It hasn’t taken Lacey Evans long to draw a huge spotlight in the WWE. Less than five years after making her in-ring debut, she has already made her way to “Monday Night Raw” where fans can see the “Sassy Southern Belle” as she teaches “nasties” – anyone who doesn’t appreciate her – what it’s like to be both a classy and ruthless woman.It’s been hard work for the former United States Marine, but she’ll happily accept the challenge. It was hard work and perseverance that saved her during a tough upbringing with her parents suffering from depression along with alcohol and substance abuse. Now, she wants to use that experience to be a role model for women everywhere and her young daughter. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearJust hours before the June 3rd edition of “Raw,” Evans spoke with Sporting News about her life story, quick ascension and experience so far in WWE.Sporting News: I know Mondays are always a busy day leading up to “Raw.” Do you have a regular routine and how do you stay focused on what you need to do for the show?Lacey Evans: I don’t really have a regular routine because, like you said, it’s always chaos. There’s always things that change. We get here early. You’ve got hair, you’ve got makeup, you’ve got whatever they want to be on live television. I’ve got my daughter right here by my side so I’m juggling a lot of different things, but I’m always ready regardless of what they put on my plate.You mentioned your daughter. You’ve had some adventures taking her on road with you in WWE. What has that been like for both of you?It’s amazing. It definitely motivates me. It reminds me why I do what I’m doing and it really helps me through this process. I’m learning a lot within WWE. The biggest thing that I like is the fact that she’s here and she can watch me first-hand work really hard to fight for becoming a champion and doing good at whatever is expected from me. Life is hard, new jobs are hard. They really put you out of your element and it takes a lot. So, to be able to show her first-hand the work that gets put in and show her that she’s capable of anything as long as she works hard, it means a lot to me.When it comes to the new job, you moved from NXT to WWE at the end of last year and things move at a face pace. What has that adjustment been like?It’s been very good. When you go from NXT to “Raw,” where I’m at now, you get to actually move back home from Orlando. That’s the best thing that I like is the fact that I actually go back home because we’re on the road so much. But I worked prior to WWE and I worked really hard to establish a home that had to go on the back burner in order for me to focus and hone in my skills as being a sports entertainer.I just get to be home a little more, my actually home in South Carolina and I get to raise my baby in the town that she’s from. The spotlight goes from big to bigger and you’re really put out there and out of your element and expected to show what you’re capable of. It’s motivating. It lights a fire under you to push yourself more. Show up and prove to them in WWE that you can do whatever they need you to do.When you came over to WWE, for the first few months you were mostly walking down to the ring and back in trying to make an impression and letting people see you. How anxious were you during that time to do more and get physical? Oh, I’m a very physical person. Blame it on the military if you want, but I’m mean. I’ve very mean and I was excited to get my hands on somebody. It didn’t matter who. I was just blessed that I got to walk out and show my face and remind the WWE Universe that Lacey Evans is here and ready for whatever the hell she wants. It was cool but, definitely, I was excited to get in the ring and start proving what I’m capable of.You’ve told your story about having a rough childhood, growing up in a home with parents who suffered from depression and addiction. Then when you were 19, you joined the Marines. Where would you be right now if you hadn’t made that choice? There was depression, addiction and it was never enough. My father, unfortunately, lost his battle just two months before my WWE tryout. The Marine Corps saved me as far as getting my mind clear and being able to get myself in a place with better influences and role models in my life because I didn’t have that growing up.If I didn’t join the Marine Corps, there’s no telling what would have happened to me, my family. Me as a mother, me as a wife, but it’s definitely one of the best decisions I ever did make because growing up without a positive role model, you’ve got to find them somewhere and I found that in the United States Marine Corps. I found that in the leadership I had while in active duty and I couldn’t be more blessed to have that in my life because it definitely made me the woman that I am today. You’ve talked a lot about growing up in that household and then turning to the Marines. How did you not fall into those same pitfalls, especially with what you experienced beginning at a young age?Whenever good comes to light to my siblings that didn’t take the best path that they could have taken or my father, I don’t know why I am who I am today, but I know what who they are because I was there. We’ve been through a lot of hard times, but I just stay busy. At a young age, it was sports, getting my first job washing dishes at a pizza place when I was 14. An idle mind is the devil’s handy work. Keep your mind going. Stay in sports. Do whatever extra activities. Anything you can do that doesn’t leave you sitting in the same life cycle as the negativity that is absorbing these children, absorbing young adults. Stay busy whether it’s fighting college, staying in school, staying in sports. Keep your mind motivated. Keep your mind busy. That way you don’t have time to sit there and be a victim because of the things you’re going through in life because of drugs and depression. Stay busy and stay motivated and that’s what I did my entire life growing up from the time I was able to walk to be honest with you. I did not sit there and tell myself I was the victim of anything. I worked every day to achieve those little goals and break the cycle I was used to growing up in a home like that. No matter what type of cycle you’re stuck in, you are capable of breaking that. You have an incredible story of what you’ve gone through in life and it’s very inspiring for people. Do you think there will be a time when that story becomes more a part of your character that we see on WWE television?I can only hope and pray that it is. One of the biggest reasons I chose to be a sports entertainer was not to be famous, but actually to be famous to show the entire world these babies that are suffering, these young adults that are making these decisions thinking that they don’t have any other option, that it doesn’t matter the cards you’ve been dealt.You can become anything that you want to be. You’re not a victim and you can break the cycle. It just takes a mentality to stay strong and keep busy. I’m blessed to have this platform and I could only hope that one day it is, to a point, where I can verbally say that. I was in their shoes. I know what it feels like. If someone would have told me that growing up, I probably would have made the decision a lot sooner than 19 to finally step out of that situation. You’ve already gotten some great opportunities in WWE, including getting to have a match at “Money in the Bank” with Becky Lynch for the “Raw” women’s championship. What was that experience like and getting that opportunity so quickly?It was amazing. I’m not going to lie — it was nerve-racking because coming from NXT and not being a fan of WWE (at a younger age), I’m starting from scratch. I wasn’t even three years in and now I’m put up in their level and I definitely didn’t want to let my bosses down. I didn’t want to let the WWE Universe down.But like everything else in my life, I wasn’t going to half-ass anything. I took the ball, I ran with it, and I worked and I continue to do so to perform and give them the matches and character work that’s entertaining. I’m just blessed to be a thought in all of this. I hope to continue to entertain and show the world what women all over the world are capable of.Almost a week to come up with this?Let me guess….. your daddy fed you this line? Call him back and tell him to keep up with the @WWENetwork because this #Peasant is about to take the queen to class. #LikeALady #AllInGoodTime #NoMoreNasties https://t.co/uJ4c3zkmz7— Lacey Evans ~ WWE Superstar (@LaceyEvansWWE) June 3, 2019We see a lot of WWE Superstars go back and forth on social media these days. We’ve seen some jabs between yourself and Becky Lynch as well as Charlotte Flair. Does trash talking come naturally for you? Let me tell you: three months of United States Marine Corps boot camp and you can trash talk like no other. For three months, from start to finish, the morning I woke up to the minute I went to bed, that’s all they ever did which is where the term “nasties” comes from because in the Marines Corps, it doesn’t matter how fast you were, how smart you were, you were always a nasty thing. They could always find something that wasn’t good enough and whether it was a second too late in a run or if you did a pushup too slow, you were a nasty thing. The reason they said that was to always keep you motivated, to keep you working harder. Other than that, my dad had a pretty sharp tongue as well. That really helped me be able to come up with the verbiage needed to keep the crap talking and make everyone else stand down. If you have something to say about me, I promise you, I have three more things I could say back about you.With you wanting to be a good, strong role model for your daughter and women everywhere, do you find it ironic that you’re a villain on WWE television?Yes, sometimes. It’s fun. I don’t see myself as a villain. I see myself as a confident, motivated woman and I just have to find ways to get under people’s skin. The more they boo me, the better my apple pie tastes as far as I’m concerned. Whatever WWE needs from me is what I’m going to bring to the table.