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Rachel Campos (October 22, 1971 in Tempe, Arizona), was a castmate on The Real World: San Francisco, the third season of MTV's long-running reality television show.
Campos is a conservative, Cuban-American Republican, and in her time on the show, tried to break the stereotype that Republicans are "very suburban and Laura Ashley" by getting a tattoo and acting "open and free and running around," according to her castmate Pam Ling. During her stay in the Real World house, Campos also got her belly button pierced, to which her mother responded by telling her that her piercings and tattoos are for low class people with low IQs.
Rachel and her castmate David "Puck" Rainey flirted in the beginnings of the show. They were shown kissing, and despite previously assuring Rachel that he would not reveal their kiss to the others, later did so anyway after tensions between him and Rachel later grew. Rachel later said she regretted kissing him.
In the premiere, Campos' roommate, AIDS educator Pedro Zamora, informed the housemates, by showing them his scrapbook of his career as an educator, that he had AIDS. Although the castmates were informed ahead of time that they would be living with someone who was HIV-positive, Rachel was made uncomfortable by this, and initially distanced herself from Pedro, stating that she wanted to know how this will affect her, but said nothing to the others for fear of seeming intolerant and homophobic. Nonetheless, Pedro took this as an act of rejection on her part. The two eventually formed a rapport, and he educated her on AIDS. He accompanied Rachel on her visit to her family in Arizona, and while her Cuban-American family is very conservative (their cat is named George Bush), they were accepting of Pedro. By the end of the show, Rachel expressed greater knowledge about AIDS, but Pedro told her that he was disappointed they could not become better friends.
In another episode, Rachel invited her roommate Judd Winick and other housemates to a College Republicans function. Judd said that he felt that the panel of speakers were sexist, homophobic, and racist, which Rachel saw as unfair.
After the Real World
After her stint on The Real World ended, while the fifth season of the show (set in Miami) was being filmed, Campos was in a serious car accident. She sustained injuries to her leg, and the other passengers in the car, including her fiancé at the time (who was a producer for The Real World), were killed. Rachel later met Sean Duffy of the Real World: Boston cast. They eventually married, and now have two daughters and a son. They live in Ashland, Wisconsin, where Sean is an attorney.
Campos twice vied for a role on the daytime television talk show The View. After Debbie Matenopoulos left the show in 1999, Campos competed in an on-air try-out with Lisa Ling and Lauren Sanchez. Ling was eventually hired.. After Ling's departure in 2002, Campos, who by then held her own "coffee talk" show with other Wisconsin housewives, again competed in a week-long on-air try-out, this time against Erin Hershey Presley and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck was hired.
Campos was also one of ten Real World alumni who starred in The Wedding Video, a Real World parody centered on the wedding of first season alumnus Norman Korpi.
The View - Episode: November 4 (2003) Guest Co-Host
The Wedding Video (2003)
The Real World Movie: The Lost Season (2002)
The Real World Reunion 2000 (2000)
The Real World You Never Saw: Boston + Seattle (1998)