Melissa here. I was a guest on Reality Life With Kate Casey right after Imperfect Strangers had just started. You know, dabbling in that whole “put yourself out there,” “promote your new project” thing that normal people gotta do, like to do. Kate Casey is sometimes known as the Diane Sawyer of interviewing former reality stars in that she digs, gently, a little deeper to understand the true and real aftermath of having participated in that show. And she certainly lived up to that name. Fun fact, shortly after talking to me, she happened to interview Danny from my season and then reconnected us with a group text because our appearances on her show were wild similar. We hadn’t spoken in a decade plus. Interesting, right? Perhaps something that may come up in discussion with Amanda on season 2 of Imperfect Strangers. Because when we’re not recording, we do actually talk about stuff that is ongoing in our lives because that's the premise of the show, remember? Anyway, give the episode a listen. Here’s Kate Casey’s summary:
Melissa Howard Beck was a member of The Real World New Orleans in 2000. She went on to star on Oxygen’s Girl’s Behaving Badly before moving back east to start a family with her husband. She talks about being outspoken about race on TV, trying to get a job in entertainment when everyone sees you as just the star of an MTV show, coping with social anxiety, her religious conversion, and motherhood.
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