Big Brother star Elissa Reilly Slater, sister of Big Brother Season 13 winner Rachel Reilly, recently admitted that she initially didn’t want to go on the reality show to begin with. There was a lot happening in her life – like being a mom – that made her hesitant about going on the show.
Viewers first met Elissa on Season 15 of CBS’s Big Brother – the surveillance-based reality TV show that monitors 16 strangers as they live together and compete for $500,000. She was quickly a fan favorite, winning the MVP for the first three weeks in the house. That’s when other houseguests began to grow suspicious of her influence over the audience. While she managed to avoid getting eliminated in the first few weeks, she was evicted in week 10. But later, during the finale of the season, she was voted America’s Favorite Houseguest and won $25,000. While she has no regrets about doing the show now, Elissa apparently didn’t even want to be on Big Brother in the first place.
During an appearance on JC Mounduix’s AfterBuzz, Elissa said she initially didn’t want to go on Big Brother because she was a mom to her son Reily and felt too busy to commit to a reality TV series. She also didn’t watch the show aside from the seasons on which her sister appeared (Rachel was also a contestant on Season 12). But Rachel talked her sister into doing it, Elissa said, and now she’s a “super fan” and doesn’t regret going on the show at all, telling Mounduix, “It was an awesome experience and I had a great season and now I love the show so much.”
Elissa may have had her hesitations in the beginning about Big Brother, but it looks like her time on the show has fully paid off. The fitness and nutrition specialist is currently working on an app with her sister, and the two recently competed together on The Amazing Race, where they made it far, but weren’t exactly fan favorites. She’s also had a reoccurring role on the soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful and is currently working on another TV show.
In addition to appearing on reality TV, Elissa is a wife to her husband, Brent Slater, and mother to two sons. She’ll also soon be an aunt again. In the same interview where she admitted she had hesitations about being on TV, Rachel dropped the bombshell that she and husband, Brendon Villegas, are trying for baby number two. Elissa was excited, but also wanted her sister to stop making her cringe by talking about baby-making in front of her. Viewers will have to wait and see what’s in store next for Elissa and Rachel. Judging by their track record, reality TV viewers haven’t seen the last of the sisters yet.
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