Coral Smith (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Coral Jeanne Smith (born January 19, 1979) is a former American reality television personality, known as a cast member on MTV's The Real World: Back to New York, and for her appearances on various seasons of The Real World's spin-off show, Real World/Road Rules Challenge. Her most recent Challenge appearance was on Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet III, which aired in early 2008. On April 2, 2008, Smith appeared on the first ever Real World Awards Bash, winning the award for "Roommate You Love To Hate."
The Real World: Back to New York
Smith was a 21-year-old part-time student and nanny living in San Francisco when she decided on a whim to audition for MTV's long-running reality TV series, The Real World and Road Rules. She and two dozen finalists were housed together for a casting special leading up to the selection. During her stay at the casting house, Smith came into conflict with finalist Ellen Cho. Smith was ultimately selected as a cast member for The Real World, which would be set in New York, the first season of the show since 1992 to be set there.
During Smith's season on The Real World, which aired in 2001, she came into conflict with Mike Mizanin over views he related to Smith from his uncle, who opined that African-Americans were slow and uneducated. Although Mizanin attempted to disown the comments as merely those of his uncle, Smith and their other housemate, Malik Cooper, who are both African-American, were offended. Coral and the other housemates went on to teach Mizanin about African-American culture, such as the life of Malcolm X.
Observing that every season of The Real World features cast members in archetypal roles, Smith asserts that she was the "bitch" of her season, though she insists that her use of this label is meant to connote her assertiveness and outspokenness, and not lack of likability.
After filming The Real World, Smith went to work at a rape crisis center.
Reality television appearances
Smith has appeared on six seasons of the spin-off series Real World/Road Rules Challenge, and has made it to the final mission on four of those Challenges. During Fresh Meat, Smith's partner, Evan Starkman, developed an abdominal hernia. Smith herself sustained a leg injury, and the producers of the show removed them from the competition. This marked Smith's first Challenge in which she did not make it to the final mission.
Much curiosity and speculation has arisen over Smith's relationship with Abram Boise from Road Rules: South Pacific during Battle of the Sexes 2. In response to a question by an MTV rep, Smith said:
However, Smith indicated in another interview that she and Boise were not involved in a romantic relationship, and that any appearance to that effect was engineered through the use of selective editing on the part of the show's producers in order to elicit ratings.
In January 2007 Smith appeared on the Fox network reality show, Camp Reality.
In January 2008, Smith appeared on The Gauntlet III. She voluntarily left towards the end of the Challenge. This marked Smith's second Challenge in which she did not make it to the final mission. At the end of that season, at The Gauntlet III Reunion Special, Smith explained that she left because she was unwilling to tolerate what she perceived as disreputable behavior by her teammates; an observation that was corroborated by teammate Katie Doyle.
On April 2, 2008, Smith appeared on the first ever Real World Awards Bash, winning the award for the "Roommate You Love To Hate".
Smith was present at a gay pride event at Paramount's Great America amusement park in 2007, which prompted in interview with OUTlook magazine in which she explained that her sexual orientation was at that time "very cloudy" and she was "venturing toward my lesbian qualities. It's been a long time coming."
Television and video
The Real World: Hollywood Marathon (2008)
Real World Awards Bash (2008)
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet III (2008)
The Challenge: Top 25 Most Intense Moments (2008)
Camp Reality: Fox (Jan. 30, 2007)
Well Done: Fresh Meat Reunion (September 11, 2006)
Fresh Meat: MTV The After Show guest of Blair (2006)