Last week, MTV viewers were taken into the life of Pennsylvania 20-something Chelsea Settles. In addition to dealing with the growing pains of post-adolescent life, Settles is on a mission to lose weight and get healthy for the first time.
There are some funny scenes in the premiere, but there are also a lot of real moments as she struggles with her desire to grow up, get healthy, move to L.A. and pursue a career in the fashion industry. The show's first episode wasn't all that easy for Settles to watch.
"It was really weird for me," she told MTV News. "It was weird for me to see my name on the [television] guide, hearing my voice [on the show]. I was pacing around the house; I was really worried. ... I felt like, 'Is that really me? Do I really sound like that?'
"I feel like I have more of a zest and more of a glow for life now, and back then, I didn't have that. I didn't realize I cried that much."
The show includes her support system: her mom, grandmother and cousin Jarel, who all try to push Settles out of her comfort zone. Fans will also get to know her boyfriend, Rory, who is in the army and not as supportive of her decisions. They all have played a part in Settles' commitment to getting healthy and getting to know herself better.
"It was still heartbreaking — just seeing how unhappy I was," she said." I was tripped out that I had allowed myself to get to that point. I was really unhappy, and I can't believe I would have settled living my life that way forever. I'm so thankful I took the chance to turn things around.
"When it came to helping myself, I suppressed everything. For me, this whole journey has been about finding myself and learning to lean on other people for support."
In the show's second episode, airing tonight (October 18), Settles heads out west to the City of Angels. After a traumatizing night out at a club in the first episode, where she was bullied for her appearance, viewers will get to see her attempt to hit the social scene again, learn more about her family and watch her try her hand at new job experiences. They'll be a lot of ups and downs, that's for sure.
"On the next episode, you get to meet Jenna, my roommate, and I'm really excited about that. That's going to be a trip, because we're completely opposite. We're like 'The Odd Couple,' " she teased. "She's a really fun girl, so that'll be really cool.
"You'll get to see our relationship. There are ups and downs, just like any type of situation dealing with roommates," she continued. "This was my first time having a roommate, so you'll see a lot of the relationship drama. There will be some other guys and flirty things going on. You'll see training, which was a nightmare, because I am not athletic."
Don't miss the new episode of "Chelsea Settles," airing tonight (October 18) at 11 p.m. ET/PT (10 Central) on MTV.