'Nail Files': Star and Painted Nail salon owner Katie Cazorla names five reasons to tune in tonight

Nail-Files

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I live in L.A. now, PopWatchers, so naturally I’ve become a completely different person. Last week, in a stunning departure from the norm, I allowed STRANGERS to manhandle my neglected fingernails and got a manicure over at The Painted Nail. Don’t worry, there was a work reason! The salon doubles as the set for TV Guide Network’s reality show Nail Files. (The new series, from Jersey Shore exec producer SallyAnn Salsano, scored with 1.1 million viewers and triple digit increases among female viewers when it premiered June 22.)

Salon owner Katie Cazorla, 33, is severely wacky — but in a great way, because at least she’s not faking some act for TV. “I thought reality TV shows were for slutty girls who have no self-esteem and like to drink. I love to drink but I’m not gonna have cocktails and make out with some random guy in a hot tub. That was my 20s.”  Below, Katie offers up five reasons — one for each finger — to tune into episode 4 tonight (10 p.m. ET/PT).

5. (pinky) “I bust out an old school gymnastics move for Candace Cameron. I used to love DJ and Stephanie Tanner from Full House! Have you seen her? She’s like a size zero. How does she do that?”

4. (ring) “I throw an over-the-top Russian birthday party that’s so extravagantly awesome, and after multiple shots of vodka, I play a really good Russian gypsy.” Katie was disappointed the 8-minute Russian folk dance was edited down for TV, but was glad the crew at least stopped filming when, during one of many rehearsals, “I almost vomited my lungs out into the toilet down here.”

3. (bird) Kenny G performs at her fiancé’s (Grammy-winning music producer Walter Afanasieff) birthday party. Who isn’t dying to see Kenny G play all the time? Speaking of the sweet and adorable Walter: He pops up a lot at home, but steers clear of The Painted Nail itself, where most of the show’s action takes place. “It’s not like Walter’s down here singing ‘My Heart Will Go On’ and doing people’s nails. Could you imagine if he was like, ‘And then a hero comes along… ‘ to apply a topcoat of sparkles?”

2. (pointer) The employee drama surrounding crazy tip-stealer Tina and false allegations of threesomes is 100 percent real. “Here’s why reality TV is so jaded. Everything is always set up, you could tell. I watched Rock Star Wives, Real Housewives. Those women aren’t real friends. They put ‘em on picnics together. No. The girls you see acting like assholes on my show? They really did.”

1. (thumbs up) This warm invitation Katie extended to me just before I left: “If you do not get any compliments on your nails, you can come back here and punch me in my face.”

That’s a good enough reason as any to head back to the Valley. But here’s one more, from Katie. “If I went to a new salon and they were serving wine — even if it sucked! — I would go.” Katie, who claims to love Taco Bell and will buy anything except her shoes at Tar-jay, clearly has impeccable taste. Sounds pretty legit to me.

Watch two clips of tonight’s Nail Files below.

The Jersey Shore girls will show up next week, and for a few seconds in previews tonight. J-Woww is NOT havin’ it, but everyone at the Painted Nail loved Sammi. Go figure.

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  • Tammy Esrailian

    I am obsessed with this show! Not your average Real Housewives-type show. This girl is so funny and awesome!

  • nunya

    I couldn’t get into this show…it just seems to center around the owner promoting her salon.

  • JJ

    Redundancy at it’s finest. This woman couldnt’ be more aware that she’s on a reality show if she tried as clearly she’s trying to come up with a sound bite to follow “On the next Nail Files…”. When the “stars” that appear are Debbie Gibson, Candace Cameron and Snooki you know it’s Z Level. (sorry debbie, luv ya)

    • Joel

      JJ poor JJ, obviously you have NO idea how reality shows work. I am sure you probably have them all tivoed though.

  • Jeannie

    I think this show is hilarious

  • jackjackmcmack

    whoa whoa whoa whoa time out. ANNIE, YOU LIVE IN LA? WHAT THE WHAT?

  • Joel

    I think this show is hilarious and agree with Tammie and Jeannie- Easy, funny, good laughs and she is not your typical reality crap. bravo to The Nail Files

  • Gigi

    This show is GREAT!!!! Iwas a Nail Tech. & teacher in all the beauty schools in RI & MA. Soooooooooooo true!!!!! There is sooooooooo much DRAMA, the owner reminds me of myself!!!! GREAT JOB & More shows!!!

  • aimee

    i think your show sucks, you are one of the biggest idiots i’ve ever seen. you are not cute and you are not funny and you are a disgrace to the smart women in this world. i hope you fail horribly. take your show off the tv guide channel because everybody hates you

    • jade

      This is a great show, funny & entertaining! As a small business owner, I can relate to Katie & all the drama. Kudos Katie for a brilliant business plan & concept, much success to you! And to “aimee” stop being a “hater” your just jeolous that you don’t have your own business or reality show. You know what they say about “Karma” & with that bad attitude yours is not looking so good.

  • alma1752

    One of the worst shows ever. A self promoting bimbo is all I see in the owner. Even the commercials are hard to watch

  • TomVon

    My friends, family and I saw the advertisement for the show 1 week before it aired, and we wanted to watch it, because we thought it was going to be a good show. However; after watching the first 2 episodes, we stopped, because Katie Cazorla turned out to be a stupid, slutty, trailer trash bimbo who thinks she is cool. Someone needs to inform her. She would be living in a trailer if her boyfriend didn’t invest his money in that nail salon for her. Reality show “Jon & Kate plus 8,” may have more problems, but at least they are not stupid; and kate is definitely not a slutty, trailer trash, bimbo like Katie. Trust me, I am a social worker, and my major is Psychology, so I should know.

    • Janine

      Sounds like a clear case of insane jealousy! Wow! Well you and your friends and family are all sitting around sharing your one tube tv, I can only picture it hah! I’m sure you are all scarfing down your gourmet microwave dinners and discussing reality tv, all while this “stupid” woman is getting a huge paycheck and a ton of business out of it. Who’s the trailer trash here? Oh and I didn’t know her husband did nails? TomVon, you should get off the neighborhood computer and go back to collecting your unemployment checks that this working woman’s taxes probably pay for! I hope there is a other season! I will watch and Tom I know your whole trailer park will be gathered around that 1 set watching too!

  • LisaSmith

    Most of the people in the nail business are usually stupid (this is a fact), so it’s understandable that Katie is as well. They say in Pschology that we shouldn’t stereotype, but psychologists, and law enforcement officers do, because it helps us understand the majority of the people in that community, just as we streotype that most criminals have little or no regards for other people’s life and rights. Therefore, it’s safe to say katie is stupid and that the show is stupid. Also, inhailing all those chemicals will not make them smart, in fact it’s just the opposite. I was a nail technician for 4 years, but I always strive to be smart, and better (and now, I am, thank God). I am a university professor. The show, and characters are not worth my time. I have a lot of things that I can do with my time.

    • Janine

      Hopefully you’re not an English Professor.
      Wow, what terrible grammar.
      I get from what you wrote that you’re a crazy, scary, condradicting sociopath!
      The most entertaining statements you made in your comment only prove how much of a Nail Files fan you really are.

  • Gemma

    I cannot believe how rude and offensive some peoples comments are. If you don’t like the programme then don’t watch it, simple as that. No need to obusive to somebody you have never even met, people never cease to amaze me! I am in the UK and watched this series online as it isn’t shown here, and personally love it!

  • Bobbie Sweetin

    Hey girl, keep your head up these people are just stupid your show is cute as hell want to know when your gonna open another store in Bryan or Collegestation Tx,cause i would love to work for you!

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