Monday, June 29, 2009

Bad girls club tiffany interview wit b.e.t

Season three of Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club has been the most explosive thus far. The seven self-proclaimed “bad girls,” picked to live in a Los Angeles mansion for three months to work out their issues have definitely had a roller coaster ride filled with extreme drama. When the house was divided into two alliances—The Fab Five and The Ambers—things came to a head when Ailea and Whitney jumped Amber M. on their Cancun vacation.

Enter Tiffany. She was the laid back sista from Chicago who when pushed far enough, had an explosive temper. Tiff began the season as the mama bear of the house and kept the girls together but toward the end, she took sides during the divide. After the attack on Amber M, she came back to her senses and brought the split to an end. Throughout the season, she has become the topic of much discussion on message boards amongst BGC, whether you love her or hate her. With the season finale airing tonight (10/9c), I had to catch up with her to get the scoop on her experience on the show ie, the Bad Girls Club that you didn’t get to see.

Was there ever a time when you weren’t on camera?

It was 24/7 filming. There were cameras that were in the corners of the house and things like that. It was three very long months of filming.

How did you deal with having no TV or cellphones, but being on camera all the time? Did the forced interaction drive you to conflict?

All we had was access to internet. It was a little bit like jail. It was almost like going into some form of a rehab house. That’s where a lot of the built up tension between us came from—because of the situation that we were in. After a while, you get used to it, though.

When the tension first started, you were neutral and then the shift happened and you were a part of the split. Looking back at yourself, how did you end up not being neutral anymore.?

Being in the house, it was much like a sorority house [and] the divide happened because of the different personalities. There were even clicks within the Fab 5 that you guys don’t get to see. I’ve always been a neutral person [and] even though I knew certain things were wrong, I still just got wrapped up. That’s natural because I had been clickish like that in high school. That was a lesson I learned on the show—I don’t need clicks anymore.

Are you satisfied with the editing overall? Sometimes people go on reality TV and say it made them look a certain way that they weren’t happy with.

I’m not upset with any editing of the show. I think what was portrayed was exactly the truth. I can’t speak for my other roommates but as far as myself, I’m happy with what I’ve seen so far. They could only show what I did and what I said, I controlled the situation. They can take bits and pieces and cut it up, and sometimes there were some things that I look at and said that wasn’t how it happened but it doesn’t have anything to do with how my character was portrayed as far as any scenes. For me, it was just what y’all see is the real Tiffany—all of my bad and my good.

I read a blog you wrote where you said that there were times where you and Kayla actually did get along. Looking back, is there anything about some of your relationships with the girls that you want to clarify?

With the Kayla situation, that’s where I have to say that editing comes in. I’m not mad at the editing but they just never showed you the good. They chose to show you the bad times with me and Kayla, which were true. We did argue, we did have words, there was tension between us but there was footage of us when we did get along or some of the conversations that we had that were really good. There’s no issue with me and Kayla. I have nothing but respect for Kayla. I wanted her to have that experience because she was my roommate first, and she was the other Black girl in the house. I wish her the best with everything she’s doing.

Did you feel like you had a responsibility as a Black woman to represent yourself a certain way on TV?

I never looked at it as a color thing. I was just me. My family watched it, my friends watched, and everyone else that I know watched and said I’m the same way that I am with them in person, on television. Things are changing for me because I’m in the process of trying not to get so upset and to stay focused, calm and be more about business and picking he right friends, so I didn’t feel like I owed anybody. If I owed anybody anything, I owed myself and that was it, not the other Black women in the world. If I am portraying a great Black woman, then I’m honored, but I never did anything based off of trying to be an image.

You guys have shot the reunion special by now, is everything squared away?

Everything is pretty much squared away, people said what they had to say—the same thing that we’ve probably been saying throughout the whole season—and people will feel the way that they feel. I wouldn’t trade my experience in for the world. I would do it all over again with those same girls.

What are you working on now?

I haven’t worked out all the details yet but I’ve been offered two roles in these plays that are in Chicago. They’re African-American plays. One is called What Every Woman Wants in a Man and the other one is called The Mr. and the Mrs. I’ve always been into theater [but] I haven’t done that type of stuff in years, that’s where I became my worst bad girl. Now, I’m finding what my passions are again, and surrounding myself with great people. I’ve also been doing some motivational speaking at city high schools here in Chicago. Right now, my heart is just set on helping younger women with issues, knowing what I know now

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