When Trishelle first moved into the Real World penthouse, she informed viewers that she came from a small, conservative town. Two episodes later, she was engaging in a three-way make-out session in the hot tub.
Since then, Trishelle has made her living as a professional poker player, even coming in third place at a recent WPT Invitational Tournament. In addition, she appears on reality TV shows basically every year because, you know, she's Trishelle and that's what she does.
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Who can forget the premiere of Real World: Hawaii when Teck and Ruthie are first to arrive at the house, only to find the front door locked? They, of course, did the sensible thing: stripped naked and jumped into the pool together.
Since then, Teck has had a reasonably successful career as an actor and TV personality, appearing in Van Wilder and hosting the Cartoon Network game show Hole in the Wall for a few seasons. No word yet on if he ever spent any alone time with his co-host in that pool.
Genesis made waves by being one of the first openly lesbian women to appear on The Real World. As such, she introduced a generation of kids as to how one best parties at a gay club.
Today, Genesis lives in Los Angeles with her partner and runs a photography / graphic design company. She is, by all accounts, a perfectly well-adjusted person... Which begs the question: How did she ever get cast on Real World?
David has the dubious honor of being the very first cast member to ever be evicted from TheReal World house. This was because he pulled a comforter off an underwear-clad Tami, while she cried and everyone else in the house begged him to stop. Sorry, that was a typo. Tami was laughing and all the other housemates were egging him on.
Times haven't been great for David in the years since. He still occasionally tours as a stand-up comic, but his acting and comedy careers never really took off. Also, he's probably not allowed in Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Rachel came into the house as a combat nurse, still dealing with PTSD from her experiences in Iraq. Oh, and also she liked to drink and considered Jenna Jameson to be a personal hero. So, I guess what we're saying is, she made for good TV.
After her time in Austin ended, Rachel was quoted in an interview saying, "I am not going to be one of those 30-year-olds still doing Road Rules." She's stuck to that, competing in her final season of Real World/Road Rules Challenge at age 26. She's now married and working as a Physician Assistant in New York, just like her hero...in that one movie I saw.
Clyde Daryn Amerson prefers to go by the nickname "Ace," which tells you just about everything you need to know about where he falls on the douchebag scale.
Well, if you were hoping to see a catastrophic fall from grace for our frat boy friend, we're sorry to report that Ace is doing just fine. He owns a few bars in his home state of Georgia, including Flip Flops (pictured above) in Atlanta. It is a regular hangout for other former Real World cast members, which also likely means that you'd never want to go there.
In the 20th season, Brianna was the cast's resident stripper/former drug addict. When she wasn't traveling home to Philadelphia in order to resolve a warrant out for her arrest issued by her ex-boyfriend, Brianna spent her time working on her budding music career.
So, how did that turn out? Not great. She released an album in 2009, but has since claimed that her record label ripped her off. That led her to quit the music business entirely, and she now lives with her son in Philly, where she works at a summer camp...hopefully not as a stripper.
We all had a good chuckle at 20-year-old Mike Mizanin in the "Back to New York" season. He was the meathead who kept busting into an awkwardly-contrived wrestler character, "The Miz," presumably because he lacked the social skills to engage with his housemates like a normal person.
Well, funny thing...The Miz is now one of the top stars in the WWE. He's held thirteen different titles, including a six-month stint as the World Heavyweight Champion. And I made fun of him? Geez, I feel like such a jabroni.
Jenn seemed like the pretty girl/party animal that would never get her life together. She was a former Oakland Raiders cheerleader who could not stop cheating on her boyfriend and hooking up with Alex.
Since then, Jenn's become a total badass. She's a life coach and brand ambassador for 8Rays Apparel. Oh yeah, and she's really ripped. Now, she looks like she could play for the Raiders.
David Rainey is the most infamous cast member in The Real World's storied history. Known universally as "Puck," he shocked us all by picking fights with every cast member within shouting distance, including being especially antagonistic to HIV-positive Pedro, which led to his eviction.
Puck's life since then probably won't surprise you. He has fathered seven children and been arrested five times on charges of stalking, drunk driving and domestic battery. He now lives on a farm, and you should probably do your best to stay far, far away from it.
In Austin, Wes was the frat boy that we loved to hate. He seemingly hooked up with every woman he met and even managed to convince some dim-witted girls in Costa Rica that he was Prince Harry.
Today? Wes is a super-entrepreneur. He's an executive team member for the business incubator service BetaBlox, as well as part owner for over 70 small companies in the Kansas City area. He is also fifth in line to succeed his grandmother to the throne of England.
Lindsay was an adorable 5-foot-1-inch spark plug who fellow cast member David once categorized as a "sex demon."
Since leaving the house in Seattle, Lindsay Brien (now Lindsay McDonald) went on to a lasting career in local Florida television. For ten years, she co-hosted a Tampa morning show called Daytime. But, in 2013, she left that gig to join her family's construction business in Colorado.
Please join us in congratulating Lindsay on her successful escape of the state of Florida.
Long Island Leah brought her New York attitude with her to Paris, and ended up starting fights with everyone in the house. T'was a magical summer.
After graduating from the Real World house, Leah was able to remain a company woman. She moved to Los Angeles and has worked for MTV networks as a producer and freelance stage manager. And, if any of those stages happened to have naked hot tub parties, you better believe she was in them.
Johnny Devenanzio, better known as "Johnny Bananas," was the practical jokester and bikini-top-remover during the Real World's run in Key West.
While that season may have ended in 2006, Johnny's presence on our TV screens has not. He's been a regular fixture on The Challenge, where he's won a ludicrous amount of money (over $400,000 in all). However, we have to assume a good chunk of that cash was dumped into his failed 2012 lawsuit against HBO for naming Johnny Drama's animated character in Entourage "Johnny Bananas." Looks like it's back to the Challenge for you, Johnny.