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Q: You represent so much of what America stands for. We’d hate to lose you to China.
A: And that’s what I’m struggling with. Can the people of the United States get along without Miss Richfield? That’s where I’m still on the fence. I’m leaving the country that I love but on the other hand, so many things have moved over there that I feel like at some point we’re all going to be working in Nike factories. I may be ahead of the trend.
Q: You like to interact with your audience. To avoid that, should I sit in the back?
A: Actually, sitting in the front of the house is safer. Sometimes I like to go further into the audience. ’Cause the people in the front are the folks who can spend an extra $5 on a seat, and I feel like I already know what’s going on in Minnetonka. I like to go where the real folks are, up in the sight-obstructed seats. I’m talking about the people who don’t do their hair and can’t dress nice. So if you’re the type of person who’s afraid to get picked on, dress up, pay extra and sit down front.
Q: And don’t make eye contact?
A. Actually, it’s just the opposite. I’m going to tell you a secret. You want to look at me and smile and volunteer and maybe even raise your hand? Or wear a “pick-me” button? Chances are, I will pass you by. I’m looking for the salt of the earth, that terrified sort of person looking at their shoes or reading the program. I’m good at drawing people out. I’m looking for those people who are sweating a little bit, a little concerned. They’re the people who need the opportunity to bathe in the spotlight.
Q: Isn’t it time for you to settle down?
A: In fact, next year’s show, which I’m working on right now, is about finding a man. I’m thinking that for a single gal like myself, in my late 20s, the clock is ticking and I need to start moving. This year is about moving to China and next year is about finding a husband, so you are on the right path with that. I don’t want to go through the change and miss the chance to have a family.
Graydon Royce • 612-673-7299