Joe Schmo 2 Event Chat Transcript
SPIKETV HOST: Hey everyone!! Thanks for joining us for our weekly Joe Schmo 2 chat! Today we're chatting with the Schmo that made the producers scramble, Ingrid! To ask Ingrid a question, type it below and click "Ask". The chat will begin at 6:00 PM PT.
SPIKETV HOST: Hi Ingrid! Thanks for being here today. Are you ready to take some questions? SpikeTV Ingrid: I'm ready and I'm excited- Bring it on!
NintendoChampion: Why did you continue on the show?
SpikeTV Ingrid: I continued on the show for several reasons: 1. I was curious to see how it would end. 2. Because there was money involved... and 3. Because I cared about Tim and the cast and I wanted to remain on there as a support and a friend.
NintendoChampion: Do you think Amanda and Tim will figure it out?
SpikeTV Ingrid: It's certainly going to be fun watching it - and I hope that everyone tunes in to see if they do.
montecore09: Ingrid, before the truth was revealed to you, which people did you think were real and which ones did you think were fake?
SpikeTV Ingrid: Thatís a good question! I have to say the one person that I knew was not real was Cammy - and the one person I knew for sure was real was Tim.
SpikeTV Ingrid: But as I began to shuffle through experiences of the last few days I had questions about whether Ernie, Eleanor, and Ambrosia were real. I think if I had more time I would have been able to go through the guys too - and eliminate who I thought was real and who wasn't.
cspariah: If there hadn't been the "obvious" clues -- Cammy waiting for the cameraman, the rehearsed speeches, the actress on the first day -- do you still think you would have caught on?
SpikeTV Ingrid: It's really hard to know because that's not what happened. I think there were other unspoken clues such as I felt as though the characters were not being upfront with me or real with me.
SpikeTV Ingrid: For example they didn't want to talk about themselves. They wanted to have surface conversations. I think overall it's hard to speculate.
NintendoChampion: Do you have any feelings toward Tim?
SpikeTV Ingrid: Why of course - he is a great guy and I consider him a dear friend.
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Morningwood_ca: Aside from Derek Newcastle, who amongst the other guys ( or girls for that matter ) did you have the best chemistry with?
SpikeTV Ingrid: Although I didn't notice too much chemistry with Derek - I do think he's a great character and a great guy. As a Schmo my closest friend was Tim and confidante was Eleanor.. but as an actress I felt I really enjoyed the company of Janna Speaker and Kevin Kirkpatrick.
Josh: Hi, Ingrid how did it feel from being "on" Joe Schmo 2 to being "in" Joe Schmo 2?
SpikeTV Ingrid: It has been a crazy experience. I definitely felt a mood shift when I went from being a Schmo to becoming an actress. As a Schmo I felt a little bit more of in control of my surroundings. As an actress I felt even more out of my element.
SuzieSchmo: How on earth did you keep as straight of a face as you did with all the double entendres they were throwing out?
SpikeTV Ingrid: My Mother always taught me growing up that if you laugh at those things then people will assume that you know what they mean. I tried as hard as I could to suppress my laughter but eventually I gave in. The writers are really good on this show - so it was really tough!
cspariah: Right after you were told the truth, Eleanor said to you, "We have to talk!" I'm curious -- what did she tell you?
SpikeTV Ingrid: Eleanor had a difficult part to play because on top of having to play her character - she was also my roommate and in the process of being roommates we shared a lot of personal information with each other.
SpikeTV Ingrid: I think she was concerned that the personal information she shared with me was part of the ruse and she wanted to make sure that I knew that everything she shared with me was really from her past and not part of the game.
monkeyboy: Hey Ingrid, who do you think was the most convincing actor on the show?
SpikeTV Ingrid: I think they were all fantastic. All of the actors were fantastic and I couldn't pick just one. They all had really unique roles to play and each in their own way did so very convincingly.
j-rock: besides cammy and that actor hired for just the first day did any of the other actors make mistakes that also started to clue you in about the show
SpikeTV Ingrid: Poor Steve Mallory who played Ernie had the unfortunate task of giving out his gifts - which I happened to notice were the exact number of envelopes for everyone there - this tipped me off to the fact that he was an actor.
SpikeTV Ingrid: In addition he had a bit where he was quoting Shakespeare and interrupting the host and unfortunately that also tipped me off because the Producers didn't intervene at that point and make us re-shoot the scene. So I guess, there were other mistakes but I think the most obvious were that first day player and Cammy.
The_HellJack: Hey Ingrid. First off, thank god you stayed with the show. Now, my question. When the "Big Reveal" took place, and "Derek" told you there was another "Real" person in the house, you gave an indication that you knew that Tim was the other "Schmo".
SpikeTV Ingrid: Tim and I hit it off right from the start. We had similar backgrounds, we both lived in Wash. DC, we had friends in common, favorite places in DC in common. The other part about Tim that was real was that when I talked with him about his personal life he would go in depth with me.
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SpikeTV Ingrid: Our conversations would flow very naturally, even when the cameras weren't rolling - so there was never a question in my mind about him being real.
chris: Have you seen Joe Schmo 1? If you did what did you think of it?
SpikeTV Ingrid: I had the pleasure of watching Joe Schmo I after I returned from Agoura Hills where we filmed it. I watched it with Amanda and Tim and we thought it was hysterical. I enjoyed watching Matt and it set me at ease becaause the show wasn't making fun of Matt but more making fun of the genre of reality TV. Watching Joe Schmo I made me excited about what was happening with Joe Schmo II.
montecore09: Ingrid, how did you get cast as Jane Schmo?
SpikeTV Ingrid: I was walking down the street with a girlfriend after a night of clubbing - and we were stopped by two women on the street who asked us if we would be interested in filling out a questionnaire and doing a small video to get on this new TV show. We looked at each other and said no way and walked away.
SpikeTV Ingrid: These two women followed us down the road and asked us again. We thought it would be a funny store to tell the next day - so we did it. We both thought we would never h ear from them again so imagine ;my shock when I heard from a casting director the next week.
SpikeTV Ingrid: Along the way I was sure I wouldn't make it to the next step so I didn't take it too seriously. There was a 10 page test, a casting call in L.A., a psychological exam, and a medical exam. Then they finally invited me to come on the show!
cspariah: Hi Ingrid! Great work figuring out what was going on! Question: After having been brought "to the other side", have you thought of trying further acting work?
SpikeTV Ingrid: I think that future episodes will reveal that acting is not my forte and that I should stick to my day job.
monkeyboy: hey Ingrid, which of the actors did you most want to slap?
SpikeTV Ingrid: There were definitely moments when I wanted to slap Ambrosia.
Morningwood_ca: Ingrid, do you feel like a smartie pants because you figured out the premise in the first 3 episodes while Matt never figured it out and it doesn't look like Tim will either?
SpikeTV Ingrid: No, I don't feel like a smarty pants but I definitely feel lucky because it's been definitely an experience seeing both sides of the show. I don't like the term smarty pants.
SuzieSchmo: How hard was the decision to take the role, and potentially the 100,000 dollars?
SpikeTV Ingrid: Considering the current economy the question of taking the $100,000 was not hard. The second half of that question in regards to staying around and fooling Tim - that did take a little bit of time - I think something like 30 SECONDS.
Patrick: Ingrid, what aspect of the show was most difficult once you crossed over to "the dark side"?
SpikeTV Ingrid: I really have to give it to the actors and actresses on this show because they make it look easy and its not. I wasn't playing a character and it was hard to keep a straight face, act surprise, not tell Tim and Amanda whatís going on. This was tougher than I thought it would be thatís for sure. The hardest thing - I can't tell you - You'll have to tune in and watch!
SuzieSchmo: Did the cast and crew give you any improv pointers?
SpikeTV Ingrid: Actually, Kevin Kirkpatrick was coaching me on how to deliver one of my lines and he was fantastic. I feel like I've learned from a pro now!
SuzieSchmo: Was there ever a point when you thought it was actually real? Or did you peg it from the model who goofed on the first day?
SpikeTV Ingrid: I went into this experience thinking everything was real. It was my initial instinct to want to believe everything was real so I kept pushing all of these little clues along the way out of my mind.
SpikeTV Ingrid: It wasn't until the moment in the bathroom with Cammy that I allowed those to add up to - maybe parts of the show were fake but I wasn't completely convinced. I had all of the pieces of the puzzle and half of it put together - but I was missing one piece.
Agent0042: If you could have been one of the characters on the show and not a Schmo (Turned Actress), which one would you have been, if any?
SpikeTV Ingrid: That is an awesome question. I think I would have most enjoyed being the Gotta-Be-Gay Girl.
Jamie: Have you been suspicious of people all your life?
SpikeTV Ingrid: Against popular belief the answer to that question is a defiant NO. I'm only suspicious of the things that ARE suspicious. Outside of this circumstance I'm really a very open and accepting person. But, I do tend to overthink things.
janesaddict: Ingrid, did your travelling overseas help sharpen your intuition? Can't fool a seasoned traveller.
SpikeTV Ingrid: I think that sounds right on. I think working with other cultures and having to live in a country where you don't speak the language you learn to pick up on non-verbal clues. But I'm also a woman and that had to play a big roles as well. Sorry, I know this is a men's network.
SuzieSchmo: How adroit were the writers at keeping the plot moving with all the twists that improv could bring?
SpikeTV Ingrid: Did he just use the word adroit? Very nice useage of the word. I think the writers are incredible and they did a great job by keeping the plot moving with all the twists and turns.
Patrick: Ingrid, how has your perspective on television as a believable form of media changed since this experience?
SpikeTV Ingrid: I think I was very lucky to have the experience that I had. Iíve seen some of the other more cruel parody shows out there and I think that I got a really great deal.
SpikeTV Ingrid: They did a great job portraying me in a realistic manner as embarrassing as it is for me to admit - I have a lot of the character traits that came out on television. So I feel as if they treated me fairly.
mopower: Have you had a chance to meet Matthew Gould?
SpikeTV Ingrid: Yes, I did and he is as charming in person as he comes across on screen... and very handsome as well!
SuzieSchmo: Have you built any genuine friendships as a result of the show?
SpikeTV Ingrid: I believe so. Amanda, Tim and I are going to be able to have this experience to share whenever we get together in the future and I believe it has created a strong bond between us three.. so I like to think I've created a strong friendship with Tim and Amanda.
SpikeTV Ingrid: In addition, I feel as if Rhett has been really good about reaching out to us Schmos at the end of the show and I hope that friendship will continue after the end of the show. Does that sound like I'm hitting on Rhett? Cuz I am..
techMology: Did you think Bryce was a complete psycho?
SpikeTV Ingrid: I didn't have a lot of interaction with the guy. They managed very skillfully to keep us apart. In addition I was trying to see the positive aspects of everyone's personality. I was trying hard not to stereotype the characters. In his case it was very hard! I did think he was ultra sensitive.
andrew: what was you thinking when cammy gave you that porked and beans secret in the bathroom
SpikeTV Ingrid: First of all, I was thinking that this girl was an actress. Second of all I was thinking "You're willing to do that video for only $2,000 - you should have held out for more, honey!"
Bom: Ingrid, are you nervous about having a friend from the casting call (Amanda) being around for the show, while you are acting?
SpikeTV Ingrid: Yes, I am nervous but I also am more nervous about trying to be an actress in front of a bunch of well-seasoned actors and actresses.
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j-rock: You seem quite intelligent, after al you pretty much had figured out that the show wasn't what it was suposed to be, because of that i was wondering if you've ever considered a career as either a private eye or a detective
SpikeTV Ingrid: You can just call me Nancy Drew.. I'll be coming out with my own book series - watch for it!
SuzieSchmo: Were there ever any challenges that made you just cringe?
SpikeTV Ingrid: Stay tuned because they are coming. I think any challenge that had to deal with a scantily clad woman objectifying herself for the enjoyment of all the male viewers made me cringe.
SpikeTV Ingrid: And by the way - there are LOTS more of those coming.
Stomachpain: You weren't really into Austin since he was all over Cammy. True?
SpikeTV Ingrid: I wasn't really into Austin because he wasn't my type. He didn't interest me... he was not really my Prince Charming type of guy. But the fact that he would be all over Cammy in the presence of three women pursuing him was definitely a turn off but I just added that to the list of other turn offs.
SpikeTV Ingrid: I don't think the writers wanted him to be likeable. But as a person - he's really likeable, really smart, and a fantastic guy.
Bom: When you first realized that there was something going on, why did you carry on with the suspicions?
SpikeTV Ingrid: I really wanted to see how everything would turn out. I'm curious - aren't you??
BethlynTWoP: ASK: Ingrid, if you could have written your own character for the show, what would you be like, and what would be your name/identifier?
SpikeTV Ingrid: How about being a smart, independent, woman who doesn't really need a man to be happy.
MoJoeSchmo: When you were in auditions, did they tell you this was a Spike TV production, or a Stone Stanley Production?
SpikeTV Ingrid: No, they actually told us that it was an MTV production. When I signed the contract, it said Stone Stanley. I took that information and did some research but didn't come up with Joe Schmo... but I did come up with The Man Show and Shop Til You Drop.
monkeyboy: Hey Ingrid, when Ambrosia started ragging on you at lunch, were you about to snap at her?
SpikeTV Ingrid: I felt it was inappropriate for her to be criticizing the other women in front of the group. So if she wanted to privately pull them aside to discuss her issues with them I would have been more than supportive... but yes.. I was about to jump in and ask her to take it out of the room - she was ruining my lunch!
craftymo: Ingrid, you seemed to be somewhat affected by Eleanor's crying during the grape stomping. Didn't you actually believe she could've been for real?
SpikeTV Ingrid: During the grape stomping I was still in believability mode.. and I had been spending a lot of private time with Eleanor. She filled my head with stories of her family, her past, and previous relationships with men.. and I felt protective of her .. so watching someone so close crying on television was really tough - and I did honestly feel for her.
SpikeTV Ingrid: However, as she continuously weeps and cries on the show I got frustrated with her and wondered how this woman who seemed so strong in other stories behave so weak now.. and I felt that her stories didn't match.
SuzieSchmo: How was the food in the house?
SpikeTV Ingrid: That has to be a question from one of the other cast mates because I think we would all collectively agree - the food was good but always the same at every meal. I couldn't look at a chicken breast for a MONTH after filming ended!
perfectday: hey ingrid, you are one tough cookie. how much of your life has changed since the show?
SpikeTV Ingrid: First of all - thank you. My life hasn't changed at all since the show except that I get a lot more frequent trips to New York City. I'm still looking for work, I'm still single...
snarfdude: I'm sure you had fun, ingrid, but as far as the whole concept of the show goes, did you have any real prospects for love from all the publicity from the show?
SpikeTV Ingrid: I haven't had any change in my prospects situation - why - do you have any single friends?
SpikeTV Ingrid: I'm pretty high maintenance..
SuzieSchmo: Had you been a fan of reality TV before you auditioned for Joe Schmo?
SpikeTV Ingrid: Yes, I enjoy the occasional guilty pleasure of watching reality TV shows. I especially liked The Apprentice. There is a show where people are showing their real skills and talents - and not just being themselves. I like the shows with a little competitive edge.
deadpool: Being the "real" person, you kept cracking up often; now that you are a cast member, is it easier to handle the jokes (i.e. Pearl Necklace, "Bangers and Mash," etc.)
SpikeTV Ingrid: No, it's even harder because now I have to suppress my laughter. You'll see a lot of overly serious expressions on my face when things are supposed to be funny. I tried to think of dead puppy dogs.
detriotvelvetsmooth: Would you have been mad if they wrote you out of the show?
SpikeTV Ingrid: No, I didn't have any expectations coming into the show. I would have remained happy with the reveal and the satisfaction that I wasn't crazy.
SPIKETV HOST: I am sorry to say that our hour with Ingrid is up. Ingrid, thanks so much for being here to chat with us today. Do you have any final comments for the Schmo fans?
SpikeTV Ingrid: Thank you for having me here - and please tune in and keep watching. The show gets raunchier and more over-the-top - but please be forgiving - I'm not a professional actress!
SpikeTV Ingrid: Thanks to everyone for coming to the chat to talk with me!
SPIKETV HOST: Thanks for joining us everyone. Tune in next to an all-new Joe Schmo 2 on Monday at 11:05 PM. We'll chat with the next ejected Schmo 2 contestant next Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM PT (9:00 PM ET). And don't forget to check www.spiketv.com
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