In the 2nd to last episode of “The Real World: Hollywood” the cast goes on a trip to Cancun, but should the same rules from Spring Break apply where, “what happens in Cancun stays in Cancun?”
On this week’s episode 11 of The Real World Hollywood Brianna gets her big break when Alex Band of The Calling contacts her to do vocals on his album and then has a music producer agree to record her demo.
This week on The Real World Hollywood two new cast members, Nick & Brittinientered as Greg and Joeyboth recentlydeparted.
After seeing so many Reality TV shows, I thought it’ be nice to show a video that showed the original Reality TV show and what a throw back it was to today’s stuff.
Please let me introduce myself as this is my initial post at Reality TV Magazine. My name is Michael Martin and I work directly with the current and past members of the Real World at the MM Agency. I will be posting recaps and updates on the Real World here as I am privy to insights and informationas a result ofworking with the cast members themselves.
The seventeenth season of the Real World was set in Key West. One of the seven strangers living in the house was named Paula Meronek, but she went by the nickname Paula Walnuts. Currently the twentieth season of Real World set in Hollywood is airing on Wednesday nights starting at 10 PM ET/PT on MTV.
Real World Consultant and Journalist Neal Damiano recently caught up with Paula Walnuts about her experience during Real World Key West. Paula Walnuts granted Neal Damiano an exclusive interview for Reality TV Magazine.
RTVM: How did you get cast for Real World Key West?
Paula: I was living in New Jersey, working a regular job, hating my life. I sent in a tape to casting without telling anyone. Then a year later Bunim/Murray Productions gave me a call and said do you want to start the casting process, then from there started the snowball effect.
RTVM: How did the casting process go for you?
Paula: It started with a 26 page application form, then to several interviews on camera, then they interview your friends and family, then you go to semifinals in LA and eventually to finals.
RTVM: Why do you think you were chosen as one of the seven housemates?
Paula: I think they saw I had just about every issue a girl could have. I think they saw that I was honest with my problems and open to expose them. I think a lot of people try to be something that they are not to get cast and they saw that I was real.
RTVM: When you finally met the roommates was there anyone that you related to instantly?
Paula: It’s such a surreal experience, you have the cameras in your face 24/7. You’re living with six other crazy people. It’s such a weird environment, Svetlana and I instantly gravitated towards each other, Jose was super sweet. I was just so freaked out by the experience, I put up a wall, but I was very honest with my problems so everyone was understanding towards me.
RTVM: Do you think they accurately portrayed your personality or did they dramatize your issues?
Paula: I love Bunim/ Murray, the crazy thing is they made me look better than I actually was. I was a complete nutcase, and they were so caring, offering me therapy and really genuinely wanted to see me in a good place. I was a trainwreck, they were worried and showed a lot of bad stuff, but for the most part they were good to me showing who I was everyday.
RTVM: They showed you having an attraction towards John, was that for real or played up?
Paula: Oh no, I really did seek him out. When I got really drunk, I went after Johnny Bananas for some reason. When I got drunk, I made it really miserable for him. I had this vendetta against guys at the time, he was the typical frat guy, alpha male type to go after. We are actually the closest friends from the house now, we’re really good friends.
RTVM: The environment you’re in with the cameras and living with six people you don’t know, did that add to your stress and issues, at any point did you want to leave?
Paula: Everyone at some point wants to leave because there’s no vice to get yourself out of, you’re constantly thinking about your situation. There is no TV, radio or ipod, it gives you such inner reflection. I had such issues and stress and always felt looked at, but as time went on you forget about the cameras and you own the experience.
RTVM: What was the best part of the whole experience?
Paula: Watching it actually, because in the house I was literally fighting an eating disorder. It’s a weird thing, you don’t know you’re in trouble ’till you actually see it. When I saw myself on TV, I was like wow that’s why everyone is so concerned and that really helped me get past it. I’ve had people write me thanking me for putting it out there with all your issues and being so honest. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything, I learned so much about myself.
After the interview, Paula also mentioned that she was terrified from the hurricane that hit while they were in the house and that it destroyed everything.
Paula’s official MySpace page is located here.
Photo Courtesy: Neal Damiano
Real World Hollywood is the twentieth season of the Real World. The series is currently airing on MTV on Wednesday nights starting at 10 PM ET/PT. There are seven cast members on this season, and one of them is personal trainer and former bodybuilder Joey Kovar from Chicago, Illinois.
Real World expert and journalist Neal Damiano recently caught up with Real World Hollywood cast member Joey Kovar at the Alchemy night club in New Haven, Connecticut (thanks to Robert LaFrance). Joey Kovar granted Neal Damiano an exclusive interview for Reality TV Magazine.
How did you get cast for Real World Hollywood?
Joey Kovar: It’s funny I didn’t even show up to the casting calls in Chicago. They actually sent me an email on MySpace asking me if I ever considered being on the Real World. I said, ‘Yes.’ I had been doing acting for the past year and a half. I thought it would be good exposure, so of all the Real Worlds, Hollywood was the one to be on.
How did the casting process go for you?
Joey Kovar: Basically I can’t really give away too much info on it because I am under contract, but it was a series of intense video taped interviews.
Who did you relate to the most with your roommates?
Joey Kovar: Right off the bat I related with Dave the most. He was really open and a crazy guy at the time. That was me too, always up for going out and having a good time. As the season went on, it was Greg, believe it or not, because he’s like me,doesn’t hold back any punches, tells it like it is, where as some of the other roommates held back when the cameras were around.
Early on they showed an attraction between Brianna and you stirring up, what happened with that?
Joey Kovar: When I first saw her, I was totally attracted because the girls I’m into are mainly exotic and Brianna has that look. She made me feel really good about myself and she made me really happy. But as time went on she started playing games, calling me conceited because I work out. But I work out for myself, and I thought she sort of had a self centered personality towards the end.
How did you deal with the temptation of Hollywood and the clubs and cameras, alcohol constantly around, given your past addiction history?
Joey Kovar: Before I got on the show, I was clean & sober for four months. Then, when I get to the house, we are in a locked down environment with no outside outlets like TV or radio and dealing with six other people you don’t know. You’re in Hollywood with drugs and alcohol constantly there for free. It just chipped away at me, and I gave into it.
What was your main reason for wanting to be on the Real World?
Joey Kovar: Without sounding conceited, I feel I have a strong ability to become something in life. My whole life people have told me you have a special exotic look to you, with a lot of charisma. I thought to myself this is an opportunity to show this to the world. Show my charisma and musical talents, show everything you have to offer.
What was the best part of the whole Real World experience?
Joey Kovar: The best part of being on Real World basically as far as my experience was getting the help I needed. With that said, I’m going to be honest, it was very stressful experience for me with too much temptation. Combined with the stress it was just too much for me to handle at first.
Joey Kovar’s official MySpace page is located here.
Photo Courtesy: Neal Damiano
Well, if you’re rolling out your 20th season, you might as well make it a big deal. The Real World: Hollywood has plenty of big changes for its 20th, premiering Wednesday, April 19th.
For the first time ever, Real World turned to the Internet for some of its casting. Out of 20,000 online applicants, Real World went with “Pretyboy” as their 7th contestant, and are already receiving some negative opinions about him. Also, with exclusive material online, On Demand, and via Virtual Real World, viewers who can’t get enough of Real World no longer have to–it’ll be at your fingertips 24/7.
In addition to going tech on us, for the first time ever, the Real World house is an enviro-friendly house, filled with eco-friendly items and lifestyle choices. And another first: one-hour episodes for 13 weeks only!
In this 20th season of Real World, rather than focus on one group job, each of the contestants will be following their Hollywood dreams, which span from singer to journalist to music producer. The group will form a traveling comedy improv troupe, taking lessons at 10 West.
“Now in its banner twentieth season,” says Tony DiSanto, MTV’s Executive VP for Series Programming and Development. “‘The Real World: Hollywood’ will continue the franchise’s tradition of illuminating and reflecting issues important to our audience by utilizing the series’ ability to construct and execute the real-life narrative art form it has made famous.”
The Real World: Hollywood premieres on Wednesday, April 16th at 10:00 PM (ET) on MTV.
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Officially titled “The Real World Awards Bash: Roast ‘Em and Toast ‘Em,” the special will bring together the roommates of all past seasons to relive hilarious and dramatic Real World moments. More than just an awards show, the special will also be a “roast,” where roommates past and present will be hilariously called on the carpet for hi-jinks and mishaps.
Not all about fun and games, however, the special will also call to attention the many socially-important causes Real World has brought to America’s attention through the show, including AIDS, abortion, racism, homophobia, addiction, and eating disorders. It will also spend some time honoring fallen Real World roommates, Pedro Zamora, of Real World: San Francisco, who died of AIDS; and Real World: San Diego’s, Frankie Abernathy, who lost her battle to cystic fibrosis.
From today through February 29, fans can log on at realworldawards.mtv.com and cast their votes for the winners of various awards, including “Best Meltdown,” “Best Fight,” “Hottest Male,” “Hottest Female,” “Favorite Love Story,” and “Favorite Season,” among others.
Real World, which launched in 1992, is the longest-running series in reality TV history. Past seasons have taken place in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Miami, Boston, Seattle, Hawaii, New Orleans, Chicago, Las Vegas, Paris, San Diego, Philadelphia, Austin, Key West, Denver and Sydney. The landmark 20th season, “The Real World: Hollywood,”will premiere right after the awards show.
Catch Real World Awards Bash: Roast ‘Em and Toast ‘Em on Saturday, March 29 on MTV, followed by the season premiere of Real World: Hollywood.
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Real World/Road Rules Challenge Inferno 3: Good Guys vs. Bad Asses premieres on MTV on April 10th at 10pm ET/PT. The competitions intensify as
20 legendary veterans of MTV’s Fresh Meat Challenge, The Real World and
Road Rules are divided into two teams: The Good Guys and The Bad
Asses. The two teams kick things up with the spectacular scenery and
wild terrain of Capetown South Africa as the backdrop for some of the
most extreme challenges ever, including pairs tethered together and
unraveling themselves on a thin beam suspended a 1,000 feet over the
cliffs, battering rams crashing through fortress doors, entire teams
using their own bodies to untangle a human braid, deep sea fishing -
but instead of fish, it’s a member of the opposite team struggling to
stop themselves from being reeled in!