For former reality stars, competing for acting gigs is a kill-or-be- killed scenario. Survivor: Borneo's Jenna Lewis is determined to come out on top, so she was thrilled to land the lead role in the reality spoof movie The Scorned and its accompanying behind-the-scenes unscripted show, Kill Reality (Mondays at 10pm/ET on E!). The mother of twin girls had a brief glimpse of unwanted notoriety when a sex tape from her honeymoon got distributed last year, but when TVGuide.com gave her a ring she seemed to have recovered quickly from that (and her marriage) and is moving on.
TVGuide.com: How did you get involved with this show?
I've actually been working with [Kill Reality's production company] Creative Light for about a year; I do two radio shows for them and I help out with a lot of their appearances. But when the movie came up, everyone got to audition, so I just got called in.
TVGuide.com: You actually had to audition?
Jenna: Oh, no, we wanted to audition. I think there were maybe 120 reality people who read for nine parts. It felt really good to get a part, especially a lead. My character's name is Kirsten, and my boyfriend in the movie is played by Steven Hill (The Real World: Las Vegas). Kirsten is kind of the good girl, very artsy. I have the worst wardrobe in the movie — everything seems to be too short or too low cut. And I can say for the record that the best special effect in the movie is how big my boobs look.
TVGuide.com: Was there enhancement, or are they yours?
Oh, they're all mine, but it's just super-tight outfits and Hollywood gel bras. There were times when I was like, "I have to get out of this dress; my boobs can't breathe."
TVGuide.com: When you found out they were doing all the behind-the-scenes footage, were you at all skeptical?
I don't think I would sign up to live with eight other reality stars and not have any access to the outside world again. It was a necessary evil for the movie, which I was very excited to do.
TVGuide.com: Were there any people in the house whom you couldn't believe you had to live with?
Yes, there were a lot of those, actually — more so than the people I was excited to see. I was not looking forward to living in a house with Toni Ferrari (Love Cruise, Paradise Hotel). Jonny Fairplay (Survivor: Pearl Islands) scares me, but I'm really good friends with him.
TVGuide.com: Are you still married? [Lewis eloped to Las Vegas with male model Travis Wolfe in May 2001.]
Nope, I'm actually dating Steven Hill.
TVGuide.com: OK, then... How are your daughters?
They're good, they turned 9. They were 3½ when I was on the first season of Survivor.
TVGuide.com: Do you watch any other reality shows?
I love reality-TV shows. I actually just got out of being sequestered for this film, but I want to see The Surreal Life, I hear it's really good, and that's kind of what our show is. We have bar fights and hookups, dancing on pool tables.... It's craziness, there's a lot that goes on. I think our show might top The Surreal Life as far as crazy things done.
TVGuide.com: After Survivor: All-Stars, I honestly didn't think you'd do another reality show.
I didn't either. I was kind of done with the whole loop. I'm looking to move into radio after this. I really want to do morning-show hosting.
TVGuide.com: What did you think of the title, Kill Reality?
I love it, are you kidding me? Kill Reality? How beautiful that they put together a show [where] they really hope that we have the regular hookups and the debauchery — yet they call it Kill Reality and hope it's the last one. That's such a lie. Reality TV is not going anywhere.