Monday, July 6, 2015

Vanessa Takes the Hot Seat and Reveals Some (Half) Truths #BB17

Yes, Vanessa is being stealthy in the BB house, but she might be just a little too stealthy.  People like Jason, Jeff and Da'Vonne have been saying that Vanessa never talks game to them, and therefore must be up to something.

She's on some lists as an eviction target, but after Audrey and before Austin.  Meg says that Vanessa needs to go before Austin, because without her Austin will be a meandering mess and will need to make deals to stay alive in the game. (Meg is correct about that.)

So, in retrospect, Vanessa taking the Hot Seat last night was probably good for her game, and gave her some human moments with some house guests who haven't had too much personal chatter with her.

Jeff and Austin host the "Hot Seat" show, complete with interviews and live caller questions.  I usually don't like this sort of thing because it usually feels like a desperate attempt for attention by the house guests, but the Hot Seat isn't too annoying.  Although if Jace was hosting with Austin, things might be very, very different.

(And when I say this "sort of thing", I am thinking about cringe-inducing crap like BB14 Porsche playing the character "Elizabeth" in the back yard with Adam Poch, or that effing "Storytime" that Production nipped in the bud a few seasons ago.  Porsche actually thought casting agents were watching her....maybe they were, and that's not so good.  Just sayin'...)


OK.  So Vanessa...she says she's seen a few episodes of the Hot Seat, and she likes it.


Austin wondered if she has guys hitting on her when she's in the DJ booth.  Vanessa said that there are DJ groupies out there, but the women are more intense than the guys.  If they want to hear a song you definitely hear about it, and they will keep letting you hear about it until you play it.


Liz calls in as "Ellen" and says she used to date a DJ and its a crazy lifestyle, with all of the late hours.  How does Vanessa's boo handle that?

Vanessa:  Well, she usually goes to the gigs with me and hangs out in the DJ booth and starts fights...just kidding.  She's really secure and super hot...usually everyone is hitting on her so I don't have to worry about it.

The studio audience Ooohs and Aaaahs' over that.

"Ellen" had one more question---is Vanessa's girlfriend blonde or brunette?

Vanessa:  She has long black hair.

Jeff started talking about "Mel" and we got a brief FISH, indicating Mel may not have signed the waiver paperwork. (i.e. they can't talk about her by name very much on the live feeds....she did appear on the 2nd episode saying goodbye to Vanessa, but she was only shot from the back, so there's that)

Vanessa:  Well, I'll be brutally honest... for feminine women looking to meet other feminine women, it can be hard to meet them in person, because you just don't know who plays on your team.  So I actually met her online....on Plenty of Fish!

The crowd went wild at that.

Vanessa:  She actually hit on me first...she said to me online "you're hot", and she's the one who kissed me first, but after that I've been the guy most of the time.

The crowd liked that answer, too.



Vanessa:  She was going to school to be a DJ, which is what I do, so music was the big connection for us.  She actually has a tattoo down the side of her leg that says "music is the answer". She's a little younger than me...she's 23, but she's really fun loving and there's that side of me who likes to go out and have fun


Jeff asked if Mel was her first girlfriend, and when she had her first experience with the ladies.

Vanessa:  No....I had a girlfriend before that, but it was meh....not the healthiest experience.  I was about 28 then...so I was a late bloomer.

Jeff asked her when she knew she liked women, if Vanessa felt comfortable discussing it.

Vanessa:  Well, I was always aware of what my family's expectations of me might be, what they might be okay with,  and that was always in the back of my mind.  I guess I used to think about it in my early 20's, but I just put it in the back of my mind and tried not to pay attention to it.  But as time went on, it became more difficult to suppress it.  I finally decided it was more important for me to be authentic than to to have everybody's approval.  It took me some time to get there, but I got there eventually.  It was a risk for me to come out to my family and potentially lose their approval.


The Hot Seat studio audience is enthralled.  They are hanging on every word.

(Not to harp on this, but it is important for you to understand that Vanessa Rousso is a Big Fucking Deal in the tournament poker world.  She is ranked #2 or #3 IN THE WORLD as far as female poker players go....not sure why they even differentiate between male and female poker players, but that's one of her stats.)


Vanessa:  I do find some men attractive, but I think I'm meant to be in a relationship with a woman.  I did have boyfriends, but I didn't have the kind of connection with them that I have with Mel.


An audience member has a question...he wonders what she likes best about being in a relationship with her girlfriend, and what's the sweetest things she's ever done for her.


 Vanessa:  I guess the thing that I like about her is that she's very affectionate.  When she hasn't seen me for a while, she runs and jumps up on me and wraps her legs around me and it's really cute.  I really like that.  As far as the sweetest...well, I'm planning something really romantic..

The crowd goes nuts, and someone yells "Breaking News", but Jeff has the surprising decency to say they don't need to go there and spoil any surprises.

Vanessa:  As far as what I've done for her....for her last birthday, I made it a full birthday week, and I took a calendar and had a different event planned for every day.  We live in Vegas, so there are a lot of fun things to do...we went to the trampoline park one day,  a comedy show another day and on the third day she got a massage.....it was a whole week of fun.

Liz:  Guys, take note!

Becky:  I'm getting a girlfriend!


Audrey ("Pam") asks what the craziest things she's seen being a DJ is, and it takes her a moment to give a really interesting story.

Vanessa:  It's not a DJ story, but most of you know I lived in Paris growing up, and my sister and I started school when we were 5 or 6 and we were the new kids and would speak some English on the side.  There was a thing in the class where the teacher would put her hand on top of her head and all of the kids would do that, too, and that was the signal to be quiet.  But my sister and I didn't know that yet, so we giggled when we saw it..we didn't understand.  So I got in trouble..I'd never been in trouble before! The teacher took me outside on the playground and tied my shoelaces together, and it was raining.  I can remember seeing all of the kids faces pressed up against the window, watching.

The crowd is scandalized, but Vanessa says the story is just beginning.

Vanessa:  So after lunch, the teacher came to get me, but I couldn't stop crying.  I remember she took me in the Art Room, and there was a sink in there so you could wash your hands.  She was trying to get me to stop crying so she filled a cup with water and threw it in my face!  And then I kept crying so she slapped me!

The crowd is incensed.

Vanessa: But then I remember my mother...she's tall...about 5'10" and the teacher was pretty short.  So my mother goes into class and is talking to the teacher about it, and then she hauled off and slapped her,shouting "how do you like it when someone twice your size slaps you?"

The crowd loves the big payoff.

Vanessa:  But I have to say I love the French school system...it's one of the best in the world but it is very strict.

Jeff:  Did you change schools after that though?

Vanessa:  Yes. I did.


In response to a question, Vanessa says the most beautiful place she's ever been is Monaco.  Her family took the train there for a 2-week vacation every year and the rocks and cliffs are magnificent.

Then Jeff asked about her previous professional poker player profession.  What were the challenges?  What about the risks? Why did she leave it as a profession?

Vanessa:  Well, you asked a lot there.  The big thing about poker is that you work for yourself.  You can sleep in and it's a free lifestyle, so I really liked that part.  But it's great when things are good, and you're winning.  It's exciting, and you do get that rush, and that is why people get addicted.  I don't have an addictive personality, so I just thought of it as a job.

Austin:  Wow.

Vanessa:  The part you don't see in the movies or on TV is that the downside is that when you work, you can actually lose money.  A lot of money.  It's not like when you don't work you don't make money...you can go to work and still lose money.  I think as people get older, they become more risk-averse, and it gets harder and harder as you go.  You can have a bad week...a bad month...and it's highly stressful and that can't be healthy.  And beyond that...I did a lot of different types of gambling, but with poker this is most apparent.   when you have a good day and win, someone across the table from you loses, and that feeling kind of adds up in your soul.  In order for you to win, someone else in the world has to lose.  You're basically going through life looking for the loophole and exploiting it.  It's not fulfilling in the way that music can be.  With music, I can move people and make them dance...it's a much more rewarding way of life.  I did gambling for 2 years, to answer your question.

Liz:  Wow.


Jeff asked her how Big Brother correlates to poker, and she gave a really eloquent answer, saying life is a risk sometimes, and there is always a risk and a reward.

Vanessa:  But with this, I went into it thinking it could be a win-win, because if you have the right attitude, even if you don't win the money,you've still had the opportunity to learn about yourself and evolve to a higher level of conscientiousness and who you are as a person and where you're going in life so that can make you a winner.

The studio audience cheered and clapped.

***ALSO***

Did you know that Vanessa appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue?  She wasn't one of the models in the swimsuit "story", but she was there, all right.




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