Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Meet Rachel Swindler - All Her World's a Stage. #BB20

The next house guest on my list is Rachel Swindler, who is 29 and hails from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and is just bursting with energy as she begins her conversation with Ross.

We already have two house guests with connections to Hilton Head, South Carolina, but in contrast to Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach is quite a touristy area.  There are numerous golf courses in the area, but there are also a lot of tourist destination-type restaurants, mini golf courses and strip clubs.  Myrtle Beach is the Las Vegas of South Carolina, so to speak. So same planet, different world from HIlton Head Island.

Rachel is very smiley and kind of bounces in her seat as Ross looks closely, studying her.

Ross:  I'm....trying to pick up a vibe from you....

She introduced herself and they shook hands.

Rachel:  I'm Rachel.

Ross:  I'm Ross.

Rachel:  I KNOW!

Rachel immediately knows she's in the Diary Room, so it's clear she is familiar with the show.  Or, she's at least watched the preseason interviews before, because in every preseason BB interview they talk about being in the Diary Room. Note that there was no reference to "Friends" at all from either of them, even though it was all I could think about at the time.

Rachel lives in Las Vegas now and says she is a performer.  Ross was very excited by this.

Rachel:  I act...I sing....I dance....I do it all!

Ross, cautiously:  So you're a fan, right?

Rachel:  I'm a fan, yes. Since BB1.  I've been watching since the very beginning.

Ross:  That was a good one, right?  I was in the audience at the Finale of that one.

Rachel:  OH!  I remember that!  From your season!  I watched Celebrity too, of course.

Ross asked her if she knows what it takes to win, then.

Rachel:  Jury management!

Ross, surprised:  Jury management.  Well that's part of it.  That's an interesting answer.  So how are you going to manage the Jury?

Rachel says she has great social skills and knows how to work with a lot of different people due to her job.  She also says she does "brand ambassador" stuff at conventions so she has learned to relate to a lot of different people through that work, too.

Rachel:  I have to work with the truckers, and the people who take out the trash, and the people who make the I want to use that experience to work a lot of angles.

Rachel may be in event management, where she helps run the huge conventions that meet in Las Vegas every day.  That would involve arranging for all the services she just mentioned, or she could be working the booths at different industry events.  Like modeling clothes at a jeans convention or something.  Rachel is very theatrical in the way she speaks and moves her body around to emphasize her words.  I took a lot of pictures of her because she moved around a lot.  (During some of the other house guest interviews, Ross was the only one expressing himself that way.)

Rachel wants to be sure she doesn't isolate herself in a corner with one person.  She wants to be sure she forms a connection with each person, and create a relationship with each one.  Then when she needs to step it up in a competition, she can do that as well.  She uses air quotes as she finishes her statement by saying "hopefully".

Ross:  So you have a good understanding of it.

Rachel:  I do.

Ross wondered what types of mistakes Rachel might make in the house.  Rachel was prepared for that, saying that she's an emotional person.

Rachel:  I'm a cancer, so I think with this (her heart) instead of this (her head) sometimes.  So if someone in there taps that side of me, I might end up letting somebody get away with something they wouldn't normally get away with.

(Like, maybe you would normally snatch someone's wig if they talk smack about you?)

(Look how Ross is staring at Rachel in these pictures.  I'm not sure how to say this, but I think he was trying to figure out if she' as a woman.  Because of how tall I think she is, and the quite heavy makeup application.  Don't get mad at me.....I'm just pointing out how he is evaluating her in a different manner than the other house guests he's interviewed. And the "trying to get a vibe" comment he made earlier was kind of strange, too.)

Rachel tells Ross she's single, and Ross tells us that Big Brother did a great job casting this season. 

Ross, for the millionth time today:  So, is there a chance for a showmance this summer?

Rachel:  Yes, there is a chance.  I'd LIKE to have a showmance...

Ross, shook: You WANT to have a showmance?  How is that going to help your Jury Management?

Rachel admits that might throw a kink into her plans, but she hopes she can manage that as well, and "not get too invested" in the other person.

Rachel:  I don't want to be seen as a threat, so I would get into a showmance, but I don't want it to affect my game.  I'm an emotional person, so I need to manage that.

Ross says it seems like she knows herself, but it might be a lot of work to manage all of that in there.  He mentioned the isolation, and then asked her if there is anything that scares her about being on the show.

Rachel says maybe, but she doesn't think she is overconfident about her chances.  She's not going in there bragging about how she's "got this" or anything.

Ross:  But what about the day to day things.?  Like the one bathroom, or being cut off from the outside world, the never being able to leave the house....

(GREAT questions from Ross here.)

Rachel doesn't like the idea of not being able to do what she wants to do, and never being able to leave, but she worked in a theme park once where she had to share a bathroom with twelve other people (on the strip in Myrtle Beach, most likely) so she's used to uncomfortable living situations.  She doesn't think that will bother her very much.

Rachel:  I have to admit, I'm a little messy sometimes.

Ross:  Oh, YOU'RE messy?  That might bug some of the other house guests.  Do YOU have any pet peeves?  Anything that will bother you about other people?

Rachel doesn't like people who are rude, or condescending to her, or people who will talk down to her for no reason.  And now it's time for the Big Question, the win and be hated or lose and be loved, and Rachel gave the answer that I expected, based on her chosen profession.

Rachel: I think I'd like to lose and be loved......

Ross, with a blank stare:   ***crickets***

Rachel: that the right answer?

Ross:  It's YOUR answer.  But you're okay going away and being away from your family just to lose the whole game?

Rachel: But I'm not going to lose the whole game.  I don't want America to hate me though.  Maybe it's that emotional heart I have.

(Maybe Rachel tailors her message to what the other person wants to hear.  Maybe Rachel is performing right now, trying to be who she thinks Ross wants her to be.)

Now it's time for Rachel to tell the viewers why it is we should root for her.

Rachel:  Hey you guys!  You should vote for me because I'm a Super Fan.  I've been watching since season #1 and I love it with all my heart!  I'm gonna play it with all my heart!  Hopefully I'll be funny and be able to bring my big quirky personality into the house!  So root for me!  Vote for me!  I'll be playing this game not only for myself, but for you as well!


Ross:  There you have it.  Have fun in there.  You promise?

Rachel:  I will!

She blows us a kiss and is gone, off to play the game "for us".


Well, there is no denying that Rachel is a very captivating, dynamic person.  The first news that grabbed my attention about her is that Jackie from BB17 announced that Rachel was her best friend.

Jackie was an interesting BB player herself, having been recruited to play after being cast on a season of The Amazing Race where each team was introduced to each other at the starting line.  Her TAR teammate Jeff Weldon was also cast on BB17, but Jackie didn't really come alive in the game until after Jeff was evicted.  She was on the wrong side of the action, but she still put up a feisty fight.

This is the video of Rachel embedded in that last tweet. It's kind of amazing.  She does lots of costume changes and is acting out scenes from movies, songs, you name it.  She is unbelievably talented and hard to look away from.

I'm sure Rachel has watched Big Brother on TV as described, but I would have liked Ross to confirm a few details about her experience with BB for us.  Are they allowed to mention that they know previous players?  Wouldn't that be interesting for the fans to know?   For example, she could have said she's always watched the CBS episodes whenever she could, but after her good friend was cast on BB17 she got into watching the live feeds, or got in internet battles defending Jackie's game or something. 

Because wouldn't you do that if your friend was on Big Brother?  I mean, if you weren't already obsessive about keeping up with the action in the house?  Is it strange that no discussion of this came up?  I think it is.  I realize Ross didn't know that Rachel was a friend of Jackie's, but I find it odd that Rachel didn't (or couldn't) even mention the fact that her friend has been on TWO prime time CBS reality shows.

I'll just say it: Rachel Swindler is not my kind of BB player.  I'm sure she's a nice girl and all, but she's looking for a showmance, she doesn't mind losing as long as America loves her, and I suspect she is telling us what she thinks we want to hear.  She even said she wouldn't want to "get invested" in her showmance partner.  In other words, it would be for the show, all for show.  My opinion, anyway.

Plus she said it herself---she's a performer.  I prefer real people who play the game in a genuine fashion.  I think Rachel is going to piss off the live feeders BIG TIME by singing all the time on the live feeds.  It's part of who she is...she can't help it.  Jackie wasn't theatrical about things at all, but she was a dancer, not an "everything" performer and actress like Rachel is.

Let's check out Rachel's CBS bio to see if we see anything of note.

Most of what is reported here corresponds with what she told Ross.  But the Bible part threw me a little bit.  And if her monkey impression is what I think it is, complete with the screeching noises, than it might be a long summer.  Because everything is amplified when you're wearing headphones.

I'm not mad at what she says about using her power over men to get big tips.  Except that she didn't tell us that she's a waitress or server, did she?  I mean, she might have mentioned it, if that's how she really makes her living.   I used to have a job where I needed people to give me information, so I developed what I called the "mental shove" technique, where I used my facial expressions and peripheral hand motions to gain people's cooperation.  It worked, too, so I can't blame Rachel for using whatever powers of persuasion help optimize her income.

And "Craychel" is a cute nickname. I'm sure Rachel (and Craychel) is a blast to hang out with.  When she was talking to Ross I envisioned her getting into a screaming match with someone, even though she was being sweet as pie to Ross. 

I can't predict much about Rachel's BB game this summer.   It really depends on how she interacts with the other girls, and how well she is able to read other people's body language and other social cues and how willing she is to respond to those cues.  Can she really just sit back and let other people enjoy the spotlight?  Or is everything always going to be about her?

I'm only halfway through this cast as far as the intro posts go, but I have to say its an intriguing mix of personalities and energy levels.  Lots of athletic people as well.

But what about those pesky rumors that involve Rachel, which if true, are not something she would be aware of yet.  Having just focused on Rachel for an hour or so, I'm not sure the rumors are true.  I may post about them later today, but I don't know if I want to feed the Fake News trolls, if it's fabricated based on other rumors that have been floating for at least a week.

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