The Real World: Las Vegas (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
The Real World: Las Vegas is the twelfth season of MTV's reality television series The Real World, which focuses on a group of diverse strangers living together for several months in a different city each season, as cameras follow their lives and interpersonal relationships. Premiering in September 2002, the Las Vegas cast lived in a converted penthouse suite on the 28th floor of the Las Vegas Palms Casino and Resort. The Las Vegas season was the second highest-rated season of the series after 2002's Chicago installment. This was the fourth season of The Real World to be filmed in the western United States (after The Real World: Los Angeles in 1993, The Real World: San Francisco in 1994 and The Real World: Seattle in 1998). The season ran for 28 episodes, which along with the Denver season, is the highest number to date.
During the weekend preceding the debut of the Denver season, MTV re-aired the Las Vegas season. The marathon ran November 18-19, 2006. The entire season was again re-aired on May 26-27, 2007, preceding the airing of the miniseries Reunited: The Real World Las Vegas.
The owner of The Palms Casino Hotel, where the season was filmed, asked for production to cast exclusively people over 21 years old. Thus this was the first season in which all the castmates were at least that old.
The Palms demolished six rooms to make the hotel suite that the season was filmed in, at a cost of over $2 million USD. It was designed by Sharmila Tankha of the Jerde Partnership, the same firm that designed the hotel itself. Unlike previous Real World residences, the suite is not decorated with IKEA furnishings.
The suite, which is now called "The Real World Suite", is the one former Real World residence that not only overall remains in the condition in which it was used for filming (minor changes have been made, such as the addition of doors for the bedrooms, TV's and the removal of the Confessional), but in which the public can potentially reside. The hotel rents the suite for $11,200 a night (including tax), and has done so to numerous celebrities that have stayed there. Among them are Britney Spears, who stayed in the suite on New Year's Eve 2004.
Most seasons of The Real World, beginning with the fifth, have included the assignment of a season-long group job or task to the housemates, continued participation in which has been mandatory to remain part of the cast since the Back to New York season. The Las Vegas housemates had various jobs throughout the season involving the Palms Casino and Resort in which they lived, including promotional work for the night club, Rain in the Desert, cocktail waiting, and go-go dancing.
Arissa is a half-African American, half-Italian woman who MTV describes as a "tough girl with a heart of gold". She was raised in the projects with a single mother, which helped Arissa learn to be self-sufficient. Her self-sufficiency is what is determining her to transition from her early life into adulthood.
Frank grew up in a traditional nuclear family, with a stay-at-home mother and a father who owned a local pizzeria. MTV describes him as somebody who is 'affable, talkative and open' as well as somebody who makes friends easily.
Trishelle is a southern woman who was raised in a small, conservative town with her devout Christian mother, who would take the family to church three to four times a week. Her mother passed away from a brain tumor when Trishelle was only 14 years old.
Brynn is a woman who, as MTV describes, has a "razor-sharp wit" and is not afraid to say whatever is on her mind. Newly single, Brynn is ready to flirt with the boys in Las Vegas, as well as ignore her boyfriend. During her time is Las Vegas, Brynn began working as a go-go dancer. In episode 11, she revealed to Alton that she had once been raped, and that her father is homosexual.
San Diego, California
Alton grew up as a Navy brat, and has lived in many different parts of the country because of this. He has close relationships to his extended family. MTV describes him as a "source of inspiration to people around him" and has a positive outlook on life. When he was 14 years old, his nine-year old brother was kidnapped and murdered. In episode 11, he reveals that he was molested when he was six years old, and this along with his brother's death causes him discomfort around homosexuals.
Steven had to learn to grow up on his own at a young age, and has been on his own since he was 16 years of age. While in business school, he supported himself by working as a topless bartender at a gay bar in his Texas hometown. When he was 22, he fell in love with a woman and married her, however the marriage ended in a divorce. In the midst of the divorce, he began a relationship with his roommate, Trishelle.
Bronx, New York
Irulan is a biracial woman and had a typical childhood, up until her father's death when she was 6 years old. Because of this, she and her mother share a deep bond with one another. Growing up with body image issues her whole life, she has since overcome them, and is now a student at Parson's School of Design. She has an open relationship with her boyfriend, Gabe. MTV describes her as someone who is strong and not afraid of conflict.
ShortSummary=The seven roommates arrive at their Palms Casino Resort suite that they will be living in. After drawing numbers from a hat to determine the bedroom assignments, Alton offers to switch rooms with Irulan to allow her to share the room with Arissa that she wanted. Later the roommates go to the hotel's Ghost Bar and then to a spa and enjoy a hot tub.
Trishelle Cannatella appeared in the May 2002 Playboy magazine with other Real World alumni. Arissa Hill also posed for the magazine. In 2003 she was a cast member on The Surreal Life, and has played in the Lingerie Bowl, and in Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling series as "The Red Hot Redneck". She also appears at poker events.
Irulan Wilson and Alton Williams' relationship continued for three years after the show. Williams later became a radio host, while Wilson appeared in various documentaries and TV specials like Kill Reality and Real Hot. She now works as a photographer in New York City.
In 2005, Trishelle Cannatella, Steven Hill, Irulan Wilson and Tonya Cooley appeared in the TV movie, The Scorned along with alumni of other Real Worldseasons.
In 2007, the cast reunited to appear in Reunited: The Real World Las Vegas, a six-episode spin-off reunion miniseries in which they lived in the same suite they filmed the original series in. The mini-series premiered May 30, 2007 and concluded on July 11, 2007.