Tony and Amanda, Beauty and the Geek
Though Beauty and the Geek
(Tuesdays at 8 pm/ET, CW) is a "social experiment" and consistently fertile ground for new friendships and significant others, it is
a reality competition, and that means one team has to leave each week. Season 4's first casualties, Tony Tran and Amanda Hanshaw, departed last Tuesday. The pair, both quick to defend each other, spoke to TVGuide.com about their brief stay in the mansion and life back in the real world.
TVGuide.com: Were you sad to leave the show so early?
Amanda Hanshaw: Yeah, I definitely had more to learn.
Tony Tran: I'm kind of disappointed with the results, but relieved that I get to finish school on time.
TVGuide.com: Tony, you have a considerable number of fans out there!
Tony: I know, it was really surprising! I tried to bring the bowtie back, but I wasn't on the air long enough!
TVGuide.com: Yeah, let's talk about your style, Tony. How did you feel about Amanda's idea to dress alike?
Tony: When she put on the bowtie, she definitely looked a lot hotter than me! [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Amanda, did you think it would boost his confidence?
Amanda: I know a lot of people dress a certain way because that's how they feel comfortable. I felt Tony's bowtie and glasses make him Tony. That bowtie is adorable and the glasses — he says he doesn't even need them but likes to wear them anyway.
TVGuide.com: Is that true, Tony?
Tony: Yeah, I had LASIK surgery two years ago. But I like wearing glasses, so they're totally blank lenses.
TVGuide.com: Do you feel like you came out of your shell a little bit?
Tony: It's very nerve-racking to be around beautiful people all the time. It's kind of scary. I mean, have you ever kissed a mannequin!? It's not a typical thing that you do, especially on national TV.
Amanda: I think [Tony] felt more confident at the end of [being on] the show…. But it takes time for some people.
TVGuide.com: Amanda, do you think your questions in the elimination room were harder than Natalie's?
Amanda: Yeah, I doubt a lot of people know what OPEC stands for.
TVGuide.com: I bet you know exactly what it stands for now!
Amanda: Um, honestly, I can't remember.
Tony: I think OPEC was an extremely difficult question. That was something that was mentioned maybe one time [in the study materials]. Did you see how big that [study-materials] binder was on the show? That huge binder for one challenge is like two weeks of med school for me!
TVGuide.com: About the rap that you did, Tony — "I am Tony, I like to smile" over and over again — did you really write that or did you blank out on stage and that just came out?
Tony: [Laughs] No, it was totally freestyle! I hit my head right before I went on and forgot what I was going to say.
TVGuide.com: Amanda, you were labeled as "Aspiring Playboy Model" on the show. Have your aspirations changed since then?
Amanda: Well, I've actually been doing some modeling for Playboy for the past year and a half, and have three projects coming up with them. But I'd like to stay with them and maybe become a Playboy Playmate. But there's a time to settle down, too. I don't want to be known as "Amanda the model" or "Amanda from the reality show" forever.
TVGuide.com: And, Tony, what are you up to now?
Tony: I'm a second-year med student at ATSU-KCOM [A.T. Still University's Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine]. I have a test tomorrow in neuroscience. It's really cool!
TVGuide.com: Sounds intense. So you definitely didn't change your aspirations of working in medicine.
Tony: Unless someone pays me lots of money to do another [TV] show…. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Tony, on the casting episode you said that you'd just been on your second date of all time. So has your dating life picked up at all?
Tony: Sadly, it hasn't. I've been rejected a couple times, but that's OK. It's hard because now I'm labeled as that "girly boy on TV." I was reading some articles about me, and I've been compared to a 12-year-old girl, a wuss and a crybaby. It's not flattering, but it's OK. It's just TV.
TVGuide.com: You really think the rejections were influenced by the show?
Tony: I think a little bit. I think people are scared that I was on the show. But it's not that bad being single. I'll adopt a cute kid or two who can take care of me when I'm older!
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