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Meet My Folks: The Rancher's Daughter Has Her Say - An Interview with Stephanie Reevesby Andrea Shuman -- 08/12/2002
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Stephanie Reeves has a few things she'd like to clear up. The daughter featured on the August 5th episode of Meet My Folks wants people to know that her date to Hawaii, Joe, is very normal and not obsessed with sex. And, despite the shenanigans portrayed at the Jacuzzi on Friday night, Stephanie didn't even know what a body shot was until the producers at NBC explained it to her. But we're getting ahead of ourselves.
Andrea: First, thanks for agreeing to talk to us at RealityNewsOnline!
Stephanie: You're very welcome. I was thrilled to be asked!
Andrea: So let's start at the beginning. Whose idea was it to go on Meet My Folks?
Stephanie: I had a couple of friends who tried out for the show, so I checked out NBC's webpage, and read about it. I thought it would be perfect for me, since my parents are very picky about who I date. This way, they get to do the choosing! (laughing)
Andrea: Did you meet the guys before they showed up at your house?
Stephanie: Yes. Friday morning, I had a supervised, thirty-minute visit with each of them at their hotel. They all seemed very nice. Each boy had his own "handler" from the show watching him. However, I found out later that at one point Eric had connived his way out of his hotel room and got into town to ask questions about my family. He ended up with information about us that the other two guys didn't have. I thought that was pretty unfair. I'll tell you more about Eric later.
Andrea: What was the actual taping like?
Stephanie: For one thing, the guys acted completely differently when the camera crews weren't around. They'd be normal and nice and listen to what I had to say. But when they knew they were being filmed, they totally acted out for the cameras and became showoffs. It was pretty funny to watch. The boys' room had a hidden camera though, and they had no idea they were being filmed when they were in there.
Andrea: What was the situation with the Friday night happenings at the Jacuzzi? You had challenged the guys to "arouse you" then rewarded them with body shots.
Stephanie: You have to realize, I'm a pretty modest person. I mean, I would never even use the word "arouse." That was completely the producer's idea. Plus, I didn't know what a "body shot" was. The producers had to explain that to me!
Andrea: But we heard you issue the challenge and use the word "arouse."
Stephanie: (laughing) Well, that's what they wanted me to say, so I did! Listen, my dad's a repo man. He's used to moving in quietly. I never know when he's going to be around, so I'm always on my best behavior, even on ordinary dates. Our Jacuzzi is right under my parents' bedroom window… I would never have done that sort of thing if the producers didn't insist. That's just not my style at all.
Andrea: So, what did they cut out of your episode that you would've liked to see?
Stephanie: There actually was a Dinner Challenge that first night, which was completely edited out. Brad asked about Mom's bra size, Eric asked about Mom's weight, and Joe asked about Dad's favorite position for sex. Dad was furious! He wanted to throw them all out right then and there! It was pretty funny. Also, my Mom and I had complete freedom to go through the guys' wallets and suitcases. We found pay stubs, a punchcard for an erotic bookstore, condoms, you name it.
Also, there were the personal items the guys' showed the family, which the audience never got to see. Joe brought an afghan his grandmother knit him just a week before she died. I was warned in advance that I'd cry when I saw Joe's item, so I tried not to when I actually saw it. But I did anyway.
Andrea: So, Joe's not a heartless sex addict?
Stephanie: Not at all! Joe is a nice, normal, considerate person with feelings. They edited out all the things that would make him more sympathetic, like the afghan. Also, Joe was the only guy who was consistently nice from the beginning to end. He wasn't covering up anything, like the other two.1 2 3 Next-->
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