Earlier this morning, I chatted with Dan Faires, the most recent castoff from HGTV’s fifth season of Design Star, and got the lowdown from this season’s Mr. Nice. There’s a little surprise for the ladies out there, too, although I’m not sure they’re going to love it!
Do you think you were too nice in this episode?
No, you can never be too nice. In a challenge-type situation, I think I’ve learned you’ve got to stick up for yourself and put your niceness a little bit to the side to protect yourself, but that’s all hindsight stuff.
How do you feel about getting in trouble for being a team player?
I don’t feel like I got in trouble for being a team player, I just should’ve taken care of Dan a little bit more and made sure they saw me in the space. I made it clear to (judges Vern Yip, Genevieve Gorder, and Candice Olson) that I put my design on the backburner and that’s something they don’t take lightly. In a competition like this—you heard Vern say it to Courtland (Bascon) in the first elimination—if you’re going to let people steamroll over you, you might as well just eliminate yourself. I may have been a little naïve during the process, but I feel like I did a lot to pull that team together too. The designs got better once I stepped onto that team and the relationships between everybody else were a lot better too.
What was your reaction to Nina Ferrer calling you her assistant?
I felt like I was helping the team, but when you hear a comment like that, it’s upsetting. You realize that there may have been some manipulation there or that people were using me to better themselves. It’s a competition, so some people were playing the game from Day 1 and I think that’s obvious.