Here, Roula chats to WHO about cooking with Rachael, her 'villain' status, and how she is dealing with her multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
WHO: So you and Rachael are out of the competition.
ROULA: The final cook was probably the best cook we had done together as a team. That’s the first time we didn’t really argue, we worked really well, unfortunately, the food wasn’t as good as Dan and Gemma’s, but we still smashed it in the kitchen and I’m really proud of us for what we did.
WHO: Why did it work out this time?
ROULA: We were a lot more chill, not as stressed, nice to each other, we didn’t have a lot of arguments, and we finally worked as a team, which was great. We came out on top.
WHO: You were painted as a villain. What are you really like?
ROULA: I want to let people know I can take the piss out of myself and I’m not so full on. I just want people to know I’m a pretty down-to-earth socialite and I don’t think you really get to see that on TV. I think you only see the villain side to me.
How do you handle social-media haters?
ROULA: I’ve had people go, ‘Just because you have an illness doesn’t mean you can be a bitch on TV. I just ignore it all. I’m not a people pleaser, anyway, so it doesn’t bother me. I don’t care what people think of me as long as I I’m good with my friends and family and I don’t hurt anyone, that’s all I care about.
WHO: You revealed to New Idea that you have multiple sclerosis. How have you been?
ROULA: I’m doing pretty good, actually. I’m back to the way I eat, I’m back to my fitness and it’s pretty hot in Melbourne, so I have been sleeping more because you get more fatigued in the heat. The only thing I can tell you is I have been more fatigued in this hot weather, but other than that, I take good care of myself.
My Kitchen Rules continues tonight at 7:30pm on Channel 7.