Since the evicted house guests are now immediately moved to the Jury House, the media is not allowed to speak with the contestants. Instead, we all get the same Q+A. Rather than editing some of the questions out, I’ve decided to post the entire interview as it was sent to me.

I’ve never really paid attention to Big Brother US the way I have to Big Brother Canada, but I know thing for sure, the fact that Talla Rejaei made it so far into the game (the second last episode) without ever winning a single competition is impressive. I’m not sure if it’s record breaking, but it’s a definitely a distinctive title.   And if I had bet some money, I would have almost guaranteed that Talla would have made it to the finals, just because it’s pretty much guarenteed that she would lose to the very bitter jury. But alas, Emmett saw it otherwise, and as the sole vote left in the last game, he sent Talla/Lalla packing last night.

Before tonight’s finale, here’s her exit interview:

Are you surprised by the house’s decision?
Talla: I am shocked. I did not see that coming, I’m upset and disappointed. I didn’t want to believe it but Emmett had told me right before that he was going to save Gary but I obviously didn’t agree with his decision. He gave me his word, he even had a final two deal with me. When he said final two to me I was even shocked at that. I was like “Really? Seriously?” Don’t love it!!

When do you think the dynamics in the house shifted? Was there a defining moment you can remember?
Talla: After AJ had left, I paired up with Andrew. Together we started working together with Emmett and Jillian. To me that was a powerhouse and a really smart move on my part. I think that decision took me far in the game. Jillian won more HOHs than anyone else. We had a friendship that evolved week two during the lumberjack competition. We struck a deal and that carried through lasted until I was evicted.

IMG_5323You didn’t have a showmance, a friendmance, or any alliance you took with you to the end, do you think that helped you or hurt you?
Talla: I’m fine that I did not have a showmance. It’s easy to break up the showmances and it worked out for me that I wasn’t in one. I didn’t want to kiss someone on national television … aside from my kiss with Topaz.

I was good friends with Liza. If she had lasted longer in the game I think we could have gone far as a team but I wasn’t aware of how she was playing the game. End of the day I made it to the final four on my own – to an extent. Me and Andrew had a really close friendship. It sucked that AJ had to go but it worked out in my favour. I would say that my friendmances, and pairing up with Andew helped me in the game.

What was your favourite/worst experience/moment in the house?
Talla: My favourite moment in the house was definitely meeting Dan Gheesling – day 59. That was the best day of my life. I also loved the Tallatini party – day 58. When we get missions or tasks and we get alcohol and we are so excited about that! I may not have won an HOH or POV but I won that! My worst moment was passing out ten minutes in to our Sass-in-a-glass party – day 39. I missed the party and I was really embarrassed.

What did you discover about yourself that you didn’t know prior to being on the show?
Talla: People were a bit weary of my because I talk so much but I would keep more things inside when I would hear things that other houseguests would say about their strategy when I could have used it to hurt them. Even though I wanted to bring out my claws on so many occasions, I have much more patience than I would have given myself credit for. I’m proud of myself for not going ape-sh*t when I could have.

I also learned that I didn’t have to win any competitions to go far. I was hard on myself for not winning any but I made really close to the end without winning any.

If you can go back to any moment in the house and change your reaction, which moment would that be and why?
No, I’m satisfied with all of my reactions. I was really proud of the way that I handled the argument that Topaz and I had. She called me something really bad and I could have lost my marbles on her but I chose not to.

What’s a monologue?
Talla: Oh yeah I remember that! That’s so embarrassing. At what point in my life would I have learned what a monologue is. Like, in English class I was busy. Love it, love it!!

Was it easy to forget that there were cameras on you 24-7?
Talla: When I would make weird noises or do something embarrassing, I would remember that the cameras were there. Subconsciously, I knew that they were there but you’re busy and you’re living in this house so yeah sometimes you forget. But obviously, I let it all out!

w-gary-and-talla-in-kitchenYou got into some heated arguments with a couple of houseguest, (Gary and Andrew). Were those arguments real or was it part of your strategy?
Talla: I remember in the beginning when I had an argument with Tom, and Topaz said to me you need to keep it cool so that people don’t start targeting you. Using that as a strategy would be ridiculous. It would have made people want to get me out. My reaction in those arguments was realer than real. I had freak outs, pass outs, burn outs. I had all types of outs. What you see is what you get with Lala. I will always defend myself if I don’t agree with something. You think I was going to let anyone else have the last word? Yeah right! Friends argue.

Who was the hardest houseguest to live with and why?
Talla: In terms of cleanliness, it would have to be Gary. I enjoyed living with everyone, me and Gary had a lot of fun but cleaning was definitely not his specialty.

What went through your mind when you saw Dan Gheesling walk through the door? Is that how you greet most guests in your home? Did you enjoy talking strategy with him?

Talla: Ahhhhhhhhhhh!! OMG love it! I just knew that he had something in store for us – I love Dan. He’s one of the greatest players of all time, Dan the man. Oh my gosh no that is not how I usually greet people in my home but I could not believe that Dan Gheesling was standing in front of me. I attacked him with one shoe in my hand.

Dan pretty much reassured me and made me feel good. He recognized that I had made it that far without winning competitions and that I should be proud of myself. He built up my confidence, put things in perspective and gave me a few new ideas. He knew that I had the answers but he was helping me realize that.

Which houseguest do you think enjoyed your lap dance most and why? Aneal or one of the others?
Talla: I think AJ enjoyed watching me give Aneal the lap dance more than Aneal enjoyed receiving it. I’ll give AJ a lap dance in the jury house… just kidding.

Do you have any final thoughts?
Talla:I’m very thankful and grateful for Big Brother Canada coming in to my life. I had the best experience and I wouldn’t change anything about it. I’m glad that everyone had a great time watching the show. Love it!!

Mike Morrison