Foiled in a plot to oust tough competitor James, the oft-feuding Big Brother 6 houseguests were instead able to band together to evict his partner and girlfriend, Sarah Hrejsa. The 23-year-old retail manager from Chicago had been dating James for several months before their move into the BB homestead. While Sarah is a bit bummed to be separated from her sweetie, she tells TVGuide.com that she won't miss a minute of his remaining time on the show.
TVGuide.com: Are you going to be watching the rest of this season on TV now?
Sarah Hrejsa: I'll definitely have the Internet [feed] on all the time, to keep an eye on what everyone is doing, what James is doing. I just want to know what was going on when I was in the house, and I'll want to know what goes on now that I'm out of the house.
TVGuide.com: If you had been stuck in the house without James, whom would you have aligned with?
Sarah: If James had been evicted instead of me, I feel like I would have been a loner. Of course, I would have tried to make as many friends and align myself up, but there's absolutely nobody that I would be able to trust. Just being in the house, you learn that even when you think you can trust somebody, that's probably the person that you can't trust. It's really an eye-opener and it's really hard to see people who you thought you would be friends with try to backstab you — but it's all part of the game.
TVGuide.com: Who do you think you'll keep in touch with after of the show?
Sarah: April was probably my first friend in the house; the very first night we ended up sleeping in the same bed together, and from that point on I knew that she was a great person. It's funny, because Maggie was an enemy of mine almost the entire time I was in the house and the night before the eviction we had a heart-to-heart where we both said, "It's just a game." We came to an understanding, and I think she'll be someone who I'll talk to outside the house. She's a great girl.
TVGuide.com: April was considering voting out Ivette [the other eviction nominee] instead of you.
Sarah: I don't see those kind of things. Rachel and Janelle told me they were trying to get either Jennifer's or April's votes, but that's good to hear that April did that.
TVGuide.com: I have to know: When you're eating PB&J for the week, is it plain or chunky peanut butter?
Sarah: We actually have the option! You can have either/or. It's not Skippy or Jif, but we do have variety. The bad thing is that I hate grape jelly. There was no option of strawberry jelly, so I was pretty much on a peanut butter-and-bread diet.
TVGuide.com: How do you feel about Kaysar's winning "America's Choice"?
Sarah: I was rooting for Kaysar at first, and I still don't think it's a bad option. Eric, I really didn't want back in the house. Michael — I don't know what to think; he's been gone for so long, I don't know what his opinion is. Any of those three that went back in the house — James had something to do with why they left, so none of those choices were good. I'm scared for James right now.
TVGuide.com: How do you think James will do without you around?
Sarah: I know he wants to make a couple of people, such as Rachel, very miserable. [And he feels betrayed by] Howie and Rachel.
TVGuide.com: What did you think of the T-shirt that James made for you?
Sarah: I loved it. We actually exchanged T-shirts, and he has mine and I have his that says, "America: Keep 'Em, I Want Sarah" and that is the James from the outside world. That is something he would do. He still has my perfume, which I wasn't allowed to take with me, and he sprayed the entire gold room with it. He kept my purple ribbon from the top that I wore on our very first date.... He really is such a sweet, great guy. The James that you guys saw last [Thursday], especially his goodbye message, is the James I know. He's the most wonderful guy; that's just how he is. He has to win this game, and it's important to him. I totally understand everything that he has said and done. I'm very proud of everything he's done.
TVGuide.com: You said that the two of you got closer during Big Brother. What's one thing you learned about him during this experience?
Sarah: I saw him cry for the first time. He always tells me that he's got these emotions, but swears that he can hold it in and not show it when he doesn't need to, so it was a pleasant surprise, even before I was nominated, to see a couple of tears, to see that he'd be sad to see me go.
TVGuide.com: Was it your idea or James' to go on the show?
Sarah: It was his; he just dragged me along for the ride. He's been such a great guy to me that [doing BB] was the least I could do for him. Even with all the hardship that happened, I'd [still] do it again a hundred times over for him.