Although there have now been seemingly millions of different reality shows in the history of television, before we followed along with who a bachelor or bachelorette would choose to marry and if someone could become a millionaire, there was just MTV’s The Real World to watch for drama.
Bringing together a cast of seven, attractive 20-somethings, the show has always provided the perfect amount of crazy, yet social awareness, to fill us TV junkies with what we need.
And with the most recent season throwing and even bigger twist by bringing cast members’ exes on the show, the producers may have even outdone themselves.
But after 29 seasons on-air, who are the most famous people from the casts? Keep reading and you’ll find out.
5. Mike Mizanin (The Real World: Back to New York)
During his season, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin was often seen getting drunk and busting into his alter-ego, “The Miz.”
Little did anyone know then that he would be more than just a drunken punchline, becoming one of the most popular pro wrestlers in the WWE, even winning the heavyweight belt a number of times.
He may have driven his roommates up the wall with his act, but that little stunt got him a career as an entertainer in the ring.
4. Mallory Snyder (The Real World: Paris)
Although there have been plenty of attractive people throughout the years, very few can claim that they were as top-shelf as Mallory Snyder, who was cast for the season in Paris.
Often chased by fellow housemate Ace, Snyder proved that there was a good reason for that, turning her TV appearance into a full-fledged modeling career by being featured in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue and modeling for companies like J. Crew and Abercrombie & Fitch.
3. Jamie Chung (The Real World: San Diego)
She may have been soft-spoken and nonconfrontational during her season, but Jamie Chung has proven that she was really just saving herself for a bigger role in front of the camera—as she has gone on to a somewhat successful acting career.
With roles in movies like Grown Ups and The Hangover Part II, as well as recurring parts on a number of different TV shows, Chung may not have been the star of her season then, but is arguably the biggest of her former housemates’ now.
2. Jacinda Barrett (The Real World: London)
While most viewers don’t remember much from this season—besides maybe cast member Neil Forrester’s tongue being bit off during a gig with his band—one of his roomies became quite the actress.
With roles in movies like Ladder 49 and The Middle Men, Jacinda Barrett proved that she had both the looks and talent to be more than just a one-hit wonder in front of the camera.
1. Sean Duffy (The Real World: Boston)
A kid from a small, Wisconsin town, Sean Duffy proved that he was one of the nice guys during his season of being on The Real World, often playing peacemaker and stopping feuds before they escalated.
That type of leadership led Duffy all the way to Capitol Hill believe it or not, as he has served two terms in the House of Representatives from his home-state of Wisconsin.
He also happens to be married to former The Real World: San Francisco cast member Rachel Campos-Duffy, who is best-known for her fling with then housemate, Puck.
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