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“I Don't Like to Hold in My Emotions”: An Interview with Catie Anderson of “America’s Next Top Model 2”by Phil Kural -- 02/20/2004
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Catie Anderson was the eliminated at the halfway mark this season on America's Next Top Model. In this interview, Catie discusses who she felt close too, why she thinks she made the finals, and what she wants to do now that the show is over. Oh, and what exactly did she think about all the crying the editors showed? Read on to find out!
RNO: What do you think it was about you that Tyra saw and advanced you to the finals?
Catie: She told me that I had that whole "Girl Next Door" look, which I was happy about. Tyra also told me that she could see me doing high-end fashion, which thrilled me.
RNO: So were you shocked when last night, Tyra said the only one that she could see doing high-end fashion, was Shandi?
Catie: Yeah, I was a little shocked at that comment. I know that Shandi has a better bone structure than I do, and that is what they look for when it comes to high-end fashion shows, however, that doesn't mean that I can't do it too!
RNO: What did your family think about you going to do the show, being that you are only 18? Was it a culture shock being away from home for so long?
Catie: Oh, my family was thrilled when I told them I was going to be on the show. What you don't know is that I actually graduated high school early in order to move to L.A. on my own so that I could pursue modeling and acting. I had actually already been living on my own for about seven months before the show began. So being on my own was not that big of a deal since I was used to it.
RNO: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, how well do you think you were edited on the show?
Catie: Two! The editors were obsessed with showing all my traumatic moments. I actually had a really good time and had so much fun. I laughed so much and they rarely liked to show that. For some reason, they had it out for me, and I think they wanted people to hate me. For what reason, I don't know.
RNO: Do you consider yourself the emotional person that everyone was pegging you to be?
Catie: I do and I don't. I have been labeled the crybaby, but actually, I like that about myself. I don't like to hold in my emotions, so usually I just cry and then I learn to deal with what the problem is and move on. However, it wasn't like I could escape the cameras to get a good cry out, so they got it all on tape, and that is what they showed of me. But I'm not as emotional as what was shown.
RNO: Within the house, you have said at different times that you had bonded with Heather and Camille. Even Xiomara stated that you two were close. Who do you feel you had the strongest connection with?
Catie: On the show, it was Heather and Xiomara. Heather and I just clicked because we were similar and I understood how she felt with moving out for the first time and all. As far as Xiomara, she was and is just a really good friend. I talk to her now at least every other day. She's the type of person that if you have her as a friend, you know everything is fine because she will always have your back. I love that about her.
RNO: Speaking of Camille, it seemed like she didn’t rub you the wrong way, like she did most of the other girls. Why do you think that was so?
Catie: I guess I just didn't let her get to me. Every time she would say something controversial or something that would rub people the wrong way, I would just brush it off. Honestly, half the time she said things I don't think she meant for it to come out the way it did, or to offend people. It's just the way that things come out when she speaks.
RNO: Looking back on the experience, what would you have done differently to stick around longer?
Catie: I'm happy with everything that I did, even though it didn't seem that way as the show was ending. I didn't even remember saying half of the things that I did. I thought the ending was going to be different. I said most of that stuff in my exit interview and it was basically distorted to make it look like I left out in a big huff, and that wasn't the case. I stick by everything that I did on the show, and I'm proud of myself.
RNO: Were you sick of Janice Dickinson digging into you all the time? What did you think when she gave you that look when you told her you were a virgin, and when she called you a child prostitute?
Catie: Honestly, I don't know. She may have been out to get me, I don't know. Sometimes I would let her and the other judges get to me, but other times I would just tell myself, "Catie, get a grip!" I knew they were going to be blunt with me, and sometimes Janice's analogies were pretty funny, but I knew it was for TV, so I just dealt with it.1 2 Next-->
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