Exclusive! Bre Scullark on Not Being Competitive During ANTM All-Stars
Cycle 5's Bre Scullark won a permanent place in America's Next Top Model history when she flipped out over a stolen granola bar, going so far as to steal another model's energy drinks in retaliation. But those hoping for a repeat freak-out during the All-Stars season might be in for a disappointment.
Wetpaint Entertainment chatted with Bre about the All-Stars cycle, and it turns out she's learned a thing or two over the six years she's spent working as a model since Cycle 5. Lesson one? Don't worry about everyone else. As far as we’re concerned, the older and wiser Bre sounds like a force to be reckoned with!
Wetpaint Entertainment: What went through your head when you were asked to be on ANTM All-Stars?
Bre Scullark: I was excited. My first time being on America's Next Top Model was in 2005 for Cycle 5, and unfortunately I didn't win. So when I got the call the second time, to do All-Stars, I just thought, this would be a great opportunity for me to go back in there, and show the judges everything I've learned over the last six years. It was an opportunity for me to try to win again, and anything I didn't know the first time going into a modeling competition, I can show I have experience in now. I can just let everybody know that I've been trying, and I've been trying to learn and grow in my business. So I was excited.
You've continued modeling since Cycle 5. Tell us about your career, and what you've learned from that.
Since my cycle, I got signed with Ford Models in New York, where I was based at the time, and I stayed with Ford for maybe five years. With them I booked Pantene Pro-V, to Old Navy, to Ambi Skin Care, all the way to, right now, I have a Garnier Fructis Herbal Shine commercial ad. They definitely have helped me to live by myself as a professional model for the last five or six years that I've been doing it. It's just a blessing. It's a great thing, and they're such a great agency and have done so well, just in general, and with me personally.
About two years ago I decided that I was going to move to Los Angeles, California. I had been working as a correspondent on The Tyra Banks Show. During one of the seasons we went on hiatus, and right after the show went on hiatus I decided to come to LA and try again as a corespondent and [actress]. And that's where I am right now. I've been in LA ever since.
What was it like to go from working with Tyra on ANTM to working with her on The Tyra Banks Show?
ANTM is different. You're going to get that hard criticism. You're going to be broken down in order to build up into that refined model. To be on The Tyra Banks Show was completely different. There's no judgment, there's no being criticized. It's about your intellect. I really thank Tyra because she let me do the social investigative reports, and then to do the red carpet, which are two completely different parts of corresponding and journalism. She really opened up a totally different world for me. It was crazy, because it showed me as a model on her show, but then it showed me as someone who can articulate themselves. It's just great. It's kind of like that full package if you ask me.
Were there any lessons you took from your first cycle or your years of modeling that changed the ANTM experience during All-Stars?
I think so. I think that when you want it so bad — when I did Cycle 5, you want it so bad. There's nothing else you want than to be a model. The competition is high. The anxiety, the stress level, it's just at an all time high. This time, for me, personally — I can't speak for the other girls, I can only speak for myself — for me, one of the things that I learned from modeling for five or six years is you can have fun. You can be okay with everybody. You don't have to kill people to get what you want. You can be okay.
So when I went into the competition, I didn't want to go in and be competitive with anybody but myself. I wanted to be the best person that I could be in the competition, and I really could care less about the girl next to me, or the girl to the right of me. I believe we all have something special that got us here, and you just have to do whatever you're great at. This time around I just didn't want to be competitive. I wanted to be the best me that I could be. And the way that I come in is the way I want to leave, always.
Do you think that we'll be seeing a softer side of you on All-Stars?
I think I am who I am, and that's never going to change. However, I think that I've definitely grown up. It's been six years, lord knows if I didn't it would be a frightening thing. I think that I've definitely matured, and I don't think you'll see a softer side. I think you'll see a more refined side. I think you'll see someone who makes an effort to acknowledge when they're right, to acknowledge when they're wrong, and learn from it. And hopefully teach other people along the way. But me as a softer side? If you can find a softer side of me, call me! [laughs] Let me know who she is.
You were one of the few people who had another model from your cycle in All-Stars. What was it like to be in the house with Lisa D'Amato again?
Lisa and I have kept in touch over the last few years, and especially now that I'm based in LA and she's from LA. I see her a lot, and it's always good to see her. The one thing about Lisa is that she's got so much damn energy that there's really no need for me to ever speak around her. She's got it, I let her spearhead everything. That has been our relationship since the show. When she's around she takes charge, I kinda just follow. It's always good to see Lisa. She's a great person.
Were there any All-Stars you were a fan of, or particularly excited to meet based on other cycles?
I'd seen Sheena [Sakai]. Sheena is so sexy. Like, I've never been around a sexy human being. You see beautiful girls every day, but she has this confidence about her. It's not arrogance, it's confidence. To be around Sheena is to be around a woman. I really enjoyed getting to know her after seeing her on her cycle.
Bianca Golden is actually a really, really good friend of mine. She's a roughhouse, and I love her because she knows she's being rough. [laughs] I love being around her. She keeps it really live and active. It was great to live with her. I've lived with her before in Chicago, and we've been friends since New York, and even now that I'm based in LA we still remain in touch. But to live with her is so different, and it was so interesting, and it was a lot of fun.
Was there anyone you were nervous or scared about based on their reputation? Did anyone surprise you?
You know what? I guess I picked this up modeling for the last couple of years, but it's just that you work with people that you don't like a lot of the time. It just is what it is. You work with people that you don't like, and I've never, ever seen an emotional decision pay a bill, book a job. So I went in and I wasn't afraid to see anyone. I wasn't afraid to meet anyone based on their reputation on the show, because it just wasn't going to change the factor in my life that I was in a competition once again, and I really wanted to win. So I wasn't afraid. Nor did I care.
But on a positive note, I didn't watch the thirteenth cycle, but I got a chance to meet Laura [Kirkpatrick], and she's just a great, great energetic person who is so much fun to know and to be around. She's one of those people that you look forward to in the morning — because you don't look forward to seeing everyone in the morning, it's just the God-honest truth. But she's one of those people that I was like, "I don't mind living here, because I know I can get some laughs out of her." And Kayla [Ferrel]. She was a lot of fun, too. I really believe that Kayla in some other world, in some other lifetime, is black, because her swag was so much better than mine, and I'm from Harlem, born and raised. I'd never seen Kayla before, and it was really fun to watch her do anything.
What was the biggest for challenge for you on All-Stars?
The hardest part for me in the competition was finding a balance, which is everything, I think. To be receptive to what the judges are saying, and not taking it too close to heart, where I take it to bed with me at night, that was really difficult. And to balance out friendship and the competition was really difficult. To not let their circumstances overwhelm where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do. So I say, just finding that happy medium, where people are okay with the opinions that they have about me, or whatever's going on in their lives, and me being okay with myself. I believe that whenever you find a balance in anything, that's when you're at your best, and it was really challenging to find a happy medium.
Do you have any other projects coming up?
I do. I have a sitcom. I just got booked as a recurring [character] on a sitcom that's coming up. I can't say which one it is yet, but it's a really great sitcom, and I got to work with some really, really great actors and an amazing director. It was such a learning experience for me, and I really hope you guys enjoy it, because I worked me butt off!