'Big Brother 16': Amber Borzotra on Caleb's Obsession and All-Girl Alliance Failures
The fifth evicted houseguest tells THR that the one-sided "showmance" with Caleb was "uncomfortable" and why she believes a female winner isn't in the cards this season.
[WARNING: Spoilers from Thursday's live eviction episode of Big Brother.]
The fifth houseguest from Big Brother has been evicted.
Amber Borzotra, the 26-year-old model from Knoxville, Tenn., was the latest victim of The Detonators crew, after members caught wind that she was targeting a member from its alliance and had desires to form an all-girl alliance. Eliminated from the summer-long game with a unanimous 9-0 vote, Borzotra's stay in the house wasn't without its ups and downs — mainly due to Caleb Reynolds' unexplainable obsession with her, something she still can't quite comprehend.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Borzotra explains the one-sided affair with Caleb, why her attempts at an all-girl alliance failed and who she feels most betrayed by.
How would you describe your time in the house?
My time was fun. It's a game so it's expected — the drama. I'm very relieved to be out because of Caleb. I'm excited now to see my family and get back to my normal life. I had so much fun and I don't think I would change anything besides my game-talk with who I trusted in the house.
As a viewer, the Caleb situation was almost uncomfortable to watch.
It was bad. I felt awful because I tried to deal with it as best I can and I had never dealt with anything like that so I didn't know how to react. I was trying to as nice as I could and try to tell him in a nice way that I'm not interested and I don't think he bought it.
Why do you think that is?
For me, I felt super bad if I said, "No, I'm not going to go on a date with you," so I thought, "OK, it's just the backyard. It's just like any other night in the house, so I'm not really going to consider it a date." I don't know what to say about Caleb. It just felt uncomfortable — that's the only word I can use to describe it. I feel like I'll find out more that he did when I watch everything.
You had said that you weren't going to do the showmance thing, especially with someone like Caleb, just to further your game. Still feel the same way?
No. I was myself and I'm not going to pretend or lead someone on or act like I like someone when I don't in that way. And I think it's a game, leading someone on is just so disrespectful and wrong. It's just me as a person, I couldn't do that. Even if it's a game and maybe it could've got me further along in the game, that's something I couldn't do.
Looking back, was there something you could have said or done to buy yourself at least another week of safety?
I think if I had gone to the right people about getting Caleb out, then maybe it could have gotten me a little bit more time in the house because he was my next target. Of course, I was looking at Zach as a threat, but then I was seeing who my real threat was. Last week was very weird in the case between me and Caleb so it was, "OK, he has to go." But I'm not there to make that happen so I hope the rest of the house does make that happen this week.
So if you were to go back into the house again, your No. 1 target would be Caleb?
For sure. Hands down.
Was there a move or a decision that you regret?
Definitely I would've aligned with different people and not played everyone else's games. I felt like I was definitely a pawn just to get people further of course. I felt bad for some of their stories and stuff so I would help them get further in the game and I think I needed to have focused on my own game instead of everyone else's and I think it hurt me in the long run.
There were multiple attempts this season by different people to form an all-girl alliance, you included. Why do you think that hasn't happened?
It could be a good move but I think a lot of the girls are working with the guys and that hasn't surfaced. I don't know if they're nervous about that? I don't know. I feel like it maybe would've worked had we stuck to it early on but I don't think we could trust each other enough to do so. If i could go back, that's something that I would have [done] — and I even mentioned having an all-girl alliance and seeing a girl win this year — but by the looks of it, I don't know if that's going to happen.
Who do you think is in the best position in the house right now? Worst?
At first I thought Donny was at the top but now Derrick. And most of the house is after Caleb so I don't feel for him. I'm happy that he'll possibly be leaving in the next eviction. I feel like he's in the worst position in the house and I think he'll go.
And it's the first double eviction of the season, which can get stressful and chaotic.
I'm glad I got out all of that happened. (Laughs.) I feel like if I was in the house — and I'm a sensitive person — any longer then I would have broken down, and it's going to get harder from here. I can't wait to sit back watch all the moves being made and yell at the TV.
You said last night that you felt most betrayed by Cody. Do you still feel the same?
Christine now because I was her go-to person for [information]. I told her everything because I trusted her, but she was just getting information out of me. Cody, for sure, because I trusted him with everything. I think it was hard for him to tell me to my face that I had his vote when I really didn't. Like I said, I don't take anything personal. It's a game and I can't wait to see everyone when the game's all over.
What was the most memorable moment for you in the house?
Zack's [blowups], for sure. And Caleb. I mean, I don't understand and I don't get why he was so obsessive. It just made it worse for his game. If he really wanted a girl, you don't push her away by doing the things you did.
How surprised where you when you discovered Team America?
I was shocked but in a way I was glad they did see me as a physical threat so if that's the reason why I'm out, then I'm happy. I feel honored.
And that Frankie is Ariana Grande's brother?
It was jaw-dropping! His sister is very lucky because Frankie is a wonderful person. And I also found out that Derrick is a police officer. I'm like, "Oh my goodness!" Derrick has the sweetest heart, so if he's sitting there at the end and he wins, then he deserves it.
Who are you rooting for?
After finding everything out, I'm definitely rooting for Derrick. And my close friend Cody — I know I still view him as my close friend.
And they have a final two alliance called The Hitmen.
Yeah! If they were the last two sitting I will have a smile on my face for either one of them [to win].
What's next for you?
I honestly don't know. I'm always an adventurous person. I have no plans. I'm going to go back to Knoxville, Tenn. for a few weeks just to see my family and spend some time with them and get back to reality. I'm now living in L.A. so I'll get back out there hopefully in a couple of weeks. I don't know if I'm going to do my modeling thing like always or do something else that interests me. We'll see what comes up.
Big Brother next airs 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS.