One has to wonder why Greg even wanted to be on The Real World: Hollywood in the first place. After winning an internet contest on MTV’s website, Greg became the seventh and final roommate this season on The Real World. He has yet to form friendships with anyone and, on tonight’s episode, finds the entire house against him. Greg has seemed unimpressed with his surroundings and uninterested in anyone or anything involving The Real World. Today, Greg spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview about what sets his roomies off, if he liked his job with the improv group, and if he left the show with any friends.
Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.
Hey everybody, this is Gina from BuddyTV, and today I’m talking to Greg from The Real World: Hollywood. So tell me why you wanted to be a part of The Real World. What made you audition and put a tape up on the internet?
Basically, watching the show in the past and seeing how most African-American males were presented, I wanted to go on there and show a different side of African-American males. And just actually to enjoy the experience. It did seem like a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Is there something about you that you think separates yourself from other African-American men that have been on the show before?
I do. The stereotypical African-American male is very confrontational, and most people feel that they’re very quick to physical action, in terms of fighting and stuff like that. I wanted to present something opposite of that.
You really are laid back, you don’t get into a lot of fights, yet somehow your roommates seem to get really mad at you. What is that about? Why aren’t you gelling with them so far?
I’ll say what someone from MTV said to me — someone obviously older and wiser than myself — it’s kind of that sickness where people start to prod you to get angry and to act out of character. When they don’t get what they want, they continue to do such, and continue to do more and more things just to, again, get under your skin, and trying to make you feel miserable.
They seem to expect that everybody wants to go to the bar, everybody’s going to love their job, and you seem to be wanting to do your own thing. Do you think that’s part of it? That you don’t always want to do what they want to do?
In terms of the job, I think it was kind of misconstrued how I feel about it. Again, if you notice, the other roommates tend to be more emotionally needy at everything that happens. Everything that happens, they’re like children in a candy shop. They’re like, “Oh my God, this is the most exciting day of my life!” Like that. That’s not me. I mean, it’s just not the most exciting day of my life, I hope to have many more exciting days. Everything is built up to be the most exciting thing. When I first came in the house, because I wasn’t smiling from ear to ear and yelling like an idiot, because I choose to be calm — I mean, you’re just meeting people, there’s no reason to be yelling or that excited — but it’s just that I wasn’t as emotional, or didn’t show my emotions as much as they did.
Do you like your job with the improv comedy group on the show? Did you like it?
I honestly said that it was very helpful. I don’t know about helpful in terms of me becoming a model, but it was helpful in terms of just being spontaneous. I’m usually not a nervous person at all, I think I do well in front of an audience, but it just did help to solidify that. It’s kind of like public speaking. I did find it to be very enjoyable, which is why as you see if you watch the episode, she said I did a wonderful job, because I did put my best into it. It’s just being misconstrued, because my modeling, I generated sometimes, conflicted. I feel that I should have been able to toggle both of them, because again, I’m not out here solely for that. I’m out here for both. They should have allowed me to toggle them both.
While you were filming The Real World in Hollywood, did you make a lot of connections in the modeling world?
I didn’t honestly make a lot of connections. There were a lot of things I was supposed to do prior to events that took place. However, I did meet some people that I still communicate with in terms of a friendship, in a sense. Luckily, now in my life I do have a publicist who was watching the show. He never watches the show, he just happened to see me and he liked what he saw. He thinks that I have a lot of potential, so he chose to take me under his wing in a way. He’s having me do a lot of things now in terms of modeling.
Is there a stigma attached to being on The Real World, or any reality show, when you want to break into the entertainment industry?
I’m not seeing it at the moment, but I’m pretty sure there is.
On tonight’s episode, you seem to make your roommates really mad. Can you give us any hint of what happens?
I can’t really give a hint as to what happens, but I can just say it still follows along the same lines of them attempting to get under my skin. I feel like I’m always minding my own business, and just doing my own separate duties, and they come and impede on my private affairs.
Would you say that you’re friends with any of your roommates today?
What’s going on with you and modeling now? Are you still going to pursue that?
I told you about my publicist, and this show is supposed to be coming out — a new show that they have, they’re just drawing it up — it’s supposed to be like America’s Next Top Male Model. That’s probably won’t be the title of it, but that’s the gist. My publicist is going to try to get me on there, and he’s got me doing many photo shoots to try and build my image. I’m very confident that it won’t be too long before I’m doing something along my dreams.
Good luck. I just wanted to thank you for your time, Greg.
– Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of MTV)