Brendon and Rachel
They're back, bitches! Former Big Brother faves Rachel Reilly and fiancé Brendon Villegas are now kicking up the dust — and kicking some ass — on CBS' The Amazing Race. On Sunday's episode the teams travel to Tanzania where they train with Masai warriors. Will the lovebirds triumph and remain in the game? More important, will Rachel cry?
TV Guide Magazine: You both did two seasons of Big Brother. What's tougher, sitting around the pool yapping all summer or running across the globe?
Reilly: Big Brother is a mental and social game where everyone else is the enemy. Amazing Race is harder because it's physical. Your biggest enemy is yourself.
Villegas: When you watch Race at home you think, "Why are they so stressed?" I'll tell you why. You can't sleep, the time changes kill you, and the international food really does a number. And I'm one of those people who does not poop in strange places. Or on planes.
Reilly: I won't even stop to pee. One season a team lost by doing that.
TV Guide Magazine: But you do stop for crying jags in nearly every episode! What's up with that?
Reilly: I know, I know! I've been crying a lot on this race. It's my way to relieve stress. You have no idea how frustrating that salami-tasting challenge was! [Laughs] Hey, you try taking an 18-hour bus ride out of Argentina. You'd cry, too!
TV Guide Magazine: Things got so bad at one point that it looked like you two were going to get disengaged.
Villegas: Even when we fight we still have each other's backs. Italy was our toughest leg. We thought we were so close to going home and it really got the best of us. [Laughs] Me, I don't break down because when Rachel's crying, we both can't be crying. But if she ever gave me the chance, I would!
TV Guide Magazine: Rachel, in the beard-styling challenge did you actually say "I don't know what a beard is"?
Reilly: [Laughs] Well...yes.
TV Guide Magazine: Care to explain?
Reilly: Well, obviously I know what a beard is. I don't know what made me say that. I don't even remember saying it but, sure enough, I watched the episode and there it was. I guess my brain just stopped.
TV Guide Magazine: You also seemed to think you were in Bolivia when you were actually in Bavaria.
Reilly: Brendon kept asking me, "Do you even know what show you're on?"
TV Guide Magazine: Brendon, you're going for a PhD in neuroscience. Isn't all this reality TV getting in the way?
Villegas: I keep telling Rachel that every show she wants us to do sets me back a year. At this rate, I'll be graduating in 2022!
Reilly: Don't listen to him. He's a genius!
TV Guide Magazine: The girls are always talking smack about Rachel, especially that Vanessa. What's their beef?
Villegas: They use Big Brother as an excuse not to like her. Because Rachel won [BB13] they think we're millionaires. She won half a million. [Laughs] And after California taxes, that's not much!
Reilly: I'm just too bright and bubbly for them. And they don't like my outfits. Clearly, they're sequin haters.
The Amazing Race airs Sundays at 8/7c on CBS.
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