Jenna walked into BGC14 as triumphantly as she left, but we might not have gotten to see too much of her softer side. We caught up with Jenna to chat about her time on the show--and she had plenty to say about plenty of things: from reunion drama to her friendship with Lauren.
Hey Jenna! Thanks for taking the time to talk with us! How are you feeling after the reunion?
I mean, honestly, I was so over it at that point. It had been months. Once I got to the reunion I just didn't care. I had said everything that I had to say to everybody. I didn't go to the reunion with unfinished business. I always spoke my mind on the show. I really didn't even talk that much when we all met up again. No one came at me, I had no reason to talk. I kept it real.
You did keep it real, people seem to really respect you for being honest with everyone.
I mean, I try. That's all I can do. I can't act, I can't pretend I'm OK with certain things. I'm always going to have respect for myself and my feelings.
What were you up to before BGC?
Honestly, I was just hanging out with my friends a lot. I did some travelling. I was a bartender, hairdresser, make-up artist. Honestly doing whatever I wanted at any given time. That's why I did the show. It's just another thing I felt like doing.
What was your favorite thing that happened on the show the viewers didn't get to see?
There was a lot of stuff. Me and Lauren were just always talking about the funniest stuff, doing the funniest stuff, we would crack up for hours and entertain each other. We would have sleepovers in her room. We were like little besties.
What was your least favorite part of being on the show?
Definitely the fact that you had to live with people you didn't get along with. It's just an uneasy feeling. Feeling like you always had to watch your back at any given time. It was just very uncomfortable!
Do you think working with Life Coach Laura Baron helped you out?
Yes and no. I was already a person who can recognize when I'm wrong. I try and work on myself every day. She didn't really tell me things I didn't already know but she was nice to talk to.
Do you think that being on the show helped you become a better person?
It definitely helped me become a more patient person. I'm able to ignore a lot more ignorance now. There's always some dumb sh*t going on. It's a lot easier for me to just pick and choose my battles.
Are there any parts of your life that we didn't get to see? What's a normal day in your life like?
I seem a lot more wild on the show. I am wild, but I'm really chill too. A normal day is like: I go to work. I come home. I hang out with my family--I have a seven year old sister that I hang out with a lot. I see my friends. We do girls nights. Movies, drinks. Nothing too crazy! I truly just value my friends and my family more than anything. That's the most important thing to me. That's my happy place. But I still do get crazy!
Who do you still talk to show from the show?
I talk to a handful of the girls. I talk to Kat, I talk to Jasmine. I talk to Tina sometimes, too. She's a very sweet girl. But the person I talk to the most is definitely Lauren. She's become one of my real life best friends. We talk almost every day, on the phone for over an hour. I'm actually going to visit her next month.
Are you guys gunna turn up?
Oh, are you kidding?! Yeah we're gunna turn up! We're just gunna turn up, have fun. We might do little fan videos, answer some questions. I miss her so much, I'm so excited to see her!
Would you go on another season of BGC?
I would do an All-Star Battle. The fact that there's actually a purpose--like a reason to stay til the end. Whoever wins gets money. That's something to be there for. I don't know if I'd be on a normal season. It's a lot of drama. I know I expected that but I wanted more than just petty drama.
How have the fans reacted to you?
After the episode aired with half the house leaving, I think everybody on my team was getting some heat for a couple of days. People thought that would last and that people would hate forever. After like a day or two they didn't give a sh*t anymore. For the most part, people are so nice to me every day. Especially since more episodes have aired- because I speak up for people or whatever. People like that. People relate to me. They're into it. People like my character--or me, because it's not a character. Of course they're gunna be trolls. But I just block 'em. I don't care. Block, block, block.
Are you friends with any of the girls from other seasons?
I talk to Rocky here and there. She's always been a favorite of mine. Once the season started airing she hit me up on Twitter and told me she was a fan and that I reminded her of herself. We vibed. We text sometimes. She's a cool girl, I really like her.
Do you have any projects you're working on in the future?
Right now I'm just pretty much going with the flow. I have a few things I'm working on, some make-up stuff. I don't wanna talk about it yet cause it's not finished. I have new ideas every day. You'll be seeing a lot more from me in the future.
Jenna gets real on Tuesday's Reunion at 8/7c. Sneak Peek here: