After 20 seasons of hot tubbing, bar crawling, bar brawling, and spit swapping, The Real World has finally made its way across the bridge and through the tunnel to Brooklyn, New York. The 456th — er, I mean, 21st — season of the reality show that helped spawn the entire genre begins tonight (10 p.m. EST) on MTV, and you’re probably wondering why this show is even still on the air. Well, The Real World might seem like that senior in college who just can’t graduate, but this season, according to cast member Katelynn, the show is breaking the mold. “We’re not at all like anything that you guys have ever seen before,” she told me during my visit to the house last month. “I think what you’re going to find from our group is that every single one of us is ambitious and driven. We all pursue our own passions and we pursue them vehemently. We’re not your normal vapid, 20-somethings, party-and-get-wasted group.”
We’ll see how true that is as the show unfolds, but until then, we’ve sorted through all the nonsense to bring you a rap sheet onthe roommates (after the jump) and a video tour of their pad, located right on theEast River on the very tip of Red Hook (in other words, it’s pretty much in themiddle of nowhere, as in, it took me over 40 minutes to get there bycab from Manhattan). Press play below for a personal tour of the RW digs by roommates Katelynn and Chet. My mad videographer skills really shine through, so you won’t want to miss it!
And now, meet the eight (yup, they’ve upgraded!) roommates:
Hometown: Salt Lake City — and no, she is not Mormon
While in N.Y., she’ll be pursuing: A professional dancing career
Potential hookups with a roomie:None. “I came into this knowing that that wasn’t something I waslooking for,” she told me. Uh-huh and what about the fact that shechose to bunk with token house hottie Scott? “I am not physicallyattracted to Scott,” she added. “Not even a little bit.”
Potential source of drama that will inevitably erupt during his/her time in the house: Thisgirl seems pretty squeaky clean in the conflict-department. However,her uber-laid-back nature could irk a few of the other high-strungpersonalities. Especially because she says things like, “I have a lotof beatnik in me” and “I am rooted to the earth.”
Fill in the blank, “I am the _____ of Real World 21″: “Baya is the free spirit of Real World21,” Sarah said in response for Baya. “She’s very go-with-the-flow,she’s a good listener, and she’s not very set in her own ideas.”
Hometown: He’s also from Salt Lake City — and he is Mormon
While in N.Y., he’ll be pursuing: TV hosting
Potential hookup with a roomie: “Iwasn’t attracted to the females in the house,” he says. Ah, but whatabout the males? “No,” he insisted with a laugh. “I knew that questionwould soon follow!”
Potential source of drama that will inevitably erupt during his/her time in the house:He’s a Mormon, a conservative Republican, and a virgin. Oh, and did wemention his sexual preferences are often questioned? You do the math.
Fill in the blank, “I am the _____ of Real World 21″: “I’m the Chet of Real World 21 because I’m kind of reinventing a new typecast.”
Hometown: Kansas City
While in N.Y., she’ll be pursuing: Acting, of course. She is a former beauty queen, after all.
Potential hookup with a roomie: Ding ding ding, we’ve got awinner! You’ll see her overtly crushing on Scott in tonight’s episode,and she says the love spell did not end there. “Where Scott and I endup has a twist that no one could’ve predicted, including myself. It’sdefinitely a roller coaster ride. You’ll never guess it.”
Potential source of drama that will inevitably erupt during his/her time in the house: Shecame to Brooklyn as single gal, but a visit by her ex-boyfriend mightprove otherwise. “There has been some confusion as to whether or not Iwas still in that relationship while I was here,” she explains. “I wasnot in one. In his mind we were together, but in reality we were not. Iwas not cheating or being scandalous.” Scott, we’re, uh, guessingthat’s a message meant for you.
Fill in the blank, “I am the _____ of Real World 21″: “I’m the analyst of Real World 21, in that I spent [the] majority of my time analyzing everyone, including myself.”
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
While in N.Y., he’ll be pursuing: He’s a dolphin trainer, butthose gentle sea creatures aren’t exactly populating the waterwayssurrounding NYC. So, instead, J.D. spent a majority of his time doingadvocacy work at the LGBT Community Center.
Potential hookup with a roomie: None, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see him find love (or even lust) outside of the RW casa.
Potential source of drama that will inevitably erupt during his/her time in the house: I’mgoing to go out on a limb here and guess that his homosexuality willstir the pot in some way or another. It always does on this series,doesn’t it?
Fill in the blank, “I am the _____ of Real World 21″: “I’m the Hispanic gay guy from Real World 21.”
Random fact that I just had to throw in: J.D. and I went to the same high school in Orlando. You care, don’t lie.
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Fla.
While in N.Y., she’ll be pursuing: A way to communicate to herroommates (and the world) what it means to have been born a boy, but beliving as a girl. “A big part of the reason why I agreed to be a partof the cast was I wanted to destigmatize the word ‘transgender,'” shesays. “It might be what I am, but it’s not who I am.”
Potential hookup with a roomie: None. She started the show with a boyfriend and still has the same one.
Potential source of drama that will inevitably erupt during his/her time in the house: “The transgender issue does become a hot topic initially, but it moves on so beyond that,” she hints.
Fill in the blank, “I am the _____ of Real World 21″: “I’m the inspirational person of Real World 21. Coming here, I took the time to do a lot of introspection. I’m tough, I’m definitely a spitfire.”
Hometown: Gettysburg, Penn.
While in N.Y., he’ll be pursuing: A career in filmmaking
Potential hookup with a roomie: None. Like Katelynn, he began the show in a relationship, and he says he is still dating the same girl.
Potential source of drama that will inevitably erupt during his/her time in the house: He’s an army vet (his tour in Iraq ended in Sept. 2006) and he’s also from a very small town — two traits that could cause trouble.
Fill in the blank, “I am the _____ of Real World 21”: “I’m the random man from Real World 21. I get involved in a lot of things that are usually spur-of-the-moment. I could probably fit a lot of different roles.”
Hometown: San Francisco
While in N.Y., she’ll be pursuing: Her passion for painting and art therapy
Potential hookup with a roomie: None. During filming, her beau visited twice. “I’m in a very serious relationship,” she gushes. “We’re madly in love.”
Potential source of drama that will inevitably erupt during his/her time in the house: Herstereotypical “punk rock” exterior could give her a bad rep, but sheinsists that wasn’t the case. “People have this idea of girls who arecovered in tattoos, who have black hair,” she says. “They think we’regoing to be this rock-star type who’s going to be dancing on the bar,drinking like crazy, but I am the complete opposite. I’m a campcounselor and I work with kids.”
Fill in the blank, “I am the _____ of Real World 21″: Baya says, “Sarah is the artist of Real World 21. But that’s not just pertaining to her paintings. She’s completely open to hearing another person’s story.”
Hometown: Salem, N.H.
While in N.Y., he’ll be pursuing: Modeling. In fact, the MTV cameras followed him to photoshoots for a yoga clothing line and for Cosmopolitanmagazine. Don’t confuse him with a piece of meat, though. “My biggestthing coming out here, was I wanted to break the stereotype of guys whogo to the gym, models, whatever,” he says. “I want people to say thisguy has a lot more depth and personality.”
Potential hookup with a roomie: Devyn certainly made it seemlike she was going to be shacking up with Scott, but he denies therumor. “We became great friends,” he says. Cough friends cough cough.What was all that stuff she was saying about a twist then? “I don’teven know what the hell you’re talking about.” I smell something fishygoing on.
Potential source of drama that will inevitably erupt during his/her time in the house: [See: “Potential hookup with a roomie.”]
Fill in the blank, “I am the _____ of Real World 21″: “I’m the glue of Real World 21. I got along with the guys and the girls. I found myself being put in the middle a lot.”