Typically, I don't start doing interviews until many months after the HGs have gotten out of the Big Brother house, but this year is anything but typical! With BB9 and BB10 happening right on top of each other, there just isn't time to give anyone too much rest, so let the interview process begin.
It seemed fitting that our first BBDish post show interview should be with the winner of Big Brother 9, Adam Jasinski, aka Baller... my fellow cuban coffee lover. Adam's been busy as all get out, but he still made time for the dishfolk. ;) Adam, when you do make it back to South Florida, just say the word, and I'll take you to the best Cuban Coffee joint in town!
Incidentally, if you'd like to contact Adam directly, you can get to him via his myspace page... and if you're looking to own a piece of him, check out his newly listed ebay auctions. And now, the interview...
BBDish-Carolyn: Hi Adam. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me today, and congratulations on winning Big Brother 9! You had quite the journey in there. You went from being one half of the most likely to be the first evicted couple, to an overwhelming victory...
BB9-Adam: Anything for you Carolyn! and thanks. Yeah it was rough in there for a while. I had to sweat it out under Sheila's rainy cloud, but I eventually turned it around and made the best of it.
BBDish-Carolyn: How much did the couples twist dictate your initial under the radar game play?
BB9-Adam: You know, I knew I was going to try to be quiet, at least for the first couple of weeks. I know my mouth can get me in trouble sometimes. So that was part of my plan from the door, couples or not. But Sheila made it much easier on me, because she would draw all the heat, and I tried to play it off as "poor quiet Adam" as long as I could.
BBDish-Carolyn: What have you been up to since you got out of the house? You mentioned earlier that you've been doing a lot of traveling... where to and with who? Anyone we know?
BB9-Adam: Everything has been crazy since I left the house. I flew right home to Jersey and caught up with my family and all my boys. I think that's what I missed the most. I've been doing a little traveling. I went to Seattle with Matty for an interview and I just went to Vegas with Matty this Memorial Day weekend. I have some other trips lined up as well, like visiting Ryan, getting back to Florida eventually, etc...
BBDish-Carolyn: Are you keeping in touch with any of your BB9 housemates?
BB9-Adam: I talk to Matty almost every day. Ryan and I still talk a lot, Natty, even Chelsia calls me every now and then.
BBDish-Carolyn: What surprised you most upon getting out of the isolation chamber of the Big Brother house? Politically, personally, game-wise...
BB9-Adam: Jay-Z getting married I guess.... And of course the GAS PRICES...
BBDish-Carolyn: I'd like to get the big rumor out of the way... What's the deal on the orgy? Any idea what spawned the rumor? There had to have been something said to get so many former (and trusted) HGs to write about it...
BB9-Adam: I assume this rumor was formed like most rumors are started, someone looking to rain on the parade because they aren't the center of attention. The orgy never happened as it seems... I not even sure how my name got brought into it to begin with. Everyone is grown ups and what ever happened between Matt and Natty is all good, but I was not in the room when the so called orgy went down. I don't like to focus on the negative, so I'll turn all that energy into something positive instead. Like Matty said in our Seattle interview, this orgy may have never happened, but we are always open to any babies who would like to start one with us... LOL
BBDish-Carolyn: Issue #2 ;) During the finale, in your elation, you stated you'd be donating 100k to the Autism Foundation... Since finding out about the retard brouhaha, I'm certain this has changed. Were you surprised by all the fallout from the "retards" comment? Have you found a new foundation to support?
BB9-Adam: I was extremely surprised by the fallout. My boy Deebo kind of clued me in when I got out as to how bad it had gotten. Also finding out I was fired was a big disappointment. I meant what I said about donating the money though, I'll donate, but just not to the foundation that fired me. I felt like I was trying to do something positive for them, and yes I made a mistake, but to completely turn their backs on me seemed a little unfair. So now I looking to possibly start my own charity or maybe work in conjunction with another charity. I haven't quite figured it out yet. Most people don't understand that this stuff doesn't happen overnight. It is going to take some time to establish a relationship with an organization that is trust worthy and credible as well as doing something I feel is special...
BBDish-Carolyn:Were you even still employed by the Autism Foundation when you went into the house? I seem to remember you saying at some point that you hadn't actually worked there in a while... Consequently, in the fallout of the retard comment, it looked to me like they were doing a big PR move in the very public firing of you... Can you please get into that a bit?
BB9-Adam: Carolyn, I had left the foundation about a week and a half before entering the BB House. How can I work and start planning fundraisers and charity events when I am possibly leaving for MONTHS? So yes I took a leave of absence from the foundation in order to go on the show.
BBDish-Carolyn: To the victor go the spoils... We know about your philanthropic plans, but what are you planning to do for yourself with the 500k? Any special new toys you wouldn't have otherwise treated yourself to?
BB9-Adam: To be honest I haven't gotten myself anything special yet, and I probably won't. There's no reason to blow the money on a new car when I could make something positive out of it. Would I like a new BMW 650, and a keytar? Of course. But it's not the smart move right now. I might open a bar/restaurant... But we will see...
BBDish-Carolyn: At final four, it seemed very clear to me that the only chance any of the other HGs had to play for the win (and not second place), was to get rid of you... Were you keenly aware of this as well? What was your thinking that week?
BB9-Adam: I was aware that my game play, winning comps and revealing more of my hand than I wanted to definitely made me a threat. At the same time, I kinda of played the entire game thinking I might be the next to go. I guess that's what happens when you think for sure that you are going home the first week, which I might have been doing. Every week after that I thought could be my last week, which made throwing comps dangerous moves, but it all worked out in the end.
BBDish-Carolyn: How much of a factor was the run-through with the final endurance comp wave machine in your decision to push for Sharon's ouster? Did it truly matter, or was it just a very convenient addition to your original agenda? IE., Was it your plan to take Sheila to final 3 all along?
BB9-Adam: It was a great addition to add to the last minute push for Sheila... I was going to take her all along. I had to!
BBDish-Carolyn: Speaking of Sheila, in the final days, did you ask anyone in the DR if there was any kind of bonus attached to making it to the final 2 with your original partner?
BB9-Adam: NO... I never thought... I should have...
BBDish Carolyn: Given the opportunity, would you come back and do it all over again in an All-Stars 2 scenario?
BB9-Adam: Absolutely. I'd have to switch up my game a little though. I couldn't play under the radar as much I did the first time around. As long as Big She's not there, I'm in. Just Kidding..
BBDish-Carolyn: Thank you so much for making the time to do this, Adam. I really appreciate it!