The New Orleans Melissa Interview, Part III
Kim: I'm recapping the Seattle season right now, from tape. And there are some times when he gets a little melodramatic with Kira and stuff. But the things he comes up with are so hilarious.
Melissa: He is hilarious, and he's rambunctious as hell. He like invades your personal space and lifts you up and throws you around. [laughs] He's really awesome.
Kim: So you did watch the show before you went on it?
Melissa: Oh, I was totally cognizant. And I get so tired of hearing about cast members -- it even went on in my house -- where they'd be like, "I don't really watch the show." And I'd be like, "Shut up! Why would you subject yourself to four months of interviewing if you didn't watch the show and didn't want to be a part of it? Are you retarded? This whole, "I don't want to be famous. I just want to change the perception that people have about this stereotype." And I'm like, "Child, you have no control in that editing room. You want to be famous." Four million people are watching you, and they're cognizant of it, so you might as well admit it. And people are watching us and thinking, "Oh my God, they'd do anything to be famous." And so? And?
Kim: Well, that's what I like about you -- you're so upfront, like, "Yeah, I'm going on this show so people will see me. That's what it's about."
Melissa: Totally. And also, you tell a kid in the South who doesn't know anything about the business, "Hey, you're gonna be famous. And we're gonna give you money. And then you're gonna live in a house, for free. How do you feel about that?" I would be like, "Okay, what do you need me to do?" "Oh, we just need you to be yourself and be really, really honest." Okay. I can do that.
Kim: Let's talk about the fact that you cut your hair. How much did that fuck up the whole thing? Were the producers pissed? Because I know in Hawaii, Justin dyed his hair.
Melissa: Okay, I loved Justin and I wish he would have stayed on the show because that show -- I don't care what anybody says -- Hawaii cannot be topped. I mean, that show kept me watching like nobody's business.
Kim: Yeah. Well, Justin was my favorite. But that's a whole other story.
Melissa: Justin was my favorite too!
Kim: The recap with the trip and everything? I wrote this whole justification of how it was edited to make him look evil.