Bachelor Pad Interview With Justin Rego: I Played the Villain to Get a Reaction
If you did had to pick one guy and one girl, who would you want to take home the prize? Out of all the guys, it would be a toss-up between Kirk — he was on my season, ‘cause he is truly a great, great human being — and another awesome individual is Ames. He is as sweet as he seems, let’s put it that way. And then out of the females, I would say two of the nicest people inside the house were Jackie and Holly. Holly is an absolute awesome person.
Who do you think is going to win? Oh man. You know what, it would have to be someone of that little core four alliance, out of Kasey and Vienna or Michelle and Graham. Because they’re strong competitors, as much as I hate to admit it. They know what they’re doing in the game and they’re doing it well.
You left The Bachelorette with quite a bit of controversy and there were a lot of rumors and stuff that got said about you. Did you worry about that following you when you came to Bachelor Pad? Were you worried about putting yourself out there again or were your relishing the chance to say your piece? Awesome question. Love it. Let me start out by saying this, the last year of my life I’ve been doing nothing but defending myself and my actions on The Bachelorette. And to be honest with you, it’s been an up and down battle. Some people will always continue to say “You know what, I hate you no matter what you say.” So I’ve kind of learned to love the villain character that I’ve been portrayed to be. And there’s people that I might’ve changed their minds and other people that, no matter what I do, will never change their minds. So I’m going to give The Bachelor fans exactly what they wanted. They want to see Justin the “Rated R” jerk villain whatever you want to call me, I’m gonna give it to them. And I think in last night’s episode I definitely gave it to them. I definitely made things entertaining and put a whole bunch of humor in that episode.
Do you think Bachelor Pad was a better fit for you? It definitely was a better fit. I can tell you personally right now that I enjoyed — even though I was on Bachelor Pad for one episode, I enjoyed it so much more than The Bachelorette. I’m not the type of super soft mushy-mush type of guy that you kind of need to be on a show like that. But Bachelor Pad? Honestly I think I was made for Bachelor Pad. And if I was given the choice to do Bachelor Pad every single year I would come back over and over and over again.
And maybe you’ll actually be able to swim in the pool. I know! I know, I still haven’t swum in that pool! I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock at the rose ceremony ‘cause that’s when it hit me right at the end and I was like “Oh my God I still haven’t been in the pool.” And that’s the one thing I was saying — because I broke my leg before and I had the cast so I couldn’t swim [on The Bachelorette], and I was like that’s my one thing I want to do on this season. And I still haven’t swum in the pool.
[After call leader announces the next questions are from Wetpaint]: It’s my favorite people at Wetpaint! You guys wrote a little article about my kittens, thank you.
How are they doing? Are you taking good care of them? They’re doing great. I did foster them and I then managed to find — ‘cause they were going to be put down; it was going to be a total of four kittens and the mom that were going to be put down. So I took them all in and I ended up finding good homes for the mom and three of the kittens and then I got attached to one of them, so I ended up keeping him.
All right, so I assume that’s the Justin part of you — rescuing kittens — and Rated R was the guy who called Vienna "Miss Piggy" and Kasey "Kermit the Frog" and insulted both Alli's intelligence and her boobs. So what’s the response been like? Are you totally fine with people calling you a jerk again? You know what, I am fine with that. If the Bachelor fans want to go ahead and say I’m a jerk, I’m this that and the other and talk negatively about me, that’s fine. I’m okay with that. Because being a contestant on that show, I wanted to be entertaining. I wanted to get an emotion out of that viewer watching, regardless if you love me or hate me, I got an emotion, I got a reaction out of you and that’s exactly what I wanted. It’s wrestling 101. I was there to entertain the viewer watching at home and that’s exactly what I did.
What surprised you the most watching the show back, since they had to cut so much out? What did you see that you weren’t expecting from others, the editing, or whatever? Besides Ames and Jackie making out right away, which I was shocked about? I’m like “Man, I’m the jerk, so shouldn’t I be the one making out with all these girls?” But anyway, yeah, the one thing I was shocked about was just how the voting went. It kind of, from watching the show, it seemed like Gia was the deciding vote, the reason why I went home. So definitely at the reunion show I want to clear that air. I want to see whose vote sent me home. And I’m actually surprised at Blake. All the props to Blake. He tried his best to keep me around and tried to scramble and get Kasey out of there. So I have a lot of respect for him as well. All in all, I’m happy with the edit of the show. … Actually, one thing I am upset about is that they didn’t show my Rated-R shirt [from WWE] I’m actually really upset about that.
What was it like living in the house, with the bunk beds and whatnot? How was the living situation? This time around the guys and girls were divided, we were all in bunk beds but the guys were in one room and the girls were upstairs. But it was pretty awesome. Like I actually, again, I really enjoyed my time there. Even though the show’s three hours we didn’t show everything that was going on there. And I had the time of my life — just the jokes that we had inside the house. Even me and Vienna — we did this little talk show thing for the people that were inside there. It was really fun. Again, I really enjoyed my time in there.
Are you still wrestling out in Toronto at all? Actually, unfortunately I’m not wrestling. I haven’t wrestled, believe it or not, in over four years. And that was — it’s kind of more the image of the wrestler when it was shown on Ali’s season of The Bachelorette. Unfortunately I’m not wrestling. I don’t want to break any more bones. I’ve already suffered a concussion, bruised sternum, broken hand, broken foot. No more broken bones. I’m more focused toward the stock market right now.
What did you make of some of the love triangles in there, we have Jake/Vienna/Kasey and Michael/Holly and then Holly seems to have a thing for Blake. What did you see developing that first day or so? Obviously, you know, Kasey and Vienna were all over each other which made me a little bit nauseous, but it was cute to watch Holy and Blake getting acquainted. And even more so I thought it was so endearing when — and this was right at the rose ceremony — seeing Jackie and Ames kind of sitting there and they were kind of like spooning a little bit openly in front of everybody. And I thought it was so cute. Those guys make a really cute couple.
Is there anyone you might've been interested in dating if you had stuck around a little bit long? Ooh, good question. The thing is, now that I know all of them it’s a little bit different, but when I first walked in through the door and who I was hoping was in that house was definitely Michelle Money. I definitely had a little crush on her watching her season on The Bachelor. She’s a really pretty girl and I was definitely interested in getting to know her a little bit more.
You were really intent on getting Kasey out of the house. Was it for the benefit of the house or personal reasons? The reason I wanted to get him eliminated so quickly is I know how manipulative he is in real life. I know that he’s very, very good at getting people on his side and I knew he would be a threat. I definitely knew for my safety I needed him out that door. And I came into the game to play and to play hard. And if I was going to be eliminated it was going to be because I went after the biggest personality in the house. The one worry that I had was being one of the quiet guys and not being shown or not really being that entertaining. I definitely wanted to go in there, stomping my feet and making my presence known. And also it’d be pretty funny getting rid of Kasey both times on The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad. … One time on a glacier and another time kicked out the door.
Were you surprised at all to see the little tiff between Kasey and Vienna after the competition? Oh no, not at all. It seemed like it was isolated but it wasn’t. We all knew what was going on. Vienna’s a drama queen and, just like any couple they’re going to fight, especially when there’s so much on the line and especially if you have your ex-fiance living with you. It’s going to put a lot of strain on a relationship. But, you know what, those two — as much as I hate to admit it — they had the roughest time in the house and we’re going to see how they prevail in the upcoming weeks.
Were you open to love at all going into this show or was it all about the prize? Man, I was hoping to avoid this question. You know what, unfortunately, I was not open to love at all on this show. I strictly went in for the money. Currently I’m dating somebody back home in Toronto. Ironically, this time around I’m back on Bachelor Pad with a girlfriend back home. So, no, I am dating somebody who makes me very happy and we’ve been dating for several months. Going into the house I did tell them I was single, just for the option of using that to my advantage. But on the other hand that’s another reason I was happy that I left home early because I didn’t want to do anything to jeopardize the relationship that I had with the person that I have back home.
Love the idea of you and Michelle having little villain babies! I know! Wouldn’t it be awesome, they’d be hot little bad boy babies!
When I was watching it last night, I was thinking “Didn’t these people watch the first season? Don’t they realize girls vote off the boys and the power couples are a problem?” It did seem like everyone was talking a good strategy — “Yeah, we need to break up power couples” — and in the end they didn’t do it. Thank you. That’s all I gotta say is thank you. You’re absolutely right. Even Gia when she got in there, she’s like “The power couples, power couples, power couples, we’ve got to break them up.” And it’s true. Those are the ones you have to worry about. Any couple going in there, you know they’re going to save each other, that’s a powerful alliance, obviously, ‘cause they’re dating. Going into that show you’ve got to separate them. And that’s the thing, that’s why, to be honest with you, I personally think I was one of the only ones who was playing the game right from the get-go. Because these guys, the majority of them just walking in there were like “Oh we’ll vote any way you want to vote” not thinking “Look, Kasey and Vienna are a threat. Anyone who’s attached themselves so quickly in the game are a threat because they’re going to have each other’s backs throughout the entire game.”
Do you anticipate there being a switch-up or a twist from the first season so it’s not just what everybody expects? Yeah, I definitely hope there’s a twist. From my understanding there’s a lot of twists coming up and it could happen as soon as next week. You’re just going to have to stay tuned and watch out. But, yeah, they’re definitely going to switch it up. It’s not going to be the same thing like it was last year. This season’s ten times better.
Try not to stagger back from shock, but Justin “Rated-R” Rego had a girlfriend back home while on Bachelor Pad Season 2. Just one, though!
Justin, 27, a former entertainment wrestler from Toronto, was eliminated on Monday’s three-hour BP2 premiere. In his exit interview he told reporters he has a special lady friend “who makes me very happy.” But that didn’t stop him from telling everyone in the house he was single and admitting to a bit of a crush on fellow “villain” Michelle Money.
Justin was sent home along with Alli Travis, 25, whose boobs and brains he insulted in his dramatic departure. Alli was not on the conference call to throw any insults back his way, but Justin knows he’ll take some heat from viewers for the stuff he said and did. He’s okay with that. He’s spent the last year defending himself against the “girlfriend back home” allegations he faced after Ali Fedotowsky’s The Bachelorette Season 6. Going into Bachelor Pad, he decided heck with it, he’ll intentionally play the villain and give viewers the entertainment they want. (Thank you!)
So, yeah, he called some people names, but he also had the time of his life in the house, including putting on a little talk show with Vienna Girardi. He feels like he never got to know the real Jake Pavelka, but he’s heard “not so nice things” about Jake from people outside the show, including folks from Dancing With the Stars. But on a sweeter note, Justin found the superfast romance between Ames Brown and Jackie Gordon to be “endearing” and he’d be happy if one of them won the $250,000. He’s a total AJacks ‘shipper already!
Read on for more from Rated R — who would come back to Bachelor Pad every year (like Gia Allemand) if they let him, even though he should really just apply for Survivor already.
Did you know going into this how much strategy came into play? You know what, I did know that you had to have some kind of game coming on here. That was the part I was looking forward to the most, actually, you know, getting involved, getting mixed up, forming alliances and seeing how I could possibly take control of that house.
If you could do it again, is there anything you would do differently? Yeah, I wouldn’t open my big mouth to Alli. If it isn’t one Ali getting me in trouble it’s another! What’s going on here? No, yeah, definitely it would just be that one move. I remember actually having that conversation with that original group and I knew the powers to beat in that house were Michelle, Graham, Kasey, Vienna, Holly, and Michael and I knew I had to break them up. I was actually trying to protect Alli because they wanted to get her out of there. But, yeah, it was definitely that one moment where I spoke to her and she went literally five minutes later running to Graham, telling him what I said. Definitely I regret that.
Did you really think that you could play both sides? Did you think that Alli was going to be trustworthy when you told her that? Were you shocked? Unfortunately there’s only three hours and even in those three hours there’s so much drama that was going on in that house, you couldn’t see everything. I did build a solid alliance, I had Gia and Jake with me and everything and Alli was kind of the flip-flopper. And I remember that night … I was talking to her and I was telling her “Hey, they’re going to try and flop you” and we needed her vote to make the majority and kind of pick off the other guys one by one. But, yeah, it was a bad decision trusting that girl.
You had a little talk with Jake when you were trying to decide what to do with the immunity rose. You said giving the rose to Vienna would be the biggest mistake in Bachelor Pad history. Do you still think that? Yes, Jake the Snake — wrestling pun in there for you guys. You know what, I still think it was a major mistake because that changed everything. Because out of the girls, Vienna was supposed to go home. And he went ahead and tried to be, I don’t know, Mr. Superman over there trying to save her — which is a bunch of BS. I still think that’s the biggest mistake that was made in the game and, you know what, we’re going to see what happens to him. But I’m sure it’s going to bite him in the butt later on down the road.
Were you expecting as much drama as we saw from Jake, Kasey, and Vienna last night? It seemed to trump everything. I’d never met [Jake] before Bachelor Pad. I heard some not so nice things about him from a bunch of people, including Dancing With the Stars people that did not like him at all. So I had a negative impression of him. Then I started talking to him, I kind of gave him a chance because of Gia — because me and Gia were somewhat close. But as the time went on in the house, I never got to know him, I always got to know this outer shell of him. We never had any deep conversations, it seems like he was always — I know it’s ironic me saying this, but it seems like he was always [putting on] this little front, this little fake image.