TVDIVAGAL By Delaina Dixon |
February 21, 2011 | Entertainment
The Bachelor: Michelle’s Interview Part II!
TV editing isn’t always your friend, especially if a show is out to make you the enemy. So it went for The Bachelor‘s Michelle Money, who was pegged as this season’s aggressive villainess when it came to capturing Brad Womack‘s heart.
Michele wants you to know that really wasn’t an actual portrayal of her personality. Yes, the hairdresser from Utah goes after what she wants without apologies. But no, she didn’t blow off Brad and leave him without saying a word when he escorted her to the limo after her ouster.
Of course, Michelle won’t tell us exactly what she said to Brad when she was eliminated. So TV DivaGal is breaking a personal rule here and giving you virtually verbatim excerpts from Michelle’s exit conference call. You can make your own decision on just how much you saw on screen was really the truth. And don’t forget to watch Brad take home the final four girls tonight on The Bachelor at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Did you say anything when Brad walked out with you to the car? Whst was going through your mind at that time?
Michelle: Brad and I actually did have a conversation.┬á Unfortunately, it wasn’t shown. But we had a really great conversation that gave me closure and helped me feel confident in his decision. I was really just excited to go home to my daughter.
Could you tell us a little bit about what that conversation was?
Michelle: The conversation I had with Brad was a very personal conversation, and IΓÇÖm glad I had it.┬á It gave me the closure that I needed. And it was something that was positive. It was a great conversation for me, and IΓÇÖm glad we had it.
When you were silent in the limo as well, was that also just the editing, or did you actually have things to say and react?
Michelle: I did have things to say and I did react. Me lying down was actually a result of me being incredibly carsick from talking to the camera while driving down a bumpy road and having lights in my face. And so, the reason I laid down is because I literally was going to throw upΓÇª I talked through the conversation that I had outside of the limo, which was a good conversation. And I felt like I was in a good place. I just felt good about Brad’s decision.
I talked a lot about my family and my daughter and what I had to say to the world, and what I wanted to be remembered by. I said that I want to be remembered as a girl who is loving and forgiving and is kind and a good mother. I spoke about my family and my daughter a lot.
Do you think there was a problem on how you were being edited, or do you feel like there were moments that you came off so intensely, that that was really how you were feeling at the time?
Michelle: I feel like I have a very sarcastic, dry sense of humor.┬á And if you donΓÇÖt get the full spectrum of who I am, and thatΓÇÖs not revealed to you and youΓÇÖre only getting that one side of me, I see how that can come off as very intense. For me, I feel when you just get a small chopped up version of me being sarcastic, it comes across the wrong way.
Do you think you were there so long due to a producer push through the show, or was it because you had a real connection with Brad?
Michelle: I think it was definitely because I had a connection with Brad. I made it very, very clear to Brad from the very beginning: please, just if you do not feel like IΓÇÖm right for you, please let me go home. I need to go back to my daughter. And I really trust that Brad would have done that, and did do that exactly when he felt like the connection was not strong enough to continue.
Did you ever intuitively feel that the show was putting you into the position of playing an evil character?
Michelle: Never, not even once.┬á Not even in one small sort of way. There is like 300 hours of footage for each episode┬á — and youΓÇÖre seeing an hour and a half of that many hours.┬á There are so many other conversations and interviews I had and interactions with people. I think the reason I am an easy target for something like that is because I am upfront and I am direct. I am honest. IΓÇÖm not easily swayed. I feel like I was kind of an easy target as far as being like the outspoken, aggressive woman. I never thought I would be the villain.
Are you ready to start dating again now, or are you at all worried about how you were portrayed on the show affecting your dating life?
Michelle: Once you actually meet me face to face and have a conversation with me, itΓÇÖs very clear that IΓÇÖm not a villain. So IΓÇÖm not worried about dating.┬á I think, more than anything, IΓÇÖve just had a hard time finding people to date in Utah. Being a single mom, itΓÇÖs hard to get out and travel and meet new people, and have the opportunity to meet different men outside of where IΓÇÖm from. IΓÇÖm hopeful that IΓÇÖll meet somebody. I want to get married. I want to have more kids.┬á I want to be in a committed, healthy relationship with somebody. And IΓÇÖm very hopeful that I will find that.
What’s your hair tip for the Spring?
I’m all about long, healthy, shiny, flowy movement. I like that bohemian look: pulling off a part of the middle and looking like you just got out of the ocean. IΓÇÖm really loving the melting techniques they are doing with color, and how it looks like very natural.┬á Natural tones, not anything too loud, that’s what I like.