Kim Stolz of <EM>America's Next Top Model</EM> Kim Stolz of America's Next Top Model

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Tyra, Tyra, Tyra — what are you thinking? First you put endearing underdog Sarah out of the running toward becoming America's Next Top Model, then you eliminated photogenic wino Lisa, and now you've "outed" Kim Stolz, your token lesbian contestant — despite the fact that the prepped-out tomboy had done a bang-up job of getting in touch with her inner girly-girl. Seriously, what gives? We have no idea, and as it turns out, neither does the 21-year-old New Yorker. As this week's episode neared (airing tonight at 8pm ET on UPN), we couldn't resist calling her up to ask.

TVGuide.com: What the hell happened, Kim? Every week your performance improved, and then blammo!
Kim Stolz:
I was a bit surprised, too. In the beginning, I wouldn't have been surprised [if I were] eliminated because I wasn't doing a very good job. But I started doing a lot better, so when it came down to me and Bre, to be honest, I was certain that she was going to go.

TVGuide.com: How difficult was it to have, of all people, your archenemy be the one to stay?
Kim:
I didn't feel as if she went about her social graces in a very responsible or mature way. Those things just made me dislike her as a person, even though I'd liked her earlier in the competition. Also, I had done really well over the past few weeks, between [winning] the Veronica Mars challenge and the last few photo shoots. So to be eliminated standing right next to her, knowing I'd outdone her, was really disheartening.

TVGuide.com: She pours out Nicole's Red Bulls on a hunch that Nicole ate her granola bar — and got rewarded for it!
Kim:
That was definitely hard for me to see. Lisa probably shouldn't have been eliminated either, because she took fantastic photos. But to have Lisa obviously eliminated for the way she behaved in the house and not have Bre eliminated for her behavior was really confusing to me.

TVGuide.com: Why on earth did you throw yourself into the Bre-Nicole feud? You had to know that it would only cause trouble for you.
Kim:
That's a great question. I wonder about that sometimes! I have really strong principles, and I thought that Bre had wronged Nicole in a pretty annoying and irritating way. Given the fact that I'd wished someone had stood up to Bre in the limo when she was attacking me, I wanted to stand up for Nicole. I don't really believe in sitting back and watching someone else do something really wrong. Maybe that gets me into trouble sometimes, but it's what I believe in, and I would do it again.

TVGuide.com: I couldn't believe you apologized to Bre in the limo. For what?!
Kim:
I feel very regretful about that apology. I was sort of frightened by the way she was acting, and I just wanted it to be over. I knew at some point there was no reasoning with Bre, no way to calm her down or have her see anyone else's side but her own. So just having her be appeased was the best way out of the situation.

TVGuide.com: Jayla had some nerve chiming in about her feelings. Come on! She's the bitchiest girl in Top Model history!
Kim:
Yeah, that was funny to me... having Bre say, "You know what I love about Jayla? She doesn't talk about other people." But just a few episodes ago, we saw Jayla talking really harshly about Bre's pal Nik! I would love to have seen Bre's face when she saw that episode!

TVGuide.com: Or any episode! Jayla talked smack about everybody!
Kim:
Exactly, and yet in the limo, I was made to be a scapegoat for everybody's trash-talking. That was frustrating. But someone had to bear the brunt of it, and I guess that was me!

TVGuide.com: You seem to have emerged relatively unscathed.
Kim:
I'm a confident person and very stable. I came out of that competition the exact same person I was before it — except perhaps a better model, hopefully. I'm proud of myself for that.

TVGuide.com: How did your girlfriend react to your extreme flirtation with Sarah?
Kim:
Well, it probably wasn't her favorite thing to watch! [Laughs] At the same time, we worked through it. I'm sure she harbors a little bit of resentment toward Sarah and perhaps me, even. But we love each other, and I'm sure she knew that even though we were in an open relationship — which wasn't something I really wanted to be in, to be honest — I was always emotionally committed to her. That never changed.

TVGuide.com: Did she close your open relationship after seeing that?
Kim:
We were only going to be in an open relationship during the actual filming of the show. So we've been in a closed, great, really healthy relationship since filming ended.

TVGuide.com: I hate to have to ask you this, but Nicole seems just excruciatingly whiny. How did you stand spending so much time with her?
Kim:
Nicole, when you first meet her, seems a little bit whiny just because of the way her voice is. But then you realize that she's not actually very whiny, it's just the way that she comes off. When you get to know her, she's actually very sweet and funny, very witty, and much more down-to-earth than the other girls seem. Her whining became sort of endearing.

TVGuide.com: Now that you've been on Veronica Mars, do you have any inclination to pursue acting?
Kim:
I've always sort of wanted to, but I never really had the chance. Now I'm really excited to be part of that. It's exciting, because you can use different parts of your personality to become other people. If you're good at it, it's extremely exhilarating. I definitely will be pursuing that!

TVGuide.com: And if that doesn't work out, you could always release an album of your greatest harmonica hits!
Kim:
[Laughs] Yeah, yeah, I was really good at that, huh? People thought it was pretty funny. Definitely.