Real World: Where Are They Now?

March 21, 2011
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They don’t make ’em like they used to! As MTV’s The Real World kicks off its 25th season, it’s fair to say that these last few casts just don’t have the caliber of some of the originals. So, speaking of our past favorites… where are they now?

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Way back in 1992 an unsuspecting seven people were tossed in a house and filmed for 5 months. What MTV got was reality gold, because let’s face it, no one can put on a happy face when cooped up with that bunch of crazies for 5 months!

So let’s take it from the top! While most cast members went on to lead lives of mediocrity, a select few actually able to capitalize on their moment in the spotlight, but none quite so publicly as Mike “The Miz” Mizanin (New York). The Miz spent his 16 weeks spouting about his dreams of becoming a Pro-Wrestler, and then to everybody’s surprise, he actually did! What’s more, he became the WWE champ in November last year. Well done Miz!

But who could remember the Miz without his oh-so arrogant roomie Eric Niles. The pompous male model was so ridiculous on the show he may have actually caused the invention of the eye-roll. Still, he didn’t let that stop him! Niles went on to host MTV’s version of “American Bandstand,” called “The Grind.” He also founded his own health philosophy, “Chi-Force.” In March 2009, Niles stripped down to his birthday suit to save a dog drowning in a frigid lake. That’s what I call Chi-Force.

Enough with the success stories, surely the most-hated contestant in the history of The Real World went on to fail at life? David “Puck” Rainey (Season 3, San Francisco) was reviled by audiences for his unspeakable treatment of AIDS-infected roommate Pedro Zamora. The second person to ever be kicked off the show, Puck amazingly went on to lead a happy life! He got married on “Real World/Road Rules Challenge,” has two kids, and runs a motorcycle shop.

Maybe it’s easier to gauge success by how many of those embarrassing follow-up shows are avoided by contestants. If that’s the case, Season 12’s Clyde “Ace” Amerson isn’t looking to good! Hands down the cutest guy in the show’s history, it’s a shame Ace couldn’t make more of his stardom and ended up appearing on four different spin-offs! Even he did alright in the end though, marrying Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas and opening some bars in Georgia.

Here’s a quick look at some other success stories:

Judd Winick (Season 3) – Wrote “Pedro & Me,” a novel now being made into a movie.
Jamie Chung (Season 14) – Successful actress starring in CSI: NY, ER, and ‘I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry’
Jacinda Barrett (Season 4) – Another acting success appearing in ‘Ladder 49,’ and ‘Bridget Jones.’
Sean Duffy (Season 6) – Appointed DA and successfully ran for the U.S. House Of Representatives.
Heather Gardner (Season 1) – Signed a record deal in 1995 and has released two U.S. albums.

Find out more about your favorite Real World stars here! Who was your favorite contestant in the last 25 seasons? Do you think today’s reality show is as good as the early seasons? Give me your thoughts in the comment section!

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2 Responses to “Real World: Where Are They Now?”

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    Just Me Says:

    Sean and Rachel are among one of my favorite success stories! Sean has always been one of my favorites because he’s so adorable, but to know that he has a future with a wife, children, and a career makes him just more adorable. :)

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    kay Says:

    You have to be kidding me about Sean Duffy. He has turned out to be one of the biggest douche bags to come out of Real World yet. He was just recorded whining to his constituents that he can barely make ends meet on a mere $174,000 a year working in Congress…….not to mention his estimated ginormous debt he incurred during his campaign that he ran based on right wing fear mongering……..
    Biggest embarrassment to Wisconsin in reality TV history.