James Huling played a somewhat schizophrenic game in the Big Brother house. When he was in control as Head of Household, he made huge moves. But when we was not in power, James sort of put his game on cruise control — a move which surprised host Julie Chen and may be why he was kicked out of the house. We caught up with the merry prankster on his way to the jury house to be reunited with Meg.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: If you could go back and do one thing differently in this game, what would it be?
JAMES HULING: Win that veto.
You took huge chances as Head of Household, but then laid very low when you weren’t HOH. Why take such polar opposite approaches?
My military career has taught me to stay out of sight and out of mind, but when you win HOHs you are going to have all eyes on you. When you are not in the spotlight you don’t need to be in there.
Which person being voted out hurt your game the most?
Jackie. She had more chances of winning an HOH to protect the group, which might have made all the difference.
You loved jumping out and scaring people. Did anyone ever get you back?
Never. They tried and failed.
Explain why you took such delight in trashing your house in the hidden veto challenge. I mean, you went out of your way to make as much of a mess as possible…which you all then had to clean up.
Vanessa made me a have-not, then she threw my butt up on the block so it was kind of a revenge-type thing. If I was gonna be a have-not that week I wanted to take out as much of the food as possible and go back to my have-not room and watch them clean it up.
Still a lot of game to be played, but who is playing the best game so far?
Austin is playing the best game so far.
Do you think a change in houses — from Big Brother house to the jury house — might change your chances with Meg?
I don’t know if her parents are gonna read this but…I know I might have more chances without cameras.