, one of the beauties from the third season of The CW's surprise hit Beauty and the Geek
, took time out of her hectic schedule to talk with me over the phone earlier this week. Kind and cordial, Andrea was not at all what you would expect from one of the beauties on the show. Typically portrayed as air-heads and dumb blondes, the beauties have a difficult role to play. It's fair to say that a lot of the pleasure derived from viewing Beauty and the Geek
comes from the seeming ineptitude of the show's ladies.
Andrea, a brunette, is another story. Whether or not she was portrayed accurately on the reality show is impossible to know. I wasn't in the editing room. She said that "It was far different from what you saw on television" and that, "any bitterness that I looked like I was holding on to was absolutely not what I was actually feeling." Perception versus reality is a common theme on reality shows, on the surface or not, and Beauty and the Geek
weighs that issue, acting as a worthy and notable social experiment.
Andrea is now a student and is focused completely on her studies. When I asked her how she found herself on Beauty and the Geek
, she said:
"Actually, my friend was trying out to be one of the geeks and he dragged me along. I made it, he didn't."
This tells you something about Andrea right away: she is friends with geeks outside the show. Perhaps that is the reason that Andrea was the only one of the beauties who made an effort to infiltrate the geek ranks and interact on a totally human level with them; playing chess, hanging out, etc.
When asked if she made any friends on the show that she still talks to, she said:
"Yeah, I still talk to, and am friends with, a lot of the guys. My partner, Matt
, and I talk all the time."
Beauty and the Geek
made it look like Andrea was ostracized from the rest of the girls on the show. This might be true; even if it isn't, when Andrea left the show it was a sad moment. She was different, and she stood out from the pack.
Beauty and the Geek
can be seen every Wednesday on The CW at 8PM.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer