Story and interview by Matthew Shack
Fantasy and reality; meet.
That is the nature of the reality TV phenomenon of today.
The premise is extremely elementary...you take "fantasy" and make it "real".
"MTV's Real World: Key West's" Janelle Casanave meets both criteria. But, there is nothing elementary about her.
She is both fantasy and reality, in combination. She is authentic bliss.
Her features are what daydreams are truly made of, yet hersubstance is as firm as the ground she walks on.
The San Jose State University Alum and San Francisco School Of Law acceptee, is currently on MTV's new reality show "The Challenge" shot in the breathtaking country of South Africa.
Janelle's beauty is hallucinating and her intellect isundeniable...but she's also a certified "BAD ASS"!
She is a complete woman so watch your step, faithful readers. Alluring, athletic, educated, brainy and...she's on MTV!
Janelle stops by The Flow offices to "chop it up" about the show,her career opportunities and for an exclusive 'Flow' photo shoot.
TFM: How did you come about The Real World: Key West'sopportunity and how are you using it to your advantage?
JC: A friend of mine was on Road Rules which is their sister show and he told me that they were going to do a casting call up in Berkeley and to come out there. So I said, "What the heck. I'll go out and do it." I was in college at the time and I'll thought that it would be a nice little opportunity, so I went and I applied. Being pretty intelligent, I kind of figured out what I needed to do in order to get on the show. It's more than just, "Oh..I like to go out, I like to party." That's what a lot of people assume. They try to go and fit that party image but I knew that it was more than that. So I sort of presented myself in a way that I could show that I could speak well in front of a camera, because we narrate our own show. That's very important. If the world can't understand what you're saying then they're not going to want to you their show. I just did little things to make sure that I put my best foot forward as far as ligistics go with getting on the show. Also, being opinionated matters because they want people who are going to able to speak their mind. I gave them pretty much everything they wanted.
TFM: So we're you pleasantly surprised or were you just blown away that you got it?
JC: When I applied for Real World, I applied for Philadelphia's cast. I didn't get on Philadelphia and I made it pretty much to the final round. Then they called me back to do Austin (TX) and once again, I made it all the way to the final round. So when they called me back a third time for Key West, it was almost like a for sure thing .It was almost like they were waiting to put me on that cast. I didn't even have to do an interview for Key West. They pretty much called me and asked, "Are you interested and can you come down to L.A. to do just the final interview?" So when I went down to L.A., they did a quick interview just to sort of check up on me and see where I was at in life at that point.
JC: They knew from my previous castings that I was trying to go to Law School and I was going through the process. I think that they were pretty impressed that by the time that they interviewed me, they remembered that the last time I was accepted into Law School and I was actually getting serious about the things that I was saying to them. They told me at that point that it was going to be in Key West and they just don't tell everyone where the show is going to be. So it was pretty much a sure thing that I got on the show.
TFM: Tell us a little about what you have going on right now.
JC: Well, I just wrapped up The Challenge which is another MTV show. And that's were all the past members of Real Worldand Road Rules get together and compete for money. And that was in South Africa. You can catch that on Tuesday nights at 10PM and it's called Inferno 3 It was The Good Guys vs The Bad Asses...and I was a Bad Ass. I can't really say too much about how the results ended up for the show but... I 'm happy.[Laughs]
TFM: What do you consider to be your best physical feature?
JC: My hair.
TFM: What are your measurements?
JC: I really don't know. [Laughs]
TFM: What??? [Laughing]
JC: [Laughing] I have no idea...I'm not really into the modeling thing. I'm being honest with you.
TFM: Then, GUESS-timate.
JC: I'm kind of busty so...I'd say, 36-26-40.
TFM: What’s the worst pick-up line that's been tried on you?
JC: Recently, I was with my best friend who resembles me and this guy was like, "Oooh..do you have any Double Mint Gum?" "You guys aren't the Double Mint Twins? Tell me that's NOT the lamest thing you've ever heard.
TFM: That is pretty wack. He probably has nothing BUT time to think of something a little more creative.
JC: Yeah, it was just SO corny.
TFM: What pet peeves do you have regarding men?
JC: I don't like people who "show off". That's a huge pet peeve to me. I really love down-to-earth men. Like, if you don't have it, you don't have it. But if you've got it, you've got it!
TFM: Give us one of your "patented" beauty secrets.
JC: The one thing that I always do is use this stuff called Bouncy Creme by ISO. It is "the bomb" for girls with curly hair. It definitely does wonders.
TFM: What advice would you give to all of those aspiring models out there, who are trying to follow in your footsteps?
JC: If you want it, you can go get it. You just have to want it and you have to aspire for it. You have to set yourself to in place to really get those things. It's one thing to want something but it's another to go out there and get it.