After The Bachelor: Melissa Schreiber Still Confused by Raichel Drama, Defends Madison and Michelle
Can you handicap Brad's remaining ladies? Emily seems like good potential winner, from a game-play point of view. Michelle, maybe. In your estimation, who are the top five women that are going to take it to the end? Well, you mention Emily, and she is actually a sweetheart. I think she is completely genuine. I don't think she's playing the game to play the game. I think she's definitely in there for the right reasons. So my first pick would be Emily. My second pick would be Shawntel, the funeral director. She's a very genuine person. My third pick would probably be Ashley H., she's the one that had the one-on-one date at the carnival. [...] Jackie, that had the one-on-one date where they heard Train live, Jackie is a genuine, sweet girl from what I was able to see. And the last person that I think was genuinely there for the right reasons, and whether she made it far or not I'm not sure 'cause she was a little shy, was Lindsay H. I think Lindsay was very genuine.
Nobody's asked about her yet — Madison the girl with the fangs. I love her. Gotta tell you, Madison was the most genuine, sweet, kind-hearted person I met in the house. Say what you will about her, she is the nicest person that you will ever meet. And she was the one person that stood up for me and stuck up for me and was always there with me.
She never took the fangs out. Yes, she did. [...] And she looked beautiful both ways.
If there's one thing you could change about the experience as a whole, what would you change? I would not have allowed myself to be involved in any drama. I would've simply walked away. I think it was just hard for me because I'm not used to being involved in a lot of drama. I'm a very non-confrontational person and I think being constantly [...] attacked, I felt like I needed to defend myself. If I could do it all over again I wouldn't have defended myself, I would've simply walked away.
What kind of guy are you looking for? A Brad type or someone else? You know what, I don't really have a type. It just has to feel right. So we'll see what the future holds for me.
Melissa Schreiber, 32, of Lake Worth, Florida, quit her waitressing job to go on The Bachelor Season 15 — and things didn't quite turn out as hoped.
But, as Melissa told Wetpaint on a media conference call, the same job hired her back part-time (after Brad gave her the boot) while she works on her primary career, which is in real estate. Even with two jobs, Melissa told reporters that she's open to the idea of appearing on Bachelor Pad 2. She also discussed the bewildering drama she had with fellow Episode 2 dumpee Raichel Goodyear, whose "attacks" continued on and off camera. However, Melissa had nothing but kind words to say about fang girl Madison Garton, calling her "the most genuine, sweet, kind-hearted person I met in the house." She also has no beef with Michelle "It's my 30th birthday" Money, who was always nice to her.
Read on for more from Melissa, including her surprise at Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky's mean tweet and her choices for the top five girls for Brad Womack... How did you feel about your adventure on The Bachelor? It was, honestly, an adventure of a lifetime. And I really am grateful to have had the experience and I would do it all over again in a minute.
You're now officially in position to join the Bachelor alumni and go to the reunion parties and potentially join Bachelor Pad. Is that something you're looking forward to? I've actually been considering Bachelor Pad. Nothing is definite yet, but it's definitely something that I am considering.
Can you get into more detail into what sparked the fight with Raichel? Did you feel she was totally at fault for the arguments? You know, it's funny, because I actually am still a little bit at a loss. I don't even completely know what happened. And I asked Raichel several times if there was a reason why she was verbally attacking me, and she would always tell me, "I love you, girl, I'm just stressed out. I'm just stressed out. I'm sorry." Then she would do it all over again. But she did tell me at one point the reason that she was constantly attacking me was because she felt I was being dishonest with Brad and that I wasn't telling him that I would choose to go home on my own if I did not get enough one-on-one time with him. But if any of the viewers log on to ABC.com, ABC actually posted a deleted scene with Brad where I actually went into detail with him and explained to him exactly that, and Raichel was sitting right there. [See video at end of story] So I really don't know what Raichel's problem with me was.
Was there more to the fight than just at the rose ceremony and on the date? Were there more times where you and Raichel were fighting? Ironically, it's so funny, because Raichel had something against me, I feel like, from the moment that I got in the house. There was not a day that went by where she was not verbally attacking me for something. But she would always come up to me later on and apologize for it and tell me she was sorry, she was stressed out, whatever. But then she would do it all over again. It was kind of always drama with the two of us, on and off camera.
Do you regret running into the scene to give that extra kiss during the commercial? We were shooting a PSA for the American Red Cross, and all I will tell you is my part in the skit was to be the cougar. We were playing parts, so I don't know how else to say that. [...] It was fun and, honestly, the girls knew that I was going to do that and they were all, when I came back from it, laughing and joking around, and I think it might've — I don't know. I was playing a part.
A couple of girls watching your one-on-one time with Brad said it looked like he was trying to end your time quickly. Did you get the feeling that he was trying to cut you off? Absolutely not. It definitely was not like that. My conversation with Brad during our 15-on-1 date was probably a good 10 minutes. We talked about life and careers and family, so it definitely wasn't like that. But the girls really couldn't hear because there was a glass partition between us. I think it was just assumption.
We saw Ali and Roberto coming back and saw a bit of your time with them. Can you tell us more about what you said to them and what they said to you? My time with Ali and Roberto was very short. And I was emotional at the time. I basically explained to Roberto and Ali what I had been going through in the house that week. I think it was well received. They were very supportive. But, like I said, it was only a minute or two worth of conversation.
Ali was tweeting as the show was on and there's a part where you said, "If anyone will understand, Ali will understand." And she typed, "I would understand Melissa? Oh god no." It's not the nicest thing to say, but what do you have to say about that? I'm not on Twitter, but I'm actually surprised that she would say something like that. But, you know, what are you going to do? She didn't spend more than two minutes with me. So, I don't know. I don't know if she had kind of a mean streak, I don't know. But I'm very surprised that she would say something like that.
How have your family and friends reacted to your time on the show? They have been so supportive. They all know who I am, that I'm like the nicest person. So a lot of my friends have kind of laughed it off and said, "You're way too good for that kind of interaction with Raichel." They've just been really supportive.
You weren't there that long, but were you genuinely upset by leaving? Could you see yourself with Brad? Did you like him? I liked him very much. He was very sweet, very sincere. But unfortunately I did not get enough time with him to really be able to say whether we would've been a perfect match.
Do you believe that Brad has really changed since the last time he was on the show? You know what, I really do. I wasn't there very long, but what I was able to see was a genuine guy. He really does seem to have everything together now and he seems to know what he's looking for. So yes I do think he has changed.
Do you think he has a long way to go toward convincing people that he's not afraid to commit? I personally don't think he owes it to anyone to have to explain himself any further. He has gone above and beyond to explain himself, and I think that he really has earned being able to just let it go and move forward.
Was it just one of those things where you happened to run into someone you were destined to not get along with? I guess. It's hard for me to even completely comprehend it. If you ask anybody that knows me, I do not have any enemies at all. I get along very well with people. I'm a very non-confrontational person and what the viewers got to see was, on the final day, me finally defending myself and becoming emotional because for a week straight I was enduring this Raichel abuse. So I still don't even know, I can't even tell you what it stemmed from completely or what happened. I guess I just rubbed her the wrong way, I don't know.
Were you surprised at all that you and Raichel were both sent home? Not at all. If I were Brad I would've probably done the same thing. Nobody wants drama, especially that early on. I think that he made the right choice in sending both of us home that night. I wish that I had the time to get to know him a little bit better, because I don't think he would've sent me home so early, but I don't blame him.
Would you say you were able to make any friends in the house? Why do you think some of those girls ganged up on you? I was lucky enough to make a couple of friends that I would like to keep in contact with. Unfortunately I wasn't there very long to really make a lot of lasting friendships. I think it was just a very unfortunate situation that the girls were ganging up on me. I wouldn't say that it was everybody. I would say that it was just a select handful of girls.
Do you blame Raichel for leaving the show or do you think it was just a matter of circumstances and you didn't have enough time with Brad? I definitely think that my conflict with Raichel had a lot to do with it, but I in a sense I also blame myself for allowing myself to get that emotionally involved with Raichel.
Do you regret using your time with Brad to talk about the situation? Usually when people go on a first date they don't bring up the bad stuff right away. My first couple of conversations with Brad were very good and did not involve any drama. But I do somewhat regret being involved in the drama whatsoever and allowing Brad to see that. I should not have allowed Brad to be involved in that kind of drama.
What was the atmosphere like in the house? We only see so much. Was there a great friendship, did the girls bond more? Honestly, it's fun. The viewers didn't get to see all of it, but we had a great time together, for the most part. We were just talking and getting to know each other, laughing, hanging out at the pool. During rose ceremonies and cocktail parties the mood is a little more serious, but it's still energetic and fun and everybody just kind of enjoys the time, really.
Do you think there's a certain woman in the house that is right for Brad? I do believe there are a couple of girls that are amazing women. I didn't get to know Brad well enough to know what his specific type is, but there were some wonderful women in the house and I really think that there could've possibly been a really good connection.
Michelle came off as horribly annoying talking about her birthday so much. Did she come off that way in person? You know, I didn't actually spend a whole lot of time with Michelle, ironically. We didn't share a bedroom and we just, for some reason, did not get to spend that much time together. I never actually witnessed her being annoying or anything like that. I had so much going on during that 15-on-1 date with Raichel that I didn't even witness a lot of what you saw on TV. So I don't know. Michelle was always very nice to me, that's all I know.
You mentioned on the show that you quit your job and spent a lot of money on clothes to go on the show. What is your job situation now? Well, my career is actually not being a server. My career is in real estate and property management. But I did quit my job as a server, which is something that I do for extra income. When I came back they actually took me back right away. But that specific serving job is not my main career.
You said you had been waiting, like, eight years to go on the show. So when did you decide to go on the show and what got you to apply for the season? I wasn't really waiting for eight years, it was more like, eight years ago I saw the first season of The Bachelor and thought, "I should really apply to be on The Bachelor." But the timing was never right until this time around. [...] When the first season aired I actually went online and just filled out a little online application where it asks for your name and why you'd like to be on the show. And I actually received a call-back but I was working a lot and I just never got around to even responding to it. And then I never applied again until this last time around.