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Title: TAR15: Daniel McMillen & Samuel McMillen - Brothers
Post by: puddin on September 09, 2009, 07:54:23 AM
 Dan and Sam
Dan McMillen (21); Sam McMillen (23)
Hometown: Liberty, Mo.
Occupation: Students
Relationship: Brothers

Brothers for 21 years, Sam and Dan will tell you that their relationship did not truly start until last summer when they both came out and told each other that they were gay.

Growing up Christian in a conservative community, neither one of them felt comfortable enough coming out at an early age but after doing so, they've found a whole new bond with one another and instantly became closer through honesty and trust.  Sam and Dan will tell you that being gay is only one of the many aspects of their lives.

Dan describes himself as organized, open-minded and spontaneous and hopes to gain a new sense of appreciation for his life from running the Race with his brother.  His hobbies include exercise, volunteering and traveling.

Sam claims to be optimistic and happy-go-lucky and his hobbies include cinema, logic games and anything involving the outdoors.  Communication may be the biggest challenge for this Team, as they claim to be polar opposites.  From academic interests to how they approach tasks, these brothers are very different in everything they do.  Due to his passive mentality, Sam will need to be more vocal to overcome Dan's blunt, assertive personality in order to contribute to the team while on the road.

Sam is pursuing a degree in medicine while Dan has one more year left at William Jewell College to complete his business degree.  When asked what former Team they would model their style of play after, Sam points to Nick and Starr because they maintained a positive attitude which carried them to the $1 million prize. Dan identifies with the competitive style of Rob and Amber.  Both brothers hope that the Race will take their new found closeness to the next level and help them forge an even stronger bond.
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Post by: puddin on September 09, 2009, 09:14:57 AM
The Amazing Race 15 - Meet Dan and Sam

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Post by: retard boi on September 09, 2009, 12:05:27 PM
 :flirt: yummy  :flirt:
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Post by: puddin on September 09, 2009, 12:07:30 PM
Yes retard boi  :jumpy: they are Gorgeous!
Title: Re: TAR15: Daniel McMillen & Samuel McMillen - Brothers
Post by: ZBC Company on September 09, 2009, 02:40:29 PM
i this akward team they are both gay
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Post by: Kiwi Jay on September 09, 2009, 02:53:11 PM
Very cool team! I think it is a great dynamic and the bio is cool. I hope they do well!
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Post by: DeafRacer on September 09, 2009, 10:05:49 PM
Hey guys!

I was asked to write my thought about McMillen Brothers. Here's the link:
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Post by: Hooky on September 09, 2009, 10:50:25 PM
I have a feeling these two are going to be formidable. :ascared
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Post by: Jobby on September 10, 2009, 09:39:25 PM
I love them for who they are and who cares if they're gay. They don't give me the "Eric and Jeremy" strong alpha male team vibes probably because don't look smug or arrogant.

Looks like a really nice team and a pre-season fave of mine.. We'll see if i'm wrong. 12 seasons since i've got an all-male team for pre-season favourite.
Title: Re: TAR15: Daniel McMillen & Samuel McMillen - Brothers
Post by: autowil on September 11, 2009, 01:23:42 PM
One of my pre seasons fave!! They are competive, Open Gays.. Mean they are able to open up to all..

Young.. Hope they win this!! :)

I agree with Joab.. They dun look smug and arrogant like Eric & Jeremy!! :)
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Post by: georgiapeach on September 11, 2009, 08:18:11 PM
Thank you for sharing Luke, great article!! But here's hoping your prediction is wrong! :hugs:

These guys look like they will be SO much fun to watch! Can't wait to see how or if the personality differences affect them, and I already feel the Midwest charm!!  :flirt:

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Post by: ZBC Company on September 11, 2009, 08:22:16 PM
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Post by: Ruth on September 12, 2009, 08:12:34 AM
I really like them for now, and I'm excited to see how their relationship will strengthen throughout the race. To me, it seems like they share a very special bond and are extremely close to each other. Can't wait to see how it all turns out!
Title: Re: TAR15: Daniel McMillen & Samuel McMillen - Brothers
Post by: autowil on September 12, 2009, 12:11:19 PM
Yup!! They seem so fun and great!! Hope the win this!!  :jam: :jam:
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Post by: Hooky on September 13, 2009, 09:07:21 PM
Nvm again. I'm not allowed to have an opinion. :res:
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Post by: georgiapeach on September 13, 2009, 10:33:52 PM

But this topic doesn't really belong here.

That would be correct.
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Post by: RealityFanWA on September 20, 2009, 09:24:32 PM
Awkward is good. I will see how I like this team as the season goes along.  :yess:
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Post by: puddin on September 25, 2009, 01:08:04 AM
Five questions with Sam and Dan McMillen of 'The Amazing Race’
Posted Thursday, Sep. 24, 2009

The McMillen Brothers

For Sam McMillen and his brother, competing this season on The Amazing Race means more than just a chance to win a $1 million prize. They’re also letting the world know something about them that was, until recently, kept secret — even from one another: They’re gay. "We wanted to come out on the show," says Sam, a 23-year-old TCU graduate. "We knew that our story would be great for people to hear." Sam and Dan McMillen say they never truly bonded as brothers until last summer, when each came out to the other. "He said, 'I have something to tell you,’ " Sam remembers. "I said, 'No way. Me, too.’ " Now the two are closer than ever. They also make a fine Race team. They were one of 12 duos chosen to compete in the wild race, which spans eight countries in 21 days. The two-hour season premiere airs at 7 p.m. Sunday on CBS. Sam moved to Fort Worth in August 2004. He completed five years of study at TCU this May, earning two bachelor’s degrees, one in biology and another in anthropology. He moved back home to Kansas City, Mo., two weeks ago. Dan is a college student in Liberty, Mo.

1Howdid you get involved in The Amazing Race? Was there a long, involved selection process?

It started in February. Dan literally turned 21 on Feb. 11. You have to be 21 to apply for the show and the deadline for the application was Feb. 14. He found out on his birthday that the deadline was just three days away. So he called me in Texas and said, 'Hey, we need to make a video now.’ So basically he made a video of himself, and he held up a picture of me while I was on his cellphone talking. We told our story and they contacted us. They were like: 'Hey, send us another video. We want to get to know you.’ They liked our story because it’s unique and because it makes a great dynamic as a sibling relationship.

2 Are you a fan of the show? Have you watched it for a long time?

I had never watched it. I never watch a lot of TV. I was always busy with school and I worked full time while I was a full-time student. But Dan has seen every single episode since it first aired. So he was the one who initiated it. But I wanted to do it as much as he did once I learned about it. And we had such a fun time.

3Were you much of a world traveler before the show?

Prior to everything with TheAmazing Race, Dan and I had only been to Mexico. That’s one of the reasons why we wanted to do it. Because we’re such big fans of travel and cultures, and I wanted a chance to see all of those things that I had read about in textbooks and never seen for myself.

4 Why did you choose Fort Worth and TCU? What was the attraction?

I absolutely love Fort Worth. It actually reminds me a lot of Kansas City. We stepped out of the cab when I got there to visit the first time, and I knew right away it was the place for me. I would love to be able to go to the osteopathic medical school there, just because I really love the town.

5 Any misgivings about coming out on national TV?

Maybe we’re just a little nervous. We’ve found in the past that it seems to be all some people want to talk about and we get pegged. Not that we’re ashamed or embarrassed. It’s just that it’s only part of who we are and what we’re about. There are many other things to recognize about us.

— David Martindale,

Special to the Star-Telegram


The Amazing Race 7 p.m. Sunday
KTVT/Channel 11
Title: Re: TAR15: Daniel McMillen & Samuel McMillen - Brothers
Post by: ugot2bekidinmeny on September 28, 2009, 08:47:19 AM
Ok these boys are my fav's ! :jumpy:  cute story, cute boys, seem to catch on fast.. and know when to bail on a bad situation :tup:

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Post by: puddin on September 30, 2009, 12:34:43 AM
 I'm in LOVE with Dan and Sam! I knew the fans would fall in love with them too! They had so much fun with the Wasabi Roulette, jumping up and down  :jumpy: :jumpy:, then when they marched their group they were cracking me up and having lots of fun with it! Definitly my favorite team  :hearts: :hearts:
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Post by: Coutzy on September 30, 2009, 02:10:59 AM
These guys seem to be approaching the race in a good way. They are there to have fun first and foremost, but they aren't forgetting that there is a competition underlying everything.

And they have just the right amount of sneakiness in them. Hope they do well.
Title: Re: TAR15: Daniel McMillen & Samuel McMillen - Brothers
Post by: BamBam on September 30, 2009, 12:54:20 PM
Had to crack up when my daughter first saw these guys.  She was totally in love and then I had to break the news to her.  First thing out of her mouth is how come all the nice, normal, good looking guys have to be gay?  :lol:  I hope they do well and go far, but not sure they are my favorites just yet.
Title: Re: TAR15: Daniel McMillen & Samuel McMillen - Brothers
Post by: RealityFreakWill on October 02, 2009, 11:50:49 AM
A really good interview with Sam and Dan....

Link....(it's kinda long)

BTW....they are the ones I'm rooting for! I loved them on the first episode! SAM & DAN FTW!
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Post by: puddin on October 02, 2009, 12:23:37 PM
Great interview Will, thanks for sharing!
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Post by: retard boi on October 11, 2009, 03:55:21 PM
Dan McMilen (
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Post by: puddin on October 11, 2009, 04:34:14 PM
Dan McMilen (
How handsome, thanks for sharing  :hearts:
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Post by: RealityFreakWill on October 21, 2009, 01:22:55 PM
FYI, this Friday is Sam's 24th birthday!
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Post by: puddin on October 21, 2009, 05:08:31 PM
I hope Phil gives him a nice gift  on Sunday  :partie: :party:
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Post by: RealityFreakWill on November 29, 2009, 11:16:32 PM
Title: Re: TAR15: Daniel McMillen & Samuel McMillen - Brothers
Post by: RealityFreakWill on December 08, 2009, 02:35:41 AM
Sam & Dan did an awesome interview with AfterElton and I loved reading it.

Interview: "The Amazing Race"’s Sam and Dan McMillen Are Neither Dumb Nor Villains

Link to the article: (It's long, so not posting the whole thing here, hence the link!)
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Post by: RealityFreakWill on December 08, 2009, 10:32:32 AM
Article from People:

The Amazing Race: Bickering Brothers Still Best Friends

Sam, 23, and Dan McMillen, 21, bickered their way to second place on The Amazing Race 15. The gay brothers and students from Liberty, Mo., discussed their many controversial moments (Elbowgate! Taxigate! Franzgate! Pixelationgate!) with PEOPLE as well as how coming out on TV compared with telling their conservative family that they are both gay upon returning home. –Carrie Bell

It was a close second. Hard feelings?
Sam: When looking at my bank account, it would be nice if a half a million extra dollars was in there but despite sounding cliché, it really is a priceless experience.
Dan: It was harder to keep the secret for four months than to lose. Everyone has been bugging us about what happened and we couldn’t say a word. I’m just glad we’re able to talk about placing second. And honestly, we got to see all these fantastic places on someone else’s credit card and got some money out of it. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Not even how much you fought?
Sam: I don’t think we fought anymore than the other teams. They just showed more of us. It’s much more stressful than you think when you’re watching from the couch. We’re still talking. We’re still brothers. The experience and watching the show helped us learn how to treat each other and respect our differences.
Dan: He needed someone like me to keep him focused and moving. Otherwise, he’d have stood around for four minutes staring at every bridge and building.
Sam: That’s so true. But I was in awe of all the places we were seeing and didn’t want everything to be a blur.

How did you feel about your portrayal as villains?
Dan: Somebody has to play that part and I don’t think we did anything that wasn’t acceptable as part of the game. Looking back in fact, we hesitated too much in that taxi situation. Brian and Ericka eventually said it was okay because we called them another cab and they didn’t show it. And in the Kafka challenge, I probably shouldn’t even have given Big Easy the F clue.
Sam: It was a fun role to play. If we did it over again, we’d push the envelope even farther and be even more ruthless.

Level with us: Did you throw elbows in Estonia with the Globetrotters?
Dan: We never elbowed them. I know there’s a penalty for getting physical with other teams. Why would I risk getting eliminated when we were in first? It was a small and slippery walkway and they slipped.
Sam: What was so annoying is that they blamed us for their mistakes. We did not elbow them. It wasn’t our responsibility to give them the clue. We understand that things get heated in the middle of racing so by the next day it was always water under the bridge.

Speaking of Estonia, what was the deal with the crotch blurring? You’re the only team that required it.
Dan: We have really good genes. My boxer briefs were so thin and wet and so were Sam’s light-colored shorts so you could see too much outline.
Sam: I think they’d rather be safe than sorry. But it’s not like we know for sure. We didn’t get a call from the editors saying, “We’re gonna go ahead and blur your junk.” People ask us about that more than anything else. They think that we were turned on by the hotties. That was not the case. Believe me, there is nothing erotic about playing volleyball in Estonia with your brother in the mud. Especially because we still aren’t sure it was mud.

Hardest task?
Sam: The license plates because we had put a lot on the line to be on the show and to know it could end right there, five minutes after it started, was so nerve-racking.
Dan: We knew going on the show meant we were going to have to come out to everyone in our family as soon as we got home whether they were ready to hear it or not, and whether or not we were ready to tell them because it was going to be on the first episode.

How’d the reveal go?
Sam: It was suspected by some and everyone was very supportive and positive. Even more than we thought they’d be. We have a wonderful family who accepts us for who we are.
Dan: It was almost as easy as coming out to the other teams. Most of them were starting to figure it out. We didn’t have any negative reactions or situations. I loved when Gary said Matt was adopted to lighten the mood.


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Post by: Dånooky on December 08, 2009, 05:04:16 PM
Sam & Dan did an awesome interview with AfterElton and I loved reading it.

Interview: "The Amazing Race"’s Sam and Dan McMillen Are Neither Dumb Nor Villains

Link to the article: (It's long, so not posting the whole thing here, hence the link!)

AE: Come on, you're celebrities now. It should be easy pickin's.
DM: I'm holding out for Lance Bass. Just kidding. I'm holding out for Phil Keoghan. That's who I'm holding out for.

dun, dun DUN!!! :lol:
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Post by: RealityFreakWill on December 09, 2009, 01:24:30 AM
Amazing Race's Sam and Dan: We Know Who Wayne Newton Is

Brothers Sam and Dan McMillen argued all the way until the end of The Amazing Race, coming up just shy — 10 minutes to be exact. "The truth is, I don't think we fought any more than anyone else," Sam, 23, tells "All the other teams had the exact same experience. Ours just happened to be the ones that got shone. We were perfectly fine afterward." The two are also perfectly fine with Harlem Globetrotter Big Easy after Dan, 21, left him hanging last week. Find out what else the two had to say about their time, their "villain" edit and more. Did you really not know who Wayne Newton is?
Dan: [Laughs] We know who he is, but we asked the concierge [who Mr. Las Vegas is] and they told us this it was this new comedian — George Wallace. So we see Wayne Newton thinking, "Oh, maybe that's his birth name." We called him George Wallace and he was like, "No." And for some reason, his name was just not popping into our heads. It was on the tips of our tongues. It was so embarrassing! ... We were confused when he told us his name. We were thinking maybe Meghan and Cheyne already finished because he told us, but maybe he wasn't familiar with the rules or whatnot. What went wrong with the poker chips?
Sam: That was totally me. We wanted to be cautious and make sure that we didn't get it wrong. We thought if we got it wrong, we'd have to put all the chips back on the table and start over. We didn't read the clue right, so we wanted to be careful and took our time and that's why they passed us. We've never played poker in our lives, so we had no clue how to count fast and it really came down to, "Hey, who knows how to count chips?" You guys got the villain edit this season, especially after you, Dan, didn't tell Big Easy the answer was "Franz." Why were you so gung-ho about getting the Globetrotters eliminated?
Dan: We never had an alliance with him. The deal was to help each other out and I clearly helped him. It was his fault that he couldn't get it, but I do not regret that at all.
Sam: From day one in casting, we wanted them out. They were so secretive and quiet and did their own thing. I didn't like that. ... We're all friends now. It's cool. Big Easy wasn't mad. On the mat, Dan looked at him and was like, "Please don't kill me." [Laughs] Your other "evil" tactic was stealing Brian and Ericka's cab.
Dan: Yeah, but why wouldn't we? The truth is, what they didn't show you, is that we actually had that cab driver call for another cab and the cab was supposed to be there in five minutes, so Brian and Ericka were like, "Yeah, you can take our cab. That's fine as long as the other cab will be here in five minutes." But that cab never showed up, so technically it was that cab driver's fault for not showing up.
Sam: Were we the villains? Probably not, but the edit gave us that picture. We don't mind it. Somebody has to do it. Your fights were insane. What's the deal?
Dan: We're polar opposites. We couldn't be away from each other for seven days a week for three weeks, so of course you're going to fight. Any relationship, you're going to fight. Since we're brothers, we take it to the next extreme, but the two minutes after the fight, we're OK.
Sam: We had the big famous fight at the haybales. That stuck with us the rest of the time and that's why everyone picked out our fights. The golem was the other one. Your other story line earlier this season was Maria and Tiffany not knowing you were gay. They said you told them before you told the rest of the group.
Dan: We actually told them in Vietnam. We just wanted to because it was kind of awkward and Tiffany was saying some weird things, so we were like, "Hey, we're gay." [Laughs] Maybe they just picked on you guys, but the show played up your lack of geography knowledge — calling the Persian Gulf a country, not knowing Monaco, among them.
Sam: [Laughs] Yeah, we know where Monaco is. The Persian Gulf thing was just a fluke. Honestly, we know the Persian Gulf is a gulf and we said the country thing out of, I don't know, a moment of idiocy, but we thought maybe there was an airport that was known as the Persian Gulf Airport, like one specific airport in Saudi Arabia or someplace. And right after I said Prague's a country, I went, "Oh no, it's in the Czech Republic," but of course they cut it off before I corrected myself. What's next for you guys?
Dan: I graduate from school in May and then I'm going to Africa for a little bit and then find a job. Back to the real world and hopefully many good things to come.
Sam: I'm putting together med school applications. I'll be applying this summer. I could see myself doing medicine in Third World countries, fighting infectious diseases and stuff like that.
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Post by: RealityFreakWill on December 09, 2009, 10:38:01 AM
Teams and Tactics with Sam and Dan of The Amazing Race

After cranking up the competitive heat in The Amazing Race 15, brothers Sam and Dan McMillen became one of the strongest teams of the latest amazing season. Although Sam and Dan rubbed a few Amazing Race teams the wrong way with how they approached The Amazing Race, both Sam and Dan were fearless in their run for the million-dollar Amazing Race prize. When the teams touched down in Las Vegas for the final leg of The Amazing Race, Sam and Dan were very much in the running to cross the Amazing Race finish line in first place.

With Meghan and Cheyne keeping amazing pace, with Brian and Ericka close behind, Sam and Dan had that one moment in The Amazing Race that cost them the lead when they were forced into the Monte Carlo casino to count $1 million in poker chips. The stop at Monte Carlo was long enough for Meghan and Cheyne to gain ground on the brothers to win The Amazing Race while Sam and Dan hit The Amazing Race mat in second place.

The morning after the season finale of The Amazing Race 15, we went one-on-one with Sam and Dan to find out what went wrong in Las Vegas, whether they have any regrets about how they ran The Amazing Race, and how Sam and Dan feel they compliment each other after butting heads so many times during the race.

THE DEADBOLT: So what was it that cost you guys first place? Was it the cab or Monte Carlo?

[The Amazing Race] DAN MCMILLEN: It definitely was not the cab. It wasn't that close. It was close, probably about ten minutes. It was the thing with the poker chips since we don't play. We don't gamble and have never been to a casino really, so we just didn't know how to count them and we were counting them one by one. Cheyne has played poker before and he knew exactly how to do it. So that was really where we lost it.

SAM MCMILLEN: Also, I think to sum it up, we were just too careful on that leg. We should've just gone for it and evened the stacks and just flown through it like they did. But we wanted to be cautious so we didn't mess up.

THE DEADBOLT: It seemed like at the mid-point of the race that you guys really cranked up your competitive play. Was it a conscious decision or was that right from the start?

DAN: I think once it got down to the final six and once the poker girls got out was when we were like, "We're not working with anyone anymore. We're completely in this just for us." So I think after the Netherlands, or starting in the Netherlands, was when it really started getting heated for us.

THE DEADBOLT: Since some of the teams thought your tactics were questionable, in hindsight do you feel you had to play that way to get so far in the race?

[The Amazing Race] DAN: We weren't like, "Oh, we have to do this." We were saying that if the opportunity comes and we have to make a decision that might look back-stabbing, we're going to do it. I think that a lot of people look at it and they say, "Why would they do that?" But the majority of people probably would do the same thing we did.

SAM: [laughs] And we don't really care.

DAN: For example: Say we hadn't stolen the cab, maybe we could've gotten on the little metro that was nearby. You never know. But if we were given the opportunity, we would totally do it again.

THE DEADBOLT: So Dan, how did you feel about not giving Big Easy the word?

DAN: I loved it. I wouldn't change a thing. We agreed to help each other out and I did, I gave him an "F". That's a ton of help, especially going into the final three. So I don't see why people were so turned off by that. Looking back, I should've told him it started with an "N" or something, then they really would've been messed up. I mean, Big Easy and I are friends now, so it's all good. But it's not my fault. Let's just say we might be the mean team of the season but they might be the dumb team of the season.

[The Amazing Race] SAM: It's really funny, because Dan and Big Easy really only worked together on their first guesses then they stopped working together. So when Dan finally did get it, Big Easy is like, "Come on, help me out." Dan had no obligation at that point.

THE DEADBOLT: When you were up on Madalay Bay, were those actual glass windows? What was preventing you from crashing into someone's room?

SAM: That's a good question. I was actually really worried about that. I kept trying to look in to see if there were people watching me go down. But yeah, those windows were really thick. It felt like walking on concrete almost. They were really thick windows.

THE DEADBOLT: How much did it actually help you guys when you were bantering back and forth at the roadblocks?

DAN: I don't know. I think it actually helped us because no matter how much we yelled, or much we argued, we were going to get it done. And we weren't going to be sensitive to it, so we just kind of moved on. We each knew our special needs. So once we got to a roadblock, we made the decision within like two minutes.

THE DEADBOLT: What's the one task you wish you would've switched places on?

SAM: I would say the hay bales.

DAN: Yeah, definitely.

THE DEADBOLT: Is there anything we didn't see that you guys wished got aired?

[The Amazing Race] DAN: No, I think they did a great job. I was happy with our edit, even at the end. We were kind of made out to be the villains but I liked it. I think they edited us well, so I was happy with it.

THE DEADBOLT: How do you guys think you complemented each other?

SAM: I guess I would say our styles in life are so different but it was cool to come together and try to work together on the race. So we complemented each other very well. We balanced each other out a lot.

DAN: Yeah, we fought a lot but we each contributed equally with our skills and stuff. So that was a nice complement.

THE DEADBOLT: Did the brother relationship help?

DAN: Definitely. I think being brothers helped us a lot, because look at the past season, or the past two seasons, siblings have won. So we almost kept the streak going but we didn't.
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Post by: RealityFreakWill on December 09, 2009, 12:11:48 PM
The Amazing Race 15: Exclusive Interview with Sam and Dan McMillen

On the season finale of The Amazing Race, teams headed to Vegas, where they headed to a wedding chapel, repelled face first down a hotel, joined the cast of Cirque du Soleil, counted a million dollars in poker chips, and visited Wayne Newton’s house.  At the poker chip challenge, Sam and Dan McMillen were in first place but Megan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney were able to come from behind, finish first, and arrive at the finish line about 8-10 minutes ahead of the brothers.  Today, the runners up spoke to RealityWanted in an exclusive interview about their experiences on the show, their fighting, and how they feel about being pegged as the villains.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Who came up with the idea to try out for The Amazing Race?
A. Dan: I think it was me.  I’ve watched it since I was in 7th grade.  I turned 21 and we got it goin’.  It was a long process.  I told Sam that our story would be pretty cool.
A. Sam: Completely coincidentally, Star from 2 seasons ago was a friend of mine in college.  When Dan said let’s apply, I said, “Hell yeah!”

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: You didn’t reveal right off the bat that you’re both gay and I can understand why.  Did you have a plan about coming out to the other racers or did it just sort of unfold naturally?
A. Sam: Honestly, we were expecting it to be something that would unfold naturally.  When we did start coming out, we recognize that the best time to come out is when it feels natural.  We told the girls in Vietnam.  We wanted to wait until the finish line to reveal it to everyone else but we ended up telling them in the airport in Dubai.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: You had some competitive moments, from stealing Brian and Ericka’s taxi to a few run-ins with the Globetrotters.  Do you think that the racers this season were too nice?
A. Dan: Exactly!  I was so surprised that we were looked at as the villains. 
A. Sam: After the race, and everything was said and done, Dan and I had no idea that we were going to be painted as the villains.  It just goes to show you how nice everyone was when those things make us the villain.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: It seems like you got close to all of the other racers this season and were genuinely friends.
A. Dan: Actually, 8 of us have matching tattoos!
A. Sam: We have a permanent bond with them whether we like it or not!

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What, do you think, was your strongest leg?
A. Dan: Definitely Amsterdam!  That was our first place finish.  It was a smooth race for us.
A. Sam: I think Dubai was also a good leg, when we did the gold counting.  They edited it to make us look like idiots.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: The stress of the race certainly took its toll on you as the race went on and you started fighting more.  Did you underestimate how much it would affect you guys?
A. Sam: Absolutely!  I have probably yelled at someone once in my life before the race.  I had no idea I had that kind of explosion in me.  In that sense, it goes to show how real and genuine the stress of the race is.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: For a minute there, I thought you caught a break when Meghan and Cheyne went to the wrong casino.  What happened with the poker chips that cost you the race?
A. Sam: He knew how to stack them and make sure they were even.  We were too cautious and I take the blame for that.  I wanted to be careful because I didn’t think there was any way they were going
A. Dan: I think it was the fact that Sam and I have never played poker in our lives.  We were counting chip by chip.  Cheyne has played before and was comfortable with counting.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: How long after Meghan and Cheyne crossed the finish line did you arrive?
A. Sam: About 8-10 minutes.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Now that you’ve watched the show, do you feel like America got an accurate picture of who you two are?
A. Sam: I think they accentuated a few things more heavily then they actually existed.  We didn’t really fight as much as they showed and we didn’t any more than any other team.  Well, maybe a little bit.  I think for the most part, we’re very pleased with how it turned out and how we were edited.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Do you have any plans to travel more?
A. Sam: I’m gonna travel all spring and apply to med school in the summer.
A. Dan: I’m graduating in May then going to Africa in May and June.  When I get back, I’ll get a job.
Title: Re: TAR15: Daniel McMillen & Samuel McMillen - Brothers
Post by: RealityFreakWill on December 10, 2009, 04:24:13 AM
Exclusive: Dan and Sam McMillen talk about 'The Amazing Race'

Daniel and Samuel McMillen think it almost would have been better had they arrived at The Amazing Race's final ifteenth-season task in last place rather than first.

Dan, a 21-year-old student from Liberty, MO, and his brother Sam, a 23-year-old student from Fort Worth, TX, were the second team to cross the finish line during The Amazing Race's fifteenth-season finale broadcast last night on CBS.

On Monday, Dan and Sam talked to Reality TV World about how being the first team to arrive at the final task was a negative; which two teams they viewed as big rivals throughout the season; how they never let their brotherly bickering interfere with the competition; and whether they really stole another team's cab.

Reality TV World: First off, congratulations on finishing second.
Sam and Dan: Thank you! (in unison)

Reality TV World: What was going through your mind when you guys got to the Monte Carlo and discovered you seemed to have a pretty good jump on the other two teams --  were you starting to feel pretty confident in your chances of winning at that point?

Dan: All I knew is that we needed to take a risk, go really fast and just get it done because we knew that ["Dating Couple" Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney] were close and ["Married Couple" Ericka Dunlap and Brian Kleinschmidt] were close.

I don't really know if we could have done anything different because we've never played poker, we don't really know how to count chips -- and Cheyne does. I mean, you look back and there's a million "what if's." But you can just sit around and say that all day, so I don't really know what we would have changed.

Reality TV World: Based on that answer and what viewers saw in last night's show, it almost looked like you guys ended up putting some extra pressure on yourselves once you found out you had the lead.  Do you think the fact that you got there first ended up being a positive or a negative?

Sam: I think it ended up being negative because, personally, I'm a big risk taker. I would normally have been like, "Let's just throw it all out there, just try to even the stacks out and be done with it." But going in with such a big lead, my attitude was, "Let's be careful, let's be cautious, let's take our time since we have this lead to be sure we get it right the first time." If we had come in third place, we would have been doing everything we could to just fly through it and maybe would have done it a lot faster.

Reality TV World: Based on that, do you think Meghan and Cheyne arriving in third gave them an advantage?

Sam: Absolutely, 100%. They just flew and all they did was stack and even the stacks out...

Dan: Well I think they would have done the same thing if they were the first team, because he knew how to stack them. So...

Reality TV World: About how far ahead of Brian and Ericka and Meghan and Cheyne did you arrive at the Monte Carlo?

Sam: I think we were there about five to seven minutes before Brian and Ericka, and probably like 10 to 12 before Meghan and Cheyne. So not that much of a lead, but it was quite a bit I guess.

Reality TV World: Last night's episode made it look like you guys were actually the last team to finish your initial chip count -- just seconds behind the other two teams. Was that actually the case?

Dan: Yeah, I think it really was...

Sam: Yes, we all finished literally within 10 seconds of each other. Then Meghan and Cheyne were the only ones who got it right. So that's why they got such a big lead right after the chip count.

Reality TV World: What happened with your initial incorrect chip count -- do you remember about how many chips you were off?

Sam: What happened was Meghan and Cheyne submitted theirs and so we were like, "Oh crap! We have to also!" So we just kind of... We were down to about... We were $5,000 off so we were like, "Just put these in!" because we thought we had the right stacks and stuff. It turned out we were about $1,000 off -- and it's because we threw them all in at the last minute because we kind of got rushed because they had finished.

Reality TV World: And you got the correct count on your second attempt, is that right?

Dan: Correct. I figured this was going to be the last challenge since we had already done a couple of things, so...

Reality TV World: About how far behind Meghan and Cheyne did you leave the Monte Carlo?

Dan: Ten minutes.

Sam: I would say probably 10 minutes -- 10, 15 maybe, somewhere in between.

Reality TV World: Had you kind of resigned yourself to second place at that point or did you still think you had a chance of catching Meghan and Cheyne?

Dan: I think I was kind of negative with it. I was like, "It's over." I knew we had already done two challenges and this was our third challenge -- and most finales have about three challenges. So I was trying to have hope, but once I heard them get it right I was like, "It's over." (laughing)

Reality TV World: About how far behind Meghan and Cheyne did you cross the finish line?

Sam: Eight to 10 minutes probably.

Reality TV World: You guys finished second to Meghan and Cheyne for the final four legs of the race...

Sam and Dan: NO!!! (in unison)

Dan: They were all pretty close too.

Sam: We were pretty close to them every time.

Reality TV World: So I'm assuming you saw them as your biggest competition while you were out there, right?

Sam: Oh absolutely.

Dan: We always thought ["Harlem Globetrotter Teammates" Herbert "Flight Time" Lang and Nathaniel "The Big Easy" Lofton] were just because of the deal in cities, we thought a lot of Americans would want to help them more and whatnot. Little did we know that we didn't really see anybody in Vegas -- but it didn't really matter. But at the end we definitely thought Meghan and Cheyne were.

Reality TV World: You guys were certainly portrayed as the bickering brothers and Sam you even commented in your final words that you know you guys bicker a lot but still love each other. Going into the race did you think arguing with each other would be something that might hurt your chances of winning? 

Sam: Honestly we never saw it as a problem because we knew that no matter how much we argued, no matter where we were that we argued, we still would have been working on the race. We never would have wasted time to argue. So it never really seemed like something that would set us off as being our problem area.

Reality TV World: Do you think your arguing played a role in your inability to correctly count the poker chips during the final task?

Dan: I don't know. I think it's just that we didn't know how to count chips.

Sam: Simply put: We didn't know what to do. We literally counted each individual chip. We had no idea what we were doing. I've never seen poker chips in my life before that, so I was like, "I don't know what to do."

Reality TV World: Last night's episode also showed you guys not knowing Wayne Newton's name when you met him.  Was that your most embarrassing moment on the Race?

Sam: We actually called him [comedian] George Wallace. He's calling himself the new "Mr. Las Vegas" apparently.

Dan: We asked Wayne Newton if he was George Wallace, and that must have been such an insult to him.

Sam: We thought maybe George Wallace was his real name and Wayne Newton was his stage name. So we thought that's what it was. But yeah, we couldn't remember his name because we were so nervous and so excited. Obviously when you say, "Wayne Newton" and you recognize his face -- it's Wayne Newton. It just wouldn't come to us for some reason.

Reality TV World: One of the biggest moves you made on the race was Dan's decision against giving Big Easy the answer to the clue at the museum in Prague. At the time Dan did you really think that decision would play such a large role and did you feel guilty about it at all?

Dan: I thought, "Hey, I want to get a little bit of a lead on them. So if I give him the 'F' he'll figure it out in like 10 minutes." I don't want them to come out right with us. We wanted to have a little bit of a lead. So never in a million years did I expect to see Brian and Ericka in the finale. I thought the Globetrotters were going to be done so fast.

Reality TV World: And you never felt guilt about the decision?

Dan: A little bit [began] coming out and then Sam helped me confirm and say, "No, of course you shouldn't have given it to them."

Sam: It's kind of funny, the fact that people were upset that we didn't tell them the answer. I just think that is so ridiculous because it's like handing someone your chances at $1 million. Why on earth would you help one of the best teams on the race to get to the Final 3?

Dan: I think the issue is that people thought I went back on my word. We agreed to help each other, and that's exactly what I did -- I helped him. The first day I was kind of upset, I was like, "Oh crap I'll look like a villain." But now I just don't care. (laughing)

Reality TV World: It looked like you guys had a bit of a rivalry with the Globetrotters -- so was that just the editing making something out of nothing or was there actually something going on between you guys, specifically when you had that physical contact when you were racing to the Pit Stop in Estonia?

Dan: From Day 1 in casting, we wanted them out. Now we like them, but throughout the race they were so independent and kind of secretive -- and they were good. They really were good. So we were just like, "Let's do anything we can to get them out."

Reality TV World: You guys also took some heat from Brian and Ericka for stealing their cab during the tenth leg, but during last night's episode Dan we saw you telling them to blame it on the cab driver. What did you mean by that -- were you trying to convince them you didn't know it was their cab or just trying to pin the blame on their driver for agreeing to abandon them?

Sam: What happened was we talked to the cab driver and he called another cab driver who was supposed to be there in five minutes. Well, we were going to take that one -- but then we were like, "Well Brian and Ericka won't be done for another 20 minutes. So we'll take this one and they can take the next cab that shows up." It was the cab driver's buddy who was going to come get them. That cab never showed up.

Dan: So it was the cab driver's fault...

Sam: It was the cab driver's fault for never showing up. That's what was meant by that.

Reality TV World: You guys seemed to form an alliance with Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle on the race. Where did that alliance originate and how helpful was it for you?

Dan: It originated at the Japanese game show [during the first leg].

Sam: We made a good connection with them. We kind of had a friendship spark at the beginning, and honestly I don't think we really sought them out because they had any qualities that we were interested in helping us along the race. We were just really compatible with them and we felt like we raced well whenever we were with them and whenever we were helping them.

Reality TV World: What was the most difficult task for you guys on the race? Was there anything that you thought you wouldn't be able to overcome?

Sam: Honestly, the Golem in Prague was probably the most ridiculous thing I've ever done.

Dan: That was physically demanding too...

Sam: Then of course the hay bails. The interesting thing about the hay bails is that as I was unrolling them -- and unrolling them one after another -- I honestly got to the point where I was like, "I'm never going to find this flag. It's never going to pop up." A few seconds later, all of a sudden this flag came up. I was like, "This has to be a mirage. I'm not really looking at a real flag." But it was, so it was good.

Reality TV World: What was your favorite experience on the race?

Dan: I would say traveling around the world because we had never been out of the United States before, so that was definitely what I was most excited about and why I didn't want to get eliminated -- I just wanted to keep traveling.

Reality TV World: Do you agree Sam?

Sam: Absolutely, 100%.

Reality TV World: Was there anything you expected to see that got edited out?

Dan: No, I think they put in all of our stuff. I always wondered what they were going to do, if they were going to take out anything -- if it was too bad. But they put everything that I said in there. So it was interesting. (laughing)

Reality TV World: How did friends and family react to seeing you guys on the show?

Sam: Oh my gosh, they were SO excited and they cannot stop talking about it. It's so funny because we're like, "Yeah, it happened." And our family's way more excited than we are.

Dan: We're so excited that we never have to be asked the question, "Did you win?" That was the most annoying question ever.

Reality TV World: How were you cast for The Amazing Race? Was it your first time applying for the show?

Sam: It was our first time. Dan turned 21 two days before the applications were due and you had to be 21 to apply. We sent in a video and they liked our story and we did all the phone interviews and everything and it just kind of went our way. We had great interviews and they liked us.

Title: Re: TAR15: Daniel McMillen & Samuel McMillen - Brothers
Post by: RealityFreakWill on March 06, 2010, 03:33:58 AM
With Dan's permission, here's the picture of the two dune buggies and Honda CMX 250 Rebel motorcycles that they won from TAR15. They want to sell it. Dan is offering $500 less than the MSRP.... Any questions, PM me or contact Dan on FB......

Title: Re: TAR15: Daniel McMillen & Samuel McMillen - Brothers
Post by: RealityFreakWill on April 19, 2010, 12:13:27 AM
 :fan: HAWT!

Orange is definitely his signature color! Dan is chillin' poolside at a hotel in L.A. on Saturday. He and Sam was in L.A. to attend the GLAAD awards.


photo courtesy of Tiffany Michele
Title: Re: TAR15: Daniel McMillen & Samuel McMillen - Brothers
Post by: RealityFreakWill on May 15, 2010, 10:04:54 AM
Congratulations to Dan on graduating from college today! Good luck to whatever he does with his future! So proud of him.
Title: Re: TAR15: Daniel McMillen & Samuel McMillen - Brothers
Post by: RealityFreakWill on May 16, 2010, 05:49:07 PM
Not only did Dan graduated from college yesterday, his oldest brother, Ben graduated from law school last week.

Dan posted a whole bunch of pictures on his FB profile and I asked him if I could share a couple pictures here and he said away!

Ben, Dan and Ben's two sons (law school graduation)

Dan's Graduation

Dan is obviously very happy to be done with school

The McMillen Brothers....Ben, Dan and Sam

The McMillen family

Thanks, Dan and Congratulations!
Title: Re: TAR15: Daniel McMillen & Samuel McMillen - Brothers
Post by: georgiapeach on June 27, 2010, 11:29:26 PM
A great pic of Dan at the Miss Missouri Reunion 2010!

Photo thanks to Patches King....