Cast of Real World San Diego: two LGBT cast members, two engineers, two “gym rats”

MTV has revealed the cast of The Real World San Diego 2, which includes two LGBT cast members, two “gorgeous gym rats,” and two “brainy students of engineering.”

The trailer for the new season, which debuts Sept. 28, came out late last month, and featured the usual shenanigans, but the cast, particularly “stud lesbian” Sam, seems slightly more promising than usual. Here are MTV’s always-amusing descriptions of the seven strangers:

Ashley, 24, Winsted, Conn.
At 24-years-old, Ashley has never lived with anyone but her mother–so rooming with six strangers may take some getting used to. Though she will be the oldest in the house, she is the baby at home, getting calls from her mother twenty times a day and still not knowing how to do laundry. But washer-dryer issues aside, Ashley is ambitious and has dreams of getting out of her small Connecticut hometown. A recent business marketing graduate of UCONN, the blonde-haired beauty has worked as a promotional model and bartender, but sports is her first love and she hopes one day to do sideline reporting for the NFL. She likes her men big, tall, and athletic–and though she doesn’t date much, when she decides someone is up to her standards, she goes for them 100%. So Zach, 6’3″ professional football player–get ready.

Alexandra, 22, Los Angeles, Calif.
Raised in a village in Zimbabwe with no electricity or running water, Alexandra is–without a doubt–the most accomplished person to ever appear on The Real World. She was the first woman of color and the youngest person ever to compete on the Zimbabwean National Gymnastics Team. After witnessing many of her childhood classmates contract HIV from vaccinations using dirty needles, she started the Kijana Project, a charity that supports AIDS orphans. As a result, she was featured in Teen People as “One of the 20 Teens Who Will Change the World.” If that weren’t enough, she graduated high school early and enrolled in Stanford at the age of 15, majoring in Civil Engineering. Angering her incredibly academics-oriented parents, Alexandra dropped out of Stanford eight weeks shy of graduation to focus on her burgeoning singing and songwriting career. The striking beauty now lives in Los Angeles, with her musician boyfriend Byron of 8 months. Will their relationship withstand the test of time and distance about to be put in front of them, or will they be torn apart like so many long-distance relationships in seasons past? The sun and sand of San Diego awaits…

Frank, 22, Middlebury, Vt.
Nicknamed Hurricane Frank, this recent graduate of prestigious Middlebury College is a whirlwind of emotions. When he’s up, he is soaring and when he is down, watch out. Growing up in upstate New York, Frank was a star athlete and the smartest kid in class. This trajectory continued in college, but all of a sudden he quit sports, changed from pre-med to focus on activism and social issues, and on his infamous 21sth birthday, hooked up with a guy. What followed was a year of sex with multiple sex partners, both “chicks and dudes”. Frank believes that a night without blacking out is not enough fun. And yet, this master of manipulation wears his heart on his sleeve and is brimming with emotions–perhaps too much. Will Frank find himself in San Diego or will he continue to keep shifting, keep moving, and keep whirling?

Priscilla, 19, Spring Valley, Calif.
At just 19 years old, Priscilla is the youngest member of the Real World house. But don’t let her youth fool you–this Mexican beauty is deeper than she first appears. After graduating high school a year early, she is now on a pre-med track and plans on becoming an anesthesiologist. A San Diego native, Priscilla’s large family is only a short car ride away. Her grandparents–who arrived in America as illegal immigrants, and eventually became millionaires–paid for her fake breasts. And she has an unusually close relationship with her mother, who had her as a teenager. The two discuss everything, including sexual positions and the time they schemed the best tactic for Priscilla to seduce a young man and take his virginity. Despite her flirtatious nature, Priscilla has only been in one serious relationship–one that ended badly and was left unresolved. But with her old boyfriend in town for the summer, will the sun of San Diego fan the flames of a fling forgotten? And will Priscilla’s relative youth and innocence cause a rift between her and the older roommates?

Nate, 22, Rolla, Mo.
At first, Nate may seem like your typical fratboy–he drinks heavily and parties hard, has bedded 50 women and counting, and growing up was always the class clown. But this Kansas City native has earned a degree in nuclear engineering and has long term goals of becoming CEO of a global energy conglomerate. Nate considers being a “womanizer” to be his best and worst trait–he has never been faithful to any girlfriend; after breaking up with one girlfriend he immediately hooked up with her best friend. Nevertheless, Nate is an incredibly loyal and caring friend. He was always a popular kid–captain of the high school football and baseball teams, president of his senior class, but this all changed when one of his friends committed suicide. Suicide Prevention has since become an issue near and dear to Nate’s heart and he continues to be an advocate while in San Diego.

Sam, 21, Chesapeake, Va.
Sam is a self-described “Stud Lesbian”. Known as a girlfriend stealer, Sam was involved in a dramatic love triangle in high school that ended in two girls being outed. The daughter of military parents, Sam lives at home in Chesapeake, Virginia, and is in college studying to become a parole officer. Her relationship with her mother was strained over her sexuality when she first told her, but over time the relationship has improved. Sam is passionate about gay rights and has recently made a splash in the lesbian community by performing as Shawn Jade, her drag king alter ego. With a house full of bikini-clad beauties in San Diego, will any of the girls catch her eye?

Zach, 23, Brighton, Mich.
Towering at 6’3″, Zach has the build of a professional football player and that’s a good thing, seeing that he plays arena football. And yet, at 23, Zach’s dreams of reaching the NFL may have passed him by. After graduating from Northern Michigan University with a degree in sports science and exercise physiology, Zach supplements his semi-pro football gig with a job at a physical therapy clinic. It’s not all work though, Zach likes to spend time with his two best friends–the trio call themselves “The Goon Squad.” They compete to get girls while doing such colorful activities as cougar hunting. Zach does attract young babes as well and he certainly knows how to use his dreamy, good looks to his advantage. Will any of the girls in San Diego fall hard for this reserved, conservative guy who loves steaks, country music, and shooting guns? And how will Zach’s small-town values clash with his more progressive roommates?

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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