Question: So you made a really bold choice to leave the show and I actually have a lot of respect for you for that and I was wondering if it was just because of Emily’s story or were you feeling like this wasn’t going to be the man that would be your husband.
Madison Garton: It was definitely the Emily thing that set it off, and I mean, had I met Brad and immediately stepping out of the limo falling over my world and stopped and I knew that this is the man then, yes I would probably have been in it for much more of a competition. But by the nature of the show, I did get a little bit closer to Emily and her story kind of bowled me over a little bit and then I felt like all of a sudden I was competing or something that I wasn’t necessarily sure that I needed.
Question: Right, I can understand and then I am also wondering what you make of the girls who think Brad is going to be their husband after the first night. What do you make of the girls that get really caught up in the whole story and this situation?
Madison Garton: Yes, it blows my mind, I mean it seems like some of girls are really in it to win it and it should be The Bachelor — you should be falling in love, there is no winning the bachelor. Jaw dropping for me, I don’t understand it all and I think the nature of the show. Yes, you get a little bit into the competitive thing because you are taken away from everything else and that is the main focus.
So, yes having girls start the strategizing and all that and there is a little bit, but when you kind of pull yourself back from that all of a sudden you’re like really — what I am doing? I don’t even know this guy.
Question: Double edged question, what was your best time in the house and what was your worst time in the house?
Madison Garton: All right. [Let’s] see…best time in the house…it wasn’t on camera, it was that night it was just two of [the] girls and everybody else was out on a date. So let’s see Emily, Meghan and a couple of other girls, and we, they ordered a sushi for us especially and we had a girls’ night the whole thing, had wine and really got close that night. That was probably the most fun.
Went swimming, yes really, really nice and like kind of took you out of the whole competition for a little bit and you got to just enjoy being there in the moment, it’s kind of how beautiful it was the whole experience.
The worst moment was when I am sitting there and talking to Ashley H. on the couch and I – the whole think it just kind of – it snapped and all of a sudden I started bawling and I haven’t, we were just sitting there having our conversation about nothing and all of a sudden I was wrecked and I realized at that point it was probably really time for me to go and everything just kind of readjusted in my eyes and very shaky feeling and all of a sudden I just didn’t feel right being there. That was probably the most (stopping) moments.
Question: My first question is for you in your exit interview you said that you would probably wake up in the morning and regret your decision. Do you regret going on the show or leaving the show?
Madison Garton: Not at all. The other thing I wish it would have been a little bit longer that I was there, but that’s probably what I regret the most is that I didn’t get to experience it as fully as I had wanted but other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I am very happy with going on the show. It was such an amazing experience and I left when I felt I needed to. So I will not change it although I wished that I had done some of the fabulous things, that I really had gotten a chance to make a connection with Brad at that time that wasn’t right for me.
Question: And now about your fangs, the vampire fangs. You were very caught off guard by it, but Brad seemed to really like it and seems really he said he was really enticed by it. Where you surprised that he liked it or do you find that a lot of guys you date like it?
Madison Garton: I get mixed reviews and some people don’t even realize that they’re there and some people do and are afraid to ask and some people run for the hills. Definitely a vote of confidence that he was able to handle that for sure because that is a side of me and if he can’t swallow the things he was not going to be the kind of man that could probably swallow the whole.
Jennifer Matarese: So if Brad and Emily don’t end up together do you feel like you left for nothing?
Madison Garton: Good question. I kind of said before to me that was the fairy tale ending. It doesn’t necessarily have to be that way and I think that Emily’s a very strong girl and she will certainly make good for herself, employ be it that she (inaudible) or at or at any point that’s difficult.
I still think that I just would have felt wrong being there. It wasn’t her but (inaudible).
Jennifer Matarese: OK and how did the whole vampire thing start?
Madison Garton: For me? Very off the cuff and always had, yes, the vampire fangs would have been the darker side of things and love the mystery and sexiness as a whole idea. And lo behold, I happen to run into the leader of the entire vampire world which is actually lot of people who mistaken that I am a member. I am not necessarily a member; I just happened to know the leader and then answer that there is such a thing.
We became friends and he had the fangsmith and all that so had a pair of made and they were great. I wore them for Halloween once and then just had a blast that I (wore them) out on numerous occasions afterwards.
Question: It’s interesting because I wanted to touch on what you had said earlier because to me, it felt like when you left I thought that it was sort of a bold thing to do and it seemed very supportive of Emily and you could tell that you had obviously been touched by her story and got close. But to me it seemed like the only reason that you would be able to do that and to leave in that situation was that you weren’t feeling it with Brad. Because if you had been feeling with Brad, I think you would have had different thought process you know like so I am just wondering if you could elaborate on that a little bit.
Madison Garton: Yes, sure, sure.
Question: Did he seem likes a person for you because to me it seemed a person for you, you would be like well Emily story is sad but…
Madison Garton: But here we go girl.
Question: Right, yes. But it’s odd.
Madison Garton: Brad and I had sat down and talked and they didn’t show a lot about it in camera. Yes, there was a bit of chemistry and it was I think that we both express an interest in knowing to get to know each other more for sure.
At the end of the day, I see myself being a Texas Housewife? I am not sure. So that certainly played into a little bit and yes I think (of me leaving) the whole experience, I didn’t really I don’t give enough credit to the fact that you really, you are fighting other girls for a guy that has never really been my style so much. There are so many men out there and so when it comes just cut throat for one guy over other girls it’s now haggering what I am trying to say but yes. Had I known right away that he is going to be my husband, I probably would have been in a much stronger fight for him but I think he is a great guy. Yes.
Question: Yes, I don’t think it’s you saying he is not a good guy. You know I mean you are just been honest like just because someone is a good guy doesn’t mean they are right for you.
Madison Garton: Yes and could there have been a connection, could we have worked, could there have been something? Maybe yes. I am not sure but yes it was probably not going to be just his Texas housewife.
Question: Yes, I have said how long has it been hard time seeing you in that position too.
Madison Garton: Even he said he would have had a hard time bringing me home to his grandmothers.
Question: Obviously you see people and you got close people like Emily and I know last week on the call Melissa was actually said that she thought you were the best girl she met in the house and really cool and stuck up for her. Is it hard to kind of watch now, I mean knowing that I mean obviously you were there for all the episodes there but it’s going to be hard to watch and see things like the girl who sort of obsessed with him already and some of the people that seemed like they are not there for the right reasons or they are not there to win? Like we said they’re in it to win it kind of things versus people who seem like they really genuinely are ready to fall in love and become a wife that they see much more like a genuine person.
Madison Garton: Yes, I mean it’s difficult to make judgments because there is editing and also things. You don’t really know but it’s definitely hard and you see girls that come home from the date and they are just have stars in their eyes and all of a sudden like “OK, my turn.” It’s difficult and it’s difficult to see somebody that there is for the competition or so you think. You just have to hope that editing made them look way and not necessarily that they are there for the wrong reasons.
It was really hard you know people are there for the wrong reasons. They are crazy. If they are not really there to fall in love then you are crazy to be there.
Question: So you said that you didn’t really see yourself in the Texas Housewife role and we already mentioned Emily earlier. Is there anything else do you think will be good match with Brad or could be a real contender?
Madison Garton: I think that everybody has noticed just a pure chemistry with him and Emily I am not sure, she has cut out for that role but there is ten things like there, are there fireworks Michelle talks about you see that actually which (inaudible). I definitely say she is frontrunner and yes I think (Ashley H) they had (kind) of (cute) connections. She is pretty spunky, doesn’t really show that so much, but she’s a crazy, funky kind of girl.
So I don’t know if they’ll be a great match but I still will be happy for Emily and (inaudible).
Question: And we saw a little bit of you talking with the other girls about maybe thinking of going home. Did you get a chance to really talk to them after you made your decision and kind of what was their reaction, did they think you were just crazy or did they understand it?
Madison Garton: I mean the whole thing was wild. I talked maybe to one girl Meghan about it and other than that Ashley H. at the time when I was on couch. She was only person who had any idea of what was going through my mind. I don’t think anyone else knew and it all happened so quickly. The time I sat down with Brad and he asked me to stay to the Rose ceremony that happened maybe four or five minutes before the rose ceremony so this was all very late at night and it was all happening so quickly and I just didn’t want to be the girl that was crying wolf to get attention.
It was not my intent at all and so I needed to follow my conviction to really feel good about it. So everything happened so quickly, the girls had no idea. I step down in the rose ceremony, and I didn’t get to say bye to a single person — at least the girls they got kicked off because they bye and all that. There was none of that – I am not allowed to go back in or say bye to anyone. That part was hard for sure.
Question: Well. My first question is we have kind of seen a lot of different sides of you in your couple weeks on the Bachelor here. You started off as this really mysterious top sexy girl, and I must say that when you did what you did by leaving the show and not wanting to take a rose from someone you felt had to be there showed a great deal of maturity and courage to be there.
So, I guess my question is why was there this kind of different personalities that you had, think you could have had a one from the start and then you end with another. Is that just something that were you? I have had people ask me to ask you basically, was it a stunt or was it just something that you were trying to figure out or like I said we saw a lot of different personalities?
Madison Garton: Right, right, I wouldn’t in it wanting to fall in love and having fun and a lightness to it, a lot of girls go in with such a serious tone to it and to me it’s should be falling in love it should be fun and exciting. It should be allowed to joke around and do all those things. That’s definitely how I went in and that is absolutely a side of me and certainly sort of dark, mysterious, sexy side too, if you will, and the fun, joking side. But yes, underneath all of that, I certainly, I’m probably a lot more softhearted and when I found out that it wasn’t going to probably be my fairy tale love story, then yes, the other side really came out. But of course, I went into the whole thing, wanting to fall in love and having it be fabulous and I am having it be for me and having – Brad be my husband, absolutely.
So, I went in that way and when I found out it wasn’t that, then it really pulled on my heart strings and changed my mind a little bit but definitely are both sides of me. It’s just how I came into it and my change of mind and change of heart.
Question: OK, absolutely. And my second question is, was there some special connection between you and (Emily) or maybe something happened in your past that made you really feel for her. I mean obviously she’s captured everyone’s hearts I would say, especially even me, myself. But is there some special connection you’ve had or some special friendship that you really had right off the bat with her or is there something that grew throughout the show?
Madison Garton: It grew throughout the show. It grew throughout the show. And at first, I had no idea who she was. Of course she comes off very sweet and like the little Barbie and she was easy to fall in love with and she looks like tough competition. So if anybody judges her that way, I think that on the show there were lot of judgments made before (Michelle) then told Brad about the baby and she hadn’t and her story hadn’t come out and in the beginning at all and so none of the girls knew and they were kind of questioning why on earth would a girl would have a baby and what’s her story.
So, I think a lot of it was just such a shock to hear the truth behind it when everyone had made such false assuming judgments beforehand about maybe her past and all that. Probably everyone had assumed the wrong thing. So when she came clean and came clean to just a couple of us before anyone else, yes it really hit home.
Question: Good. So just to clarify, I know you’ve talked about it a few times but are you saying that there really just wasn’t a connection between you and Brad or do you think that after hearing the other girls tragic stories, you think that that just made you less deserving than the other girls to actually win Brad’s love.
Madison Garton: That’s a crazy thing. I feel in the show all of a sudden, yes you do feel a little bit like a little bit less deserving. They all have these stories and they need this love and are you coming out of it looking back. That shouldn’t make me any less qualified but while we were looking then at the other girls, yes you feel all of a sudden like “why am I here?” They need this so badly and their hearts are already on the line and they’ve had all this heartache before. What the hell am I doing here?
Pardon my language but yes, you just immersed in the entire setting and you feel like for you it’s fun and games and you want to fall in love for them. It’s just so much more serious than that. And that they really need it and maybe that’s just the way that they come across. Maybe they are playing a game better than I played the game but gee, I wanted to fall in love. I really needed to.
Question: OK. Great. And what made you decide to walk out of the room during the rose ceremony rather than wait to see whether Brad was actually going to give you a rose or not and then kind of made your decision right then and there in the moment.
Madison Garton: I didn’t want there to be any question of another girl getting a rose which was supposed to have been mine. I know I would feel terrible if he goes to give me the rose, I say no and so he gives it to someone else. That’s taking away from their experience of getting the rose and I didn’t want that to be the situation. So I thought I would nip that in the bud.
Question: Curious, are you a fan of the “Twilight” series and are you team Edward or team Jacob?
Madison Garton: I like the question. I am team Louis from “Interview with A Vampire.” I mean that – or team (Arman) if you like – maybe this vampire was definitely like quintessential vampirism if you will. So yes, definitely a Twilight fan still I like the books a little bit better than the movie. But I think it’s great and it’s fun to watch and I watched them all and, of course, I have to be team Edward fan. I’m a vampire.
Question: Cool. Obviously, you know you’ve lived but you had just watched the past three episodes. So you can kind of see everything for a change. What was your reaction to the way that he behaved with the other women because he keeps on insisting, oh this moment with each woman is so real and this is so genuine. Do you believe that he is actually a genuine guy when he is acting like this with all these different women?
Madison Garton: Very good question. I do think that he is a genuine guy. I think that – like I said – people don’t give him nearly enough credit. All of a sudden you have 30 women just buying his attention and you are trying to give every one of them a fair chance in all of yourself. So it’s impossible to not come off real for the question, like it came off a little bit redundant. You had some of the same conversations but how do you not when you are trying to get to know somebody. So yes, I do think that he has good intentions. He seems like he has kind of prepared answers on some of the stuff and some of the times it seems like he is so down on himself, about being a changed man.
I applaud the man. If wasn’t ready to marry either of the women beforehand, then he shouldn’t have married them. It just wouldn’t have been right. So I agree. I think that he should have stuck to his guns. If it wasn’t right, it wasn’t right. So I don’t – the whole he is a changed man and he was broken before, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla. But I think that he’s serious finding love. Then it seems like he’s taking it very seriously, sometimes too seriously even. It seems like he is very nervous and everyone is judging him, it really took him a while to kind of let loose and get into the whole situation and have fun with it.
Question: Yes, absolutely. And second question, I know Emily, she left her fiancé. She has a daughter. So if ABC did approach her to be the next bachelorette, do you think she should do it or do you think she should pass?
Madison Garton: The daughter thing was really hard. I don’t have a baby. So I don’t know. But I don’t know how any of girls in the show or Emily could leave their baby at home to go on the show.
Question: Yes, I know definitely.
Madison Garton: And I couldn’t imagine doing the entire segment, being a bachelorette with a child at home but yes, I think that she would be fun to watch and that if she were up for it, definitely. Crazier things have happened. And everybody wants – I think that everyone is kind of rooting for her. She certainly has a story that makes everybody root for her and she’s such a sweet girl. So yes, whether she finds love on The Bachelor or somewhere else.
Question: Good. So obviously there was something off with Brad. So I know people have asked you before but I don’t think anyone has really asked it this way, which was – like he didn’t seem like your type at all. So what was it about him that just didn’t like match up with you and what kind of guy do you want?
Madison Garton: I think definitely for both for us, if we were to write down our perfect match in space, so eloquently put so often, that one wouldn’t have been that person, though I’m probably not looking for a down-home Texas guy and I don’t know that he gets out and I don’t think he travels much and a lot of the things that I’m very interested in. I don’t know that he necessarily does and probably vice versa. I think that he’s a great guy and like we were both somewhat surprised in the time that we had together and again, not a lot of it was showed, but there was a little bit of chemistry and we did actually get along and there was a little bit of spark and that kind of surprised both of us because definitely, if I were to paint a picture of my perfect guy, that’s probably not what I would paint and I didn’t know that he was going to be The Bachelor before going on. But I was very pleasantly surprised by who and what he was from my first impression.
Question: So what is Madison’s type. Who is her perfect match?
Madison Garton: Oh, perfect match? Yes, I kind of like dark, tall, sexy, handsome with a little bit of a mysterious side himself. Yes, but is nothing like some confidence and intrigue to someone to really pique your interest.
Question: Everybody has been alluding to her but nobody has mentioned her name. How about giving us the book on Michelle.
Madison Garton: Oh, Michelle, Michelle, Michelle. The funniest thing about Michelle is that on the show we all called her mama Michelle. So I think that watching the way that she was portrayed on the show probably shocks darn near everyone that was there. It certainly shocked me. There are some sides of that we all knew were going on but she was – she was very sweet to the girls sometimes. But she made it clear from the very beginning and we had a very friendly conversation and she ended the conversation with “I don’t know what these girls are doing here.”
They are all acting so friendly towards one another. I kind of want to be friends with you. “I don’t want to be friends with anyone here. I want – I want Brad. I want to win.“ So I commend the girl for being great about it and not really hiding her intentions and not really being manipulative that way. She was very cut-and-dry about what she wanted and very competitive. Very, very, very competitive.
Question: Are you calling her a gamer or do you think she is in it for real?
Madison Garton: We all play the game a little bit differently. I’m not sure.
Question: OK. As I ask – I think I ask every girl this, are looking forward to becoming part of the bachelorette alumni, going to the parties and perhaps getting on Bachelor Pad.
Madison Garton: I didn’t, I’m not sure I’m cut out for Bachelor Pad. I may scare the crap out of some of those people. I didn’t even know that there was a Bachelor alumni until I made it on the show. So I guess I’ll have to see.
Question: I just wanted you to clarify something that you had said earlier, on when you were naming the girls that you thought could be “the” ones. You said Shantel N. but could you – is it the funeral director Shawntel or is it Chantal O.? I believe is the other one.
Madison Garton: I think that Chantal O and he have more chemistry but I really like the funeral director. We became quite close. So she was my favorite or one of my favorites but I think that the chemistry is with Chantal O.
Question: So I would just like you to elaborate a little more on your fangs. Is it kind of a signature look at home for you or do you use them in your modeling career or do you just put them in at certain times for fun?
Madison Garton: It started out with something kind for fun but now it’s sort of becoming my signature thing because anyone who has known me or gone out in New York with me knows that sometimes they make an appearance, yes to sort of become my little thing and I have fun with it, people have fun with it. It’s just kind of how it goes. But I rarely wear them at home.
Question: OK. And how did you (inaudible) when Brad told you he really wanted to get to know you and he said he was basically missing out on a hell of a girl. Did you already know that he felt that strongly about you or did that kind of come as a surprise?
Madison Garton: In the second episode, they didn’t really show much to the two of us talking but we had some time to talk and I think that both of us knew – had our interest perked or piqued a little bit. Yes, I came out of that expecting him to really – with a much more – with a higher opinion of him was feeling, was feeling – warned him all the – and there was something there. It wasn’t familiar. It kind of made it look – and I was very impressed by him. I have to say so. I think that we both felt that for sure.
Question: Well just one more question. I don’t think anyone has asked this quite yet but what’s next for you? What’s been going on since the show?
Madison Garton: Not much in couple days. “Ellen,” “Ellen” was fabulous. It was just kind of coming off of the whole roller coaster ride of it all. It’s been a blast. It went way too quickly but it’s been very fun and then yes, I know back to the real life and back to real world. I’m acting a little bit too. So I’m starting production on the movie pretty soon and yes, that kind of thing; back to the real world. We’ll see how it goes. But the whole thing is fun and it’s kind of like a roller coaster.
Question: So is there anyone you’ve met since then, since you (inaudible)?
Madison Garton: Normally seeing is open but there may be somebody. There may be somebody.
Jennifer Matarese: Hi. So what was the reaction from your friends and family after they got to watch the shows, the episodes that you were on?
Madison Garton: Let’s see. I think like everyone else, they were just a little bit shocked and taken away. I mean, when people found out that I was going on the show first, they thought I was insane. They’re like, “this is the last thing we can ever see you doing.” So people were shocked all the way through. And they laughed their hearts out and I showed up wearing a vampire fangs because they do me that way and think that I would actually go out and do that on television. I think just killed them, they laughed so hard.
It was kind of saying that most people may put their back closet and don’t really air on TV. Yes they were shocked; then they were shocked when I leave – when I left. I am talking so much.
Jennifer Matarese: Did they think you did the right thing?
Madison Garton: Yes, I think that you know everybody agreed, they were happy with the way that ended and all that they did certainly.
Some of the transcript is a bit messed up because Madison was on a cell phone and the transcription company had a tough time! I hope to have some previews for you over the weekend so be sure to check back!
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