Katherine Schwarzenegger talked about the difficulty of being forced into the media spotlight when it was revealed her dad fathered a child with another woman.
She fled to London after her parents separated, in part to escape a storm of unwanted attention, saying she wanted to "go away and realize that it's not as big a deal in other places."
The 21-year-old told the magazine she thought about changing her name, but not because of the scandal.
"I thought of changing it because, especially for dating, it's impossible. When I got to college, people - much more guys than girls because girls don't give a crap about bodybuilding - were coming up to me, and it would automatically jump to a conversation about my dad and weight lifting or how to do a proper bicep curl," she said. "It's like, 'Do you want to date my father, or do you want to date me?'"
Katherine Schwarzenegger never mentioned her now-teenaged half-brother in the interview.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.