Bravotv.com: Give us a quick primer, how long have you worked at SUR? How did you end up there?
Tom Sandoval: I've bartended at Villa Blanca since the day it opened four years ago this April. I created the cocktail list with Ken and Lisa. I started working at SUR last year for a change of pace and to pick up extra shifts. I was a little nervous about going over there and working with my girlfriend Kristen. I'm kind of against couples working together, especially because Kristen loves to pull rank on people. The place gets turbulent at times and puts me to the test, but overall I love working with my friends and girl. Ken and Lisa are pretty damn cool, but not Giggy -- he's such a man whore!
Bravotv.com: Can you tell us some more about your haircare routine? And about your band?
Oh man, here we go. . .this will eventually be a part of an eight book series. . .haha! Just kidding. First things first, I'm better off if I shower the night before, followed by a little flat iron action. The next day when I wake up my hair has lost its "too perfect look"(which is good). With dark thick hair it's important to create texture and separation. I do this by twisting my hair into spikes with heavy pomade (maybe Murray's?) and almost parting it on the side, sort of if Billy Idol had a side spike. I keep it all in place with the strongest hairspray I can find. Kristen's crappy moveable hairspray is like throwing a cup of water on a burning house! Anyways. . .This process can't be rushed or it will come off looking like Ricky Martin '99. Who knows how long this look will last, I change my hairstyle as often as my guitar strings. . .
My Band, Pierce the Arrow, is my other passion along with acting. I've been playing guitar for 10 years. After leaving my old band, Invictory, my good friend Brayden Pierce asked me to play guitar for his solo project which evolved into Pierce the Arrow. We often get compared to Imagine Dragons, The Smiths, Jeff Buckley, and U2. Our recently recorded live album can be heard on our website, PierceTheArrow.com, and purchased on iTunes. Personally, I'm so intrigued by guitar effects pedals. To me they are like tattoos -- once you get one, you want another.
Bravotv.com: Tell us more about your relationship with Kristen? How did you guys get together?
TS: Kristen and I have been together for roughly five years. Jax introduced us because Kristen was friends with his ex-girlfriend. We've lived together for two-and-a-half years. We share a love for music and acting. I'm was initially drawn to her beauty, combined with lack of "Princessness" (no offense Stassi), the fact she plays guitar and her overall generosity. We have a similar career path. Excluding the slight competition, we really motivate and help each other out. She is the perfect live- in scene partner who helps me write guitar riffs. We have randomly been in three movies together, our next one comes out on Redbox in March. Kristen, to me, is the perfect mix of adorable and smokin' hot sexy. . .
Bravotv.com: What would your dream career look like?
TS: My Dream Machine awakens me some days as a musician and some days as an actor. When I close my eyes and think of the future, right now. . .I picture myself on stage in front of thousands along side Brayden and Shay, melting faces with my pitch-shifter, with Kristen in the front row signing "I Love U" after just wrapping the biggest movie of the summer co-starring Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Vera Farmiga, Rooney Mara.