Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Meet Jack Matthews: The Self Described "King of Average". #BB21

Jack Matthews is the next BB21 house guest we will be discussing here today.

Jeff:  I want you to meet my new friend...what is it ....Jason?  What's your name?

Jack, laughing:  Yeah, yeah.  It's JACK!  Jack.

Jeff:  Oh, okay!

Jack tells us that he's from Tampa Florida and is a professional photographer and videographer.   His voice has a nice timbre to it, with no trace of an accent (that I can hear, anyway).

Jeff lets us know they've already been chatting about the "Jason Mamoa" resemblance, and tells us that Jack has already told him that he doesn't watch Game of Thrones.

Jeff: So you already know you look like him and you just have to get used to it.

Jack:  I'm already used to it and I hear people saying it all the time, like in the airport they say 'hey Aquaman, I saw your movie and I loved it!"

Jeff thinks that's cool and Jack agrees, saying it could be worse because he could look like Pee Wee Herman or something.  Big Jeff knows they're headed down the wrong path there so he qualifies that Pee Wee is a funny guy, though, and Jack agrees that Pee Wee has had a successful career as well.

(Why not Pee Wee Herman for the next Celebrity BB?)

In case you're like me and don't watch any action-adventure movies, this is Jason Mamoa, and yeah, there is a definite resemblance.  If Jack didn't like being bothered about it, he could easily shave to make it a little less noticeable.  Just saying.

And I thought Adrian Grenier played Aquaman, that's how clueless I am about all of this stuff.  (Entourage, anybody?)

Jeff asked if Jack is a fan of Big Brother and Jack said not only has he seen every episode of the CBS show, he's also a live feeder and posted on JokersUpdates for three years.


It really went something like this:

Jeff:  So, are you a fan of Big Brother?

Jack:  Yeah.

And then Jeff wisely moved on to discuss whether Jack has a strategy for the game or not.  I hope nobody even told Jack about the live feeds and that he skimmed right over that part of his contract.

Jack said he does have a strategy for the game but he's gotten the impression during Press Day that it might not be a good one. Big Jeff pointed to the cameras and told Jack that da fans are watching him now and we're meeting him for the first time, so it's a safe space for him to speak openly.  Jeff clarifies that da Diary Room is always a safe space for him to speak.

Jack:  So they they say...until they throw a wrench in the spokes and say 'we're releasing all of it!'

Jeff laughs along with Jack about that, probably unaware of the wide array of technical errors committed by the audio department over the years.  You know, like when they broadcast part of Shelby's previously-recorded DR session over the loudspeakers during BBOTT for the entire cast to hear.  And it was the juicy part, with Shelby mentioning taking the LSAT when she had successfully hid the fact that she just finished law school for the entire season.

Jack calmly tells Big Jeff that he's been a competitor all of his life and played sports all throughout high school,  but winning  HoH competitions may not be in his best interest.

Jack:  I'd like to win a lot of PoV competitions, but winning HoH competitions isn't going to be my priority.

Jeff: You're talking about that first HoH competition?  Or all of them throughout the season?

Jack:  Well...definitely not that first one.  But that first HoH's a free-for-all. I don't know that I could necessarily win that one. It's just going to be so "out there".  There's so many mental aspects and so many physical aspects and there are so many competitors in the game at that point.

While we're on the topic of the first HoH competition, this friendly BB fan let us all know what he learned from his TV Guide Magazine.

It sounded to me like the "Black Box" competition to me (HATE IT) but Bryan reached out with some of his ideas about how the events might unfold on Premiere Night.  And he's probably right, based on the pictures we see in the article.

Regardless, I'm sure Production wants Jack to try his hardest to win this comp, because the CBS Promotions Department (or whoever) would love to use Jack's face and body to attract viewers for at least the first few weeks of the season.  And we all know that showmances always start when one of the single guys wins the first HoH because it gives them power and ladies are always attracted to power. Not to mention the privacy of the plush HoH suite.

Examples of 1st HoH Winners:  McCrae (Amanda) BB15, Cody (Jessica) BB19, Tyler (Angela) BB20

And Caleb win the first HoH of BB16, and he certainly had a showmance with Amber in his imagination.

Jeff wondered what Jack's best attribute in the game will be, and it's clear that Jack has learned to use self-deprecation to make himself seem more approachable in comparison to the Average Joe, probably throughout his life.  Because looking at him...just imagine if he came off in a cocky way.  He'd seem like such a dick because he is such a physical specimen.

Jack:  I'm really average at a lot of stuff.  I'm really well-rounded, but I'm not great at any one thing.  I'm the King of Average.

Jeff: So what you're saying is that's a positive because you're good at everything, but not great at one thing.

Jack thinks his downfall is that he's "kind of a control freak" but is aware of it and he's trying to get better about that.  Jeff wondered if there's a certain type of person that gets under Jack's skin in a bad way and he had an immediate answer.

Jack:  For me socially, like if I'm hanging out with somebody or meeting them for the first time, it's the one-upper.  The person who always has a better story in any situation, whether I'm trying to tell a story or trying to meet someone and make middle ground with them.  It's always "I DID THIS" or "I DID THAT"...those guys kind of rub up on me a little bit.

Jeff immediately tried to do some improv with Jack about being a one-upper.

Jeff:  Did you ever climb Mount Fuji?

Jack:  No....

Jeff:  I did!

Jack:  But I did climb Mount Kilimanjaro...that's the thing!  That's what I'm talking about!  Oh, you did Fuji?  I did Kilimanjaro!  That's what I'm talking about!

Jeff laughed and then Jack asked him if he actually climbed Mt. Fuji and Jeff admitted that he did.

Jack:  When, on The Amazing Race?

Jeff:  No, just in life. But this is all about you...

Jack:  I like learning about you.

This little conversation set off fireworks in the BB community because when Bella Wang interviewed with Jeff a short time later, she told him she climbed Mt.Kilimanjaro and Jeff smirked at us in a knowing way. Bella really went on and on about it, too, not one-upping Jeff per se but obviously proud of the accomplishment.

But now that there is speculation about some sort of secret pairs season (see discussion near the bottom of this post) the fans are rabidly trying to determine if Jack and Bella might be a secret duo in the game.  I posted a snapshot of Bella's Instagram where she mentions that she climbed the mountain with "Billy and his cousin", so I guess Jack could be the cousin.  But if that were the case, I'm pretty sure the BB fans would have already found out exactly who "Billy" is and would have mapped out his entire family tree.  Because BB fans aren't just mad, they have mad skills, yo.

Jeff says Jack has a tough exterior and looks like he works out, but when was the last time he cried?

Jack:  Oh...I cried yesterday.

Jack explained that the show preparation put him in sequester alone for a certain period of time, and he got kind of locked in with himself and he got taken away from everything else.

Jack:  Everything else just kind of melts away and you have the time to just reflect on your life.  And everything you've done, and how you view your life and what is your priority and how you want your future to be.  I was kind of reflecting on myself and I shed a tear or two.

Jeff appreciates Jack sharing that with us, saying it takes a real man to admit that, and he cries a lot himself.  (He told Sam Smith that since he's become a dad, lots of things make him cry.)

Jeff:  There's a lot of downtime in the house.  Do think you'll be doing a lot of reflecting and crying in there?  (LOL)

Jack isn't going to say he knows what the future holds, but he's pretty sure that some tears will be shed and Jeff says he can pretty much guarantee that.  Jeff wondered how Jack will deal with other people's emotions and if he will be able to backstab people in the game.

Jack:  For a half million dollars, I think it's a must.  You have to figure that out whether you're comfortable or not with it.

If Jack wins the Big Prize, he says he's going to be "kinda lame" about it because the first thing he wants to do is travel and see the world.  He wants to take off from work and make time for himself to do that.  After that he'll buy a house, maybe buy a commercial property and start renting it out.

Jeff:  You got plans!

Jeff wondered if Jack will miss a certain someone while he's in the house, or family or pets.

Jack says he will miss his puppy Layla because she's his everything.  He also has a cat named Celine Dion but I guess he won't miss her as much.  The cat came about from an ex-girlfriend but it sounds like Jack has primary custody now.  He planned to name all of his pets with celebrity names like Frank Sinatra and Celine Dion but the name Layla just came to him and he knew it was right.

Layla is a black lab.  Jeff thinks he needs to get a fish and call it Jason Mamoa and Jack agrees, saying it should be a fighting fish like a Beta.

Then Jeff asks the Big Question:  Would Jack like to win and be hated by America, or lose and be loved?

Jack:  Whew.  Man.  Part of me wants to say lose and be loved, but let's get that money.  If you guys hate me, I'm sorry, but I'm gonna get that money.

Jeff wonders what Jack's hashtag would be and Jack said "LongHairDon'tCare". I hate to tell him, but I think the Hippies on the Amazing Race already took that.  Jeff is obviously smitten with Jack and so are we.


I watched Jack's interview with Ika Wong for ET Canada and he just gets better and better.  Look at Ika's subliminal hand motion here.  So close but yet so far, right Ika?

Here are a few highlights with new information from Ika's interview:

*  Jack claimed to be a 10/10 on the Nervous Scale, but it certainly didn't look that way.
*  Jack would love to be able to save someone in the game by winning a PoV for them.
*  Jack is single and said he was sure when prodded by Ika.  He's married to his dog, he says (Kayla Matthews).
*  He can't say one way or another about getting into a showmance this season.  Jack said he likes to "be here right now and live in the moment and will see where that takes him".  (In my experience, that is exactly how you start making out with someone you didn't plan to...just saying.)
*  Jack is a naturally curious person who likes to ask people questions to learn about them, and he likes people who do the same when it comes to him as well.
* Jack's fake laugh was pretty good but Ika said she didn't feel badly for him at all when he gave her his "sad face".  Jack is charmed by Ika, I can tell.  He called her Honey at one point, but in a good way.
*  Jack can wiggle his ears and seeing it was crazy.
*  He says his hair isn't a big deal to him but then said he would not shave it for a competition.  He's only had long hair for about three years, he said.  (Um....isn't that when Jason Mamoa became a thing?  Was that a choice you made, Jack?)
*  Jack would rather win the game and not be respected than lose and be a legend.
*  He's gonna win Big Brother because he's the good guy, and sometimes the good guys win.

Look, I don't have much to say about this guy at this point. I have a huge crush on him now and feel all fluttery about it.  I might as well post the video so you can feel that way too.  There's got to be some darkness about him somewhere, but as of right now he seems like the perfect guy.

But on second thought, if Jack Matthews is such a great guy, what in the heck is he doing on this show?

Oh...apparently the local Tampa news described Jack as a "fitness trainer" in all of his local press about Big Brother.  But maybe that is an error CBS made when they sent the info out, or maybe Jack does training as a side gig or something.  I think this is his media business Facebook page in Tampa.

He made this account private, which is obviously a great idea.  I don't want to post any of his other pictures because I think they might be copyrighted or something.  I've been getting some backlash from Blogger so I'm trying to be careful about stuff like that.

(Does anyone know why my blog posts aren't being posted to Twitter automatically anymore?  I've been trying to troubleshoot potential reasons for that but I can't figure it out.  That function worked just fine earlier in 2019...)

Jack grew up in Chicago, apparently, so Jessica Milagros might be his secret partner, if the suspicions about that potential twist are correct.  And she's a model, and models work with photographers, so there's that.

Reviewing Jack's CBS bio should take us less than 10 seconds.  He's brief and to the point here.

Um, I can verify that Jack has large hands.  Two of the pictures I snapped of him make that fact abundantly clear. I wasn't gong to bring it up, but since he did, it's fair game.

I look forward to seeing Jack walk on his hands in the BB backyard one day soon.  Like next Sunday, June 30th.  That's the day the house guests should have unfettered access to the BB backyard.  Mark your calendars now, friends.


  1. Jack definitely comes off much better in person than he did on his CBS bio. I think he will be a huge fan favorite this season.

  2. Didn't you have a crush on one guy on a past season that backfired? I hope this one doesn't disappoint.


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