Last night super-fierce 21-year-old Christian Siriano won Project Runway’s $100K prize. Before he gets to work on his collection for Bryant Park ‘09, he checked in with EW about Rami’s critiques, Victoria Beckham’s upcoming meeting, and why he’s really just a mushball.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Christian! Has it sunk in yet?
CHRISTIAN SIRIANO: It’s just amazing. It’s just so wonderful. Nothing can take this away. I’ll have this for the rest of my life.
When you started the show months back, who did you think would be your toughest competition?
Off the bat I knew Jillian and Rami were my biggest competition ever. I think other designers were really talented. Victorya was strong. Kit was strong. Chris had some great ideas. I definitely think the right people were the finalists.
Since you brought up Victorya, I have to ask: Why was she so sour at the cast reunion?
Victorya is the sweetest person in the world. I talk to her every day. She’s a very smart woman. She used to be a journalist. Her thing is, she doesn’t want to be a TV character. She wants to be a successful designer. And sometimes Runway is a show. And sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do. She didn’t want to do those things. She was eliminated. She was showing her own collection. It had been a very long time since we filmed the show. Everyone on that reunion wasn’t in a good mood. Everyone was tired. They were over it.
What do you think about how you were portrayed?
I have no regrets. In a way they showed a lot of my diva commentary. But I said nothing the judges didn’t say, and nothing I regret. Everything on that show is about being a diva. I loved it. And hey, I won fan favorite. I was just hoping people didn’t hate me. I’m a soft, emotional guy, generally. I just like to be funny.
When people see you on the street do they love you or hate you?
I’ve never had one negative comment. That’s so great. I was kind of scared. People ate it all up.
Do you get a lot of ”Say fierce!”
Oh yeah. ”Christian! Is it fierce?” I’m like, ”It’s fierce, ladies.” All day long.
Did you get a congratulations note from the high school girl you made a prom dress for?
Oh no, no, no. I have not heard from her. I don’t plan on it. I hope she’s thinking she should have been a little more cooperative. My other model during the weight-loss week, we e-mail every week. And actually, at the auction for those outfits a friend of hers bought her the outfit from that show.
When you were crying at the end, what was going through your head?
I was really nervous. Really tired. Really emotional. I was just so grateful — and Victoria Beckham loved my work!
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