The Biggest Loser's Filipe Trash-Talks About Friendly Competition
Famous for his great one-liners and infectious enthusiasm, Filipe Fa missed making it to the Biggest Loser: Couples finale by one weigh-in. Even a stellar 10-pound loss wasn't enough to keep him safe and his opponents didn't hesitate to eliminate their biggest threat. Filipe opened up to TVGuide.com about how he's inspiring his family and fellow Tongans, and why he and his cousin Sione (and Biggest Loser partner) are trash-talking their way to the at-home prize.
TVGuide.com: Going into the elimination, did you think you'd be voted out?
Filipe Fa: Going into the weigh-in, I knew that if I fell below the yellow line, I'd be going home for sure. I just knew that I was a bigger threat than anybody else and they would play the game and vote me home. [At the elimination], I was 100 percent confident I was going home.
TVGuide.com: You had a real positive outlook on leaving the ranch. Can you talk more about those emotions?
Fa: That was an emotional week for me in general because I really realized what the whole purpose of the show was: to inspire people. That week me and Bob talked quite a bit and he kept telling me, "You know, I want you to work your hardest this week, but it's not about winning the game; it's about fixing what's broken," and that's what I really focused on the whole week — just thinking about how far I've come and the knowledge that I've gained and the opportunity I have to spread that to others.
TVGuide.com: Which annoys you more, that Tara constantly won challenges or that Ron slid into the final four?
Fa: [Laughs] I don't care about Tara winning challenges. I mean, at the time I was like, "Gosh, this girl is a beast." [But] Ron, how did this guy do it? I guess you have to be grateful for their accomplishment.
TVGuide.com: I know you've started a fitness class for your family. How have they adapted to your new lifestyle?
Fa: Oh, they love it. Well, I don't know if they loved it at first. It was funny because after the first couple of workouts that we had at the house, I got a lot of calls from my cousins, [saying], "Oh my gosh, I'm so sore. I didn't know I had muscles in those areas!" But my family has definitely adopted it. My daughter loves eating healthy. In fact, she told me the other day she feels so much better, and I said, "That's the blessing of eating healthy." My immediate family and my extended family have definitely benefited from me being home.
TVGuide.com: Are there any recipes from your culture that you've been able to transform into healthier versions?
Fa: Not a whole lot. Just because in the Tongan culture, growing up, there were no spices or anything like that. All we had was coconut milk, and the problem with the coconut milk they buy here is that it's processed, but 50 percent of that is saturated fat. I was able to find a healthier, lighter coconut milk with less saturated fat. My mom has prepared so many dishes now using the light coconut milk and she said it tastes so much better and feels so much better.
TVGuide.com: And do you have a favorite healthy snack?
Fa: One of my favorite snacks to make for my family is called pita-pocket pizzas. I take the Ezekiel pita-pocket bread and then put a little organic marinara sauce with some lean ground beef on it, with some cheese on it, and you've got little pizzas.
TVGuide.com: So is there a friendly competition going on with you and Sione for the at-home prize?
Fa: [Laughs] Oh, let me just tell you. We work out together every morning. We have the same trainer, so it's hilarious when the trainer tells us to do five reps, I'll do five extra, and of course he'll do it, so we compete every morning. There is a friendly little competition. We talk trash to each other everyday, but I still love the guy.
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