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Melissa O.
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

"I'm pathologically optimistic—I'm not always happy, but think that I will be soon. ;) A proud Ohioan, I've come to think of Chicago as a playground with a new restaurant, sporting event or cultural wonder always waiting to be discovered."

What is your favorite OWN show?
Do I only get to pick one?? I guess I would have to say Oprah's Master Class.

What is the one item you can't live without, and why?
Chocolate—it just makes everything better.

What is your hidden talent?
Creating zany poems or rap lyrics to commemorate a fun event.

What do you like that most people dislike?
Peanut butter and pickle sandwiches...hey, don't knock 'em till you try 'em. ;)

What would you like to learn to do?
Cook amazing food without recipes!

What are you particularly bad at that your friends tease you about?
I'm terribly uncoordinated—so anything that involves balance or rhythm is not gonna be pretty!

What are you proudest of?
Having an incredible family and a fabulous set of friends, who help me become a stronger, more caring person just by virtue of being themselves.