On the heels of her February appearance on Chelsea Handler's late-night show, Chelsea Lately, Maria Sharapova took her manic marketing blitz for new candy line Sugarpova to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC last night. Watch the first clip of the two-part media spot here:
Sharapova was wonderfully self-deprecating, just as she was with Handlers a few months back. About her arms-wide-open reaction to winning the final point of the French Open final in May, she said, "I look at that picture, and I'm like, Was I posing?" (See it here.) She added, "I look at all of the pictures after my big moments and my big wins at Grand Slams, and I'm always on my knees. What's wrong with me?"
It goes without saying that Fallon had a rejoinder ready for that comment, but the two ambled along from there with relative ease. Sharapova was chatty, so talkative that she and the host were sometimes prattling simultaneously. Regis and Kathie Lee, they're not, but it was an entertaining little sit-down, nonetheless.
Sugarpova the branded candy (gum) is available online and boasts such flavors as "Sporty" (tennis ball-shaped pieces under the slogan "the taste of victory") and "Quirky" (a chewy, marshmallow-injected licorice). The candy's site has it that "A portion of the sales from the Sugarpova collection will be donated to the Maria Sharapova Foundation, furthering her ongoing dedication to a charitable cause close to her heart." That involves aiding those close to the site of the Chernobyl disaster and helping children with scholarship funds.
Here's Sharapova at her Sugarpova launch party, and later playing (Root) Beer Pong with Fallon, both courtesy of Spin friend The Slice.
—Jonathan Scott (@jonscott9)