For 33 drama-filled seasons, we watched as eight strangers were picked to live in a house to find out what happens when (say it with us now!) people stop being polite and start getting real. Yes, we're talking about The Real World. If you were lucky enough to watch the series play out live on television in the '90s and into the early aughts, then you'll recognize many of these fan favorites. We dug deep into the past and present to bring you an update on some of the most popular The Real World roommates of all time, below.
When Karamo Brown joined the cast of The Real World: Philadelphia in 2004, it was a monumental moment, as he was the first openly gay Black man to appear on the show. Afterward, Brown was recognized at the 16th Annual GLAAD Media Awards for sharing his story on the series.
After his season ended, Brown appeared in MTV's spin-off show, The Challenge. He didn't return to TV until 2012, when he began appearing on talk shows as a correspondent. In 2018, his career exploded when he was cast in Netflix's Queer Eye as the culture expert. Following his newfound success, he released a memoir and a podcast.
The Boston native rose to fame in 2003 on The Real World: Paris and was the "bad boy" amongst his roommates, who included Adam King, Mallory Snyder, Ace Amerson, and Christina Trainor.
Tamburello has remained in the MTV spotlight as a regular competitor on The Challenge. Since 2004, he has regularly appeared on the show, including the most recent season. In 2018, he married Lilianet Solares.
Jamie Chung was only 20 years old when she was on The Real World: San Diego in 2004. Afterward, she joined the cast of Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno II in 2005. "It's a great experience that I would never trade for the world," Chung told the BUILD Series about her time on reality TV, while lamenting about the lack of privacy.
Many people are surprised by Chung's Real World past since she's managed to turn it into something most reality stars have failed to do: a successful acting career. She's appeared in movies like The Hangover Part III, Eden, Sorority Row, and Grown Ups. She's been married to One Tree Hill actor Bryan Greenberg since 2015.
In 2004, Cameran Eubanks arrived by boat to her beachfront pad in The Real World: San Diego. She made an impression with audiences and quickly became a fan-favorite cast member who had a massive crush on her roommate, Brad.
After her time in California, Eubanks moved back to her native South Carolina, but managed to continue her work in reality TV on Bravo's Southern Charm. The Charlestonian works as a real estate broker and has been married to her husband, Jason Wimberly, since 2014. They welcomed a daughter, Palmer, in 2018.
Who could forget Irulan Wilson, one of the cast members of the iconic season of The Real World: Las Vegas in 2002? The popular cast member returned to MTV the year after she left The Real World house to appear on The Challenge.
When MTV decided to go international in 1995 with The Real World: London, the Australian native was one of the lucky people cast in the show. Unfortunately, the season wasn't super memorable, besides the fact that it was shot across the pond.
After she made her TV debut, Barrett got her big break in the 1997 film, Campfire Tales. The actress has since appeared in Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason and Ladder 49, and earned guest spots on TV series like Suits and Bloodline. In 2018, she attended the royal wedding with her husband, Gabriel Macht, who co-starred on Suits with Meghan Markle.
Who could forget CT's roommate and frenemy, Adam King, on The Real World: Paris? King was a 24-year-old aspiring rapper who had a crush on his roommate, Mallory Snyder.
Robin Hibbard left behind her job at Coyote Ugly in Tampa, Florida, for her spot on the 2004 season of The Real World: San Diego. The outgoing and bubbly 24-year-old was known as the house's resident party girl.
The Southern belle and conservative Christian made a splash on the 2002 season of The Real World: Las Vegas—mostly in the hot tub. Her relationship with Steven was one of the most drama-filled storylines of the season.
You may know her as Paula Walnuts, the nickname she was given while living in The Real World: Key West house in 2006. The 25-year-old waitress became one of the season's most complex roommates due to her honesty and openness regarding her body issues, abusive boyfriend, and relationship with alcohol.
When he entered the Key West house in 2006, he was simply John Devenanzio from the University of Pennsylvania. By the time he left, he was known as Johnny Bananas due to all of the pranks he and Tyler Duckworth pulled in the house. For obvious reasons, he became a fan favorite.
Devenanzio turned his newfound fame into a lasting career on MTV and has appeared on 20 seasons of The Challenge. In 2015, he branched out into acting and was most recently in Reboot Camp. He also served as a host for NBC's travel show, 1st Look.
The Real World: Austin star entered the house in 2005 as a 20-year-old jock who was prone to getting into conflicts with his roommates...and had an ego to match.
An OG Real World star, Beth Stolarczyk appeared on season two in 1993, which took place in Los Angeles. She was known as the drama queen of the roommates—especially to Glen Naessens.
After appearing on numerous seasons of The Challenge, Stolarczyk started her own production company in 2004 and worked as a producer for networks like Pay-Per-View and DirecTV. She is married and has two children, Julia and Nicholas.
Coral Smith first appeared on television in 2001 as one of the castmates on The Real World: Back to New York. Throughout the season, which included a trip to Morocco, Smith stirred up plenty of drama, but was still a fan favorite.
Jenn Grijalva rose to fame on The Real World: Denver in 2006, where she was known as the party girl of the house. The audience couldn't get enough of the former Oakland cheerleader.
Rachel Campos was on The Real World: San Francisco in 1994, the third season of the show, and later returned to reality TV for Road Rules: All Stars in 1999. It was there that she met her husband, former The Real World: Boston cast member Sean Duffy.
Throughout her MTV career, Campos spoke openly about her Republican affiliation, so it shouldn't be a surprise that she currently works for Fox News. She's still married to Sean—he's a former Republican congressman—and they welcomed their ninth child together in 2019.
In 2001, Mike Mizanin was the loud mouth in the house on The Real World: Back to New York. The star constantly butted heads with roommate Coral Smith and earned his nickname "The Miz" during the season.
After gaining fame on The Real World, Mizanin took his new nickname and turned it into a professional wrestling career. He is currently signed to the WWE, where he performs for the SmackDown series. He's married to another professional wrestler, Maryse Ouellet, who has never seen his MTV episodes.
The show broke the fourth wall in 1998 when The Real World: Seattle star, David Burns, started dating the show's casting director. Although she was fired from the show, no one will forget Burns's emotional call to his girlfriend, Kira, which was (of course) captured by MTV cameras.
Burns appeared on The Challenge, but it wasn't long before he left the reality TV spotlight for good. "One of the producers from our show took me under his wing and taught me the activation game. I got into the event activation business and even selling sponsorship into MTV shows," Burns told MTV.com. After working in marketing and sales, he landed a job at the Los Angeles Times, overseeing advertising and business for entertainment and live events.
Tonya Cooley entered the spotlight in 2002 on The Real World: Chicago. Throughout the season, her storyline centered around her long distance relationship with her boyfriend, Justin.
After her time on The Real World, Cooley posed for Playboy and later joined the cast of several MTV spin-off series, including The Inferno II, Road Rules, and The Challenge. In 2011, she filed a lawsuit against MTV claiming she was sexual assaulted by two of her cast members. She settled with the production company and has kept a low profile ever since.
Mallory Snyder earned the reputation as the house's good girl on The Real World: Paris in 2003, when she left behind a soccer career at the University of Iowa for the show. Her unfortunate storyline was about if she would lose her virginity in the City of Lights. Spoiler alert: she didn't.
After appearing on The Real World, Snyder went on MTV's Inferno. She built a successful career as a Sports Illustrated model and married Greg Ochoa in 2018. From the looks of the former reality star's private Instagram account, she may be a mom.
Eric Nies became one of the first Real World cast members when he moved into a Manhattan loft with seven strangers for the first season in 1992. At the time, Nies was working as a male model, but the show landed him on various other reality shows, like The Grind and Confessions of a Teen Idol.
Ruthie Alcaide joined the MTV family on the eighth season of the show during The Real World: Hawaii. The show filmed in Honolulu, where Alcaide was born and raised.
After her inaugural season on The Real World, Alcaide appeared on various MTV shows, like The Gauntlet II, The Duel II, and Battle of the Sexes. Eventually, Alcaide's interest shifted behind the camera and she became a producer.
The reality show reached a milestone when Aneesa Ferrerira joined the cast of The Real World: Chicago as the first openly gay Black woman to appear on the series. After living unapologetically in the loft, Ferreira was heralded by the LBGTQ community for her appearance on the show.
After leaving the Chicago loft, Ferrerira stayed in the MTV family and has built a career around appearing on the network's spin-off, The Challenge. She's also the co-host of MTV's Official Challenge Podcast with Tori Deal.
The Real World: New Orleans fans will recognize Danny Roberts from the series' ninth season. He was a favorite amongst his roommates—including Kelley Wolf, who he's still friends with 20 years later—but he was also popular in the LBGTQ community for being open about his sexuality and relationship with a man in the military.
MTV viewers met KellyAnne Judd on season 19 during The Real World: Sydney. The Texas native traveled across the world to live in the house and ended up making a career out of it—she's appeared on MTV's The Challenge multiple times since.