Big Brother 13: Interview with Rachel's Mom, Noreen
Last summer, after Big Brother 12 was over, I went to TheVegasBash and had a complete blast. So much so that I'll be going back for it again this year. I hope to see many of you there!
In addition to meeting and getting to hang out with many of the HGs and fans that I've been talking to for years, I also got to meet Rachel's parents. They're absolutely lovely people.
What follows is a BBDish exclusive: Part 1 of a 2 part Interview with Rachel's Mom, Noreen! I hope you enjoy it!
BBDishCarolyn: Hi Noreen, Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with me! With 2 daughters getting married, and your own business, I'm sure you're incredibly busy!
Noreen Reilly: You are 100% correct with that statement! But these are beautifully busy activities. We have been planning the weddings and gown shopping…I must say, when a mom sees her daughter put on a beautiful wedding gown…I am certain that for all mom’s, it is one of those teary eyed moments. All of sudden you are flooded with the images of your little girl playing in the back yard, hair blowing in the breeze, and now you sit here amazed at the woman she has become. Chills go up and down your spine!
BBDishCarolyn: It was so great meeting you last year in Vegas. I hope to see you again after BB13. Tell me, are you watching the feeds this season?
Noreen Reilly: Well my dear, you know I was so taken with your warmth that we purchased the live feeds through BBDish this year.
BBDishCarolyn: Wow! Thanks! That's so sweet of you!
NoreenReilly: I am able to watch the feeds at pivotal points, and of course I watch the show. We talk to the television, telling Rachel and Brendon what they should be doing! LOL! Of course we TiVo it. I also read your transcripts. They are so entertaining.
BBDishCarolyn: Thanks so much, Noreen... Now, Rachel just won her 2nd HoH, and we're only 3 weeks into the season. Has Rachel always been such a competitor?
NoreenReilly: I am amazed at Rachel’s ability to consistently win HoH. I am so proud of her abilities. She trains hard to win these competitions. She takes it seriously. Rachel has always been a competitor. Kevin and I have always enrolled Rachel and Elissa in activities. Additionally, my husband’s family are competitors. AAARG!
BBDishCarolyn: Did Rachel do anything special to get ready for Big Brother?
NoreenReilly: Well yes. As I said, I am amazed at Rachel’s commitment to this game. She loves the show and takes her role so seriously. She trains at the gym; watches back episodes; and studies the game. At the gym she lifts weights and trains with ankle weights to make her legs stronger. I think these training exercises are apparent on the show. Additionally she has a true affection for the game and the people who work on it.
BBDishCarolyn: Do you have any favorite Rachel moments from the show?
NoreenReilly: I love: "Are you ready for Double Trouble???" "Who wants to see my HoH Room" and I love the way she looks at Brendon!! Of course, I love it when she or Brendon win anything! We go wild at our home! We do the happy dance!!
BBDishCarolyn: What do you think about Brendon on the show?
NoreenReilly: Well let me say that I do love Brendon on the show. He is playing a thoughtful and strategic game. He is so physically able, and pours his heart and strength out for the game!
BBDishCarolyn: Rachel and Brendon have had their share of arguments in the house this season. How do you feel about your son-in-law to be?
NoreenReilly: Oh My Goodness! Brendon is the most thoughtful and considerate young man. I was staying in a condo in Vegas, after the first show, to spend some time with Rachel. Brendon wanted to stay with Rachel and I, so I could get to know him, and feel comfortable with him. He could have stayed at Rachel’s apartment. He could have easily said, no thanks, and I would have understood. But Brendon emphasized that he wanted me to get to know him. He genuinely is so much fun! Full of life and energy! Smart and polite. He would open doors for me; and always make certain that I got where I wanted to go. He would open doors for Rachel and always made certain she was comfortable.
BBDishCarolyn: Are they argumentative like this outside the house, or do you attribute this to the pressure-cooker environment?
NoreenReilly: Brendon is very attentive, and honestly I never saw a controlling side. I never saw them argue once. It was the same when he came to our home at Thanksgiving. When Rachel visited us in June they talked on the phone 3 and 4 times a day at least. My family loves Brendon. I just think that they both want this so badly.
BBDishCarolyn: Is there any advice would you like to give them?
NoreenReilly: I would advise them to chill. You are only young once.
BBDishCarolyn: Given the opportunity, what do you think Brendon and Rachel would want to say to their fans?
NoreenReilly: Oh Carolyn, Rachel and Brendon are so passionate about their fans. They have a deep respect for their fans and how they put themselves out for Rachel or Brendon. So since Brenchel frequently talks about the affection that they have for their fans, I think first they would say: We love you; we thank you and you mean the world to us. When life gets crazy our family and you are the rays of sunshine that we think about.
Dishers... Stay tuned for part 2 of the interview with Rachel's mom. I'll be publishing it later this week... :0)
Labels: BB13 Interviews