Maddy Poplett Exit Interview!
After you told Paras and Will that you had told to Kaela they were still undecided about the vote even while sitting on the couches, what was going through your mind when they reacted so strongly to hearing that?
Maddy: Often times strong reactions in the house connects to feeling that your game is threatened. I know that they had a strong reaction due to my loyalty, but I know they had strong reaction out of fear going “oh my God, Kaela knows that. What’s going to happen to us now?”. I obviously felt really guilty. It got to me for doing it. Now that I have had some time away from it, I feel part of their reaction had to do with feeling vulnerable as well as feeling that I had betrayed their trust a bit.
You told Kaela that she was making a mistake by leaving Derek in the game. Did you truly believe that, when it meant she would be left outnumbered 3-1 in the veto competition instead of potentially 2-2 if Derek were to keep his word to her, or were you just trying to stay safe?
Maddy: I definitely understand that there was both angles of looking at it, which is what we argued about for about two hours. I do believe that that was her chance. She and Derek have played not only as a showmance but really together. There wasn’t a whole lot of separation between their games. When it game down to it, I think people did see Derek as a bigger, more impressive player. I think she had her chance to overtake him, and really come into her own as an individual in the game. By keeping Derek, she was banking on a maybe that he would take her, and also not taking her opportunity to stand out.
Paras told you she was concerned that you would tell Kaela all of the things that she was saying about the plan to convince her to nominate Derek. Did you ever consider doing that in attempt to save yourself?
Maddy: Not exactly, considering that our plan was similar. If I had thrown her under the bus, she could have done the same to me. Overall it wouldn’t have been productive. I think us having the same intentions of getting Derek put up as a nominee was a unified stance enough that it wouldn’t have made sense to throw her under the bus in the meantime.
You said to Paras that “you can get to the end whichever way you want but people have to decide that you deserve it”. In your mind, what makes a deserving winner?
Maddy: I have said preseason, and it holds true now that I have played the game, that the winner of Big Brother is the person who best manipulates their variables to get to the end. She is going to have to do the best with what she is presented with, whether that means in Final 4 she does win a competition, and is able to make a decision when it comes to who cuts who, or something like that.
Paras asked you for help in making her case as to why she should win the game. Why do you think Paras should win the game?
Maddy: I think Paras should win the game because she has played and understated and underrated game, which is hard to do in the Big Brother house. I feel that she was welcome in almost every room, which is a feat in itself in a house which everyone is suspicious of everyone. I think she has done a great job of managing her relationships, including her relationship with me. I feel like a Big Brother winner does not always have to be on the offensive. The fact that she has played defensively and strategically this whole time is very impressive to me.
Do Paras and Will automatically have your vote over Derek or Kaela if they make it to the Final 2?
Maddy: I told Paras and Will that they would automatically have my vote. Now that I have had separation, I do feel that I will vote for who I feel played the best game out of the Final 2. It doesn’t count Paras and Will out, but it also doesn’t mean that they will automatically have my vote. I’m very interested in what happens in the next handful of days in the house, and I’m very interested in how they present themselves in Final 2.
You said in a preseason interview with us that a showmance is “a tool I will do my best to utilize to be successful in this game”. If Derek or Kaela successfully use one of your strategies to get to the end, would you be able to justify voting against them?
Maddy: I think that that’s a great question. It is a tool, and they have done a great job utilizing it. It’s not the only tool though. I think that they have played such a strong game together. I think others have played strong games without that type of connection. It’s a tool that would definitely be on the roster for them to earn a win with me, but it’s not the only tool. I am impressed but just because I thought it would be a good strategy for me, it doesn’t mean I think it would be a game winning idea for anyone.
Kaela asked you what you would do if she somehow convinced Derek to take her to the Final 2. You said you would vote for her. Is that the case?
Maddy: If Derek brought Kaela to Final 2? Yep, I would vote for her.
Paras told you she hopes that the jurors don’t get into your head about her. Is your mind made up with regards to how you feel about the Final 4, or will you let what the jurors have to say influence your decision?
Maddy: That’s a good question. I feel like I can’t predict ahead of time. I said I would vote for Kaela. I want to backtrack a little bit and say it would depend on what they said. It’s kind of what the jury says, and my perception mixed together. Throughout the season, I do believe I held true to the fact that I made the decision with my votes that would be what suited me best. I do feel like my experience from the game, I will consider from my own perspective. In the end, I am going to do what I personally think is best.
You said in the diary room that “I’ll be the most mediocre winner of Big Brother Canada so far”. If you got to the end, what case would your argument have been as to why you should have won the game?
Maddy: I am so dramatic. It’s the whole variables thing. There is still a whole lot of game to be played. Despite me being out 5th place, and we are in the final stretch, there are still so many crucial moments to be played out. Should I have stayed in the house, it would have had a lot to do with this final home stretch. I definitely have been crawling uphill for basically this whole game. I’m sure it will be clear I have been targeted for the most part of this game. I have evaded quite a lot of people trying to get me out at one point or another, so that would have been part of it, sort of the underdog kind of play. As well, I have told a few lies that I have at least semi got away with, which I feel I could have presented, as well as had a fairly reliable alliance.
You told Paras you have known for years what you would say in your eventual eviction or Final 2 speech. Did you have enough time to express what you wanted to, or is there anything that you would like to add to that?
Maddy: I think that for the most part the message is what I wanted to get across. I had specific words that I was luckily able to say, and I hope that they kind of resounded. I definitely have spent a lot of my life being very confident in the person I was. I was wondering how it would come across in the house. If there was anything to add, it’s that a lot of people don’t understand the potential for their own happiness is theirs to figure out. It’s not about making somebody else feel very happy one day. I was told that I would make someone else happy one day. My response was “probably, but I will be making myself happy first. That’s the best way to make the people around you happy as well.” This is such a big goal that I accomplished holding those values, so that had to do with my speech too.
On your final night in the house, you stood by the doors to thank everyone. You said the experience was a dream come true. Was it everything that you imagined it would be?
Maddy: It was everything I had imagined it to be and more. It was unbelievable every day being in that house, looking around, and saying “I am in the Big Brother Canada house”. There were moments I would sit on the couch, and stare at the screen saying “Big Brother Canada” on it. It was unbelievable. I wish I had the vocabulary to describe how it felt to be in there. I am so thankful that this experience actually happened. It’s still very surreal as well.