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The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons - Exclusive Interview with Nany González

Posted on 11/30/2012 by Gina in Real World Road Rules and Cast Interviews

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Nany González of The Challenge Battle of the Seasons


by Gina Scarpa


It's tough to say whether it was a blessing or a curse that the Vegas team on The Challenge came from two different seasons. On the one hand, Nany and Dustin are close, and she formed a tight relationship with Trishelle, but Alton was unpredictable and, at times, not a team player. When Vegas was thrown into the arena for elimination, and Trishelle refused to step up, Nany volunteered instead, ultimately losing in a close match against St. Thomas. We talked to Nany today in an exclusive interview to find out how she felt about her Vegas team, which competitor in the house got under her skin the most, and if she'd go back and do this craziness all over again.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: How were you feeling when you were asked to do The Challenge and what was your opinion of having two different seasons on one team?

A. Nany: Actually, a big reason why I wanted to do Real World was because I wanted to do the Challenges. A lot of people don't know I was a competitive athlete and I was a pretty big tomboy until I was about 12. When we got there, I was really excited. As far as the teams go, when they said Trishelle and Alton were partnered with us, I had no problem with that. Alton was a vet and had done well in past Challenges. Trishelle seemed really cool and we were on the same page.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Were there people from your season that you wanted there with you though?

A. Nany: The thing is that I was so so happy to have Dustin on my team. Me and Dustin, we've been brother and sister ever since our season, me him and Heather actually. If I could've had it my way, I would've brought Leroy and (Heather) Cooke.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Vegas started out in the superalliance but ended up on the outs with teams like San Diego and Cancun. What led to that?

A. Nany: Okay well the thing is that... what really pushed us away was the whole Alton situation. Once Alton started going against us, that's what bothered San Diego and Cancun. Right after that, they weren't really feeling us but we still tried to make it work. We didn't wanna look like untrustworthy people. What did it for me was when Cancun won power team and wanted to throw in St. Thomas into the arena. It upset me because the challenge before that, Vegas won power team and Alton wanted to throw in New Orleans. I said I wasn't going to go asainst our alliance. Then, when Cancun won, they got to do what they wanted to do. I was like, "You guys are all full of crap." Not to mention, the whole Knight thing happened. That's when I washed my hands with them. I'm not big on kissing ass. If you're not a good person, I don't wanna hang out with you.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: You had it out with a few different people in the house - Knight, Frank, Derek... but who got under your skin the most?

A. Nany: Well, you know what? I guess it would have to be... Frank and Knight pissed me off. But if they don't like you, they'll tell you right to your face. Zach is the complete opposite. Zach probably talked the most crap about me but he never said anything to my face once. He is so drama filled, he reminds me of a 13 year old. My nephew is more mature. He never confronted me the most with anything. I just didn't like that.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Why did you volunteer to go into the elimination round? Were there things we didn't see that led up to your decision or was that a game time decision?

A. Nany: Oh, oh no. The night before elimination, I had gotten into it with Frank and he was screaming at Trishelle throughout the fight. He was saying, "Don't volunteer yourself, we'll throw Nany in!" I don't know if she knew that I heard it but I heard it. My ears are open, I heard everything. The next morning, she said she didn't wanna go in. I kept that in the back of my head. I was not going to let San Diego vote me in. If I'm going to go home, I'm going to go on my terms. That's really why I went in.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: After you lost, Dustin looked like he wanted to kill Trishelle. Do you think it's fair that he blames her or should it have been, based on what you said, directed more at Frank and San Diego?

A. Nany: Well the thing is Trishelle did lose our challenge for us. They didn't really show it and I don't mean to talk crap about her but whatever. I'm speaking the truth. Every challenge, Trishelle was our weakest link. Not that I was the best but I would try. She would bitch and complain. She would act like she knew everything. I think really what it was was just Dustin was fed up with how he felt she ran the team and then when it came down to it, she couldn't step up and be a leader, when she was the reason why she lost that challenge. We totally could've won that if Trishelle could've swam down and got that buoy. We needed to win or else we were going in, no matter what. It didn't matter if we came in second. If San Diego won, we were going in.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Was it tough to be eliminated, the way that it all went down? Would you want to come back and do another one of these things?

A. Nany: Oh gosh. It was definitely hard to be eliminated but like I said, I left on my own terms. If I wold've gone home, knowing San Diego voted me out, I would've been ten times more heartbroken. I left with a smile on my face. I would absolutely do another Challenge. I know it sounds crazy because I went through so much but aside front he drama, I do love competing. That's what I like to do. Will I maybe play a better social game? Maybe.



The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on MTV.


(Image courtesy of MTV)



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