Celebrity Big Brother Cast & Host - USA [2018]

Julie Chen

Julie Chen

Host

Julie Chen serves as host and moderator of The Talk Global's daily daytime talk show that examines topical events and contemporary issues through the eyes of female hosts. Chen hosts the show alongside Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler.

In addition, Chen hosts the hit summer reality series Big Brother on Global and serves as a Special Contributing Anchor for The Early Show. Prior to her most recent assignments, Chen served as co-anchor of The Early Show (2002-2010), CBS News' weekday morning broadcast.

Before that, she served as the news anchor of The Early Show since Nov. 1, 1999. Chen has covered several major news stories for The Early Show, including the war in Iraq, and in March 2003 she reported for the program from Kuwait and Qatar during the conflict.

Chen has interviewed newsmakers such as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Queen Rania of Jordan and former Defense Secretary William Cohen, and celebrities including Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Angelina Jolie, Chris Rock and Jennifer Lopez. Prior to her work on The Early Show, Chen filled in as news anchor for the CBS Morning News and This Morning (June-November 1999). Locally, she served as a reporter and anchor for WCBS-TV, the CBS-owned station in New York (1997-1999).
Ariadna Gutiérrez

Ariadna Gutiérrez

Age: 24
Hometown: Born in Sincelejo, Colombia but raised in Barranquilla, Colombia
Current city: Miami, Florida
Occupation: Actress, TV host, model

Three adjectives that describe you: Determined, optimistic, and generous.

Favorite activities: Family time, healthy living, and traveling.

What do you think will be the most difficult part of living inside the Big Brother house? 
Not having direct contact with my family, especially with my father, and not knowing what to expect when I enter the house.

What moment in your career do you think prepared you to live in the Big Brother house? 
My whole life has prepared me for an opportunity like this. Through very difficult experiences, which have taught me how to take advantage of every opportunity and make the best of whatever is thrown my way.

Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most?
I don't particularly have a favorite.

Do you have a strategy for winning the game? 
No strategy. Just be myself, enjoy every day I'm in the house, and treat the rest of the Houseguests with the same respect I want to be treated with.

My life's motto is... 
Everything happens for a reason.

What would you take into the house and why? 
- My line of sunglasses. This is my new business and my "baby" so I want to share it with the world.
- Books to pass the time and continue to gain knowledge.
- Beauty kits to share with the other members of the house. One of my favorite hobbies.

Fun facts about yourself: 
- I love cats, I have two of them.
- I love sweets—anything with chocolate!
- I have 10 nieces and nephews and I love spoiling them!
Brandi Lynn Glanville

Brandi Lynn Glanville

Age: 45
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Current city: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Mom, New York Times bestselling author, beauty blogger, and reality TV personality

Three adjectives that describe you: Honest, outspoken, and loyal.

Favorite activities: Cooking and dancing.

What do you think will be the most difficult part of living inside the Big Brother house? 
Being away from my two boys.

What moment in your career do you think prepared you to live in the Big Brother house? 
I was born feet first with the cord wrapped around my neck three times and I refused to cry so I've pretty much been ready for anything from the jump. Do you have a strategy for winning the game? No, I'm just going to be myself and see what happens.

My life's motto is… 
Never give up.

What would you take into the house and why? 
- Clothes.
- Toiletries.
- Medications.

Fun facts about yourself: 
- I'm a great cook.
- I write silly poems often.
- I was a (very tall) gymnast for nine years.
- I've had two books on the New York Times bestseller list. The first one hit number one.
- I have 13 best friends.

    Chuck Liddell

    Chuck Liddell

    Age: 48
    Hometown: Santa Barbara, California
    Current city: Calabasas, California
    Occupation: Retired UFC Fighter/Entertainer

    Three adjectives that describe you: Loyal, genuine, and competitive.

    Favorite activities: Martial arts, playing with my kids, and any competitive games.

    What do you think will be the most difficult part of living inside the Big Brother house? 
    It will be all the deception. What you see is what you get with me. I live my life based on simple principles and I do not deviate from them. I wear my heart on my sleeve. Being in the house will be extremely difficult for me because by nature I am not a schemer. This game will force me to get uncomfortable and I will have no choice but to lie, create fake alliances, manipulate, deceive people, and do a myriad of other things that I do not agree with in my real life.

    What moment in your career do you think prepared you to live in the Big Brother house? 
    Winning the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship belt after being the coach on the first season of Ultimate Fighter.

    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? 
    I like how Paul plays from Season 19 and how he explains why he plays the way he does as the show goes on.

    Do you have a strategy for winning the game? 
    I am going to go into the house in the beginning the unassuming nice guy that I am, assess the other Houseguests, make a couple quick alliances, and play the rest of the game on my toes with the phrase in my head "eat or be eaten!" and be ready for things to turn at any moment.

    My life's motto is…
    Train hard, fight hard, play hard.

    Fun facts about yourself:
    - I am funny and a goofball.
    - I am a complete spaz. Sometimes I have been called Tazmanian Devil.
    - I am fiercely competitive and will use any advantage I can get in any game I play.
    - One of my favorite games is Catch Phrase.
    - Just after I became world champion I jumped off a balcony at Amnesia in Ibiza and landed on my feet like Spider-Man. I was completely nuts. Because of everyone's reactions and how cool it looked one of the crew attempted the same jump and ended up shattering both knees and being stuck in Ibiza for three months.
    - I am the proud owner of a toy poodle named Simba.
    - I am a hands-on father who changes diapers, does hair, bath, you name it. I will do anything for my kids.
    - I love to go out with my friends. I used to be called the King of Vegas and people describe me as a party animal, but I am also extremely disciplined when I need to be.
    - I like to be the best at everything I do.
    - I am a snowboarder.
    - I love fantasy football and I have been playing it for over 20 years.
    - I have a degree in Accounting from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
    - Oh yeah, I am also a singer.

       

        James Maslow

        James Maslow

        Age: 27
        Hometown: San Diego, California
        Current city: Venice, California
        Occupation: Actor/musician

        Three adjectives that describe you: Focused, sarcastic, and woke.

        Favorite activities: Working out, surfing, playing music, and working on my '72 Bronco.

        What do you think will be the most difficult part of living inside the Big Brother house? 
        Not having the freedom to go and do what I'm used to. I definitely enjoy my own space and will have none of that.

        What moment in your career do you think prepared you to live in the Big Brother house? 
        Being on my first tour. Definitely didn't have much room on that tour bus!

        Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? 
        The dude from Chill Town...Will.

        Do you have a strategy for winning the game?
        Pick who I think is the strongest player and team up with them.

        My life's motto is… 
        Success comes when preparation meets opportunity. Not sure that will apply for this one though!

        What would you take into the house and why? 
        Cards Against Humanity.
        - A piano.
        - Some books.

        Fun facts about yourself: 
        - Used to ride horses (western) and considered going into rodeo for a while.
        - I went hang gliding with a dude in Rio who didn't speak a word of English… that was trust.
        - Love sailing. I want to own my own sailboat one day.

           

            Keshia Knight Pulliam

            Keshia Knight Pulliam

            Age: 38
            Hometown: New Jersey
            Current city: Atlanta, Georgia
            Occupation: Actress and entrepreneur

            Three adjectives that describe you: Optimistic, genuine, and loving.

            Favorite activities: Spending time with family, the beach or pool and cooking.

            What do you think will be the most difficult part of living inside the Big Brother house? 
            Being away from my daughter.

            What moment in your career do you think prepared you to live in the Big Brother house? 
            Being an actor and in entertainment, you encounter many people who are pretending. I feel that as a result, it will help me identify authenticity or lack of it in my housemates.

            Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? 
            I don't have a favorite.

            Do you have a strategy for winning the game? 
            Be present, observant, and win challenges.

            My life's motto is... 
            Never let anyone steal my joy!

            What would you take into the house and why? 
            My Keshia's Kitchen Spices because good food makes everyone happy!

            Fun facts about yourself: 
            You will just have to watch and see!

              Marissa Jaret Winokur

              Marissa Jaret Winokur

              Age: 44
              Hometown: Bedford, New York
              Current city: Toluca Lake, California
              Occupation: Actress, director, and mother

              Three adjectives that describe you: Loud, loyal, and feisty.

              Favorite activities: Working, snuggling with my dog, and eating popcorn.

              What do you think will be the most difficult part of living inside the Big Brother house? 
              Being away from my son and my dog. Oh yeah, and my husband...

              What moment in your career do you think prepared you to live in the Big Brother house? 
              Being in the theater, you have to work closely with a lot of big personalities. I survived Harvey Fierstein in Hairspray.

              Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? 
              I have so many for different reasons! Rachel, Jordan, and Jessica are my trifecta.

              Do you have a strategy for winning the game? 
              I'm going to play a social game. I'm going to try not to annoy Houseguests and talk too much. I'm also going to try to team up with some athletic house guests who can win physical challenges.

              My life's motto is… 
              Life's too short, put cream cheese on it.

              What would you take into the house and why?
              - My 9-year-old son, because he knows how to play the game better than anyone. Although he would probably vote me out!
              - More hair than will fit in my suitcase.
              - Don Lemon, to keep up with my nightly ritual.

              Fun facts about yourself: 
              - I like being sneaky.
              - I can guess the calorie count in anything.
              - I'm obsessed with the podcast My Favorite Murder.
              - I love nature and being outdoors.
              - I'm a BB superfan!

                Mark McGrath

                Mark McGrath

                Age: 49
                Hometown: Newport Beach, California
                Current city: Studio City, California
                Occupation: Musician, host

                Three adjectives that describe you: Irish, spaz, and needy.

                Favorite activities: Hanging with my kids, playing guitar, and running.

                What do you think will be the most difficult part of living inside the Big Brother house? 
                Being away from my family, no doubt. Also, trying to sleep without earbuds because of my tinnitus, better known as ringing in my ears.

                What moment in your career do you think prepared you to live in the Big Brother house? 
                Being in a band on tour with some erratic personalities, in the small confines of a tour bus, for months at a time... for the last 25 years!

                Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? 
                Of course the legends, Boogie and Evel Dick… but BB19 was strong with Cody and Jessica, and of course bringing Paul back. But my favorite ever was the Beantown legend and fellow hair streaker, Kevin… love that guy!

                Do you have a strategy for winning the game? 
                Since this is a truncated, expedited version of the game, playing the wall might not be the best strategy. Hearts are gonna be broken early and there's nowhere to hide. So I figure you might as well come in hot!

                My life's motto is… 
                "Just be nice." - Dalton Lee from the classic movie Roadhouse.

                What would you take into the house and why? 
                Guitar. I might as well write a few songs while I'm there since I'm sure there'll be a ton of inspiration!

                Fun facts about yourself: 
                - Three time Rock & Roll Jeopardy! champion.
                - Once shot a half court shot at a Laker game at halftime for $50,000 with Jack Nicholson watching… I missed badly.
                - Proud USC alumni.
                Metta World Peace

                Metta World Peace

                Age: 38
                Hometown: Queens, New York
                Current city: Los Angeles, California
                Occupation: Basketball coach and philanthropist

                Three adjectives that describe you: Ambitious, driven, and competitive.

                Favorite activities: Being with my kids, being around my kids, and watching boxing.

                What do you think will be the most difficult part of living inside the Big Brother house? 
                Trying to find a place to work out!

                What moment in your career do you think prepared you to live in the Big Brother house? 
                When Kobe passed me the ball during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns in 2010!

                Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? 
                Can't pick one. Do you have a strategy for winning the game? Focusing on and implementing Phil Jackson's teaching methods.

                My life's motto is… 
                Have fun no matter what you do.

                What would you take into the house and why?
                - My workout equipment so I can stay fit.
                - Toothbrush.
                - Toothpaste.

                Fun facts about yourself: 
                - I love painting on canvases.
                - I love looking at art galleries.
                - I love going to the beach and sitting in the sand.
                - I love telling my kids what to do to get them upset!

                  Omarosa Manigault

                  Omarosa Manigault

                  Age: 43
                  Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
                  Current city: Jacksonville, Florida
                  Occupation: Television personality

                  Three adjectives that describe you: Devoted, dynamic, and driven.

                  Favorite activities: As a newlywed, I enjoy traveling the world with my husband.

                  What do you think will be the most difficult part of living inside the Big Brother house? 
                  The most difficult part of living in the house will be being away from my family.

                  What moment in your career do you think prepared you to live in the Big Brother house? 
                  Nothing can really prepare you for an experience like this (unless you're a goldfish).

                  Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? 
                  Jeff and Jordan are adorable. Big Brother champ Evel Dick and Howard from Season 15 are two of my faves.

                  Do you have a strategy for winning the game? 
                  My strategy is to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience!

                  My life's motto is… 
                  If you want to go FAST, go alone, if you want to go FAR, go together!

                  What would you take into the house and why?
                  The Bible my husband bought me as a wedding gift.

                  Fun facts about yourself: 
                  Big Brother fan.
                  - Military chaplain.
                  - Collegiate athlete.
                  - Avid golfer.

                    Ross Mathews

                    Ross Mathews

                    Age: 38
                    Hometown: Mt. Vernon, Washington
                    Current city: Los Angeles/Palm Springs, California
                    Occupation: TV host, judge, and personality

                    Three adjectives that describe you: Upbeat, kind-hearted, and competitive.

                    Favorite activities: Happy hour, brunch, and morning walks.

                    What do you think will be the most difficult part of living inside the Big Brother house? 
                    Being cut off from the outside world, my family, and pop culture.

                    What moment in your career do you think prepared you to live in the Big Brother house? 
                    Endless hours of live TV!

                    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? 
                    Janelle.

                    Do you have a strategy for winning the game? 
                    Run the show from behind the scenes, be a BFF to everybody and let them underestimate me.

                    My life's motto is… 
                    Pivot. Always be ready to pivot.

                    What would you take into the house and why? 
                    - Playing cards to keep my mind busy.
                    - My Chihuahuas.
                    - Wi-Fi.

                    Fun facts about yourself: 
                    - I played violin growing up.
                    - My first job was picking spinach.
                    - I like to think of myself as 60% Dorothy, 40% Rose.
                    - I'm going to run for mayor of Palm Springs someday.
                    - I can name all 21 of Meryl Streep's Oscar nominations.
                    Shannon Elizabeth

                    Shannon Elizabeth

                    Age: 44 
                    Hometown: Born in Houston, Texas. Grew up from third grade through high school in Waco, Texas, then lived in Los Angeles for 20+ years, and now my hometown is..... 
                    Current city: Cape Town, South Africa 
                    Occupation: Actress and conservationist 

                    Three adjectives that describe you: Compassionate, focused, and persistent. 

                    Favorite activities: My favorite activities are working with animals in any capacity, traveling, yoga, hiking, taking my dog, Peanut, to the beach, tennis, going to the gym, and watching Big Brother and The Amazing Race

                    What do you think will be the most difficult part of living inside the Big Brother house? 
                    I think it'll be most difficult to juggle many different personalities and to adapt to situations on the spot as they get thrown at me. 

                    What moment in your career do you think prepared you to live in the Big Brother house? 
                    I feel like I've had many different opportunities in my life that have helped to prepare me for the house. My career in acting has obviously prepared me so that I can go into the house and play a role, almost. I'll have to play the role of someone who can be friendly, backstabbing, deceitful, powerful, weak, and mysterious—just to name a few. 

                    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? 
                    It's definitely a toss up between… Dr. Will, Evel Dick, Dan Gheesling, and Janelle. 

                    Do you have a strategy for winning the game? 
                    My strategy is that I will constantly have to change my strategy. I have seen every single season ofBig Brother at least once, if not twice. I will need to pull from all of the best players and make it my own. I am hoping for some big, loud, outgoing personalities that can stand out as big targets right off the bat. I, meanwhile, will be setting up my alliance and picking people off one by one. 

                    My life's motto is… 
                    "UBUNTU." It's an African saying that comes from the languages of Xhosa and Zulu. It means "I am because we are." We are all interconnected. This includes all living —people, animals, plants, ecosystems, the planet, everything. And every decision we make every day has a lasting impact on the people and planet around us. Only through living in tolerance and respect for everything can we all thrive. 

                    What would you take into the house and why? 
                    - My dog Peanut. He just makes everything better all the time! 
                    - An invisibility cloak. 
                    - A computer so I could watch the Live Feeds for Celebrity Big Brother

                    Fun facts about yourself: 
                    - I used to play poker on the pro poker circuit for years. 
                    - I was secretly an extra on Baywatch and the film Black Sheep before my career started. I wanted to get some on-set experience, but I never let my agents know.

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