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'The Real World D.C': Meet Ty

by Anna Dimond, posted Dec 30th 2009 2:12PM
Ty Real World: DCIn a notable departure from its programming trends in recent years, MTV is taking a group of eight twenty-somethings far from tropical climes filled with bikini-clad young things, and into the heart of the nation's capital. Tonight, 'Real World XXIII: Washington D.C.' premieres (10PM ET/PT), and so begins a new type of reality TV experience -- at least, mostly.

We chatted with Tyrell (who goes by Ty), one of the new season's cast members, about what viewers can expect in the first episode and beyond, as well as how he fares among his hot-blooded housemates. The Baltimore native opened up about his own competitive nature, his run-in with religion and his rep as the season's resident Lothario.

Read our interview with fellow 'Real World DC' housemate Ashley.Ty Real World: DCIn a notable departure from its programming trends in recent years, MTV is taking a group of eight twenty-somethings far from tropical climes filled with bikini-clad young things, and into the heart of the nation's capital. Tonight, 'Real World XXIII: Washington D.C.' premieres (10PM ET/PT), and so begins a new type of reality TV experience -- at least, mostly.

We chatted with Tyrell (who goes by Ty), one of the new season's cast members, about what viewers can expect in the first episode and beyond, as well as how he fares among his hot-blooded housemates. The Baltimore native opened up about his own competitive nature, his run-in with religion and his rep as the season's resident Lothario.

Read our interview with fellow 'Real World DC' housemate Ashley.

What spurred your interest in joining the show?
Initially, it was accidental ... I went to a bar to watch the [basketball] game. This one bar just so happened to be doing auditions for the 'Real World.' I said, "Whatever. I'll give it a try." And the rest is history ...

Did you have any trepidation or second thoughts about joining 'Real World'?
Was I scared? [Laughs] Absolutely. Even while trying out, I was under the impression that ... tens of thousands of people try to do this and a lot of people travel from far and wide to these little bars and try out. But I thought, "There's nothing to lose." I was just myself, having a good time, being me. I guess they saw a little something that they liked.

In the opening scene of the 'Real World' premiere, you mention that you and your girlfriend had broken up. Did that open up any romantic possibilities during filming?
I'm not bragging, but I had a hard time being settled down.

So we might see you dipping your toes in romantic waters?
Definitely more than a toe.

It seems from the start that there's mutual interest between several of the housemates. What happens with you and [your cast mate] Emily?
There's a lot of drama in the house, don't get me wrong, but I'm not allowed to talk about it. If you could see the second and third episodes, there would be so much more to talk about! I'm walking on eggshells right now ...

What's the main thing that viewers will take away from the premiere, and what will be their first impressions of you ?
How people perceive me on the surface is different than who I actually am. Initially I think at first, I come off as arrogant. Typical jock, who thinks he knows everything ... In the end, I don't think that I come off that way at all. With all of us, it's going to be interesting to see how we progress throughout the season, and everyone has a surface ... everyone has that [shell].

As viewers get to know you, is there one thing that defines who you are -- something that we're going to see, or maybe something we're not?
The main thing in the show that comes across in the first episode is my very competitive nature in approaching my open-mindedness. I'm not a very religious person, which is why I say a lot of the things I do in the first episode. But it doesn't mean that I never try religion, or actually try to find out if God is real ... Once I come up with an answer -- or a lack of an answer -- I try to ... push my ideas on other people.

What do you feel like you learned from being on the show? What about you will we see change?
[I learned] mostly from the females in the house. They're free-spirited ... do whatever makes [them] happy with their lives. That's something I wasn't really knowledgeable of, because I was hanging out with only guys who were very -- I don't how to say this without sounding like I hate men -- straightforward, and focused on one thing, and ultimately, getting money. I learned a lot, especially from Emily and Callie, about being who you are and finding what you love and doing it wholeheartedly.

Has it been difficult to hang on to that now that you're back home?
It has. Which is one of the reasons I want to move. I don't if it's just me, but ... the kind of attitudes I see where I live ... It's sad, but it's hard to live with at the same time. I'd love to be in a different place where I can be around different people who are ready to attack life.

In previous seasons, 'Real World' has featured locations like Cancun, hot tub scenes and wild partying. In the past season or two, it seems like there's been a shift in tone. How do you see this season as compared to others, particularly with a new presidential administration?
I think it would be impossible to live in D.C. and not pick up on some of the things that are going on. Everyone in D.C. is very intelligent and has their ear to the ground, and knows about their world. It's impossible not to learn, just by being there ... We did all of these things in addition to having jobs and being active, so it was so much [a part] of our lives. Some seasons [were] mostly about going out and drinking. I think the drama i the house this year is secondary to everything that each individual does.

What experiences stand out and define the 'Real World' experience for you?
There were so many different things that stood out to me. Now I love the fact that [I lived] with seven people with totally different backgrounds, and totally different approaches to life. I'd always been exposed to the same types of people. I'd gone to an all-boys school, and I'd gone to private school, kind of the ... mentality that seems prominent in the Northeast ... I think that was the best part of the experience for me. Just opening my eyes up to ways that other people live their lives ... It changed a lot of what I'm doing now.

What was your original backup plan before 'Real World?' What are you doing now?
There were so many things I wanted to do, but I never put any energy into it, because everyone always told me that getting a degree was important. Now I'm pursuing what I love: I love TV, I love entertainment. Not to be the center of attention, so much as doing something that will make other people happy, that will be important in other people's lives. And I think entertainment does that ... I already have my degree, which I think is my backup plan. I was going through the motions of school and I graduated, and I didn't really want to do anything that I was doing ... And now my eyes have opened.


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