As one of the most popular players in Big Brother history, Jeff Schroeder has been exposed to a whole lot of lying, cheating and backstabbing — so he should fit right in at a daytime soap! TV Guide Magazine has learned that the reality-show fave and CBS.com host will be seen on The Bold and the Beautiful August 27 in sequences involving the production of Room 8, the show-within-a-show starring Maya (Karla Mosley) and Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor). Schroeder gave us the lowdown on his suds gig, the state of his romance with Big Brother 11 winner Jordan Lloyd and, of course, those scandals that have been rocking Big Brother 15!
TV Guide Magazine: This isn't your first time on B&B, right? Didn't you and Jordan cameo in a prom sequence a few years back?
Schroeder: Yes, but I had forgotten all about it until I showed up on the set this time! We had appeared on the soap in this 1980s flashback scene right after Jordan won Big Brother. Immediately after. Like, two minutes after! And it was all such a crazy blur for us, a real whirlwind because of all the media stuff that was going on. But how could I forget it? Jordan had the big '80s hair and I had the puffy shirt. It was a supercool experience, exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time.
TV Guide Magazine: And, now, four years later?
Schroeder: [Laughs] I'm still screwing up my lines! I had a scene with Karla who was super-awesome but, when we were on set, it was all so real and she was looking right into my eyes and I got caught up in the moment and forgot what I was supposed to say! I got it on the second take, so I didn't embarrass myself too badly. I play a production assistant—slash—janitor at the Room 8 show. I have a mop and a huge garbage can, but I really felt at home cleaning floors because I got into a little trouble in high school and had to be a janitor for the rest of my senior year.
TV Guide Magazine: Do tell! What kind of trouble?
Schroeder: Let's just say it's a long story.
TV Guide Magazine: I got the time.
Schroeder: It was nothing illegal but I was bad, let's just put it that way. It wasn't, like, jail time. It was community service and it really taught me a lesson.
TV Guide Magazine: A lot of wannabe actors who've diligently gone to school, paid their dues and pounded the pavement for years would die for a few lines on a soap. Any of them ever give you grief?
Schroeder: That's a fair question. Serious actors do not take too kindly to us reality-TV people, because we're getting a lot of opportunities. But I feel very lucky and grateful for this kind of work. I don't take it for granted. I know there are a lot of people who want to act but I want a career in this business, too. [Laughs] I feel bad but not that bad. I gotta keep in the fight! And it's not like I'm stealing major motion pictures from anybody.
TV Guide Magazine: You're also hosting the live Big Brother chats on CBS.com. What's your take on the racism, sexism and homophobia that's rampant in the house this season?
Schroeder: I am so surprised! The houseguests know they're on camera 24/7 and should be much more aware of what they're saying. Now they're going to have to pay for it once the game is over. Some have already paid by losing their jobs, though they don't know it yet. Hopefully, they'll learn from what they've done wrong, but I don't think the answer is spreading hate with more hate. I've seen a lot of things being said about this situation online and some of the viewer responses are just as ugly as what's being said in the house. I don't like all this public bashing. Fighting hate with hate doesn't work. Don't get me wrong. I don't condone the terrible stuff that's being said in the house, nor am I trying to protect those players but I believe educating them when they get out is the key. You can only hope they'll learn from their mistakes and become better people.
TV Guide Magazine: You and I interviewed each of the houseguests at the Big Brother press junket before they entered the game. Could you see any of this coming? Because I sure as hell didn't.
Schroeder: Not at all! I'm with you 100 percent. I thought each of them had a great personality and a great energy and that they all brought something positive to the table. I didn't get a whiff of this. Nothing even close.
TV Guide Magazine: Someone who was cool then and is still cool is Amanda, who told me she flirted so outrageously with you during your interview that she was sure you'd be suing her for sexual harassment. Comment?
Schroeder: Yes, Amanda was very playful and flirty but I definitely used Jordan as a deflection. I said, "Amanda, you know I'm taken!"
TV Guide Magazine: And that brings me to my last question: Why have so few Big Brother showmances survived? There's you and Jordan, and Brendon and Rachel.
Schroeder: And Daniele and Dominic are married now, so there are three successful couples to come out of the show. I don't know why there aren't more. Maybe because they weren't real to begin with? Of the three, Jordan and I are the only ones who still haven't gotten married.
TV Guide Magazine: Well, I'm sure you take enough crap for that at home so I won't give you any more!
Schroeder: Yes, I get it every day, so I appreciate that!