We often see people attempting to give up their vice on VH1, but rarely without the help of Dr. Drew. Marcia did just that, though, when she successfully gave up alcohol on Charm School. Below, the runner-up talks about going cold turkey, whether she started drinking again after the show and her many altercations with her fellow Charm School students.
How was your time on the show?
It was great. I loved it. It was a good experience. It was tough, though, because I wanted to drink.
What gave you the inspiration to give up alcohol?
I think that anyone can do whatever that they put in their mind, so I just wanted to not only prove it to everyone, but to prove to myself that I could. I can do whatever I want. It sounds like some music, huh? “I can do whatever I want!”
Did you go to Charm School knowing you wanted to give up alcohol?
Well, at the beginning I got really, really drunk. But I went to Charm School for a reason, and it was to change. And the only thing I really needed to change was to stop drinking. Other than that, I’m perfect. (Laughs)
Going cold turkey seems like a particularly difficult way of giving up alcohol.
This was even worse than rehab because there were girls drinking all over, you know, splashing their vodka and their tequila right in my face. It was really hard.
Were you really offended when K.O offered you the alcohol?
It was just disappointing because she came to the house and she said all those things and everybody felt sorry for her. She was like the last person I thought would do that.
And where are you now with alcohol? Did the quitting stick?
Well, I mean I drink. I’m not saying that I quit. I drink with moderation. I don’t drink everyday. I don’t drink like ten shots.
How long did you go without a drink after Charm School?
A full month after, or a full month in total?
A full month after.
When was the last time you’ve gone that long without drinking?
Well, counting with Charm School and with that month, I’ve never done that long. Not since before I came to America.
How was seeing your mom? It seemed really emotional for you.
Oh, my mom is my everything. I love her to death. She is my best friend. Even though she lives in another country, I talk to her like every other day, and if I don’t talk to her for like three or four days, she freaks out. She wants to know what’s going on. So it was amazing; it was awesome to see my mom. The only thing is that it was the situation of me telling my mom, that was the hardest thing on Charm School.
Telling her about the drinking or about your stepfather or what?
The drinking. The drinking was the worst. I moved over here and I do well, so my mom knows, and it’s just like for me to actually say, “Hey, I’m not perfect like you think I am. I actually have a problem.”
Do you agree with Ricki’s assessment that your stepfather drove you to drink?
Absolutely not. By him being a jerk and him being the way he was, I think I turned out to be a strong woman. Drinking? I don’t think so. I drink for fun. I don’t drink because I’m so depressed. I’m not a person that is depressed.
Is your mom still with your stepfather?
Oh my God! She left him! Thank God.
I don’t suppose Rock of Love airs in Brazil. Did your mom have any idea what it was?
She has no idea. Brazil is very different from America. When she was here, she saw one episode of Rock of Love, and the girls were both kissing each other, and she’s like, “Turn it off!”
Was giving up drinking strategy?
It was $100,000. I’m not going to say there wasn’t a strategy, but at the same time it could also have just been a change, a change for good. Like, “Hey, let’s try something new.”
What do you think about Risky winning?
If I were to lose for anybody, I was OK with losing to Risky. She’s a very sweet, genuine person, and deserved it. Hello, she needs her boobs! I got mine. I got some real ones, so I’m good!
Where do you stand with Ashley? You seemed to go back and forth with her.
I actually liked Ashley at the beginning. It just sucked when I was watching the show and saw her talking s*** about me behind my back. Don’t come to me and act like my friend, and then be talking s*** about me behind my back. And I was very disappointed when she called Bubbles “retarded.” That was it. I was just done. Who makes fun of Bubbles? I think Ashley and I have such strong personalities that we clash. But I do think Ashley is very real. She would say how it is, and I appreciate that.
What about Brittanya? You got into it with her at the end.
Good lord, she’s just lame. She has no personality. My chihuahua has more personality than she does. It’s like hello! Is anyone there? And not only that, she kept saying, “Ashley is my best friend. I love Ashley.” And then all of a sudden, when it’s the four of us at the end, she comes in the bathroom and I’m taking a bath after I won a challenge, and she tries to throw Ashley under the bus. She was like, “You know, Marcia, Ashley keeps telling me that she wants to go home and doesn’t want to be here. It’s not fair for her to stay here.” So I was like, “Why don’t you tell her?” And she goes, “I think I’m just going to go tell Ricki that.” And I was like, “Why, when you can just confront her and be like, ‘Hey Ashley, you’re my girl, but you don’t want to be here. I want to be here more than you. Why can’t you just pack your s*** and go?’” And then, later on, we all were talking about that, and Ashley said that she never said she wanted to go home. Ashley didn’t want to go home! Are you kidding me? She’s a stripper, she wants money! Do you think she’s going to give up $100,000? She’s not dumb.
What about dealing with the Real Chance girls? You got into it with So Hood. Did you call her “So Ho” on purpose?
No. I swear to God. I didn’t realize until I watched it on TV what “So Ho” means! I was like, “Holy sha-moley!” I get confused all the time with names. That’s why I call everybody “honey,” and say, “Hey baby.” I never call people by their names, I always get in trouble.
And what about your relationship with Big Rig? He says you’re a handful.
I am a handful, but he’s so patient though. Oh my god! He’s really sweet. I really love him. Honestly, I don’t think I could handle myself. I don’t think I could date myself. I really don’t think so.
Why? Because you’re wild or you have a temper? Why are you a handful?
It’s a mix of everything. But, I do have great sex.
So it’s a balance. So do you feel like you improved after the show? Do you feel like you got something out of it?
Well, I’m not drinking as much. Um…but I mean that’s pretty much it. I mean I’ve always been a good person, as long as you don’t step on my toe.