Exclusive Interview: Lauren of 'America's Next Top Model'
Exclusive Interview: Lauren of 'America's Next Top Model'
On last night's episode of America's Next Top Model, the models headed to Italy where they filmed a Cover Girl commercial.  Not only did the girls have to remember choreography, but the entire shoot had to be in Italian.  For Lauren, it became too much and her commercial was uncomfortable to watch.  She landed in the bottom two with Whitney but Tyra sent her home, for "checking out of the competition".  Today, she spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview about the commercial, the other girls, and whether or not she'll continue modeling.

Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.

Hey everybody, this is Gina from BuddyTV, and today I'm talking to Lauren from America's Next Top Model.


Hey Lauren, how are you?

Alright. How are you?

I'm good, thanks. What made you decide to try out for America's Next Top Model? Did you have the aspiration to become a model?

I've never wanted to be a model before, to be honest. I've had no background in modeling, and kind of was anti high heels and makeup and everything. I don't really like the gender rules, or the expectations that come out of it. But my friend heard on the radio that they were doing casting for cycle 9, so I tried out, and then they called me in for cycle 10, so I got on cycle 10.

Would you say that before coming on the show, did you have good relationships with other females?

A lot of my friends are guys, but the friends that I do have that are girls are like me. They're like angry punk chicks who have the same mentality as me about modeling and everything.

What did your friends think when you decided to go on this show about being very girly, sexy, and fashionable? What did they think about it?

They had a good laugh, because they don't really appreciate the show and think it gives girls the wrong impression and everything. I wanted to go on the show to prove them wrong. Not my friends so much, but society, that there can be girls that are different and still model. But my friends are great, and they'll always support me in whatever choice I make, so they watch the show and they hate me for it.

What was the hardest part about living with all the models in the house?

Conflicting personalities. We've seen Dominique, and she can be dogmatic at times, and she likes to be the master of the situation, and she's the self-appointed authority. We went at it and she told me to get in my place, and I wasn't having it. There was no pleasing her.

What do you feel you improved most upon this season?

I improved most on who I am on the inside. I've discovered another side of Lauren. There was this completely other girl I'd never met before, and I met her because of Top Model. I'm kind of scared of her, but I discovered this whole other side of me, and I kind of like it. I would like to pursue it.

What happened with the Cover Girl shoot in Italy? The judges said it looked like you checked out, or you just gave up. What happened?

Well, I had feared for my life for the fact that I was going to do a Cover Girl commercial. We saw in the episode before that I cut my finger, and I felt it was something weird and cosmic, like somebody was trying to tell me something. It was hard, because I had to perform the commercial with this bum thumb. It was severed, and I had to perform with the bandage off, so the stitches were being irritated. I think that the look of fear in my eyes was the pain, because we weren't allowed to have painkillers or anything.

Speaking of your finger, how is it? Do you still have a battle scar from the incident?

Yep, it's still there. It was a lot of trouble.

Did you expect to be the one going home after the commercials were shown in panel?

I kind of figured. All of our commercials sucked, first of all, but it was all different levels of suck. Dominique, she looked like a hooker, and Whitney, she was gasping through her whole thing. It looked like a horror movie, it was scary. Anya, she looked like she had a lobotomy. It was kind of scary, all of them. But mine, I just had this look of fear like someone had a gun to my head. Someone was gonna go home for their sucky commercial, and it was me. I don't really feel bad about it. I'd rather suck at being fake than suck at life.

Do you feel like the judges ever really accepted who you are as a person?

I think Paulina called on that, because she's a little weird geek girl too. I think she saw a little bit of her in me. I wanted to win, and I think a few of the judges wanted me to win, because it's about time the underdog won. But I guess either I wasn't ready or the show wasn't ready to have a punk cover girl.

Did being on the show make you want to pursue modeling any more? What do you think is going to happen in the future?

I would like to hear from an agency after all is said and done, but I'm still gonna continue my art. I'm not going to forget who I was, because that wasn't the point of me coming on the show, to change who I am. It was just to discover this whole different side of me that I've kind of suppressed. It was cool to see that I can take some nice photos.

You did take great photos, and I hope that we get to hear more from you in the future. I just wanted to thank you so much for your time Lauren.

No problem.

- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of CW)