Good news, guys: Stephanie isn’t mute, after all. In fact, she has quite a bit to say about her time on Money Hungry, including being overshadowed by Phillip, being one of the smallest people on a weight-loss show and being Josh’s object of (temporary?) affection…
I’m particularly interested in talking to you because we heard so little from you on the show.
I know! It really irritates me. I did talk, and they don’t show me talking at all. I look like a mute and that’s definitely not me.
So what was it? Phillip overshadowing you?
I think it was. He’s the life of any situation he’s in. You try to chime in against him and you’re just not going to win.
Did you expect that going into it?
Yeah, anywhere we go, anytime we’re out, you cannot get a word in edgewise. I literally have to keep repeating myself to talk over him. I’m used to it. In our interviews and stuff, I didn’t want to have to keep pushing my way in to get my words out. Most of the time, what he was saying was what I would be saying, too, it’s just that he beat me to the punch and wouldn’t allow me to get some time to talk.
What was your take on him referring to Flabulous decisions in the first person? It seemed like he had absolute say.
Most of the time, we were on the same page. I don’t take it personally or think that he wasn’t considering my thoughts on the matter. There were a few votes that we didn’t see eye-to-eye on, but we eventually talked about that. That’s Phillip, he’s very “all about me” all the time. I’ve known that about him, and I don’t take it personally. He’s just always so focused on himself. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but when he’s talking, he says, “I’m doing this, I’m doing that,” because in the house, he was the main person involved in a lot of the game play and scheming and everything we needed to do to stay out of the bottom and in the house.
So you just trusted his decisions?
I did. There were a few times we disagreed, like I said, but then again, I wasn’t the person who was actually able to get us on the show. I felt like it wasn’t really my place to push when we didn’t see eye-to-eye. I trusted him, we talked about things, and it got us pretty far.
It seemed that you were one of the smallest people on the show. Is that a fair assessment?
If you ask me personally, I don’t think so. A lot of people in the house thought that about me. I know that Josh said that when he saw me on the bus, he was like, “What is this skinny bitch doing here?” That was the first time I never heard myself referred to as skinny. Hey, I’ll take it, but I don’t necessarily agree. I’ve lost a lot of weight over the past two years. There was a point in my life where I was 280 lbs. Before we went on the show I’d lost about 65 lbs., so that’s why it was hard to lose weight on the show. I was one of the smallest, but there were smaller people than me like Tricia of Grading Curves. She’s the one I looked at and thought, “What is she doing here?”
How much weight did you lose on the show?
I lost 20 lbs., and I lost a lot of inches. I went down three pants sizes. Me and Phillip set out realistic goals for ourselves before going on the show. Mine were that I wanted to get out of the 200’s, and lose 20 to 30 lbs. I knew in the time I wasn’t going to be able to lose much more than that. I hit both of those goals. Phillip wanted to lose between 40 and 50 and get of his insulin injections, and he hit both of those goals. Even though we went home, we were proud of ourselves.
Is there any point where you wish that you stepped in and put your foot down?
Yeah, when we decided to vote for Josh. After he went home, Phillip, Kaitlin, Jackie and I realized that this was somebody that this was someone that was in our alliance and was pretty good at challenges. He could have won immunity and saved one of us. We could have sent Grading Curves home had we stuck with the plan, and they were one of the more challenging teams in the house.
Speaking of Josh, what was your take on his crush? Were you actually attracted to him?
Not necessarily. He’s a really nice guy and I could see us being friends, but he had a crush on everybody in the house from Jamie to me to Jackie. I don’t know what he was trying to accomplish, but it was funny to hear some of his confessionals about the situation. I didn’t think he was that sneaky and conniving as he was with some of those comments that he made about keeping people around because he needed them. It all could have been part of his plan: to make all of the girls in the house swoon over him. I don’t know how successful he would have been but hey, it doesn’t hurt to try.
Was your shared time in the confessional in which he gave you a flower awkward?
It was very awkward. I didn’t know what I was going into. I was caught off guard and the camera was right there. He gives me this flower and I was like, “What is going on?” Dave, Po and Phillip knew and I was like, “These assh***s didn’t even give me the heads-up that he was going to do this.” I guess he was going to do a dinner and everything, and I’m so glad that didn’t happen. That would have been so much more awkward.
Do you still blame yourself for your elimination?
I kind of do, but I did realize that even if I had lost weight, with Phillip losing two lbs., we still wouldn’t have beat Jackie and Kaitlin’s numbers. But just for that to be such a pivotal weigh-in and hearing, “You didn’t lose any weight,” after I worked out so hard, it was very emotional. To know I put in all that work and have my weight stay the same was like a slap in the face.