Chad Granger and Lacey Moulton
Psycho Couples Winners
Why did you want to be on Fear Factor?
Chad: To win some money and to prove that I had what it took! Mainly for the money though. I drive a 1990 Oldsmobile. My buddies and I call it the "Ghetto Sled." I mean I think I pull off pretty well but Itíll be nice driving a brand new F250 diesel or maybe a Harley. So definitely mainly for the money because I knew I had what it took to bring it home
Lacey: Honestly at first, I didn't.
Thats just not really my thing, but when they showed interest in me I
guess I got kind of excited about being on tv. Then after everyone told
me they didn't think I could do it, I went out there to prove myself.
I'm a lot tougher than I look.
What was the toughest stunt and why?
Chad: I enjoyed all the stunts pretty much. I mean none of it really bothered me at all. I guess the worse thing though would have to be that mess we had to dive our heads into to get the ax in the shower scene stunt. That stuff was awful! I still have nightmares about that smell. The toughest thing though was trying to keep Lacey happy. She didnít enjoy the Bates Motel too much. So I guess you could say Lacey was my toughest stunt.
Lacey: I think for me the roach stunt
was the hardest. I was just sick of being in that house and then for
them to fill it with roaches just made it worse. It just got to me that
I was frantically collecting roaches for money, and I just wasn't really
okay with that. Also it was how long they made us collect roaches and we
really didn't even know why we were doing it. I can handle a high stress
stunt for 10 minutes or so but this one took forever! Plus it was in our
house, so I had no comfort zone after that. All the people that were
taking care of us tricked us and I was just upset about it all. They
wanted all of us to fight and turn against each other and I was mad. I
just couldn't handle all that on top of being filmed the whole time. I
was sick of living in that house and after that we just lived in
constant fear. I never really slept after that cause I always thought
they would drop something on me in my sleep. And those roaches were
there till we left, I even had some in my bag when I got home. But hey
that is what I signed up for so I know I shouldn't have gotten that
upset. But most people don't understand how stressful our situation was
and I guess that stunt was my last straw.
Who annoyed you the most and why?
Chad: Iím going to have to say probably Stacy. She was just loud and always talking. Things quieted down a good bit in the Bates Motel after she left.
Lacey: I really can't say that any one
person drove me nuts. In the beginning Stacey was a little crude and
rude for me so she annoyed me a little. But I really got along with
everyone else the best I could. I know I was a total brat on the show so
I can't really say anything about anyone else. Shanti was always comic
relief and Guilliana was great to talk to. I don't think I would have
gotten through it if I didn't get along with everyone.
How will you spend the cash?
Chad: Well I'll probably tithe 10% of what I end up with because I couldn't have done any of this without the Good Lord on my side. I'm going to donate to a couple charities one being Camp Smile A Mile, a youth oncology camp, that I'm a counselor at in the summers. I'm going to get my brother, Brett, something pretty nice because he initially went through the first three cuts with me to get on the show. I guess Lacey was just a little better looking. Like I said earlier I'll probably have to part ways with the "Ghetto Sled" as hard as it may be and move on up to something a little nicer. And I guess save the rest to pay for dental school when I eventually get in.
Lacey: Gosh I have had so much time to think
about it and I still don't know. I know I will invest and save most of
it for when I really need it. But I plan on blowing some of it on some
new toys. Like a new cell phone, digital camera, tv, i pod, oh and I
definitely want to take some trips.
When you found out you'd be living in the Bates Motel over the course
of the competition, did you have any idea what that actually meant? What
was the worst part about staying there?
Chad: I thought it was just a joke to begin with. I thought they were just saying that for the cameras and TV, but no it was for real. Staying there didnít bother me too bad, but it really got to Lacey. So believe me staying there did give me a good kick in the butt through her. She stuck it out though. She had me wondering and begging at times. But she toughened up. I was proud of her and I think she was proud of herself.
Lacey: No I thought they were kidding
at first and let me tell you when I realized I was stuck there I was not
a happy camper, that was not what I signed up for. I think having no
privacy and having to be escorted to the bathroom everytime you needed
to go was the worst.
Chad, were you surprised Lacey ate the spiders? What did they taste like?
Chad: Yes, definitely she had me pretty scared for a minute. After Joe told us the stunt she looked at me with her big puppy dog eyes full of tears and said, ďBaby I donít think I can do this.Ē I was like, ďBaby yes you can! Itís all in your head. I know you can do this.Ē She just needed a little encouragement. Sheís a tough girl. I was really proud of her. When it came down to it she never let me down. I was really proud. On the show I said the spiders tasted like opossum, but Iíve never eaten opossum. I was just playing up the Alabama boy I guess for TV. I really donít know what to compare the taste to. The taste wasnít really the bad part. It was the butt exploding in my mouth and the hairy crunchy legs that made me gag once or twice. But for a quarter of a million there wasnít anything yaíll could have put in front of me that I wouldnít have eaten.
Lacey, you were really grumpy there for awhile. Was there any point
where you secretly hoped you'd be eliminated so you could just go home?
What was worse, being buried alive or sharing a room with the other
players (and the roaches)?
Lacey: Yeah I was a very unhappy camper for a while.
If I was there by myself and I was only letting myself down I probably
would have said see ya right when they told me I was living in the bates
motel. But I knew Chad needed that money for school and stuff so I
didn't want to let him down, actually it was more I didn't want him to
be able to say I was the one who gave up. I wouldn't say I am the most
competitive person out there, but I am really determined and there was
no way I was just going to give up and go home empty handed. I was
buried alive and it wasn't going to be for nothing, I had that figured
out on the first stunt. The worst thing about the show was really the
roaches and the living situation. It was really my roommates so much as
I like privacy and I didn't have any. Plus at this point in our
relationship, me and Chad just weren't getting along. He really wasn't
the most supportive caring boyfriend out there. The entire experience
for Chad was never hard I don't think. It was fun for him. He could live
any where with anyone. And he just wasn't sympathetic towards me at all.
Also, when they picked me and him over he and his brother, I know Chad
was disappointed. He would have rather had Brett by his side than me. So
I guess I always had that hanging over my head.
Did this experience strengthen your relationship? What did you learn
about each other?
Chad: Well Lacey and I parted ways shortly after filming the show. It had nothing to do with the show though. We had problems before the show. Lacey and I loved each other to death, but we couldnít get along for anything. We fought like cats and dogs. We were so a like in many ways and then so different. We had a wild and crazy ride together and Fear Factor just topped it off. Iím really glad we got to share that experience together. I think through our relationship and break up we both grew a lot wiser and stronger. She knows I still think the world of her and love her to death and wish her nothing but happiness in whatever direction life takes her. Lacey made me proud during the show because she never gave up on me. I think the show helped her realize she was tougher than she actually realized she was herself. I knew she had it in her all along though.
Lacey: Well since we broke up shortly after the show I'm going to have to say
it definitely didn't strengthen our relationship. I think it just
proved to us how competitive we were with each other. It was more of a
competition between us two, than with everyone else. Which I think
ultimately was an advantage for us. But I guess we both learned how
tough we were individually and what a great team we can make in
situations like that.