AE: Do you feel that you were portrayed accurately for the most part?
MB: Yeah, for the most part I was pretty much portrayed accurately. Of course in editing you see some things that they kind of switch up a little bit, but youâ€™re just like, â€œOh well, thatâ€™s TV.â€ Like on our go sees, we actually didnâ€™t only see two go sees, we saw like six. But thatâ€™s just editing â€” itâ€™s expected. Anything that did get changed up a little bit, I was like, â€œOh well, TV.â€ It wasnâ€™t as bad as I thought it was gonna be.
AE: [Laughs.] Well, thatâ€™s a good attitude. Is there anything you would have done differently?
MB: I donâ€™t regret anything, but maybe that last panel I kind of shot myself in the foot. I wouldnâ€™t have changed my answer, but I would have made it shorter and sweeter, so that it didnâ€™t have such a big impact.
AE: Letâ€™s talk a bit about the remaining contestants. Can you tell me your opinion of â€” well, letâ€™s just go through them all. What do you think of Eugena?
MB: Eugenaâ€™s a really cool person. We definitely have different personalities, but itâ€™s OK â€™cause sheâ€™s the kind of person you can get in a debate with and have completely different opinions, and then at the end of the debate youâ€™re fine â€” which is something I really admire in people. Sheâ€™s definitely had her own opinions, and she was kind of different â€” like set in her ways â€” but she was a really cool person and easy to get along with. She made me laugh.
AE: How about Melrose?
MB: Melrose is an interesting character. A lot of people had problems with Melrose. Actually, me and Melrose were pretty close on the show, but if you would just talk to Melrose one-on-one, she was a totally cool, down-to-earth person, really knowledgeable, easy to talk to. But sometimes when Melrose got in groups â€¦ she would kind of act out a little bit, so she would do some things that would make you be like [in an indulgent tone of voice], â€œOh, Melrose, what are you doing?â€ Thatâ€™s my description of Melrose. She didnâ€™t have two personalities, but there were some times you were just like, â€œWhat are you doing?â€
AE: And how about CariDee?
MB: CariDee was a really cool person. I liked her a lot. You could tell she wanted this, and she was trying so hard. And she just had a really fun, outgoing personality, like the person who would be down for anything and is hilarious and had no problem with being crazy to make others laugh. That was cool; I liked her.
AE: And last but not least: Amanda.
MB: Sheâ€™s my sister; Iâ€™ve known her all my life. I love her; sheâ€™s my sister. I donâ€™t even know how to describe her anymore.
AE: Who would you choose as the winner?
MB: Of course Iâ€™d pick my sister, but if I had to pick a second, I would pick CariDee.
MB: Just â€™cause I know that she wants it really bad, and she is a really good person. So, I was hoping if it wasnâ€™t my sister, Iâ€™d hope it would be her.
AE: I almost forgot to ask you: How did you like being dressed as Ellen and Portia?
MB: That was cool â€” I loved being Ellen. I would love to be on the Ellen show; sheâ€™s super cool. That was a lot of fun. At first it was kind of funny â€¦ the day after I announced that I might be gay they do the couples shoot, and I happened to be the one with the two girls. At first I was like, â€œOh, good job, production.â€ I didnâ€™t really care, but I thought it was funny. But it ended up being really cool because Ellen rocks, so it was fine.
AE: Then they made your sister model that romance novel cover with the woman who falls for another woman, right?
MB: That was even funnier to me than anything. It was like, OK, mine was understandable, funny, ha ha. This, really now? Come on!