“This is where I become uncomfortable and I get weird,” Marcus admitted between bites of a shrimp tempura hand roll. “I think [talking about myself] makes me uncomfortable, and I’m actually just learning that. I’d rather you watch the videos and let them describe me.”
And so far, viewers are doing just that.
“Internally and externally, we’ve gotten nothing but positive feedback on Quinn,” said Ricci. Networkspokesman Jake Urbanski confirmed that while mtvU is not rated, “Quinnterviews” is the top-performing franchise on mtvU.com. Ricci wasn’t surprised. “We expected that. There’s no reason not to like her, she’s funny, she’s real and authentic, and she’s got a unique voice. When the cameras are on and the cameras are off, it’s still Quinn being Quinn.”
“Quinnterviews” is barely a month old on mtvU, but Marcus said, “It’s surreal, even now.” She expects reality to sink in this spring, when she’ll graduate with a degree in her self-made major, comedy writing and performance. And though she’s eager to move forward with “Quinnterviews,” Marcus is careful to keep a level head.
“Being able to do Quinnterviews as a job is a huge plus,” she said, “but I would be doing it even if I wasn’t getting paid for it.”
“I’m excited because I don’t know [what’s next]. Maybe move to New York or L.A. and just keep going. I love interviewing people and this kind of improvise thing I get to do. What’s next?” Marcus repeated, her gaze shifting to a lone piece of sushi left on the plate in front of her. Avoiding assumptions, but never evading a question, Marcus quipped, “Uh, I’m gonna eat that.”
“Quinnterviews” airs on mtvU Tuesday mornings at 7, with exclusive extras online at http://www.mtvu.com/shows/quinnterviews/.
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