. I cross the street when I see a dog. I don't know why, I just am. And, you know, I sucked it up and I got in there in the dog pit. And I gave it everything I had. And the women's team thanks to a group effort we ended up winning. So I think I've done very good so far. I definitely have not been taking a back seat or a quiet role. I definitely have been putting myself out there. So I'm very proud of with how I stayed true to myself during this entire process. So I'm extremely proud of myself so far.
No, I mean I would definitely agree with what you just said in that you definitely have sort of put yourself out there in the forefront. Where there are some contestants who sort of like to, you know, slide by in the background into the later weeks and then all of a sudden come out. You know, I did appreciate the fact as somebody who watches the show also that, you know, right from the beginning you were very much a person who wanted to be noticed and perform at your top level. So I mean, you know, I like to see that in competition, just as a comment not a question. But just as a comment I like to see that from the contestants -- people who like to perform right from the beginning rather than try to strategize and slide by. So that was definitely...