Because you were a competitive skater as a kid in Canada, some people think you have an unfair advantage. Aren't you kind of a ringer? Well, I hung up my skates at 13 and I'm 39 now: You do the math. It's what I did as a kid after school to kind of keep me out of trouble, and I loved it.
But by the time I was 13, I wanted to go to movies and hang out with my friends and go out with boys. I wanted to major in boys. Yes, but that also sets me up because it leaves less room to improve. And so the judges' expectations might be different than they are of other people. So after 26 ice-free years, how did it feel to be skating again?
It felt like I was 6 again. At one point I was out on the ice doing twirly-twirls and I thought [pro partner] John [Zimmerman] was laughing at me. He said, "No, I'm smiling because you look like a child.
People tend to love me or hate me and a lot of them just think I'm annoying. But this might show them a different side of me. I think it made me more vulnerable. On the first episode, when [judge] Dorothy Hamill praised you, why did you get so emotional? When I was growing up, she was the ideal of beauty and skating. I had a Dorothy Hamill doll. I had her haircut.
So a compliment coming from her pretty much floored me. Now that the show has finished taping [the finale airs Feb. All my friends know me as the girl who doesn't work out. So when they saw this, they were shocked. It was like I had this secret I'd been keeping for years, that I really was an athlete. You didn't get addicted to being in shape? I had, like, an eight-pack and my arms were really toned.
It was fun to have for a while, but I wouldn't want to be like that all the time. It's too much work. I got mixed reviews from men. I like having curves more than muscle.
How can this be? It would be nice to have someone in my life, but it's really hard in L. It's just hard to meet quality guys. They're all married or gay, that's what I always say. Are they threatened by your career or your hours? I don't think men want women with careers for the most part.
I think they would rather have a woman who's waiting for them back in the nest, raising the children. Which is great, but I'm not that girl. I think there are more and more women out there like me: That's a deterrent to some men. When was the last time you went on a date?
Oh, jeez, I can't even remember. The thing is, I almost never get set up and I won't ask a man out. I'm just very old-fashioned that way. And I think that there are some guys I might like who won't approach me. Unless they're rock stars or athletes or men who can get any woman they want. I want a guy who's, like, working and schlepping all day, not leading some sort of extravagant lifestyle. So rich, famous men need never apply? And if someone famous asks me out, my first thought is, "Why would he want to go out with me?