The fifth season of America's Next Top Model is over and done with, but oh, the nightmares continue — endless vignettes in which wild-eyed Bre Scullark accuses me of (egad!) eating one of her granola bars, her precious, precious granola bars. What drove the Harlem 19-year-old to go nuts over the imagined theft of a snack that even the occasional squirrel rejects? Once again risking life and limb for the sake of entertainment — your entertainment, people — TVGuide.com climbed into the ring with the voracious vixen.
TVGuide.com: Were you surprised that you weren't eliminated immediately after you went all Naomi Campbell [on eventual winner Nicole Linkletter] over that darn granola bar?
Nah. I was surprised when I wasn't eliminated the first time I was in the bottom two — five weeks before that!
TVGuide.com: Why did you pitch such a fit over a granola bar in the first place? Is food that hard to come by in the House of Top Model?
I was aggravated. It was petty and silly. I know that. It was immature. We weren't being starved or anything. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Do you regret your behavior now? You just sent the message to every little girl in America that, even without proof, they should always get revenge.
These questions! I regret it. I showed America what happens when you retaliate. I apologize all the time. It's a lesson, you know... a growing experience.
TVGuide.com: Here — I'll give you an easy one: What's Bre short for?
[Laughs] Miss Bre.
TVGuide.com: Now back to the great Granola War of '05. Did you replace Nicole's Red Bull like you promised to?
Yes. I replaced it the day I was eliminated — with a note to Nicole.
TVGuide.com: What was the significance of your removing your heels and putting on glasses the minute you got cut?
[I thought], "I'm not America's Next Top Model? Well, then I am going to take these painful shoes off," ya know? And I never wore my glasses in the eliminations, so I couldn't see the judges' expressions clearly. [But in that moment], I wanted to put my glasses on so I could see everyone to say my goodbyes.
TVGuide.com: Why were you so hard on Kim for talking behind people's backs when — hello! — everybody, including you, was doing it?
Because I walked in on Kim and Nicole talking about me one night, so it was right in front of my face. I didn't like it. It upset me, but we were all guilty of it at some point.
TVGuide.com: Did you read Jayla the riot act when you found out that she was more two-faced and catty than Kim ever dreamed of being?
No, no. See, everybody was talking so bad about Jayla the whole time, I expected her to talk back. I wasn't that surprised to see her upset because of how she was being treated. Actually, it was long overdue.
TVGuide.com: What's the biggest lesson you learned from your Top Model experience?
To continue to be who I am. People try to change you so much. But at the end, you just gotta be you, you gotta be true to yourself, and you'll come out on top.
TVGuide.com: Or at least in third place. I know Tyra Banks sometimes takes a personal interest in the contestants. Has she been in touch?
Not yet. We've all been real busy this last week. But ya know, I thank Tyra. I appreciate the experience she already gave us. This was huge.