Mollie Sue Steenis, America's Next Top Model
Pixieish America's Next Top Model
castoff Mollie Sue Steenis
just can't catch a break. First, she got eliminated by Tyra Banks
over such "winners" as "geriatric" egomaniac Jade
and cry-baby Brooke
. (And let's be real — with that adorable Mia Farrow
'do and those piercing blue eyes, the 25-year-old Tampa native shoulda been a contender.) Then, when she was given the sweetest consolation prize ever by her boyfriend — a wedding! — she didn't even get to strut down the aisle like Miss J
. In fact, there was no walk down the aisle at all "because we did it at a courthouse," she tells TVGuide.com. Did she at least get to don a designer gown? "Actually, I was wearing sandals and a tank top," she admits. "Then we went to take a nap in the park." We're assuming (and hoping) this isn't the same unsupportive boyfriend she complained about to the judges during auditions. The coverworthy girl who gets our
vote for Miss Personality remains upbeat and optimistic, and unlike some of her peers, she can not only form complete sentences, she can do so with delicious wit. Before another wannabe's pretty head goes on the chopping block (tonight at 8 pm/ET on UPN), we caught up with the newly hitched hottie to see if she'd dis and tell.
Mollie Sue Steenis: How are you?
TVGuide.com: Bummed! I was hoping to have another nine weeks or so before I interviewed you.
Mollie Sue: Yeah, me too.
TVGuide.com: When Tyra announced that Jade was staying and you were going, did you think, "Oh, no, this is just not right!" I did.
Mollie Sue: I seriously was about to step forward and grab that picture [from Tyra]. I was upset. Watching it again was weird, because I don't remember it. I just sort of stepped out of my body! But when Tyra held Jade's picture out, I was about to step forward, thinking, "There's no way they're giving her another chance! There's no way they're sending me home!"
TVGuide.com: You know they only kept Jade because she's a card-carrying crackpot, right? You are so the better model.
Mollie Sue: Oh, I completely understand. And it was my episode [to go], because it was commercial week, and I had already been typecast as the "boring robot." Even if I kicked ass with the Groundlings or the guys from Wild 'N Out, it didn't matter, because CoverGirl isn't robotic.
TVGuide.com: Well, it is with their current spokesmachine, but that's another story.
Mollie Sue: [Laughs, then does a droidlike monotone] "My life as a CoverGirl?"
TVGuide.com: Enough said. Do you think Top Model tends to reward girls who are willing either to make complete fools of themselves or to come off as clueless narcissists?
Mollie Sue: So many people have written to me saying, "It's not a modeling competition, it's reality television." And that's true. Yes, I think there have been some winners who were OK, but it's reality television, and I wasn't living up to those standards.
TVGuide.com: You forgot you were playing a character and not just modeling.
Mollie Sue: I know, I know. "That Mollie, she's so boring!"
TVGuide.com: For what it's worth, you'd be the first one of those girls I'd invite to a party!
Mollie Sue: Well, good! For what it's worth, I'd be the first of them to go!
TVGuide.com: I'll remember you said that come the Fourth of July. After seeing how the other girls did in the commercial, did you think, "OK, I'm not dead yet"?
Mollie Sue: Yeah, I didn't remember all the words, but I didn't go, "Um... uh." Tyra said, "You looked concerned selling it." Well, yeah, of course I was concerned — I forgot my lines! At least I didn't just make up some gibberish, or swear like Jade did!
TVGuide.com: You may have been a deer caught in the headlights, but at least in your case, the deer kept talking!
Mollie Sue: Totally! [Laughs] On the first take, I nailed my lines, but I just ran straight up there and rattled them off. That was probably a little worse [than the one they used].
TVGuide.com: Did Tyra talk to you after you got eliminated?
Mollie Sue: No. The only time she talked to us was after her little fake fainting spell — and that's just like talking to us with the cameras on. She's not talking to us once those cameras leave! I know she's busy, I know it's crazy, but there's no "Let me show Tyra my personality" time at all.
TVGuide.com: That sort of limits your chances to improve on your first impression.
Mollie Sue: Yeah, I didn't want to be the person in panel who was like Jade, whom Nigel [Barker] had to tell to shut up. But you don't know how to act. They say, "Show us your personality." How, without making a fool out of myself or you yelling at me? I really blew it in some of these panels by being so shy and so nervous because I didn't know what to do. It's like, "Here's what I want, and here are people judging me before I can get everything I want. And now I have to impress them to get it." And I just froze! From then on, that was it. I couldn't take it back, and I couldn't impress them in the following weeks.
TVGuide.com: If nothing else, you came away from the show with a great makeover. Are you happy with it?
Mollie Sue: I am so happy with it. I got so much positive feedback just from being in that CoverGirl commercial. The next day, someone came to say, "Listen, CoverGirl was in love with you just from looking at you all day!" I think that's going to help.
TVGuide.com: Plus, you did swell in improv class. Speaking of which... let's do a little word association right now.
Mollie Sue: Oh, no!
TVGuide.com: I'm going to name a model, and you say the first thing that pops into your head. Ready? Furonda.
Mollie Sue: Skinny. No, wait, lemme warm up a little. OK... strange.
Mollie Sue: Crazy.
TVGuide.com: I'm actually going to give you an extra word for her.
Mollie Sue: Psycho.
Mollie Sue: Crier. But I love her, don't get me wrong.
TVGuide.com: How strange was it to see Nnenna getting relationship advice from Jade, of all people?
Mollie Sue: [Gasps] I couldn't believe it! I didn't know that had been going on [until it aired]... that Jade was sitting in [the phone room] advising Nnenna to stay in the relationship so that she would be off her game and kicked out first. That was horrible. I mean, really, really horrible! Yes, you're in a competition, but you're in a competition to be a CoverGirl. As far as I know, a CoverGirl is not a crazy psycho!
TVGuide.com: Yeah, CoverGirl might have a little bit of a problem with having a manipulative witch as their spokesperson.
Mollie Sue: Just a little! Even if I were at a top agency and Jade was the most gorgeous model in the entire world, I wouldn't hire her.
TVGuide.com: How hard was it when Nnenna was on the phone constantly? You obviously had a boyfriend you wanted to call.
Mollie Sue: A little rough, just because sleep was, like, a prize. I would sit up, waiting for her to get off the phone until 2 or 3 in the morning. Then I'd give up and go to sleep, figuring I'd get up early and make my call. Then I'd get up at 6, and she'd be on the phone again! That's crazy! Now I see what she's going through. She was just like, "Yeah, he's being crazy," but now I feel bad because even though they didn't show it, we got into an argument about it.
TVGuide.com: I assume your boyfriend, er, husband was more supportive than hers.
Mollie Sue: Oh, yeah, he was practically shoving me onto the plane. He's amazing.
TVGuide.com: Was the wedding sort of a consolation prize?
Mollie Sue: Definitely. He's so supportive. I'm packing up and moving to New York next week, and he's giving up his life here and everything he's done here and moving with me because he believes in me that much. I couldn't ask for anything better.
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