Q&A with Vanna White
The wheel keeps on spinning for longtime co-host
She’s the queen of letters, the keeper of the alphabet. She’s the game show kingdom’s reigning queen. For more than 30 years, Vanna White has played co-host and letter revealer on the long-running game show Wheel of Fortune. Las Vegas Magazine’s Kiko Miyasato caught up with the timeless beauty to ask a few questions in between the show’s Las Vegas tapings, which begin airing this week.
Q: Are Las Vegas contestants different from those in other cities?
A: They’re exciting! Being in Las Vegas, you tend to gamble more. Like if they get the 50-50 wedge, they’ll gamble on it. I think if you’re in Vegas, you’ll tend to go for it more.
Q: Do you ever get the urge to shout out the answers?
A: In my mind, yes. I say it all the time in my mind. I try and send letters telepathically (laughs) to the contestants. Especially in the bonus round!
Q: After 30 years with the show, is there one constant that you can count on?
A: I can always count on a great staff and crew. Everyone is always so friendly. We’re like one big family because we’ve worked together for so many years. It’s always fun to go back to the studio and work, because we don’t do it every day—we do it every couple of weeks. So it’s nice to see their smiling faces.
Q: If you weren’t doing Wheel of Fortune, what would you be doing?
A: No, I can’t imagine! I don’t know what else I would be doing. Probably real estate, maybe. I love to watch HGTV and the shows where they fix the houses. I love the show Love It or List It. I’m intrigued with real estate.
Q: Where can we find you outside of work?
A: I’m a pretty simple person. I like nature. I like going on hikes. Bike rides. Walking on the beach. Just real calm things.
Q: Any special talents you can reveal?
A: I crochet. The last thing I made was a baby blanket. I always do it when I’m in the studio when I’m getting my hair and makeup done, or even behind the puzzle board. … I have my own line of yarn now. It’s called Vanna’s Choice. I donate half of the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It’s very special to me, to be able to give back.
Q: Can you leave us with a one Wheel of Fortune tip?
A:For the contestants that are on our show, the best tip I can give is to buy vowels. They only cost $250, and that price hasn’t changed in 30 years! The price of a vowel has not gone up! Buy vowels so you can solve the puzzle. That’s the key.