You guys said you made a lot of friends in the house and had a good time. If you could pick one favorite time in the house, what would be your favorite thing?
William: I would say my most memorable time is when I realized I was getting voted off, Michelle was sobbing really bad. I felt bad at that point. I turned to Graham, Michael, and Kirk and I said “Guys” — you know it was just my last night there, “You guys want to have one last beer together and just enjoy the moment being there?” So we went and got a beer, sat on the outside out back of the mansion and just relaxed. And that was the best time. As far as everything else, I can’t remember how many times we laughed about the weirdest stuff in the world. Some of the stuff [we talked about] was off the wall, I don’t even get where it comes from. That was the best time for me was just sitting out with the guys having one last drink.
Melissa: God, there were so many...
William: Playing hide and seek with Blake?
Melissa: So not funny at all! Blake? Blake? Blake? I have to say that one of my favorite times ever actually involves William. He did this segment called “Cooking with Erica.” I have never laughed so hard in my entire life. William does impressions and maybe he’ll give one on the call with Erica. He does an Erica impression that is so hilarious. One morning, William, I think it was Ella, and myself were up early with one of the producers. He just did this segment like a morning show, “Cooking with Erica,” because she had cooked us all dinner the night before. And then he started taking questions from the audience and me and Ella were asking him questions and he would answer as Erica. I remember crying. The producer was crying it was so funny. That’s one of my favorite memories on the show.
William: I put two big cantaloupes under my shirt. [In Erica’s voice] “Hey boys. It’s Erica, hey!”
Melissa: And then we asked him, like, “Erica, if you were to win the $250,000, what would you do with the money?”
William: I can’t even remember what I said now.
Melissa: You were like “I think I would just go shopping and have my maid carry all my bags.” Oh it was so funny. It was just so funny.
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We asked Ames a couple of weeks ago if he had seen any of this side of Blake on The Bachelorette. He’s being portrayed as kind of a conniver. Did you feel like you noticed that stuff while you were on The Bachelorette with him? Do you think he did play Melissa?
William: I definitely think he played Melissa. I mean, he played Melissa. On Bachelorette there wasn’t a hint of that. He was just a truthful and honest person about Ashley whenever we had conversations. Blake in the house, he’s a competitive person. He wants to win. He wants to win and he was willing to do whatever he had to to make sure he was safe. Being with one girl will only get you one vote. But if you can kind of talk with another girl and get another vote, you’ve got it. He played on Melissa’s emotions and it worked for him, he always got her vote. It’s too bad that... he does this to people and this is what happens and this is the outcome. Money’s not everything.
Melissa: My biggest thing is, I’m not good at lying and conniving and backstabbing. I’m just not good at it. And I genuinely trusted and — there was so much that people watching the show did not get to see. And even people in the house. Blake and I would go one-on-one off by ourselves all the time and talk and people didn’t see it. There was a lot more emotion because there was a lot more said to me that unfortunately viewers didn’t get to hear and see. There was a lot more kissing, there was a lot more hugging, there was a lot more emotional stuff going on that no one knows about except Blake.
William: Dry humping?
Melissa: I think he puts it, he says “jean jammin,” actually.
William: He calls it “jean jammin,” but yeah.
Melissa: There was definitely some of that.
How do you guys feel about Jake? There was a lot of talk from Vienna and Kasey trying to get people against him. What were your feelings about Jake when you got in the house and when he left?
William: My feelings, my honest feelings were I couldn’t believe a Bachelor was in the house for Bachelor Pad. But it makes for great TV having him and Vienna in the same house. You know, when he gave Vienna that rose the first night, that kind of lost my trust with him. Because we had talked and he said “Vienna’s going to be the first one to go.” Then to see him give her the rose, I was just in shock. I couldn’t get a gauge on Jake. So that’s the reason I ended up voting for him to go in last week’s episode, because I just didn’t know where he was. But he obviously just came on the show to apologize to her and kind of keep knocking on her door and say “sorry” as many times as he could. Hopefully those two are just completely done now and there’s no communication between them. I know Jake’s got aspirations out there to do other things in the spotlight. If that’s what he wants to do, good. But I didn’t agree with going on Bachelor Pad to try and regain your image as far as just apologizing to Vienna. That kind of didn’t sit well with me.
Melissa: I agree with almost everything William said. I don’t think he went on there to compete for money like we all did. I think he really did come on there to apologize to Vienna. I do respect him. He’s been nothing but wonderful to me. He’s been a good friend. He’s always been really kind to me. So as a person I have nothing bad to say about him at all. On the other side of the fence, Vienna and Kasey are good friends of mine and I spend a lot of time with them. It hurt me to see Vienna so upset in the house. But I have literally not a bad thing to say about Jake as far as the way he treated me.
Has anything surprised you, Melissa, watching the show back? Like Erica making her move with Blake — how did you feel about that? Was it a surprise to see or did you know she was doing that and saying some of those things about you?
Melissa: Erica is the funniest person. I swear, she and William should have their own show because they are both the funniest people I’ve ever met in my entire life. If William and Erica were not in the house, the dynamic would’ve been totally different because they just keep you laughing 24/7. William is like the funniest guy I’ve ever met in my entire life. Erica doesn’t realize that she’s funny and that’s why she’s funny. Like everything she does, she doesn’t mean to be funny, she’s just ridiculous. […] I knew that Erica was doing everything that she was doing. I didn’t know that she was like creeping behind walls and couches spying on me. I thought that was hilarious. But I knew that she was flirting with all the boys trying to gain a partner. Because Erica was the only girl in the house that didn’t have a partner. So I knew that she was doing that stuff behind my back, but I couldn’t even be mad at her because she was just so funny about it.
Melissa, despite a lot of the Bachelor Pad houseguests coming to your defense on Twitter last night, you still got some negative reactions. Do you have any regrets about your time on the show?
Melissa: Well, I don’t think I had negative reactions on Twitter last night. I just always try to respond to people who say nice things, so I try to tweet them back and say “thank you.” The other thing is what a lot of people don’t know — especially if they just watch the show and don’t go Twitter or Facebook — is that most of us are actually really good friends. […] I don’t regret any of it. Do I wish that I had done things differently? Absolutely. Do I wish that I had chosen a different partner in the beginning? Absolutely. So I don’t regret it [but] I do regret some of the decisions that I made.
Melissa, you were so emotional on the show. Was there any blowback in your real life, after the show?
Melissa: Not at all. My friends and family have been so supportive. They know that I’m not that emotional outside of The Bachelor world. It’s so funny because every episode that airs I get, like, 50 text messages from just friends and family saying like “Who are you? We don’t even recognize you on TV.” For some reason when I’m in The Bachelor house I am just so overly emotional. But there definitely hasn’t been any backlash or anything like that. It’s all been really positive.
If you were asked to do it again would you both do it again?
William: For me, I would definitely do it again. Just because, yeah, they didn’t show a lot of me but the relationships that I made and the friends that I made in the house, you know, some of the best friends I’ve ever made were in that house and it was a lot of fun. Definitely enjoyed it. It’s a shame that people didn’t get to see all the jokes, ‘cause there was some pretty funny stuff. But I would definitely do it again. I wouldn’t do it like Gia, I wouldn’t go and do a second season of it, but going back I would definitely do it again.
Melissa: I have to agree with William. We made so many good friends and had so many laughs and so much fun that, you know, right now if you asked me “Would you go back and do Season 3 of Bachelor Pad?” Hell no! But when it comes time and they ask you, I don’t know how I would respond. A year from now if you came to me and said “Would you do it again?” I like to think that I would say no but I don’t know for sure because it was so much fun.
William: Yeah, and I’ll say that the people that you’re on the show with are great. […] You have moments in the house that are emotional or whatnot, but you also enjoy hanging out with the producers, you enjoy seeing them again. They’re all great people.
Do you have a preference for who you want to win?
Melissa: My favorite people on this planet right now — I love Kasey and Vienna so much but Michelle Money is, like, I love her so much. She’s like a sister to me. So I would love to see Michelle Money in the end.
William: For me, whoever makes it to the end, the two people that I have incredible respect for in that house — definitely Michelle and Ella. They’re both single mothers taking care of kids. It’s one of the most difficult things in life so, $250,000 will definitely help them raise them in a much better environment. As far as a team to make it to the end, I would say Team Money Graham are the two I would like to see at the end.
Melissa: I agree.
William, you had sort of a rough go of it on The Bachelorette in terms of your relationships with people. When you went into Bachelor Pad do you think you were perceived better or came off as more yourself?
William: I think because of the environment we were in, it was different for me. I felt a lot more relaxed. I don’t know if this is the right way to say it, it didn’t feel as orchestrated, I guess. Even though it’s all set, your days are taken care of, it was a lot less pressure than “Hey, there’s one girl that we’re going after” and you’re trying to see what happens in that relationship. This is like, you’re actually going to hang out with the guys and you’re not sitting there competing for a girl. I think I was a lot more myself on Bachelor Pad. Bachelorette I was still myself, it was just that different environment and it was new to me, so I definitely did act differently. Yeah, I was more comfortable and much more myself on Bachelor Pad.
Melissa, you said you spent a lot of time defending yourself after The Bachelor. You also had a rough time of it when you were on that show and it was a bit surprising to see you even go on Bachelor Pad. Was the money enough of a reason to put yourself out there again?
Melissa: I actually was asked several times to do the show and I said no several times. I didn’t actually agree to do it until about two weeks prior to flying out. And I really genuinely came on to, you know, repair my image — and it obviously did not work the way that I hoped it would — and also to try to win the money. So, like I said, I literally did not agree to do it until two weeks prior and I had been asked for months. You know what, it doesn’t always work out the way you hope it will, but I don’t regret it.
William: For me, it was also different for me because there had only been two episodes that had aired of The Bachelorette, then I was already out in L.A. filming Bachelor Pad. So I didn’t even know how I was going to be perceived. I was worried about it and I was glad that I was gone during the roast episode. […] I heard about everything once I got back. […] So at that point in time I had already filmed Bachelor Pad. So I wasn’t even sure how I was going to be perceived, but I just wanted to go out there and be me. And Melissa definitely can get emotional, but that’s her. That’s who we are and you accept it. It can be emotional to do that. You can be upset if a guy breaks your heart or anything like that. It’s OK, that’s real emotion. Blake [broke] your heart on that. Just own it and be OK with it. We talked about it before in the house and I wish they would’ve aired that conversation but, honestly, it’s a trait of yours and live up to it. Be OK with it.
Melissa: You know, I’m just disappointed because I never — I never fall for people, especially after that short amount of time. I think it was just the environment and also wanting to have a partner so badly to get through the game with. That scared me to not have a partner. I was way overly emotional, like way too emotional. I wish I could change it all, but I can’t.
William: And Blake has a lot of those traits that you’re probably looking for in a guy so it was..
William: Yes, and it’s like “This is the guy I would like to partner up with” and then see what happens outside the show. Unfortunately you got to see a different side afterward, but don’t beat yourself up too much about it because you’ll find the right guy. You’ll be OK.
Melissa: Thank you, William. And I’m actually not even looking for someone anymore but I did learn that — and I learned it very quickly — that Blake is not the kind of human being that I would ever want to be with. He’s, in my opinion, not a good person.
Watching it, we don’t see all these wonderful friendships forming since it looks like you are always fighting each other.
William: I would say that, yes, some people didn’t develop quite the relationships with friends but there’s a couple guys in that house and there’s a couple girls that I will always be friends with. My place is open to them, if they ever come to Columbus [Ohio], they know that we’re going to hang out. If I go to them, we’re going to be hanging out. It’s guaranteed all 18 people are not all very good friends or anything like that, but there were some strong relationships that were made.
Melissa: I have to say, I have been in L.A. for a couple of weeks now and I have become so close with so many of the people. I would honestly tell you that I consider each and every person — except for maybe two people — close friends.
William: Sorry Melissa.
Melissa: Wait, what did you say?
William: You said there are two people you wouldn’t consider close friends. I’m assuming me, so I apologize.
Melissa: No you’re not one of them.
William: Oh, OK. Just checking.
Melissa: No, no, no. You were not one of the people. Like, I didn’t screw you over.
William: OK. Just checking. [Oh stop it, William!]
Now that time has passed since the show, Melissa, do you still feel that level of kind of hurt toward Blake? What are your feelings toward Blake?
Melissa: I actually have no feelings whatsoever toward Blake. I am kind of at a point where I’m over it. I feel like he’s still going to Twitter and saying things that I don’t think are appropriate, still retweeting nasty things about me. And we actually had some e-mail correspondence that was very passive-aggressive on his end. So I literally have nothing to say about him other than to say I just want to be done with him.
Who do you think is going to make it to the end? Do you think Kasey and Vienna will be on the chopping block or do you think they do have a good chance of making it to the end?
William: Well, me personally, part of my strategy in the whole thing was, a lot of people thought “Get rid of the power couples.” But there was only really one true power couple and in the beginning that was Kasey and Vienna. But when you come down to it and you have three couples in the end, more than likely they were going to vote Kasey and Vienna off. I can see that happening — that whoever’s left in the end is just going to say “Well, it’s time for them to go.” From what I know, there was already a plan set in motion a long time ago for who was going to be on Bachelor Pad. So guys like myself, Blake, and Ames were put in a rough spot because we’re fresh coming off of [The Bachelorette]. We don’t know anybody on the show and everybody was able to kind of communicate and talk and kind of set up their alliances even before the show started, so that was a very difficult thing to overcome. So I was fortunate with where I did make it in the show.
Melissa: We are shooting the finale live so we don’t know who is going to win, but what I will say is that Kasey and Vienna — they knew what they were doing. They came into this playing the game. I respect and love both of them. I wouldn’t be surprised if they made it to the final two couples, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Believe it or not, Melissa Schreiber went on Bachelor Pad Season 2 in part to repair her image from The Bachelor Season 15. Oops. “It obviously did not work the way that I hoped it would,” Melissa told reporters on a conference call after her dramatic elimination on BP2, Episode 4. She said she had been asked for months to do the show, but said no until two weeks before taping started.
William Holman, who was also eliminated the same night, said he and fellow Bachelorette Season 7 contestants Ames Brown and Blake Julian were put in a rough spot since so many other castmates knew they would be on the show for months ahead of time. Alliances had already been made and the new guys had to scramble. Blake scrambled by playing with Melissa’s emotions.
At the time of her exit, Melissa “felt very betrayed” by the people in the house. She wants nothing more to do with her BP2 obsession Blake, even though they have had some passive-aggressive e-mail and Twitter spats off the show. “Blake is not the kind of human being that I would ever want to be with,” she said. “He’s, in my opinion, not a good person.” However, she knows the show was just a game and she readily admits “I was way overly emotional, like way too emotional.”
Both Melissa and William favor Michelle Money when it comes to someone actually getting out of this thing with $250,000. Although we never heard Bill say more than five words an episode, Melissa calls him the funniest guy in the house and thinks he and Erica Rose should have their own show together. (He does do a pretty good Erica impression.)
So far in exit interviews and on Twitter after each episode, the Padawans insist we’re not getting anything close to the full story. What we saw was this, but what they said was that. We see them fight in the house, but they really had a blast and are good friends. Maybe this winter, ABC can broadcast six weeks of Bachelor Pad Season 2, Part 2: What Really Happened.
Read on for more from William and Melissa, since Jake Pavelka was supposed to be on the call but got stuck in airport security or something.
Melissa, you reacted really strongly when you left the show. What was going through your head at the time?
Melissa: You know what, besides just being completely exhausted, I feel like, you know, I felt very betrayed at the time by my friends in the house. But I also understood that it was a game and that it was a very likely outcome. But honestly at that moment I was just so exhausted. That’s why I didn’t really talk in the limo. I just had nothing to say. I was just kind of over it at that point, I think.
William, we didn’t get to see too much of what you were doing in the house. What would you have liked us to see?
William: I think I did a lot of stuff that was just, I mean, me — it was comical, there was a lot of funny stuff that I did but I think for ABC it probably didn’t fully pertain to the storyline that they were trying to portray and really have the Jake/Vienna/Kasey thing go on. So I think they kind of pushed that aside, but they have so much footage to go through that they want the storyline to be purely Bachelor Pad and that’s for the $250,000 and the relationships that are being built, between the guys and the girls. I didn’t have a relationship that was going on with any of the girls in the house, so it just wasn’t much of a storyline to go with, I’d say.
William, if you could go back and do it all over again, how would you change your strategy to keep yourself in the game longer?
William: You know, the only thing that I would definitely think about changing was that very last night, maybe convincing everybody that I was worth keeping around and that maybe Kasey should’ve been the one that was voted off that night. As far as strategy, I think I played the game pretty well but when it came down to it I wasn’t as competitive as some of the people that were on there. The only thing I would change is trying to talk more with everyone in the house about why they should keep me on board. I think because I laid low it was easy for people to just say “Yeah, let’s take William out because we don’t want to hurt Kasey’s feelings because he’ll definitely say something to us about it if we let him go.”