Season 16 of CBS’ smash reality competition series Big Brother came to its conclusion just one month ago, when in the finale Derrick Levasseur took home the $500,000 prize.
However, this season featured a plethora of sexy guys, showmances, shockers, twists, and double-crosses … sounds like a soap opera, right? Now, many of the favorites who stirred the pot from Big Brother 16 will appear next week on the upcoming Halloween episodes of the daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful (Oct 30th and 31st).
Two fan favorites from the cast, season 16 runner-up Cody Calafiore and Zach Rance, known for his Florida Gator T-Shirt and his showmance with Frankie Grande, will be part of the action as Big Brother invades the The Bold and the Beautiful just in time for fright night!
On-Air On-Soaps sat down with the ever-popular duo to discuss some of the major highlights and lowlights of their time in the Big Brother house, and where they want to go with their lives post-Big Bro, and more!
Cody, you were the runner-up in Big Brother 16. Looking back, what do you think about how it all went down? You had won the last Head of Household, and had the chance to pick who would sit next to you in the final 2, and you chose Derrick. And that kind of back-fired since Derrick was the eventual champ! I read an interview where you were sort of surprised, at first, about how Derrick out maneuvered you for the win.
CODY: Hearing a lot of things that were going on with Derrick was surprising. Honestly, I was playing the game, I thought, and a really good game. I think I played a little naïve towards the end, and I really should have been trying to get those votes, like apparently he was doing which I didn’t know. I was trying to stay loyal and keep it as fair between as I could, and that is not Big Brother. You have to try to win – there is a winner and a loser.
Do you feel you would have played the game differently now, when you look back on what happened?
CODY: Oh, absolutely. When people were on their way out, and I had a hand in it, I kind of stayed away. I was just like, “Alright, they are going out the door!” I didn’t try to panic anybody, and I didn’t try to mend anything. I didn’t say anything to them on the way out, which is why I think a lot of them thought I was just kind of off behind the scenes never really doing much, and I think that was really my downfall.
How did you guys feel about having the cameras on you 24/7 watching your every move, and on all the episodes of Big Brother: After Dark too?
ZACH: I am so happy that you asked me that question! Throughout my entire life since I was very young, I would pretend that cameras were following me everywhere throughout my daily life, even like when I was making breakfast! I would pretend that the girl that I was in love with, whoever that was that time, was always watching me from a pretend camera in her room! So no matter what I did, if I was cooking breakfast, or if I was watching TV, I was always just trying to put on a show for that person.
As one would expect … you are a true exhibitionist!
ZACH: I am a true exhibitionist!
How about you, Cody?
CODY: That detail Zach just gave was phenomenal! (Laughs) I didn’t feel like the girl I was interested in was watching me all the time, because there would be a couple of things that I would be doing that I didn’t want her to see (Laughs)… like when I am cooking up eggs. I am hoping she is not watching.
Zach, did you have any sense that you and Frankie were having a showmance … and how that took off with the viewing public?
ZACH: Obviously, from the first week I was fond as Frankie, and we did have a showmance, but I didn’t think it was any big super thing. I mean obviously, we were best friends in the house, besides Cody. It really took off, and they are demanding our heads on Amazing Race, which is great, but I had no idea the stir it caused.
So what were the two of you thinking when you found out that Frankie’s sister was none other than pop singing sensation, Ariana Grande?
ZACH: We all found out together at the same time in the Fire Room. Cody had the best reaction. He was just laughing. And I turned to him and said, “How are you laughing at a time like this? This guy has been lying about his life the entire time!”
CODY: We are sitting in the Big Brother house, and he thinks he is trying to do this big reveal and I am thinking, “I still don’t trust you. I want to know about the game!” So for me, we are sitting there and my reaction was also because of the way Frankie was portraying it. He says he is social media guru. I said, “I had never heard that before.” But then when I found actually who Arianna Grande was, I thought, maybe I won’t laugh so much anymore!
Zach, as you are aware, the showmance with Frankie had become this social media phenomenon… and then you were having to clarify that you are indeed, heterosexual.
ZACH: I did not think my sexuality was in question at all. However, when I did walk out of the house, and host Julie Chen asked me, and she kind of hinted to the fact of: what is your deal with that? I said, “Frankie and I have a great friendship. I love him as a person. He is very smart and funny, and that’s all that matters.” And then all my questions over the next day at the press day were about Frankie and me. I just feel I had to address it and I will leave it there. He is a great person, and I have nothing more to say on it.
And Zach, your Florida Gator T-Shirt had a life of its own on Big Brother 16!
ZACH: It was no big deal when people’s hats would go missing. It was kind of a big deal when Caleb’s boots go missing, but when my Gator shirt goes missing, now it’s a huge problem!
CODY: We thought he was the one that took his own Gator shirt, so we in the house we’re not buying it!
ZACH: I could not have faked that reaction!
CODY: Could you not have faked that reaction, though? You’re pretty good. I have watched this guy at his best, when he is like “Watch me. I am going to do this…” He would be like, “Just watch!” He would convince people that he is so sincere, and that he has their backs and he would never cross them!
I could have never played this game! I could never friggin’ trust any of you guys! I would go nuts!
ZACH: I trust to many people, I trusted Frankie and I trusted Cody!
CODY: You had a reason to trust me … I saved you two times on the block!
What do you want to happen with your life moving forward? Do you see yourself staying in show business? You obviously will be on The Bold and the Beautiful!
CODY: I mean, I love this. I would love to do acting, it would be amazing.
ZACH: We definitely are doing acting. We are just waiting for the offers to pile in. Cody and I are going to jump at every opportunity that comes our way. We are both great people in front of cameras, and I think we proved that this summer. There are a lot of good things to come, I promise.
You guys will appear on the Halloween episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful! Zach, what can you share?
ZACH: I am playing the host and the promoter of the party … the event coordinator. I am having a showmance contest … and you have to tune-in to see who wins.
CODY: I won’t be having any showmances!
ZACH: He should have had a lot of showmances, though. But I got to say Cody; you played a good game, a flawless game!
So, what did you think about Cody’s thoughts on losing Big Brother 16? Zach on his showmance with Frankie? The guys reaction to the Ariana Grande bombshell? Would you like to see more of Zach and Cody on TV … on a soap? Should The Bold and the Beautiful ultimately cast the guys in recurring roles? Will you be checking them out on the Halloween episodes of B&B? Share your thoughts below!