The Surreal Life Where Are The Now?

What started as a parody of The Real World, became a brand of television for VH1. The Surreal Life found out what happens when celebrities stop being famous and start getting real and it created the Celebreality universe we know and love. See what the cast looks like now and what they've doing in the years since the show.
  • 1 Gabrielle Carteris, 2003
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    The actress best known as Andrea on Beverly Hills, 90210 joined the first season of the then-WB’s Surreal Life.

  • 2 Gabrielle Carteris, 2015
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    Carteris keeps busy with plenty of voiceover work and the occasional guest star role on shows like The Middle. She is currently the executive VP of the actor’s union SAG-AFTRA.

  • 3 MC Hammer, 2003
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    The “Can’t Touch This” rapper signed up for the first season of the reality show.

  • 4 MC Hammer, 2015
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    Hammer has experienced money troubles in the years after the show but has continued to sporadically release music. In 2011, he announced a new internet search engine called “WireDoo” that was purported to be competition for Google and Bing. No one has heard about it since. -_-

  • 5 Corey Feldman, 2003
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    A 1980s heartthrob and movie star in Goonies, Stand By Me, and The Lost Boys. Feldman was a welcome addition to the Surreal Life house.

  • 6 Corey Feldman, 2015
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    Time has been tough on Feldman, who has suffered from addiction and sexual abuse. He has acted in many direct to video films and in 2013 wrote a book, Coreyography: A Memoir. That same year VICE wrote a piece about Feldman’s birthday party and his “’360-degree interactive experience’ called Corey’s Angels” which the writer dubs “Corey’s version of the Playboy Playmates.” Oy.

  • 7 Emmanuel Lewis, 2003
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    The actor best known as Webster welcomed the chance to be back in the spotlight in 2003.

  • 8 Emmanuel Lewis, 2015
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    Things have been relatively quiet for Lewis but he made an appearance on Zach GalifianakisBetween Two Ferns in 2013.

  • 9 Jerri Manthey, 2003
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    Manthey, notable as a “villain” on Survivor jumped at the chance to appear on more reality TV in the subsequent years.

  • 10 Jerri Manthey, 2014
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    Manthey returned to Survivor in 2010 for Heroes vs. Villains, coming in at fourth place. As an actress, she has appeared in low-budget films and makes sporadic television appearances.

  • 11 Vince Neil, 2003
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    The Mötley Crüe lead vocalist was one of the first roommates on the first season of the Surreal Life.

  • 12 Vince Neil, 2015
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    Legal battles aside, Neil released a third solo album Tattoos & Tequila in 2010. That same year he divorced Lia Gerardini who he married on the Surreal Life – it was officiated by MC Hammer, natch.

    Currently Mötley Crüe is on their “final” tour ending in December 2015 at which time they plan to retire.

  • 13 Brande Roderick, 2003
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    The Playboy playmate and Baywatch beauty filled the model slot on the first season of the Surreal Life.

  • 14 Brande Roderick, 2015
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    In 2007 Roderick married former NFL player Glenn Cadrez and they had a child in 2010. She has continued to make appearances on reality shows like the Celebrity Apprentice. She wrote the book Bounce Don’t Break and is on the advisory board for Alkaline Water. Okie, bb.

  • 15 Traci Bingham, 2004
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    Bingham filled the model/Baywatch actress spot for season two.

  • 16 Traci Bingham, 2015
    Traci continues to act in low-budget projects. Her last reality appearances were on 2006’s Celebrity Paranormal Project and 2008’s Gimme My Reality Show. She continues to flaunt her ample assets off on social media.

  • 17 Trishelle Cannatella, 2004
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    Real World: Las Vegas star Trishelle filled the reality star spot on Surreal Life. She and Traci Bingham were thick as thieves.

  • 18 Trishelle Cannatella, 2015
    Trishelle has made a career of being a reality personality. She also is now a professional poker player and commentator. She wants you to follow her on social media, guys.

  • 19 Erik Estrada, 2004
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    The CHiPS actor filled the former heartthrob place in the Surreal Life season two house.

  • 20 Erik Estrada, 2015
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    Estrada’s still got that hustle and continues to act and host. He’s next slated to provide a voice in El Americano: The Movie alongside Lisa Kudrow.

  • 21 Tammy Faye Messner, 2005
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    The evangelist was a maternal figure in the Surreal Life home. Sadly she passed away in 2007 due to complications from cancer.

  • 22 Ron Jeremy, 2004
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    The porn star moved into the Surreal Life house in season two.

  • 23 Ron Jeremy, 2015
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    Jeremy calls himself “the hardest [working] man in show business” and thanks his fans on Instagram in terrifying videos. In 2013, he suffered an aneurysm near his heart but recovered. He keeps busy touring adult stores and marketing a line of rum called Ron de Jeremy. Mmhmm.

  • 24 Vanilla Ice, 2004
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    The “Ice Ice Baby” rapper filled his brethren MC Hammer’s shoes as the Surreal Life’s emcee.

  • 25 Vanilla Ice, 2015
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    In February 2015, Ice was charged with stealing from a house he believed to be vacant but he later accepted a plea deal. He has hosted The Vanilla Ice Project, a home renovation show, on the DIY Network since 2010. He is slated to appear in Adam Sandler’s upcoming comedy The Ridiculous Six as Mark Twain. Yes, that Mark Twain.

  • 26 Charo, 2003
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    The comedian, actress, and musician best known for her catchphrase “cuchi-cuchi” appeared on the third installment of the Surreal Life.

  • 27 Charo, 2015
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    Charo continues to be ever-present popping up on RuPaul’s Drag U, Dancing with the Stars, and Don’t Trust The B— In Apartment 23. Last year on Oprah’s Where Are The Now, Charo revealed “cuchi-cuchi” was the name of her dog.

  • 28 Dave Coulier, 2005
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    The man best known as Joey on Full House resided in the Surreal Life house in season three.

  • 29 Dave Coulier, 2015
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    The comedian still tours doing standup. In 2014, Coulier married photographer Melissa Bring. He is expected to reprise his role as Joey Gladstone on the Netflix spinoff to Full House, Fuller House.

  • 30 Flavor Flav, 2005
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    The Public Enemy member joined the Surreal Life cast in 2005 to rep the rappers. He became the season’s breakout star with his unlikely romantic relationship with Brigitte Nielsen that spawned several spin-offs.

  • 31 Flavor Flav, 2015
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    Flav was just arrested for speeding and driving under the influence, among other charges. He has opened two failed restaurants. In 2013, he returned to his Celebreality roots, when he joined the cast of Couples Therapy with girlfriend Liz Trujillo.

  • 32 Jordan Knight, 2005
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    The New Kids On The Block member joined the Surreal Life in season three as the former “it boy.”

  • 33 Jordan Knight, 2015
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    Jordan and Backstreet BoysNick Carter collaborated last year as Nick & Night. Jordan even appeared on Nick’s then VH1 series I Heart Nick Carter. Currently, NKOTB are touring with TLC and Nelly through summer 2015.

  • 34 Brigitte Nielsen, 2005
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    The actress and blonde bombshell joined the Surreal Life and found love (?) with Flavor Flav. It was very strange. (Oop. Strangelove.)

  • 35 Brigitte Nielsen, 2015
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    Brigitte continues to be an international reality star appearing on shows in several countries. In 2011, she wrote her memoir, You Only Get One Life confirming an affair with Arnold Schwarzenegger. She is still married to her husband Mattia Dessi whom she was shown living with in Italy on she and Flav’s spinoff Stranelove. In the last year, she has appeared on Portlandia and Raising Hope as well as the “female Expendables” entitled Mercenaries. Makes sense, tbh.

  • 36 Ryan Starr, 2005
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    The American Idol alum took the “you are best known for being on a reality show” spot on the Surreal Life’s third season.

  • 37 Ryan Starr, MIA
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    Ryan Starr where are you? No signs of Ryan on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. If you are Ryan, hmu, girl. Whatcha doing?

  • 38 Da Brat, 2005
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    One of the queens of Hip hop reigned as the emcee of the Surreal Life house in season four.

  • 39 Da Brat, 2015
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    The rapper went on to appear on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club. In 2013 Brat released new music, “Is It Chu” and in 2015 she appeared on Real Housewives of Atlanta performing with Demetria McKinney on the song “100.”

  • 40 Adrianne Curry, 2005
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    The America’s Next Top Model winner found true love with Christopher Knight on the fourth season of the Surreal Life.

  • 41 Adrianne Curry, 2015
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    Curry and Knight went on to have their own spin-off My Fair Brady and married in 2006. They divorced in 2012, after an appearance on Dr. Phil. The model is notable for attending Comic Con every year but, sorry, actually not this year.

  • 42 Christopher Knight, 2005
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    Peter Brady was that former hunk on the Surreal Life’s fourth season.

  • 43 Christopher Knight, 2015
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    Aside from his relationship with Curry, he has a line of “finely crafted budget friendly furniture.” You bettah work, Petah Brady.

  • 44 Chyna, 2005
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    The wrestler filled the spot of the professional athlete in the Surreal Life home.

  • 45 Chyna, 2015
    Chyna releases strange videos regularly on YouTube where she discusses everything from computer troubles to smoothie recipes. She also started doing porn. Yup. Chyna played She-Hulk in Avengers XXX: A Porn Parody (see NSFW pictures).

  • 46 Marcus Schenkenberg, 2005
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    The Surreal Life got its first ever male model in Marcus Schenkenberg in season four.

  • 47 Marcus Schenkenberg, 2015
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    Schenkenberg had a role on Smash in 2012. BuzzFeed made sure we know he is still hot today. We truly appreciate.

  • 48 Verne Troyer, 2005
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    The actor best known as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films appeared on season four of Surreal Life and infamously peed on the floor. Love!

  • 49 Verne Troyer, 2015
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    Troyer had a sex tape leak in 2008. Since then he has appeared on the celebrity “guess-whose-house-this-is” show, Through the Keyhole. He continues to act occasionally.

  • 50 Jane Wiedlin, 2005
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    The Go-Go’s guitarist was often at her wit’s end on the Surreal Life.

  • 51 Jane Wiedlin, 2015
    Aside from her blue hair, Jane is still performing with the Go-Go’s. Jane also officiates wedding and will do yours for as little as $1500. -_-

  • 52 Caprice Bourret, 2006
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    Caprice was the model on season five. Of her time on the Surreal Life she told Out.com last year, “I remember we were at this Vegas nightclub for one night and Janice [Dickinson]— she had such erratic behavior. Everyone loved her though but she had very erratic behavior. She hadn’t any knickers on and she stood up on a chair — [producers] edited this though because it was so cringy — and she put her vagina over Jose Conseco’s face. With nothing on!”

  • 53 Caprice Bourret, 2015
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    Caprice had two sons in 2013, one by surrogate and one herself. She currently stars on BRAVO’s Housewives-like show, Ladies of London.

  • 54 José Canseco, 2006
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    The former athlete was a part of the Surreal Life family in season five.

  • 55 José Canseco, 2015
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    The former MLB player shot off one of his fingers last year while cleaning a gun. He’s slated to appear on E!’s Botched this season alongside Tiffany “New York” Pollard. He’s currently engaged to Leila Knight while his ex-wife Jessica appeared on VH1’s Hollywood Exes.

  • 56 Sandy “Pepa” Denton, 2006
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    Part of the duo that is Salt n’ Pepa, Pepa was in the Surreal Life house in season five.

  • 57 Sandy “Pepa” Denton, 2015
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    She and Salt still tour together and they’re set to appear on Lip Sync Battle later this summer.

  • 58 Janice Dickinson, 2006
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    Dickinson provided some of the most dramatic moments her season, specifically holding a knife over Omarosa’s head during a photo shoot.

  • 59 Janice Dickinson, 2015
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    Dickinson has continued to circle reality TV but she’s been most newsworthy in the last year in suing Bill Cosby for defamation.

  • 60 Omarosa Manigault, 2006
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    Another reality “villain,” the Apprentice star joined the Surreal Life to face-off against Janice Dickinson.

  • 61 Omarosa Manigault, 2015
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    Omarosa was engaged to marry actor Michael Clarke Duncan when he died in 2012. She returned to the Apprentice on the Celebrity Apprentice in 2013. She filmed a movie with Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s Karlie Redd called We Are Family.

  • 62 Bronson Pinchot, 2006
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    The Perfect Strangers actor joined the Surreal Life house in season five.

  • 63 Bronson Pinchot, 2015
    TMZ reports that two of the actor’s properties have been foreclosed. Meanwhile, he continues to act in theatre and television, most recently appearing on N.C.I.S. and The Mysteries of Laura.

  • 64 Alexis Arquette, 2007
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    Part of the famous Arquette family, the trans actress joined the Surreal Life for its sixth season.

  • 65 Alexis Arquette, 2015
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    Alexis continues to act, most recently in 2014’s Blended with Adam Sandler. She broke the internet earlier this year when she talked about sleeping with Jared Leto when she was presenting as a man.

  • 66 C. C. DeVille, 2007
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    The Poison guitarist was apart of the Surreal Life cast in its sixth season.

  • 67 C. C. DeVille, 2015
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    Most recently, DeVille reunited with Poison for a tour in 2013.

  • 68 Steve Harwell, 2007
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    The lead singer of Smash Mouth was a cast member on the Surreal Life.

  • 69 Steve Harwell, 2015
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    Fret not, Harlwell and his Smash Mouth brothers are still making music and you can try and see them in a city near you.

  • 70 Sherman Hemsely, 2007
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    The The Jeffersons and Amen actor sadly passed away in 2012 from a cancerous mass on his lung.

  • 71 Maven Huffman, 2007
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    The pro wrestler was a cast member on the last regular season of Surreal Life.

  • 72 Maven Huffman, 2015
    As of 2013, Maven was allegedly living in New York and working as a bouncer.

  • 73 Tawny Kitaen, 2007
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    The video vixen was on board for season six of Surreal Life.

  • 74 Tawny Kitaen, 2015
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    Kitaen has battled addiction for years and appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab in 2008. She acts occasionally and keeps active on Twitter and Instagram.

  • 75 Andrew Lowell, 2007
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    The Playboy playmate was in the mix on season six of Surreal Life.

  • 76 Andrea Lowell, 2015
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    Lowell hosts the Playboy Morning Show on Playboy Radio. She is also a personal trainer and, um, raw “foodie.”

  • 77 Florence Henderson, 2007
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    Mrs. Brady wasn’t an official cast member but she was the “house therapist” on season six of Surreal Life.

  • 78 Florence Henderson, 2015
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    At 81, Henderson may be the hardest working woman or man on the list. Since the Surreal Life, she has appeared on Dancing with the Stars and hosts her own talk show, The Florence Henderson Show. [/item
Remember this memorable Surreal Life moment with Janice Dickinson and Omarosa and the knife. Eek!