The New Orleans Melissa Interview, Part II
Melissa: So, I went on a date with Frat Matt and I disliked him because he was Frat Matt, because at the core, he wasn't really fun, and he was there for the television show. I could see him looking at the cameras. I could see him calling his friends and inviting them. They ask in your interviews, "How was your upbringing?" I'm like, "I grew up in an all-white neighborhood where a lot of the kids were privileged and I wasn't." Juxtapose that with me and Matt in the hot tub and it's, "Oh, now she doesn't like rich, white boys." I don't even care. I was upset at first, but now I don't even care.
Kim: So when in that process would you say it hit you that he just wanted to be on TV?
Melissa: When we're in the hot tub together, and I was totally grossed out...
Kim: And you go, "You have baby hands" [laughs] That was so funny, because he totally did!
Melissa: Julie was the first to notice it. Julie goes, "Melissa, don't date him. His hands are small. Look at them, they're disgusting." And then we started calling him T-Rex. [laughs] The crew was like, "That's just not nice." I'm like, "Will you put it on the show?" And they're like, "NO!"
So, I was cognizant of it when he showed up, and he was wondering what everybody was doing. "Oh, Kelley looks really pretty. Where's she going? I bet she's going on a date. Oh, where's Jamie going? Oh, he's going out with his friends. Oh, where's David?" And he started wondering about everybody in the house. And so it looked like, "Oh my God, he doesn't ask me about me." And it looks like I'm just totally self-absorbed. But he wasn't interested in dating me. He was interested in dating Real World.
Kim: So, they edited out the parts where he was asking about everything BUT you, and they just showed the parts where you were like, "But let's talk about me."
Melissa: Right. "Are you going to be with me or what?"
Kim: So you were kind of trying to say, "Look, are you dating me, or are you dating Real World?"
Melissa: Right. And I was blown when they showed on TV [that I said] he was just involved in the glitz and glamour of what's going on around me. I could not believe they put that on TV. That is me saying, "I'm cognizant of cameras. I'm cognizant of a television show." And they put it on the show! I guess because it's been on for nine years, they really have nowhere else to go. I mean, you have to admit it at one point.