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The Last Average Joe Standing Tells (Almost) All: An Interview with Adam Meshby David Bloomberg -- 12/04/2003
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Adam Mesh is the last Average Joe standing, and probably the most-liked by viewers. RealityNewsOnline was able to interview Adam about what has happened to date (sorry, no hints about the finale). Read on to find out what he has to say!
RealityNewsOnline: Zach seemed rather surprised to see the others when he first showed up. What were you told about the show before you signed on?
Adam: The same guy who got Zach on the show got me – it was an e-mail sent out about a show called Life of the Party. They told us we would relive our fraternity days, live with a bunch of guys, play pranks, etc. They were looking for a Casanova type of guy. The interview was great and I decided to go on, but we didn’t really know what the show was about.
RNO: So you didn’t know it was a dating show?
Adam: No. I certainly didn’t know there would be just one girl.
RNO: How did you get on the e-mail list?
Adam: One of my friends knew one of the casting directors and forwarded the e-mail.
RNO: Did you know any of the other guys ahead of time?
Adam: I’d never met any of them but I’d seen Zach out in some clubs. He was a familiar face but it was more of a coincidence than anything.
RNO: It has been revealed that a number of guys on the show are actors – not just the pretty-boys. Did you know this at the time and how were they approached to do the show vs. how you were approached to do the show?
Adam: I saw that listed on Dennis’s site also. Dennis is not an actor. He may have wanted to be an actor but he is an accountant. The hearing aids, his personality, that was all real. Most people on reality shows probably want to be actors. I would do it! Tareq probably had acting classes in college, and he’s going to be on Miss Match the 15th.
RNO: When was the show taped?
Adam: From March to May of this year. It was supposed to air in the summer, but they thought it was a hit and so pushed it back to November sweeps.
RNO: You spent more time with Zach than anybody else – is he as much of a jerk as he seemed on the show?
Adam: No, definitely not. Zach got caught up in a role he created. He came across as the bad guy early and it kind of became expected of him. It’s like if somebody asks you if you’re in a bad mood and you’re not, but by the time they ask you three times, you start to think about the reasons you should be in a bad mood and expect to be in one. He was in a situation where all he could do was lose at the beginning. He was among the average Joes and if he won, he would be the best of the second-best. If he tried to win and lost, it was even worse. But if he acted out and was tossed, he wasn’t really trying. It was a defense mechanism. He’s a guy’s guy when he’s with other guys, but more sensitive with a girl. He’s easy to get along with but he has two sides to his personality depending on whether he’s with guys or a girl.
RNO: The egg that was smashed on Marc's head... where the heck did it come from? It appeared to come from nowhere. And why on Earth did Zach decide to do it?
Adam: It came from the refrigerator – we had them there. His action wasn’t out of nowhere – he knew he was doing it.
RNO: But where did he get the idea?
Adam: Well, back in high school or earlier I learned a trick where you put a pinhole in an egg and drain it. I did it to someone earlier – Brad. Zach decided to do it with a real egg and he wanted to do it to Marc because Marc was annoying him. I don’t know the whole story because I wasn’t really hanging out with him at the time – we were at different ends of the house then.
RNO: You’ve seen some of the guys since the show was taped – how does everybody get along?
Adam: We get along well – everybody is really nice and a lot of fun, both the models and the average Joes. We’re in our 20s and out of college and looks are not important. We’re all individuals and some don’t like each other as much, but everybody is mostly civil to one another.
RNO: I know you’ve been watching the show with Zach, among others. How did he react when he saw Brad rat him out to Melana?
Adam: He was pissed. He was mostly kidding around and teasing him, giving him dirty looks in a fun way. Brad was ducking down at the table. But as bad as Zach was, at least he did things in the open. Brad did it behind everybody’s backs and was even worse in many others’ opinions.
RNO: How did Zach react when he was given the boot?
Adam: He was really pissed at the reason. He didn’t like that there were hidden cameras involved and told everyone on the show off – all the producers. When he watched it last week, he kind of went off by himself.
RNO: During the most recent episode, you were pretty angry that Melana had not picked you for the one-on-one date, but you seemed calm later and didn’t just leave, as a couple of the other guys suggested. What changed, if anything?
Adam: I gained an appreciation and understanding of the situation. I still wanted to be there – the show was a dream vacation with living in a mansion and going on extreme dates, it was exciting. Plus, it would have been a cowardly move to not let Melana make the decision. Those were the rules, she picked. It wouldn’t have been right to walk out. I’ve seen some other people walk out of shows and nobody cares about them. I definitely was annoyed at her decision, but it was a couple days later when I got to talk to her again, so I wasn’t mad anymore. Also, it made me feel better when she didn’t pick Zach for a date either.1 2 Next-->
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