Interview: Lisa Gleave is on the Case
by Scott Juba
Published: April 10, 2006
Not many people go to work with the possibility of handling a million dollars in a given day. That is the reality Lisa Gleave faces each time she enters the studio for a taping of Deal or No Deal. Gleave is Case Model 3, and on more than a few occasions, the amount of money in her case has changed the course of the game for a contestant.
Gleave admits that as the game unfolds and the tension builds, she feels the pressure when her case is chosen. “[I especially feel the pressure] if they’re going through a rough spot and need the cash,” the Australian native says. “I hope I have a small amount [of money in my case] that doesn’t knock them out of the game. I certainly want to keep them in there as long as possible. That’s what everybody comes on the show for – not only the experience but to win major cash. It’s unfortunate that the models don’t know what’s in the case until we open it. It’s a surprise, whether it’s good or bad.”
Prior to modeling on Deal or No Deal, Gleave appeared as one of the “Barker’s Beauties” on The Price is Right. “The Price is Right seemed more like a little family because there were three models, and then you’ve got Bob Barker and the family that supports you,” Gleave says. “Deal or No Deal is taking off, and it’s certainly feeling more like a family, and there certainly are a lot more girls there to support you.”
Besides her work on Deal or No Deal, Maxim featured Gleave on the cover of its 2006 calendar. “I’m very flattered,” she says of landing the cover. “Modeling is a tough business and to score the cover is awesome. It puts me in a different level in terms of going for different things in my life. It opens a lot of doors and hopefully if I make the right decisions, it will lead to better things.”
Gleave’s current modeling success should come as no surprise to those who have known her from an early age, because Gleave says she knew she wanted to model by age 13. “I think I’ve always been specific with the goals and directions I’ve wanted to take in life,” she tells me. “At age 13, I just knew modeling was the direction I wanted to go. It was either that or interior decorating, but I kind of had to wait a little bit until I got older for the interior decorating, so I just got into modeling in the meantime. Things just took off, and I haven’t stopped.”
Having worked in the entertainment industry for several years, Gleave says she’s learned people’s preconceived notions about entertainment figures are usually false. “A lot of people have misconceptions about people in the business, especially models, being stuck-up when actually they’re probably the most down-to-earth people you’ll get to know.”
If Gleave’s own personality is any indicator of what models are like, any notion of them having big egos and arrogant behavior couldn’t be farther from the truth.