Controversial My Kitchen Rules contestant Sophia Pou has laughed off claims she and her partner in crime Ashlee Pham are actresses on the smash-hit Seven reality cooking show.
Pou, 29, and Pham, 28, have stirred the pot on the series since they gatecrashed last week, with some reports suggesting they are being paid to follow a script and create drama.
"The responses and the way people are behaving — you can't script it. If you scripted it, you would have a completely different show," Pou told AAA Weekend.
"I think there is so much conflict and drama at the moment because it is a reality-based show. It is raw emotion, it is off the cuff.
"We are very strong people. We believe in ourselves and each other and we can't be anything other than ourselves. I can't be anyone other than who I am."
She defended her blunt comments by saying it was a cooking competition and part of her role was to critique food.
"Obviously I don't go around my ordinary life being so vocal, so opinionated," she said.
"I don't go to the greengrocer and start giving him an earful. It was the situation I was put in."
Despite some negative public reaction to the pair, who are childhood best friends, Pou said she was relishing being called a villain.
"It is flattering because they must think I have the personality to drive the show," Pou said.
The 29-year-old communications student didn't have any kind words for fellow contestants Stefano Guerra and his girlfriend Lisa Gabel, who is nine years older than Guerra.
Just three instant restaurants into their round of the competition and sparks are really starting to fly between the two teams, with Pou admitting there was more drama ahead.
"Ashlee called him (Guerra) 'dumb' and I called him 'mind-numbing'. I just think he is a man-child. I just think he is old enough to know better. He is not my cup of tea," Pou said.
"I wouldn't be proud being a cougar myself. But if it butters her crumpet, good on her," she said of their relationship.