Since she's been dating New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, Kim Kardashian has made it to the sports pages in addition to the gossip pages. The star of E!'s Keeping Up with the Kardashians will also appear at Wrestlemania XXIV this Sunday. She recently chatted with SI.com's Jimmy Traina about these things and more.
SI.com: You and Reggie Bush have been dating for a while now. How'd you guys meet?
Kardashian: We met through friends. Matt Leinart is one of Reggie's best friends and he introduced us.
SI.com: Reggie has already made a couple of appearances on Keeping Up with the Kardashians this season. Was it hard to get him to agree to be on the show? I've heard that he's not crazy about all the attention.
Kardashian: He hates the paparazzi, but he's such a big part of my life that you can't not be on the show if you're in my life. I'm glad we filmed the show during his season, because he was only on every now and then. The only times he was on the show were on the few occasions he was home in L.A. Plus, I didn't want to make it the 'Kim and Reggie Show,' and have him on all the time.
SI.com: You said that Reggie hates the paparazzi. How bad does it get for you guys?
Kardashian: We try to be super low key. We know if we go to an event, we're gonna be photographed, but he'll still say "ugh, I don't want to go."
SI.com: Funny, I just used a picture in our Caught in the Act gallery that sort of shows that.
Kardashian: Yeah, he's usually OK at events. He really only gets annoyed when we're out and about and we get followed. There's this really funny picture of us from Sundance a couple of months ago. We were walking down the street and he had this look on his face. He was mouthing to me, "I'm gonna knock one of these paparazzi out. And I was just smiling. And I have to tell him to calm down because he'll get in trouble if he does. That was our first time at Sundance and we didn't know it was going to be paparazzi central. That first day was so hectic and crazy and he was like "Where's the car, we're getting the car." But we were just going a block away.
SI.com: OK, I have to ask a very hard-hitting question that any self-respecting journalist would ask.
SI.com: Do you like the nickname you and Reggie have been given: The Bush and The Tush?
Kardashian: We laugh at it. It's definitely funny. Sometimes my family calls us Kush, but The Bush and The Tush is better.
SI.com: Did you go to any Saints games last season?
Kardashian: Yeah, I went to almost all of them.
SI.com: You did a good job of staying out of the spotlight, unlike Jessica Simpson. Are you aware that Jessica Simpson is not too popular in Dallas these days because Cowboys fans perceive her as a jinx?
Kardashian: I know. I think that's so sad and so wrong. I definitely took a very quiet approach to it. We made sure I'd sit far away so I couldn't be seen. Jessica was pretty visible and out in the open, which is definitely fun and a better way to watch the game, but I could've easily gone through what she went through if I didn't make it a point to stay in a box.
SI.com: Tony Romo has taken some abuse, too.
Kardashian: Yeah, and I think if Reggie was on the show more than he is, people would try to find something wrong with that and say he's trying to be too Hollywood and he's not focused on football. But his No. 1 priority is football.
SI.com: Are you OK with that? Most women want to be their boyfriend's No. 1 priority.
Kardashian: Ummm, well, I definitely think we get along because my work is so important to me right now and football is so important to him, and I motivate him to want to be in New Orleans and train and be with the team. So we both know what's important.
SI.com: Were you a football fan before you started dating Reggie?
Kardashian: No way. And even now, I'm a Saints fan and I'm a Reggie fan. I'm just becoming a football fan.
SI.com: I had a feeling that was the case, so I wanted to test your football knowledge.
Kardashian: Cool, go for it.
SI.com: How many points is a touchdown?
Kardashian: It's six, and then if you hit the field goal, it's seven.
SI.com: Close enough. It's actually called an extra point, but we'll give you that one. Do you know how many points a field goal is?
Kardashian: That's three, right?
SI.com: Yes. Good job. Do you know the name of Reggie's position?
Kardashian: Of course. Running back. This is how I remembered his position, because I couldn't remember it for a long time: Reggie Bush is RB. Running back is RB.
SI.com: Very impressive. Do you know how many yards a team needs for a first down?
Kardashian: OK, I'm guessing. It's either four or 10.
SI.com: It's 10.
Kardashian: I thought it was 10. I was going to say that first. I sit in the box and the other wives explain everything to me and I knew it was 10.
SI.com: Will we see you and the wives sitting in the box on an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians?
Kardashian: I don't think we can get that cleared. They're awesome. They know every foul and everything under the sun. When I first started going to the games, I would either wait for the cheer or the boo to see what the foul means because I had no idea. But the wives have taught me a lot. But mainly throughout the whole game, I'm just into Reggie and I watch him with binoculars to see if he gets any touchdowns or to see if he gets injured. Those are the two things I look for.
SI.com: Your stepdad, Bruce Jenner, is a big part of the show. He appeared on the 1976 cover of Sports Illustrated.
Kardashian: We have that issue of Sports Illustrated hanging in our house. And we have the shirt, shorts, socks and shoes that he wore in that cover photo framed.
SI.com: So what will you be doing at Wrestlemania this Sunday?
Kardashian: Actually, I have no idea.
SI.com: I had heard that you were hosting a "BunnyMania Lumberjack Match" that involves four of the WWE Divas.
Kardashian: I'm hosting something. I think I may do some commentating, too.
SI.com: If there was a four-way tag team match between you and Reggie, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, Eva Longoria and Tony Parker and Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo, which team would win?
Kardashian: Are you kidding? Reggie and I. Have you seen his body?