Big Brother 11's Jeff and Jordan: 'We are dating'
In anticipation of their Oct. 27 appearance on The Bold and The Beautiful (they’ll co-star opposite Jennifer Gareis’ Donna and Aaron D. Spears’ Justin in flashback scenes of an ’80s high school dance) Big Brother 11 winner Jordan Lloyd – together with America’s Favorite Player Jeff Schroeder – talked to EW about acting for daytime, spending their winnings, and (finally!) becoming a couple.
Have you watched episodes of Big Brother 11 yet?
Jeff I’ve watched a couple clips here and there, but I haven’t watched a whole episode yet.
Jordan I watched them the other night. I was bored and I couldn’t sleep so I was on YouTube. I was kinda cringing. Natalie surprised me the most. All the lies she said … I guess I was just being naïve, believing her. Kevin was funny in the diary room. I loved some of the stuff he said like ‘biz natch.’
Have you spent your winnings yet?
Jordan I have. I just closed on a townhouse yesterday so I’m at the new place right now. It’s for me, my mom and my brother – it’s three bedrooms and two baths. I moved out of the Matthews toward Waxhaw (North Carolina). I haven’t gone back to work yet because there’s been a lot of stuff going on. If nothing happens out of this, I’ll probably start back the first of the year. I was a waitress and I was working as a receptionist at a hair salon.
Jeff I just took my car in for oil change. I haven’t splurged.
What was it like doing The Bold and the Beautiful?
Jordan When CBS told us about it, I was so scared because I had never acted before. When I found out I just had a little bit of lines …I was still freaking out. I had one sentence but I studied it for three hours. Jeff was making fun of me about it. I play Donna’s best friend.
Jeff I don’t know who I am.
Jordan He’s just like the announcer. You know when you go to prom and there’s a DJ guy who normally announces the prom king and queen? It’s an ’80s flashback.
Jeff We’re not together in the show. We could be. We could make up some characters. We just had one line each and we did it in one afternoon. They did hair and makeup. Jordan’s hair was out of control and I looked like a pirate. It was fun, though.
Fans want to see you as a team on The Amazing Race. Any overtures from the AR people?
Jeff No overtures, just a couple of songs (laughs). I don’t think me and Jordan would be opposed to that but no offers yet.
Do you want to do more work in front of the camera?
Jeff I definitely do. Hopefully this opened a couple of doors and I can keep it rolling. My niche would be hosting so I can be myself and crack jokes. I don’t know how great of an actor I am – to get up with big actors, I might ruin the scene.
Jordan At first I didn’t want to, but then we did Bold and being in Los Angeles, I kinda wanted to. I don’t know if I’d be good at it, but then I never thought I’d win Big Brother. So why not try it? If that doesn’t work out, I always wanted to be a dental hygienist.
Are you guys officially dating now?
Jeff Go ahead, Jordan.
Jordan Why do you always make me do it?
Jeff Because you love it!
Jordan We are. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other, though. Right after the show, we’d only go about four days before seeing each other. I went to Chicago to meet his family. He has a huge family.
Once you got out of the BB house, did you discover how popular you were with fans?
Jordan We always said on the show that nobody was watching it and how it was the worst. Now, it’s weird. People notice us when we’re together more than when we are by ourselves. I took Jeff shopping at the mall and the guy helping was was like, ‘the lady next to you is freaking out, she loves y’all.’ I was like, ‘Really?’
Jeff I just started Twittering and people are like, ‘Why aren’t you answering people?’ I have 15,000 fans! How am I gonna answer all these people? It’s kinda overwhelming … you can’t make everybody happy all of the time. But I appreciate all the positive feedback. I think we’re winding down. Our 15 minutes is about up.
Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS
Julie Chen hosts as the houseguests battle it out.