Signing up for “Real World” isn’t all fun and hot tubs, despite what it may look like each season. For the cast members, abandoning the comforts of home to shack up with a bunch of strangers in a strange city can be rather daunting, especially for the really sheltered folks or the ones who left a significant other behind. But even more unsettling for each individual is that they’ve traditionally been forced to kiss their precious cell phones goodbye for the duration of their stay. Communal landline? No texting? The horror!
In an act of unprecedented kindness, however, the “Real World” gods took pity on this season’s housemates and allowed them to hang onto their smartphones, even encouraging them at times to shoot video of their exploits. And while they were prohibited from posting anything to social media in the midst of filming, it’s all fair game now.
For the next couple of weeks leading up to the “Real World: Explosion” premiere (January 8 at 10/9c), we’re rolling out some of the best footage captured by each of the cast mates to give you a little taste of the crazy times ahead — check out the first of the “Ex-Cam” batch, shot by Jenny, which features some kitchen-talk of boners, obviously.