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Matt Roloff Talks 'Little People, Big World'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 29th 2010 3:00PM
Matt RoloffIf you watched the finale of 'Little People, Big World,' you might have wondered how Matt Roloff is doing after his shocking collapse. Well, he's alive and well and doing great! Turns out it was a bad case of vertigo -- not a heart attack, as some viewers suspected.

TV Squad caught up with Roloff, who talked to us about what life has been like since the finale.

So my first question is, how are you doing?
I'm doing fine. It caught us by surprise, how much attention this thing got. It's funny, because we don't really watch the episodes [as they air]. We saw a rough cut months ago, but we put it out of our mind and never thought about it. I was off traveling to New York and doing my thing, and I'm getting on the airplane coming home, and people are like, "Oh, man, good to see you." And I'm like, "What? Why?" And they're like, "Everybody is saying you were dead!" But I'm here to tell you that I'm definitely alive and well.

So it wasn't a heart attack?
No, it was a bad case of vertigo, which makes you dizzy. So I hit the floor.

By the time the episode aired, did your extended family know you were fine? Did you get any frantic phone calls?
I didn't. People I keep in touch with knew I was fine, but a lot of my Facebook fans were sad or distressed over it.

If something like that happens, does the camera crew continue shooting?

If there's nobody else in the room, then yeah, they would have dropped the camera in a second and attended to me. In the past, we've had instances where the kids get hurt, and if it's dire, then they do put the cameras down and jump in. But, for the most part, if they feel it's under control, their job is to continue to roll.

It must be hard, though. Like the accident with the trebuchet a while back. Do you ever feel like saying, "Stop the cameras. This is too much"?

Oh yes, definitely. When the accident happened, they specifically said, "Can we go ahead and shoot it?" And in that few seconds we were rushing down there, I said, "Yes, but give us lots of space." In other words, don't be pushing us out of the way to get your camera shot. So they shot it from more of a distance than they might typically want to. But you develop a relationship with the crew where I can just wave and they know that means -- turn the camera off and go away. But we try not to do that very often because we're trying to share our life, all the good and the bad and the ugly and the dramatic and the not dramatic.

Has it gotten easier to deal with over the years -- sharing your life on camera with the rest of the world?
Yes, over the years, we've become more accustomed to it. It's easier to let them do their job while we go about the business of our life.

Plus, it seems like you've got the support of all of these people who are watching, too. Like when you lost Mike, did it feel like you had an extended family in the millions of viewers?

That is absolutely true. I mean, it's humbling, and it just warms your heart to think how many people are so concerned about you out there. I feel bad because I don't intentionally want to give anybody a scare, and the fact that they did the cliff hanger like that, you have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, you want to support the production of the show and what that's all about with the drama. But on the other hand, you don't want people to be scared. I just assumed that because I was on Facebook every day and people knew that the show ran a few months behind, that everybody would know I was fine.

And, like you said, you probably didn't think too much about it. You were going on with your lives.
Yes, we moved on. I picked myself up off the ground and dusted myself off. I did go to the doctor and get some medication for my vertigo, which has kept it under control.

How are you feeling otherwise?
Overall, my health is pretty good right now. I'm doing a lot of things to try to keep on top of it, and I'm feeling pretty darn good lately.

I know you've had a lot of surgeries and medical issues. Do you ever just get tired of all the medical stuff?
Yes, I definitely get tired of the medical stuff. There's no doubt about that. It's just one of those things where you have to deal with things through life.

You and your wife Amy seem really down to earth. How do you manage to stay sane among all the publicity and everything?

It's totally gone to my head! No, it's hard because it does change your lives in ways that you don't expect it. We've tried to just stay focused on our mission in life. Even when we're shooting, we're on our farm with our family, in our zone. And when we do go off the farm and travel, a lot of people stop us for photos, and it's heartwarming. We love to interact with the public.

I know that you and Amy work with a lot of charities. Do you feel like you're the voice for little people out there now?
I wouldn't claim that we're the voice, because we always say, "All little people are different, and they all have different needs and desires." And we don't claim to be the voice for any organization or group, but I do have CoDA, which is the Coalition of Dwarf Advocacy. It's an important charity, and we're doing some really cool stuff, like building custom-made bicycles for dwarf kids that can't afford them otherwise, helping with adoptions and educational scholarships. That's a very near-and-dear-to-our-heart effort.

Connect with Matt Roloff on Facebook and his web site, and learn more about CoDA at DwarfAdvocates.com.

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September 07 2010 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ease up on the grog Matt as it makes vertigo worse.

August 01 2010 at 7:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm sorry but Amy is a bitch. She treats Matt like a dog. He is everything I wish I had in a man. She is always putting him down and acting as though she is better than him. She can't accept him for who he is and thinks her likes and dislikes are ALL that matters. She is vicious and mean and I think she's gonna realize Matt is a very goodloooking man and many women out there would LOVE to have a man like him. Sorry , Amy, you are not too cute and don't deserve a man like him,...Plus you are a SLOB and a horrible home maker...I don't know any husband that would put up with the likes of you. Go Matt and just see how many women would admire you and love to have you!

July 05 2010 at 5:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love this family and I'm glad that Matt is fine. They ARE the all American family and they should be honored with that title. Be well and thank you for letting us be part of your family. Peace

July 05 2010 at 2:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love Little People Big World, it is one of my favorites and I think Amy is the best, sorry Matt.
I love following the family and Matt maybe you could spend more of the money on helping Amy keep the house clean. I get anxiety seeing how cluttered and messy it is.
Thanks Roloff Family for letting us in your world.

July 05 2010 at 12:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Come on.......you don't get anxiety about how messy their house is! If you're talking about when they were remodeling, then, I can understand. That wasn't a permanent thing though.

They have four kids, it's a home, it's suppose to be living in or otherwise it's just a house.

Amy's great! She's a no nonsense woman with a very warm heart and alot of confidence and strength. I admire her. Matt's a good guy too, maybe not as realistic and think responsibility wise when it comes to money, but all in all, I think they're a pretty good family.

They're real people and not fame whores.

July 05 2010 at 3:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love Matt, Amy is lazy and puts too much self importence onto herself..she often forgets it is Matt who brings home the bacon, so keep the family happy and the house clean! And teach Zack how to eat in a restaurant, how to hold a fork, the guy is old enough. When they were overseas they stood out for all the wrong reasons! Shame on Amy for not teaching manners.

July 05 2010 at 12:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

nobody wants to date her, they all want to lay her and she is willing.....especially a big fat black one

July 05 2010 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Love Little People show, and that Matt is going on with his life, Amy should be doing the same I'm sure, she's a smart woman, and she was teaching for a while/or still is, she has a little more time for herself now. I love your home, the way you fixed it up is the way I would have, I like your taste. Good luck.

July 04 2010 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dear Matt. I am certainly glad your issues were not life threatening. That said, I am going to ask you to explore another subject. You have always kept busy with your interests, but your wife Amy has always identified herself as MOM. Now that the kids are growing up, she is beginning to loose that identity as well as her child bearing years and who is she going to be now? As her husband it is your place to recognize this and help her to find her new identity in the future. If you dont step up, I guarantee you someone else will. I thank you for sharing your family with us for these years.

July 03 2010 at 4:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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