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At a Crossroads: An Interview with Millie from ĎThe Amazing Race 4íby Phil Kural -- 10/06/2003
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Well, I have to admit, it is a little weird to be doing this interview. I know that during the race, Chillie was not one of my favorite teams, however, they were not a team that I hated, just ďgot mad atĒ on several occasions. Anyway, if you read my article on when I went to TARCon, the unofficial Amazing Race finale party, you would recall when I said Millie snubbed me. Actually, it became a pretty big deal, one of which I wasnít even aware. Over on certain message boards, it became its own thread, prompting Millie to contact me. After a little discussion, we decided that both of us had misinterpreted the other because the night was crazy and we caught one another off guard. There are no hard feelings at all and now that Iíve had the chance to have a few conversations with Millie I can honestly say she is a nice person who has taken her criticism like a champ.
I did have a chance to talk with Millie a little about why we had our misunderstanding, what the race was like for her, and how her life has been outside of the race. Read on to see the results.
Phil: First off Millie, I do want to apologize if I was a little overwhelming to you at TARCon and want you to know that to me, youíre an okay girl! It was so crowded and the amount of time that we really had to talk to one another was limited because of how many people were there. Sorry about any misunderstanding and thanks for doing this interview!
Millie: Oh, no! I want to apologize to you too, I didnít mean to offend you and Iím glad that we are friends now. Thank you for setting this up.
Phil: What do you think about all this criticism that you have been receiving? Are you over the fact that you have been labeled as a ďvirginĒ and that many people feel the need to make a comment about the whole mole thing?
Millie: Well, we didnít exactly use the fact that we were virgins to get on the show. Actually, they didnít find that out until after a few interviews. I just figured that since we have been dating for 12 years, that made us interesting enough. After they found out, they said that they wouldnít use that as our label because the show wasnít really about that, but you saw the end result. You just have to take it with a grain of salt.
Phil: Do you find that for every person who has something negative to say, there is also someone who has something positive to say? Iím sure your friends and family have been nothing but positive energy, correct?
Millie: Since the finale party in New York it seems that we are receiving much more positive responses and feedback from people on the internet. The people in our hometown have been nothing but supportive and have been very respectful to us. We love it. As far as family and friends, they couldnít have been more supportive as well.
Phil: Can you honestly say that you enjoyed the race? I know that at certain points during the race it looked like you were so fatigued that you were going to collapse. Would you say that the race was a positive experience on your life, or would you have been better off without it?
Millie: I would definitely say that it was a positive experience in my life. I like to think that the hardest things are the most rewarding. The Amazing Race was one of the hardest things in my life, but I realized it was so rewarding because I learned so much about myself just watching the show over again. Plus, I came out of it with so many great friends.
Phil: How are things with you and Chuck? Iím sure so many people ask you this question, but Iím really curious to find out how you two are doing. I know that you two are working on things and itís nice to see that you are making it work, but do you see marriage in the future?
Millie: We are still dating and have a very unique relationship. What many donít know is that Chuck and I actually dated for four years, went our separate ways for four years, than started dating again four years ago, hoping to move our relationship to the next level. Needless to say, we havenít really done that yet. There are still so many things that both of us want to see and do. I love him dearly and heís my best friend. We are at a crossroad right now with me wanting to move and advance my career, so when I decide what Iím going to do; we will take it from there.
Phil: Iím not sure if you know or not, but Kelly is the queen of my universe (I had to stick that in there). Did you know that she and Jon made so many negative comments about you behind your back? In my interview with them Kelly said that she apologized to you. Had you even known that it was going on?
Millie: Yeah, yeah, I know you love Kelly. Actually, during the race, I had no idea it was going on. I mean, I had a little feeling or intuition that they didnít like us that much. Jon said some things to me every now and then, but not as bad as what was said behind our backs. Chuck doesnít care and my friends tease and play around with me all the time about the whole mole thing, so it didnít bother me either. We have both exchanged apologies with Jon & Kelly and are just letting bygones be bygones.
Phil: Do you feel that the editing process showed you accurately? I know that sometimes people say that the editing chopped them up and made them appear to be someone that they are not. Did that happen to you or were you really as intense as the editors made you out to be?
Millie: The thing is I AM intense! Editing is just a part of TV; you just have to roll with it, and canít really do anything about it now. What people think is that Iím always so sweet, but I am a very competitive person and can be very intense at times. I was there for the money and for the win, not so much for the experience, like other people.
Phil: Was there any other time besides what we were shown on camera when your asthma got the best of you? It must have been hard doing some of those tasks with breathing problems so Iím curious to see if there were more problems with the asthma than we were shown.
Millie: It hit me hard the most in Europe. I had some attacks in India as well, but not so much as I did in Europe because of all the smoke thatís there. I have exercise-induces asthma, so when I run, I feel it a little. Like I was saying about Europe though, sometimes it would keep me up all night. I was actually more worried about something else. Right before the race started, I was diagnosed with anemia. That had more of an effect on me because I was constantly worried about it. I had iron pills, so I was okay for the most part. Once again though, you have to realize the editing made it look like I was freaking out while I was having attacks when I really wasnít. I get them every now and then and Iím used to it so it doesnít upset me.1 2 Next-->
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