If activities like whitewater rafting, skydiving and off-road driving aren’t intense enough for the most ultimate thrill seekers, try experiencing them with Belkys Gálvez.
As a former contestant on Sí TV’s “Model Latina,” the Miami-born Honduran beauty isn’t as interested this year in walking the runway as much as crashing into waves, jumping from airplanes and getting behind the wheel of all-terrain vehicles.
In the second season of “Adrenalina,” an extreme-sports show on Sí TV, Gálvez joins hosts Pablo Lanatta and Zalman Lekach as they travel around the world to attempt the most pulse-pounding stunts imaginable.
During an interview, Gálvez, 21, talked about shedding her delicate model persona and why she blames her brothers for her interest in living dangerously. New episodes of “Adrenalina” air Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on Sí TV.
When you were on “Model Latina,” did you hope a show like that could open up doors for you professionally?
I always kept high hope in that. Hosting a show like “Adrenalina” with two other people is huge. I’ve always been the type to hope for something good to happen.
Did you have any experience doing extreme sports?
I had never been skydiving or whitewater rafting. I was new to everything we did on the show. But I had always wanted to do stuff like that, even before I was offered the show. I’ve always been a big sports junkie.
Why do you think they wanted to add someone like you to the second season of “Adrenalina?”
Coming from “Model Latina,” a lot of people see me as a model. But I think people see another side of me when I fall on my face and get right back up. They see that I’m tough. I make [viewers] feel like they [would] want to feel the first time they do something [like extreme sports].
Did you worry about joining a show that is so physically demanding?
Not at all. I was more excited than anything. I was never scared of getting hurt. You have to be fearless.
I bet. I saw in the season premiere when Zalman’s parachute doesn’t open.
Yeah, it doesn’t open so he has to break away and use his safety chute. I couldn’t believe that was happening when I was watching it. Crazy things really do happen like that. Sometimes things are out of your control. It was pretty scary. When I went skydiving, everything went great. I don’t know what I would have done if that happened to me.
With that in mind, have you ever had to tell the producers that you’re not comfortable doing a certain stunt?
Honestly, no. They actually have to tell me, “No Belkys. You can’t do that. I don’t want to be reliable for your death!” (Laughs).
I read that you have three brothers. Is that how you managed to stay tough throughout the years?
I think it has a lot to do with them always pushing me to the side when I was younger. I always wanted to play with them at the park and they would never let me go. I was always alone and was like, “I want to have fun, too!” There were protective so I always had to sneak to the park. But once they saw me, they would always push me back to the curb.
Along with all the stunts, I’m sure another fun aspect of the show for you is all the traveling. Had you done any traveling prior to “Adrenalina?”
Believe it or not, the first time I traveled out of Miami was when they sent me to L.A. for “Model Latina.” Traveling is awesome. It’s one of my favorite parts of the show. I get to experience different cultures. It opens your eyes a lot.
Where do you have bruises right now?
Well, the other day I bumped my head into the corner of a table, but that had nothing to do with the show (laughs). I’m very clumsy. My arms are okay right now. I have two matching bruises on my butt from snowboarding because I “ate it.” My knees are all cut up. I have a few bruises on my legs, but I’m okay. I’m in the recovering stage.