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Project Runway's own Nick Verreos answers Andy's questions.

on Feb 1, 2006

Oh Nicky you're so fine, you're so fine you blow our mind - Hey Nicky! Hey Nicky! My phone is ringing and it's "Project RunGay" sensation Nick Verreos on the line!

HEY NICK VERREOS... HOW IS LIFE AS A "PROJECT RUNWAY" SUPERSTAR?

Oh please! I think you're using that word loosely! It's been different. Everyone told me my life would change...I thought I went to summer camp and it would all be fine. The show started and it's been crazy and unexpected. It started little by little in unexpected places - changing airports at Christmastime was insane. There I was at LAX and people were staring and saying "Oh my God we love you" and on and on at various airports. I've learned not to go to the smaller gay clubsin LA because I feel like I'm on Sepulveda at 5:30 rush hour with no way out of the traffic! At the same time it's nice but I'm shocked by the response. At least they're saying nice things and I bring out an emotional response.

ARE YOU THROWING THE BOYS OFF YOU?

Oh stop it please! The funny thing is at least when I go out they say "I've never stopped anyone before but I feel compelled to stop you and say you're cute and we love your dresses." We've been getting fan emails and people have been sending some pretty racy stuff. It's a little wild. Will I come home to a cooked rabbit on my stove one day? The lead singer from Foo Fighters chased me out of a restaurant the other night! That was so cool. Of course if it's not Kylie or Madonna I have no clue who they are...

YOU DESIGNED A DRESS FOR "DESPERATE HOUSEWIFE" BRENDA STRONG FOR THE SAG AWARDS!

I've done some celebrity dresses years ago - Ali Landry and Patricia Arquette. I got a call from her publicist raving about the Nicky Hilton dress.. They liked my approach of making ladies look like Hollywood glamour girls. She's a perfect muse. She's a superstar, a dream to work with, knew what she wanted but wanted me to have freedom in my design.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE DRESS YOU'VE DESIGNED SO FAR ON THE SHOW?

I really love the first outfit that I made (out of muslin)... I dip-dyed it and did a backless gown - I was surprised I wasn't up there on top in that episode! I also love the Nicky Hilton dress - I thought that really was me. I love the color, cut, style, the back. I felt like this is what I do - these are the girls I dress for and they're gonna purchase my dresses hopefully. I was so proud of what I did. And of course the Barbie one - it was just fun. It wasn't my style exactly but it worked!