We’re curious creatures here at TVgasm, and with The Real World scouring the country for new roommates in its nineteenth season, we decided to ask the show’s casting director, Damon Furberg, a few questions about the process. Finally, TVgasm would get to the bottom of all those Real World scandals!
Actually, we just really wanted to know why there’s never any fat people on the show. Find out the answer to that and many more pressing issues with our brief Q&A after the jump.
Pulitzer, here I come!B-Side: Would you cast someone like Paula again? You know, someone with severe emotional issues?
Damon: You know, we try not to exclude anybody, first of all. I think that in the particuplar case of Paula what I’m happy about regarding that decision is that I think she came out of that process better off than when she went in. We’re always going to try to be as sensitive and as cautious as we can when we encounter things like that. In the end I think that what happened with Paula turned out to be a positive thing between her and the viewers.
From the perspective of a casting director, my main thing that I don’t want to have happen: I don’t want to feel like I put someone in a position where they were unhappy the entire time and they didn’t belong there; so that’s what I try to avoid.
B-Side: Are there minority quotas?
Damon: No. There really aren’t. I think that obviously the cast is diverse because the audience is diverse, but we certainly don’t go into it saying “We need x many people of this description or y many people of that description.” Bottom line is we’re going to pick the seven best people that year regardless of their skin color.
B-Side: Why are there never any fat people?
Damon: You know, we totally are again, we’re open to putting anyone on the show, it’s just like the right person of that description hasn’t shown up yet. To be honest with you, and I’m going to apologize in advance for putting Eric in this category, but Eric that we put in the Fresh Meat challenge as a larger guy — we had considered him for Real World, but we felt his personality was better for a competition show like Fresh Meat…. It’s really just coincidence. The right person is the right person regardless of everything including their size.