Unlike most reality-show fame diggers, 18-year-old Breeanna Speicher didn't aspire to be on TV when she began her quest to find the sperm donor that her two moms used to make her life possible. "I never thought something like this could happen," she says of MTV documenting her months-long search. "Honestly, I thought it was going to be a prank."
Instead, Bree's journey to meet the man behind Donor No. 1096 — and her 15 known half-siblings — has turned into one of the most touching docuseries on television. In Monday's season finale of Generation Cryo (10/9c, MTV), Bree reveals she's received a response from her donor dad.
TV Guide Magazine: When did you get a reply? What are you feeling?
Breeanna Speicher: Recently! It's hard, my emotions will change on it with the day. You think it's overwhelming, and then you take a few days to deal with it, and it's exciting, and then the whole process just repeats itself. I'm sure you can understand things like that, they get overwhelming and then once you finally adjust you're like, "Okay, that wasn't that big of a deal, this is a good thing."
TV Guide Magazine: Have you been watching the show? What's your reaction to seeing yourself on screen?
Speicher: I'm definitely watching. To me, it's kind of like seeing home videos. I don't really have a problem watching myself — it's fun. Most of the scenes make me look pretty decent, so the rest of the time I'm probably a pain in the ass. [Laughs] But it's fun to see, because going through this, it was all happening so fast. We were all trying to handle it right then. And now to see it from an outsider's perspective, not just with my own eyes, is awesome. Conversations my other siblings are having with themselves were private at the time, so I have more of an understanding of the whole situation than I was able to see when I was doing it.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the most surprising thing you found out on this journey, either about yourself, or your donor siblings?
Speicher: I think the biggest thing I found out was how lucky I am. I never realized how much family meant. After going through this with my half-siblings and being able to lean on them, when we hear someone say something totally negative or when things get overwhelming, we have each other. No matter what it's about, we have each other. It's this realization of the people you can really trust and who you really need in your life.
TV Guide Magazine: You seemed to connect pretty instantly with your half-siblings.
Speicher: You know, it really was like that. I've known them for a while, so in my head they were these people who were part of my life, but now meeting them, it was just an instant connection. I never needed to hurry up and get in the bathroom and get ready so they didn't see me in the morning, or anything like that. We're all very accepting of each other, because we don't put any sort of expectations on each other. And that's huge. It's helped me accept myself in a lot of ways and made me more comfortable with myself, seeing all of these kids and having them be part of my life.
TV Guide Magazine: Do you have a favorite branch of the Donor 1096 tree?
Speicher: I think I connect with everybody differently, so it depends on what I'm going through. But, and I don't know if it was just because I had a lot of time with them or what, but being at the Chaifetz's house, it was like, they were my family. I didn't want to leave. Will was like the brother I never had, and then Paige and Molly, like, it was just... I think we've been through a lot of similar situations in our life, which is kind of weird, 'cause I guess it wouldn't seem like that. Their mom and dad are split up, but they're still close with them. We could just relate so well with each other.