Exclusive Interview: Jasmine and Dave, Winners of 'Beauty and the Geek'
Exclusive Interview: Jasmine and Dave, Winners of 'Beauty and the Geek'
Jasmine and Dave, with the help of America's votes, have proven last night that they are more than just a beauty and just a geek. Their sojourn on this season of Beauty and the Geek got off to an inauspicious start when Dave matter-of-factly told Jasmine that she was last on his internal of beauties he'd like to be partnered up with. Slowly but surely, by living and studying together, they truly transformed themselves enough to win many challenges, becoming fast friends in the process and winning a quarter of a million dollars, to boot.

Dave and Jasmine spoke to BuddyTV today about what they plan to do with their winnings, why they wanted to be on Beauty and the Geek, and the difference between LARPers and the SCA. Read on to find an audiofile and a complete transcript of the interview.

Hey everybody, this is Debbie at BuddyTV, and I'm talking to Jasmine and Dave, the winners of Beauty and the Geek. Congratulations, both of you. You both just won a lot of money, so what do you plan to do with it?

Dave: Well, I plan to make some donations to a couple groups near and dear to my heart, like the Alpha Delta Phi society, which is a co-ed literary society I was a part of in college, as well as Quest, which is my LARPing group. And, I'll probably invest the rest in a mutual fund called Blue Fund, which invests in Democratic-leaning corporations.

Jasmine: And I plan to buy my mom a condo, for my family, and just do that. So I'm putting a down payment on that so she can live in because she's always rented. Other than that, just invest the rest. The holidays are coming up. I don't know, maybe I can make some donations to kids and buy them some toys, like Toys For Tots or something.

That's great! Last night, in last night's episode, you didn't really have time to process your win before the show ended. Did you have anything you wanted to say to your fans?

Jasmine: Yeah, I wanted to say thanks for everyone who voted. I heard that people voted up to ten times. That's so awesome. So thank you. We wouldn't have won without everyone's support.

Dave: Yeah, I just wanted to thank everyone because, I mean, we had no idea how the voting was going because we were in isolation at the time. And I got back and I didn't realize how all these fans and friends got together to make sure that we won. And just the support and love that I felt from them. It's such a great feeling.

What were your first impressions of each other when you met?

Jasmine: When I met Dave, when we got paired up at the stair ceremony, I was excited that I finally got my geek. Just to know who my geek was going to be. I didn't really have a preference who I wanted. I was excited.

Dave: I guess my first impressions of Jasmine came from our introductions, which was my introduction. I ended up boffing with her with my swords. That was actually a plus in her favor. Anyone who's willing to get up and do something strange like that, I certainly appreciate. I'm sorry, Jasmine, but the cheerleading routine was not as impressive to me. But, I'm sad to say that I thought she was perhaps a little on the ditzy side, but I eventually saw the error of my ways.

What surprised you most about each other?

Jasmine: Dave's incredible level of confidence and his ability to be really funny. And, I don't know, he was really social. It was a big surprise to everyone, I think. He's so great a person, but I didn't really get to see that at first.

Dave: Jasmine's creativity, actually, surprised me the most about her. I honestly thought that the superhero character she came up with was better than a superhero character that I could come up with. So that floored me, and I was really impressed with that.

We saw a whole bunch of clips on last night's episode from the past season, and are there some other moments that weren't shown that you'd like to remember?

Jasmine: Yeah, there was a bunch of stuff. Like, I put in Nicole's hair extensions one night when we were getting ready for the final, to see who was going to win, who was going down to elimination. And I thought that was just a really funny moment and it showed that Nicole and I were friends. I think that the show didn't really show the friendships in the house how they were.

Dave: My favorite moments that weren't really shown were the quiet moments, which is why they didn't show them. It was just hanging out on the back porch, eating ice cream, enjoying the day, or some days, the geeks often gathered on the balcony outside my room. And we just hung out and chilled and we just talked about life and whatever. Those were my favorite moments. Nothing dramatic. It's just a bunch of friends hanging out.

Jasmine: They didn't show the fort. All the geeks got together in Dave and I's room and beauties weren't allowed in and they made a geek fort.

What did you do in the fort?

Dave: We actually never got around to finishing the fort. It started out as a fort, but it evolved into a drawbridge. You see a little bit of this during the clip show. I think our ambitions were a little too high because we were just starting to figure out the engineering problem of building this, and all of a sudden, they call us downstairs, 'Hey we have a challenge for you!' And then, we start studying for the challenge and we completely forget about our drawbridge project.

Cool. Why did you guys want to be on Beauty and the Geek in the first place?

Jasmine: Well, I met Scott [Goldstein, Beauty and the Geek casting director] and they asked me to come audition, and I thought it'd be so much fun and something I would never get to do again. So, of course I wanted to do it.

Dave: Yeah, I mean, it looked like a tremendous amount of fun. And you get to meet interesting people, intellectually stimulating guys and beautiful women. But I actually had a bit of an ulterior motive in that I wanted to bring a greater exposure to LARPing because a lot of people have the hobby but it's hardly mainstream. So, I kind of wanted to share my hobby with a bunch of larger bodies. So, I'm glad that more people are aware of LARPing's existence than were before.

I'm probably going to expose my geek side when I ask you this, but what's the difference between boffing and the Society of Creative Anachronism, and where do you come down on that?

Dave: Okay, so boffing is an aspect to LARPing, that's the actual fighting with padded weapons. So whenever you see us fighting with foam swords, that's boffing. LARPing is the greater aspect of role playing and so forth. I have great appreciation for the Society of Creative Anachronism, and there is a role-playing aspect there, but there's no story there. It's a lot of people trying to recreate medieval times. What I enjoy about LARPing is, there's a plot and there's this story that is being told. And that's why I find LARPing more interesting than the SCA.

Are there any other reality shows that either of you would like to be on?

Dave: I would love to be on The Amazing Race. That looks like a lot of fun.

Jasmine: It does look like fun. But no, because there's like nature in that one too. I just like Beauty and the Geek. If I got to be on any reality show, I'm so happy it was Beauty and the Geek. It's just all about your personality and trying to get along with people that you wouldn't normally, and changing. I think it's the best one.

Dave: Yeah, I had a friend who was on Survivor: Fiji. I thought, 'Hey, I could be on reality television too.' And I was watching it and I was like, 'Well, I don't want to be on Survivor because that looks awful. If I could find a show that's perfect for me, then I'd definitely try out for that.' And then, someone happened to mention to me that Beauty and the Geek was having tryouts. And I did a little research and I was like, 'This is it. This is the show that's perfect for me.'

Jasmine: It's the one!

Yeah, I agree. I think this show was perfect for both of you. Now, Dave. I have to ask you about the time when you got up the courage to tell Nicole that you liked her. But then, we found out that she didn't see anything other than friendship with you. Are you still going to try to pursue her?

Dave: I have enough history with girls so that I realize that when a girl thinks of you as a friend, they aren't going to change their minds. So, I'm probably not going to try and pursue Nicole in any sort of romantic capacity because my eyes have been opened on that, which is sad. So, I do intend to hang out with her as platonic friends.

Jasmine, do you have any advice for Dave on how he can pursue women?

Jasmine: I remember him talking about a ladder, a friendship ladder and a girlfriend ladder, and he was afraid that they could never meet or come together. I think with time, I know he's such a good guy and people get to see that, I know he'll find some really lucky girl and he'll be good. I think he's good, he's got it, he doesn't need any more advice.

Well, congratulations again to both of you. You guys were fan favorites here at BuddyTV, and just thanks for talking to me today.

Jasmine: Thank you so much.

Dave: Okay, thank you.

-Interview conducted by Debbie Chang
(Image courtesy of The CW)