THR ( The Hollywood Reporter) caught up with 12 former players to get some answers on what viewers might see for the show's 19th season.


Before host Julie Chen returns to fill fans in on what twists they'll see during the summer staple's latest round, The Hollywood Reporter calledup 12 of some the show's most memorable players — a mix of winners, runners-up, fan favorites and villains — to find out what they know and what they hope to see this season.

Below, Rachel Reilly, Derrick Levasseur, Paul Abrahamian, Jason Roy, Elissa Reilly Slater, Morgan Willett, Zach Rance, Audrey Middleton, Michelle Meyer, Paulie Calafiore and Natalie Negrotti talk showmances, predict what the newest cast of characters will look like and weigh in on if and when they'll be walking back through the Big Brother doors.

And as in the world of Big Brother, this interview has its very own twist. He goes by the name of Kevin Martin and for fans who may not know him, he's Big Brother Canada's most recent winner and potentially its last ever as the show up north is on hiatus and may not be renewed.

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Did having former players Nicole Franzel, James Huling, Da'Vonne Rogers and Frank Eudy return last season work in terms of what they brought for game play and entertainment?

Audrey Middleton: It was a good twist and added a flair to the dramatics. It was fun to see Da'Vonne come back and really get a chance to play the game.

Meyer: Hands down, no! The only entertaining one was Da'Vonne.

Jason Roy: Da'Vonne was there to play and she did.

Calafiore: I do think out of all four of them, Nicole was really the only one who didn't play up to the cameras. There were a whole bunch of times where I called James out and said, "Bro, are you playing the game or are you playing to the camera because you think you're doing what America wants you to?"

Slater: James is whatever. I could take him or leave him. I didn't think any of the returning players were a huge hit other than Nicole. They weren't a major draw.

Levasseur: For some audience members they were the right players to bring back and for some audience members they weren't. It should be all vets or all rookies.

Paul Abrahamian: When certain castmembers get called back, they get this overwhelming sense of entitlement and think that they're this Big Brother guru. They come back with even more of a chip on their shoulder and it makes their game terrible. That's what I saw personally with a few of them. They had other intentions other than just playing the game.

Martin: As a returning player going back into the game, you feel responsible for making good television. But at the end of the day I wasn't there to make good television, I was there to win the game. The first time I played, in season three, I really wanted television time, but coming back a second time it was solely business for me. When you come back, you are taking a risk at losing your legacy. For me, I didn't have an ego. For those who did really well their first time — like [Big Brother Canada contestants] Gary [Levy] made it to the final two, Neda [Kalantar] got third place and Cassandra [Shahinfar] got fourth place — they put a lot of pressure on themselves. Ika [Wong] didn't put any pressure on herself and she did super well.

Zach, were you asked to return for season 18?

Rance: No comment!


Do you think players from BBOTT will be brought back for season 19?

Reilly: I totally think so! That would be more interesting than seeing players from the broadcast version be brought back. I would love to see Alex Willett come on. Definitely not Kryssie [Ridolfi]. God, no! (Laughs.) If Kryssie comes back, what's the point? They might as well bring back the first evicted one. What's his name? Cornbread! Brendon's [Villegas] like, "I almost said chicken breast!" (Laughs.)

Slater: Probably! I'm sure people liked Shelby [Stockton] so much that she'll be brought back on. Maybe they'll bring the Ball Smashers back. I really liked them. I thought, "Man, they got gypped!" They should totally have been on the real season.

Roy: If it's all new people and a few OTT people, maybe those OTT people will realize how hard it is to be the one returnee with a bunch of newbies! This is where the internet might break, but I would bring Shelby back. I don't want to live with her again, but she really is good TV. As much as she was my arch-nemesis, I watched the episodes back and I chuckled at her.

Abrahamian: I'm sure they'd bring back one or two of them to see how it goes, but I don't know how they'd do because they had a mini-trial. It was a watered-down version and early on they were really stressed out. The real Big Brother version is a lot more difficult. I don't know if they could play with the big boys!
Levasseur: A nice twist would be to bring Morgan back. Let's give her a shot at a full season. That should be her reward for doing such a great job on BBOTT.That would be a nice reward and an incentive for anyone who wins OTT in the future.

Willett: As much as I wish that was true, I don't think it is unless Allison [Grodner, Big Brother executive producer,] is going to give me a call this week! Our cast was one of the best Big Brother has ever had. Our season was the most divided the house has been in a while. It would be interesting because would viewers watching the television version know who we are? They won't bring back some BBOTT houseguests though because there was a lot of drama with players' family members that happened offscreen.





What have you heard so far about season 19?

Middleton: I leave for sequester tomorrow.

Slater: I haven't heard a lot about returning players this season so that could mean everyone is being really sneaky about it or there aren't returning players. I know Zach has been majorly active in the past couple of months on Instagram so I don't know. I would love to see Zach back on for sure. Maybe it really is some of the Over the Top players coming back.

Rance: I have no idea! They don't tell me ****.

Reilly: I think it's going to be all new people. Robyn [Kass, Big Brother casting director] doesn't tell me anything! I heard that we might be voting for new people to come in and they will compete to earn their spot in the house.

Meyer: As a viewer now, I'd like to see the no napping rule. I heard that the house might be a jungle theme so that will be pretty cool. They might bring back the road kill competition. They're definitely going to bring back care packages. The care packages influence people in the game and it does cause some paranoia.

If it is an all-new cast, what types of players do you want to see?

Middleton: I really hope they cast more cutthroat people who are inspired by the game and not the platform.

Roy: Show me the crazies! I want to see them. Bring me your poor, rich and crazies and put them in the house together and see what happens.

Willett: I'd love to see if anyone can top my double eviction speech. Even Julie called it lit. I want to see players who are going to make the feeds interesting. I really don't want any shirtless dudes who have big egos and think they are public figures when they get outside the house.
Abrahamian: I don't know if I want to see people who are already super good at Big Brother. It'd be interesting to get very new people and see what their natural instinct would be to go about the game. I did something similar. I didn't know what I was doing at the beginning and then I picked it up and it made sense.

Calafiore: Hopefully they have a more mature cast. Mine was immature as hell. I just want them to be real. I want them to have a touch of savageness to them and realize they are playing a game.

Rance: I want to see backstabbing, lying, cheating, manipulative players in that house!

Martin: No more models who want to get their Instagram followers up. Let's get some older players in there. Karen [Singbeil, of Big Brother Canada,] spoke her mind, had amazing diary rooms and made great television. Ever since Big Brother started, the average age has been dropping. The casts are younger, they're hotter. Let's go back to the basics and have some older personalities in there. With Big Brother 10 when they had Jerry [MacDonald] and Renny [Martyn], it was a great season. I love putting that older player in. It's like a catalyst that brings good entertainment out of everybody.

Negrotti: I want to see a diverse group and all ethnicities. And obviously I want to see a cheerleader and peppy girl like me. I'm always rooting for the cheerleaders. I want to see people that are eager to play the game. I want it to be a house full of thirsty and competitive people.

Meyer: I want to see people that speak their minds! I want to see fights. I want some major drama like Paulie and Da'Vonne jury fights every episode. I'd love to see another strong female like Amanda Zuckerman. We haven't seen a strong female in a while. Our cast had strong females, but not like Amanda.

Reilly: I want someone who will be their own character. I hope they don't just try and copy Paul.

Levasseur: Let's get it back to the roots! You're going to see a lot more people who really know the game. And let's get the winnings up to a million dollars for these people. $500,000 is not nearly as much as you think it is. (Laughs.) Taxes are brutal!



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