Jason Isaacs has played some outspoken characters before, but nothing like his current role on the YouTube drama Kendra. But it’s not what you think. In this eight-episode series, Isaacs plays Jeff, a patient who unknowingly reveals to his wife Macy (Kate Beahan) some very cringe-worthy news while he’s still out of it following a procedure. The WIGS show also stars Sarah Jones, who leads the audience through the “twilight room,” a space that leaves behind more questions than answers.
During my chat with Isaacs, he detailed on why YouTube is such a great platform these days to do a project, and what he thinks about his character. Plus, does something seem a bit familiar? Yep, he compares and contrasts Kendra to his prior work on the NBC hit Awake that got cancelled way too soon.
WIGS has been doing fantastic transitioning projects onto YouTube.
JASON ISAACS: WIGS is I believe the No. 1 scripted drama on YouTube. Personally I’m a little bit of a geek, so I was on the inside of the World Wide Web in the beginning. I’ve always kind of been in the forefront watching everything that has been going on. I felt for a long time that YouTube is where young people—I mean much younger than me—was where they were really spending their time for entertainment. And its not because they are young and have shorter attention spans, it’s because most human beings really can’t concentrate on things longer than 10 minutes. That’s the ideal amount of time, and it seems to be the ideal amount of time to see drama. Although it’s all cutting-edge, it’s futuristic in a sense, or it is the future.
What has it been like working on the 8-episode drama Kendra?
I grabbed at this one, and I hope there will be more of them. I do think you get to tell stories in a much more human and subtle way and in just the right amount of chunks. There’s something about that length of time that’s just perfect. It’s not too long and it’s not too bite size. Just enough time to sit down and connect emotionally with something.
Is that the main reason why you wanted to jump on as Jeff?
Well, I wanted to play anything, really. I’ve watched all of their series and I found them all completely addictive. If I see a new episode I’ll watch one. I had a couple of operations—because I’m an idiot and try to do as many stunts as I can—and I’m constantly being stitched together and patched up—and so I’ve had a couple procedures in the past few years and both times when I’ve come around my wife has been there. She told me we had a full on conversation with hours and I was completely lost and gone. Not like I have any deep dark secrets, but of course if I had, I don’t know what I’d do! I was curious about this because people are completely uninhibited. First of all it’s very sensual, but they also say things that they would never say. And sometimes there’s a reason for all of that. And so, with most acting, or what I think anyway, screen acting is about hiding things and hiding what you really feel and saying one thing and meaning another. This is the opposite for me, so I thought it was a fun challenge to be someone who had literally no filter. Just said something even though the consequences could be terrible for his marriage or any other situation.
As a huge fan of Awake, this series reminded me of it. It portrays isolation and what’s reality almost. Did it remind you of it too?
Yeah! I did feel that, actually! It was the first thing I did when we wrapped Awake. I wrapped Awake, I did this, and then I went away and did a few Indie films in London. But this felt in similar terms of storytelling—for the audience it’s having to work out what’s true and what isn’t. So there’s that element to it. But what it didn’t have, and what episodes of Kendra does have, is a procedure going on. What you’re freed from while filming something with 7-minute chunks is a need to have a case or a bad guy or any of those things. You can just have chunks of humanity that are engaging and are surprising.
Nothing like a little CT and Johnny Bananas flashback during an arena on MTV’s Battle of the Seasons. Before Jasmine and CJ’s shocking departure after heading up against Team San Diego’s Zach and Sam, CJ basically knocked Zach down in the first few matches, basically reminding all fans of that fatefull day when Johnny got owned. But during my recent chat with Jasmine about her stay in Turkey, we also discussed her favorite Challenge couple of all-time, and how other teams would have rather seen Jonna go into the arena.
What were your thoughts coming back to the Challenge knowing that you’d be working with Cancun?
JASMINE REYNAUD: Knowing that I would be working with my original cast, I was really excited about it! I mean they know me better than anybody. I think half the time they know me better than I know myself! So I was really excited to work with them and it was the right group of people I needed to work with! I knew we had a really great chance of going far in this game.
How would you break down this huge alliance? It’s portrayed a lot that Zach, Frank, and CJ led it.
I definitely think that Zach, Frank, and CJ are definitely the voices of the alliance, but they don’t make all of the decisions and all of the calls. We definitely would have a lot of alliance meetings on our room because we all shared a room together. So all of our alliance was in one room. We would always know – definitely discuss everything. They just definitely brought up some good points. They always discussed every decision that was made, and whoever led the Power Team, it was always their choice.
Who was your biggest threat?
We definitely knew that San Diego was going to be a really big threat. We also knew Vegas was too, because, I mean, Alton just beats every competitor. He can do just about anything, he’s not afraid of anything, and is just a natural-born leader. And, I mean, you have two really strong guys like that…San Diego was our friend. We never wanted to go against San Diego at any point in this game. We always felt more comfortable against Vegas.
What was one of your favorite memories while in Turkey?
I guess I would have to say that my favorite moment from being in Turkey was—our house is really huge and really out there, and we had this upstairs bar-like area, sitting room with pillows and all kinds of stuff. That’s where we’d all go and sit, and have fun, and drink, and play all kinds of games.
It seems like a great place for all that downtime you have.
We have a lot of downtime. That’s why there is a lot of strategy talk, and drama, and drinking. There’s a lot of downtime between games and eliminations. It seems so short to you guys, but for us it’s so long to be out there. There’s a lot more downtime than there is playing games.
All that time definitely would help with bringing out drama and even hookups. Did any situation ever surprise you during your stay?
I was definitely surprised by Devyn and Big Easy hooking up. I – that came out of nowhere! I kind of heard rumors around the house that they were hanging out and seeing each other, and I happened to be in the lounge and I saw them over on the other side all up under a pillow. I was like, ‘did I drink too much wine? Am I seeing what I’m seeing right now?’ It was definitely a shocker! Because Devyn’s a beauty queen, a pageant girl, and Big Easy’s like…Big Easy! It was definitely different but I was all for it. It was definitely a shocker! I didn’t see that one happening at all.
These Challenges always leave behind memorable hookups! As a huge fan of these games yourself, who would you consider your favorite couple of all-time?
Oh man, that is suuuuuch a hard one! I’d probably have to say CT and Diem! They were definitely my favorite. I think when they were doing – I think when they were in the Dual they had to be in a pit of blood and be blindfolded and catch these big balls and stuff, and Diem didn’t want to take off her wig. She was so afraid of it, and she finally did…I think that was my favorite thing, just watching those two. And they’re both individually just two really great people, and I love them both. Especially Diem. I just love her. She’s just so cool and I just love her to death.
Diem and CT are definitely my favorite! Now, we have to talk about this food competition. Is that the grossest game you’ve ever done?
That was the grossest thing I have ever had to do in my life! I’m from the backwoods of Texas, my dad’s from the backwoods of Louisiana, I’ve eaten some weird things in my life, but that was by far the worst food I have ever eaten in my life! When we were filming, I asked one of the PAs who’s from Turkey, and she said that’s a delicacy in their country. They eat stuff like that. I said that’s so gross! They enjoy it and we hate it. We are literally gagging at it. It was the worst thing ever. I never want to do it again!
And how was it going up against Zach and Sam in the arena?
Going into the arena, it was definitely hard. A lot of people were not happy to see CJ and I go in at all. Especially a lot of the girls were not happy to see me go in whatsoever. Before I went to the arena Devyn pulled me to the side to the bathroom and said, ‘Hey look, I don’t think you need to go into the arena. Just say you won’t go because Brooklyn has your back, and we’ll vote Jonna in for you. You don’t need to vote.’ And a few minutes later, Sarah comes into the kitchen and tells me the exact same thing. ‘Don’t vote. We’ll vote for you. It’s okay, we have your back.’ I was really toying with that, and I could’ve just not said anything about Brooklyn’s vote, but I’m a woman of my word. I have to do this for my team. I knew that if I didn’t vote myself in than I would be doing it for the other teams, and the other team isn’t going to win my team’s fight. My team is going to win our fight. So I needed to step up and do this.
Jonna clearly wasn’t thrilled on going in. Was there more of a discussion about the decision than what viewers got to see?
We had this discussion in the very beginning when we first got to Turkey, and we were talking about what the games were like – you know, the physical, mental, strategy, endurance – who would do what. Jonna said she would do physical and I said, ‘I’m not the greatest at any of these games. I’ll do it, but I don’t see physical as one I think I should do.’ And Jonna was like, ‘Of course! I wouldn’t let you do that. I’m bigger than you are. That would be my game to go into.’ And so that was always the plan that Jonna would do physical and strategy, and I would do mental and endurance. That was always what we had discussed. And then once we thought we were going into the arena – we actually had two days before the arena—and we went back and forth about this is going to play, and Jonna didn’t want to go in…[Later on] she comes to talk, ‘Okay, well, if we have to go down in a two-player team, who are the better people to go down in this game, and win the money, and then we can split the money later on in the long run? It came down to the fact that they thought it would be best if I go in no matter what. I was like, ‘You know what, that’s how my team feels, I’ll go in, I’ll do this for the team, I’m not afraid of elimination. Anything can happen, you know?’
Well, you gave a great fight. But let’s be serious, did that CJ and Zach match not remind you of when CT basically owned Johnny Bananas?
It definitely brought back memories from that! I mean this was the elimination of all eliminations. A lot of the morning crew and stuff they came to watch the arena. They wanted to see this! It was the main event. Everybody wanted to see this! I mean I knew this was going to be a really good elimination, two football players going against each other.
It looked like you were about to win, too. It was just really intense.
It was really intense! Once the coin toss was done – I was so confused about the coin toss! I was like, ‘Pleasedon’t let me go in! Please don’t let me go in! Let me see what I can do – no, let’s not.’ So, I was really glad when the guys went again, and I told CJ, ‘He knows you’re gonna go low. You’re not gonna go head-to-head with someone this way. It’s gonna come down to it.’ CJ did so great. He worked so hard! I’m so proud of him. He literally had a whole team on his back, and he was so close. He almost won, but hey, things happen.
Are you up for another Challenge?
I don’t think so. I’m done. I’m done. I think I kind of want to take a break. I want to retire. I’ve had a great time doing it, I always said that I would either do three or win one. I haven’t won, but I don’t have the energy anymore to do these. I’m starting to maybe think that maybe I’m not built to ever really win a Challenge, because I’ve never won one! I can never do it. So, I don’t know…I’m going to say I don’t know, but if they called me right now and said, ‘Hey, pack your bags, you’re going to do another Challenge,’ I would say no. I don’t know. People take breaks from these things and then come back. We’ll see what happens!
Do you get a sense other people set a time limit on how many Challenges they’ll do too?
Oh, yeah! When you’re in that house you threaten to quit. You threaten to leave all the time. I was just talking to Marie from St. Thomas just last week, and she was like, ‘I’m never doing another Challenge again, I am done!’ Frank told me two months ago that he’s done, but now he’s really not. The day gets so tiring. Physically, emotionally, it is so draining. And you have to prepare yourself to be in that crazy challenge bubble. And when we come back from these things it’s really stressful. I tell my friends and family, ‘don’t talk to me for two days. I just lost. I’m on a rampage. I will bite your head off. I will bite your head off over the last apple because that’s how I am right now. I need a break.’
That’s too funny. If this really is your last Challenge, what will you miss most?
If this does happen to be my last Challenge, I will miss the first day in the house. I love the first night in the house, it’s so much fun. Everyone’s drinking and having fun and playing games, and we’re like, ‘We think he’s cute.’ We like everyone in the beginning.
James Bond, some men in thongs, and a college acapella group that actually turned out to be hilarious and unforgettable. There’s been a ton of films to hit theaters this year, but only a few have left us ending up at the local store to pick up the DVD on release day instead of just catching it on Netflix later down the road. Some of the best of the year include long-awaited endingd to an epic series, book adaptations, and a reboot of a famous television show. Though not every film could make it on the list, honorable mentions go to Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, Wreck-It Ralph, Chronicle, and Les Miserables, which already has a ton of Oscar buzz.
Check out our top 10 film choices of the year, and let us know below what movies would have made it to your list!
9. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 2
8. Magic Mike
7. Perks of Being a Walflower
6. 21 Jump Street
5. Pitch Perfect
4. The Avengers
3. The Hunger Games
1. The Dark Knight Rises
What’s better than getting a teddy bear this holiday season? Receiving the Blu-ray of a cursing and smoking teddy bear that just so happens to hang out with actors like Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. Seth MacFarlane’s hit of a talking bear Ted made him a household name (if he wasn’t already) this year. After creating hits like Family Guy, hosting Saturday Night Live, and being announced as the next host for the 2013 Oscars, the actor and comedian has shown that he can do just about anything. Just in time for the release ofTed, I got the chance to chat with Jessica Barth, who had the hilarious opportunity to play the girlfriend of a stuffed animal.
Playing Tami-Lynn, Barth dishes to me about why Wahlberg’s rapper past probably helped him out in a certain scene, and why she and MacFarlane got pretty embarrassed on set one day. Plus, stay tuned you Tedlovers. Looks like a sequel is on the way!
You’ve worked on Family Guy before with Seth MacFarlane. Is that how you your relationship with him began? How you were introduced to the role of Tami-Lynn?
JESSICA BARTH: It did! My relationship started there and I got to ready an early version of the script and I read Tami-Lynn and I really, really wanted to play her. At first I don’t think he thought of me as her. I had to convince him. It was a process for me getting this part. I had to work with him just to make sure. He said, ‘your acting is perfect. We just need you to work on the dialect and make sure you are 100%.’ So I worked my ass off! [Laughs] And I got it!
Ted is just hilarious. What was it like filming with Seth and a teddy bear?
It was so interesting! [Laughs] It was real interesting. Seth is awesome. I love and adore him. He’s a perfectionist. He knows exactly what he wants so I think that provides a really calm and fun atmosphere, but he allows us to improv and kind of do our own thing. And at the same time bringing us back where we needed to be. As far as filming with a teddy bear, I loved it! It was such a cool experience. We rehearsed with a stuffed animal and then after we would take the stuffed animal out and there would be nothing there. But Seth was giving us lines off camera. He was 100% in character so that made it so much easier.
As far as the physicality, [laughs] that was a little challenging with the sex scene and make out scene I had. Like, where do I put my tongue here and where do I put my mouth? That was a little challenging. And then the grocery scene Seth was just standing there and he was like, ‘Okay, so now he’s doing this…’ And then I had to react. It was just a lot of fun. That was a lot of firsts for me!
Sounds like such unique experience for an actor! What was it like working with Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis?
It couldn’t have been any better, really. And Mark Wahlberg is a doll. I have a huge, huge crush on him that I told him. [Laughs] He was just awesome. He’s so nice and so down to earth, yet he’s this huge movie star. He’s there 100% to give you whatever you need in a scene. He was great. And Mila, she’s so funny. It was interesting because her personality is so big, and the dinner scene we had to make sure that she was more modest and I was the more vulgar one. It was fun! We had a really fun interaction.
Your character name Tami-Lynn is very memorable alone just because of the scene where Wahlberg’s character John had to rattle off all these names to Ted. Did a lot of bloopers happen?
Yeah, and I think it helps that Mark used to be a rapper! So, I think that helped him out a lot in that scene. They did do it quite a bit.
What was your favorite moment on set?
Yeah, it was amazing. I just wanted to pinch myself. It was just so fun working with these amazing people. I think the most interesting was probably the sex scene that we filmed in the back of the grocery store because literally—I’m friends with Seth so he was telling me like, ‘Okay, now just sort of lie down a little bit more, and do it more rhythmically.’ He was dying! And then when we had to do the sound effects together we had to do sex sounds and we were both purple! It was hysterical to shoot that with your friend!
Seth is so busy these days. He’s hosted Saturday Night Live and is now getting ready for the Oscars. Do you think there will be a Ted sequel?
Yeah, it hasn’t been announced, but I have been told it will return. I’m pretty sure that there will be! Fingers crossed. I’m pretty sure that there will be, but it hasn’t been announced for sure. Maybe Tami-Lynn and Ted will have a bunch of babies!
Without a doubt, Parenthood will leave you in tears just about every Tuesday night. (Who are we kidding?Every Tuesday.) It also never disappoints with the incredibly talented acting and relationships. Just like every other season, the fourth has shown fantastic storylines as well. This is evident when viewers experience Adam and Kristina Braverman’s hardship with Kristina’s battle with breast cancer and now chemotherapy week after week. Peter Krause and Monica Potter have blown us away with this new challenge, but would showrunners go as far as killing Kristina off? Next week’s promo for “What to My Wondering Eyes” shows that Kristina’s health has taken a turn for the worse.
First off, hopefully this doesn’t happen, and it would be pretty shocking if it did, but, what Parenthood has done so well over the past four years is keeping the NBC hit realistic. Looking at the all the Braverman families, there would definitely be a huge gap if Kristina’s character were to ever be written off. To top it off, Monica Potter is Emmy-worthy. But at the same time, it would be a shocking and gutsy move that would show just how dedicated and daring the writers are. And as we know, they are currently some of the best in television.
Check out the preview for next week’s “What to My Wondering Eyes” below:
The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons was made up of a huge alliance this year, but one team that didn’t care to follow suit just so happened to be one of our favorites. Team Las Vegas brought a lot of drama this season, and not just with the rest of the house. During a recent chat with Nany, she revealed a ton of reasons why the relationship went sour, and how she was actually friends with Frank before the games began.
What fans probably love most about Nany is not just how outspoken she is, but how she won’t let anyone bring her down. Though she explained to me that the house was filled with cliques and she basically just stood by Dustin’s side during her last two weeks, she’ll be back. Come on now, there is money on the line here.
Plus, do you really think Nany is still friends with Trishelle after that arena? Not a chance. Nany explains what she was really feeling when Trishelle didn’t volunteer, how Trishelle lied in a prior game, and what people said about Alton’s performance as the two headed home after elimination.
Your team dynamic was very different than the rest. What was it like working with Tristan and Alton from the other Vegas season?
NANY GONZALEZ: Well, the thing is that I had never seen the first Real World: Vegas. As far as competition goes, I had heard that Alton was a great competitor. He did awesome at challenges, so I was pretty happy that I was put with him. And as far as Trishelle goes, I looked at it almost like Trishelle was really down to earth, really cool. We got along well and we were both on the same understanding that we were there to win. So, I can’t really expect anything else from a partner other than wanting to win just as much as I do. So, I mean, all in all, I wasn’t upset with it. I really wasn’t. I think it would have been better if I had been there with two people from my season as contestants, but you have to work with what you’re dealt with and that’s really what it was.
If you could choose two people from your season to replace Alton and Trishelle, who would it be?
I would definitely choose Leroy and Heather [Cooke] from my season. Leroy’s a great competitor and Cooke is awesome too, and I think the four of us would have worked really well together.
A lot of the time it definitely seemed like it was Vegas Vs. San Diego. What team was your biggest threat, and who were you closest to?
At the beginning, honestly, what they didn’t show was that the first week we were there Trishelle and Zach we were kind of like – I don’t want to say hooking up because they probably made out, like, twice – they were having fun together. And then, on top of that, Frank and I went into the Challenge pretty good friends. I had never met Frank before, but I had seen his season of Real World, and we had talked all the time, but we had never met. So, you know, when we found out we were both going on The Challenge together, he had told me, ‘You know what, I’ll have your back, you have my back, and we’ll be good.’ I was like, ‘That’s fine.’ And we go into The Challenge and like I said, Vegas was probably closest to San Diego from day one, but of course that all changed. I would have to say our biggest competition was probably San Diego.
What was that exact moment when your team started to break away from the huge alliance?
What happened was our alliance was Vegas, Cancun, San Diego, New Orleans, and St. Thomas. Why five teams are going to align is ridiculous. Like, that is the most bizarre crap I’ve ever heard. Like, five teams? There were eight teams total! It just makes no sense. So, whatever! So, five teams in the alliance, and what I think what really happened was it started with the whole Alton situation with Vegas when we won Power Team. Me and Trishelle wanted to stick with our alliance, and go with Cancun, and they were like, ‘Hey guys, we’re going with Brooklyn.’ And because Alton was dating Sarah, and Brooklyn was on a different alliance, once Alton started throwing a fit, that’s when San Diego was looking at us like, ‘Okay, what’s going on, guys? We feel like we can’t trust you.’ So, what happened with San Diego now was me and Trishelle were like, ‘No. We’re speaking for the alliance. We didn’t want that to happen. So that’s really what happened with them questioning our loyalty to them, and from then it stepped into the whole night throwing my suitcase into the pool, and all of that crap. So once they did that I was kind of like, ‘Eh, whatever.’
And then what really threw it away, is when Cancun sat down with St. Thomas, and they were like, ‘Alright, we’re going to throw you guys into elimination, blah blah blah.’ And at that point, I was looking at them like, ‘Okay, so you guys get mad at us for almost throwing in a team that’s part of our alliance, but now that you’re Power Team, you want to throw in somebody from our alliance, and you don’t care what anybody else says.’ So, at that point I was looking at them like, ‘you guys are a bunch of cowards. You are liars. I don’t trust any of you.’ I was so turned off and I was just like, ‘At this point I’m just gonna do what I have to do. This whole alliance thing is crap because at the end of the day, we’re just gonna go against each other anyway.’ So, there were a lot of factors that led to why that alliance broke up, but, for the most part, those three things were definitely the main reasons.
There’s so much drama in that alliance. Would you say that last fight between you, Frank, Marie, Dustin, and basically everyone in the house was the biggest all season?
[Laughs] Oh, God, yeah. Seriously, that fight went on for three hours or something. It didn’t go on for three hours, but it felt like three hours. I would say that fight went on for one hour, tops. I mean, an hour-long fight? That’s pretty crazy. What I want people to know is that fight started – yes, it started between Derek and me. If that fight – that argument – would have stayed between Derek and me none of that would have happened. But because Frank always has to chime in, Frank always has to jump in, and get involved in everything; Frank is the reason why everything got screwed up. Because if it wasn’t for him, honestly, mine and Derek’s argument would have lasted probably 10 minutes, and then we would have gone about our night. You know what I mean? It would have never escalated the way it did. But because Frank got involved, and he started getting in my face and I just wasn’t having it, that’s really, really, really what set the whole thing off. That was acrazy night. That was definitely the biggest fight in Turkey.
What’s the aftermath been like? Are you friends with any of them now?
It’s pretty funny because on The Challenge it would really get to me when I would see people and hear people be like, ‘Oh yeah, me and so-and-so are friends,’ and then two minutes later, I would hear that person talking crap about that person, and I’d be like, ‘Really? If that’s your friend, why are you the first person to talk crap about them when they’re not around?’ So, honestly to me, I’m not even gonna bullshit you, I look at a lot of those challengers like very fake people, and I wouldn’t consider any of them a friend. Are they somebody that I did the same TV show with? Absolutely. But I would never, ever, ever consider any of them my friends besides Dustin and besides Marie. That’s it. Anybody else, I feel like they wouldn’t care if I were freaking dying on the street, homeless. A lot of them are just really selfish people. And hey, come on, you can’t really blame them I guess because you are in a game atmosphere and it’s a challenge and when money’s involved, people become greedy, and they become ruthless, and that’s just really how it is.
Speaking of friendships though, Dustin really had your back.
He was so mad when Trishelle didn’t volunteer, and it was hilarious seeing Alton elbowing her to go in. What was going through your head?
Oh, God. So, basically what they don’t show is that the night that Frank and I got into it was obviously the night before elimination. So, when that was happening, Frank was screaming at Trishelle: ‘Trishelle, don’t put yourself in! We’ll send Nany in! We’ll let San Diego decide, and we’ll put Nany in.’ So, I don’t know if Frank or Trishelle knew that they had said that, but I did. I hear everything. So I kept that in the back of my head. And then the next day when Trishelle and I were talking about the elimination that night she was being really, really, really sketchy, being really weird to me, wasn’t really giving me a straight answer to whether or not she was going in. Like I said, I had that in the back of my head, and I kept thinking about that if this girl really lets San Diego decide, they’re putting me in no matter what. So, when we went to elimination and she just stood there I was disgusted. I really was. I know that I went into the arena with a smile on, like everything was all rainbows and butterflies, but in my head, I was pissed. I was so mad because we had agreed in the first arena that Dustin and I volunteered. We didn’t make a fuss about it at all. As soon as we got voted into the arena we were like, ‘Okay, we’re the rookies here on the team. We’ll go in.’ And Trishelle and Alton were like, ‘oh, that’s good. Thanks guys. The next arena, we got it, no matter what.’ And I’m like, ‘Cool.’ So, this whole arena should have been Alton and Trishelle. That’s what we planned on, but in a game like this people change their minds last minute, and that’s really the name of the game. I was just standing there and I was waiting for her to just say something, and I knew that she wasn’t going to, and I was not letting San Diego put me in. I was not! Seriously, if I was going to go home by losing, I was going to go in on my own terms. I was not going to let somebody throw me in, and then watch me lose, and then get the satisfaction of watching you walk out of the arena. It was not happening.
That’s crazy. It must have been so frustrating not having any other option.
Absolutely. At that point, I did not have an option. I have a lot of mixed feelings when it comes to Trishelle now because she made it seem like she really did have my back. She would tell me all the time, ‘Oh, Nany, you are like a little sister to me, blah blah blah blah blah.’ And honestly, I had Trishelle’s back no matter what in that game. No matter what, I was there for her. I remember the first week we were there she was depressed. She literally did not leave her bed for the first few days. She’s like, ‘Nany, I’m 32 years old. All you guys are 21 years old. All you guys want to do is party, and that’s not who I am anymore. I feel so uncomfortable.’ Basically, she had a really rough time, because she had another challenge before, but now it’s with a bunch of kids. So she had a really rough time. So, I made it a point to pull her to the side to talk to her and be like, ‘Listen, I don’t want you to have these feelings right now, because these feelings are going to affect how you perform in a challenge, and we’re a team.’ So, I was there for her a lot of the time. You know, just watching this season, everything was about strategy with Trishelle. Everything. Everything was a game with her. And I guess that’s what pisses me off when I watch it. That it was never really anything genuine with her. It was strategic. It was all a game. And I mean, it’s whatever, you know? That’s what I mean when I say that you can’t count on any of these people as your friends, because in a game like that you have no friends. People screw each other over left and right.
Also, one last thing as to why I have that experience with Trishelle. I’ve listened to some podcasts that she’s done since the show has aired, and the trivia challenge – where Trishelle went to the hospital for dehydration or whatever. She admits in the podcast that she wasn’t dehydrated. She didn’t want to fall into the water, so she faked it and went to the hospital.
Yeah! And it pissed me off because you should’ve just heard the way she was talking about it! She was laughing! She was like, ‘Yeah! Screw them! I’m not going in! Blah blah blah blah blah.’ And then whoever interviewed her was like, ‘Well, what would you have done if Nany didn’t save your team from elimination and you did go straight into the arena? What would you have done? Would you have volunteered yourself?’ And she was like, ‘Um, I would have argued my way out of that. There was no way I was going into any arena.’ And I was just thinking to myself, ‘You are just a shitty person!’ I don’t know. It’s whatever. Like I said, I thought on the Challenge she and I were pretty close, but as of now, I’m looking at her and the rest of them just like people I did a TV show with; nothing more than that.
Alton wasn’t one for drama, and people definitely thought he just wanted to go home at times. Do you think he tried the best he could in the arena?
Yeah. Well, you know what, and that’s the thing too, I didn’t know. After I got sent home and everything, you kind of sit back and you just think about everything. And for me, I just knew that Alton was ready to go home. I knew he was. So, I didn’t know if he threw it or not but because I’m not paying attention to him. I’m doing my own thing. I’m trying to get as many balls over as possible. [But] people who were watching the other challengers told me afterwards, ‘Nany, he totally threw that. He wasn’t trying at all.’ But you know, I don’t know. I don’t know to this day if he really threw it.
That’s such a bummer. Were there any good memories you’ll take away from Turkey at least?
My favorite moments I guess would be everybody just hanging out. Can I be honest with you? I mean there were fun times, but I’m gonna be honest, there was a fight every single day. These alliances in that house – it was literally like high school all over again. These alliances were cliques. And if you’re not on the same alliance, you do not talk to the other team. That’s how it was. It’s not like a team atmosphere…and once theChallenge is over everybody can get together. It was not like that. It was literally cliques. If you weren’t in that alliance, you didn’t hang out with them. It was just so weird. The best times would probably be the first two weeks we were there. Everybody was cool. Everybody was fun. Honestly, I’m not gonna lie, the last two weeks I was there I stayed in that room with Dustin. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner in that room, just him and me. We didn’t really talk to anybody because after San Diego started attacking us every single day we were fed up with it. We didn’t want to do anything with anybody. We literally just stayed in our room.
Would you ever be up for another Challenge then?
Oh! See, that’s the thing. I know I went through a lot of drama on this challenge, and I kind of had a rough time, but I would definitely do another challenge. I love competing. I grew up playing sports. I grew up a competitive athlete, and that is just what I like to do. So, if I have to go in and deal with a bunch of drama to deal with something that I love, and it’s competing, then I’ll do it! And you know how much money’s on the line? I definitely want to go into this next challenge, and I want to win.