TVGO: The day after you put serious moves on Evan — whispering sweet nothings into his lap, etc. — he dismissed you. Was that rough?
Melissa: The flirting was awkward. I thought it was really apparent that it was just awkward and not flowing at all. I laughed at that episode because it's funny watching yourself trying to be sexy. I'm just a goofball. When I was bounced or dismissed or whatever you want to call it, I wasn't shocked. I was just grateful for my experience on the French Riviera.
TVGO: That's a lively hairdo you've got. Did you mind Evan calling you Princess Leia?
Melissa: My hair is naturally curly, so sometimes it's uncontrollable. I tell ya, I've been getting teased for it since I was 5 years old, so it doesn't bother me anymore. I love my hair. It's my personality. I wasn't goin' for Princess Leia, I was goin' for Melissa, man.
TVGO: We think you meant to say "missionary" when you called yourself "mercenary" once. Freudian slip?
Melissa: When I watched that with my girlfriends, they looked at me like, 'You idiot!' I was nervous on that date with the cameras there. I wished I could rewind time. It was just one of those moments like, 'What's coming out of my mouth?!'
TVGO: Speaking of mercenary, you drooled over those jewels. . .
Melissa: I'm not going to lie. I was excited to get jewelry — I don't have any! It was so much better than getting a rose. After these intense elimination ceremonies, of course, you're going to be excited to get a necklace.
TVGO: But after learning Evan was a fake millionaire, did you worry the gems were fake, too? Been to an appraiser yet, honey?
Melissa: Wouldn't that be great if they were fake? It would be a hilarious spin on the show if we got them appraised and they weren't real. No, I haven't gone and done that yet. They're souvenirs; it's not like I would pawn them off for money. [For the record, Fox confirms Evan's jewels are real.]
TVGO: When and how did you learn Evan's not really rich?
Melissa: You know, there might be more to come, so I can't really reveal too much on that. I did get dismissed, but you'll have to keep watching the program. There might be more to come. I'm just covering my toes!
TVGO: Okay, well, were you surprised by the blue-collar truth?
Melissa: As far as the $50 million secret, it wasn't that big of a shock. People had gut instincts. It wasn't so much that we suspected he didn't have $50 million, but we were all kind of wondering if he was an actor, or if he was real or if the producers had to hire someone because they couldn't find anybody to be the bachelor. So when there was a secret, I wasn't that surprised.
TVGO: He wasn't too convincing as a refined millionaire, was he?
Melissa: He did funny things we'd laugh about. The funniest was the hot tub scene where Evan was eating a barbecued sandwich — it was goose or duck — and he had barbecue sauce on his face, and he was chowing down! Oh my God. They make it look like it was supposed to be a sexy, romantic scene, but it was hilarious.