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Summarized by Kent Larsen

BYU Coed In MTV's The Real World
New York NY Post 25May00 P2
By Don Kaplan

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- A 20-year-old BYU coed will be one of the cast members of the upcoming season of MTV's reality-based show "The Real World." To produce the hit show, MTV dumped seven strangers in a house in New Orleans and filmed them for five months to see what transpires among them. The resulting 2,135 hours of tape were then cut into 22 half-hour episodes for the cable channel's next season. The new season begins June 13th.

Last year, the show got the best ratings in its history, as it featured sex, spontaneous nudity and a wild cast member with a drinking problem -- all revealed in the first 15-minutes of the season. Executive producer Jonathan Murray says that this year's show is a little tamer, "It's a little less dysfunctional than last year - not that dysfunction is bad. These kids are a little more grounded and I think their stories are a little more relate-able - and the big story this year is romance."

BYU coed Julie is involved in one of the romances, with 21-year-old Georgia Tech junior Matt.According to the Post, Julie is a committed Mormon and has a more sheltered upbringing than the rest of the cast, "I definitely was naive in some ways," she says. "I think I'm a very different person walking out of this than I was walking into it." The Post also indicates that Julie is prone to crying.

Murray says that the show's success comes from how unpredictable it is, "It's a crazy chemistry experiment," he says. "You have seven combustible elements and we're never quite sure how those elements are going to collide with each other to produce something new."


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