Big Brother 25 is promising to be an incredible spectacle with dozens of cameras catching the 17 houseguests every moves (now 13). Houseguests are becoming conspiring [bleeps] as they form secret alliances and stab each other in the back to try and be the last person standing to claim the $750,000 USD prize money. The Big Brother cast 2023 bios CBS dropped on August 1, a day before the premiere, and casting delivered a diverse group of houseguests.
The 25th anniversary — first airing in 2000 — season is offering some major new twists and turns, including a chute for all messages from producers to the houseguests.
“The Big Brother multiverse is a theme for season 25. What does that mean? It means the game has turned upside down. Anything can happen. Expect the unexpected more than ever. We’ve never had alternate universes like this,” Julie Chen Moonves explained to ET in an exclusive tour of the new house.
Here are succinct bios on all 16 Big Brother 25 houseguests including their hometowns, ages, jobs, current cities, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok accounts, family and more.
Reilly Smedley: Big Brother 25 Cast 2023 Bio
Hometown: Portland, Maine
Current City: Nashville, Tennessee
First Impression Interview: “Cause you really never know what to expect, and I feel like when you make a plan to do something it oftentimes doesn’t really turn out how it’s supposed to. I think just adapting to whatever is happening in front of me. It’s everchanging, and not floating. They’re going to be my two, big, key strategies here.”
Reilly was evicted at the end of week 2. Fans can learn more about Reilly here.
Red Utley: Big Brother 25 Cast Bio
Hometown: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Current City: Cosby, Tennessee
Facebook: Red Utley
First Impression Interview: “I think my strategy going into the Big Brother game is to develop a strategy as I go. I don’t think you can go in there with any one plan. You can have plans A through Z, but when you get in there all that changes.”
Fans can find out more about Red Utley here.
Mecole Hayes: Big Brother 25 Cast Bio
Hometown: St Louis, Missouri
Current City: Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Job: Political Consultant
Facebook: Mecole Hayes
First Impression Interview: “I’m going to play this game like a politician. I’m going to shake your hand, I’m going to kiss your baby. I’m going to smile in your face. And when you least expect it, I’m going to stab you in the back and take all your money.”
Matt Klotz: Big Brother 25 Cast Bio
Hometown: Cameron Park, California
Current City: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Job: Deaflympics gold medalist
First Impression Interview: “When I get into the house, I’m definitely not going to let anyone know my little secret, which is lip reading, I can read anyone’s lips from far away or up close, and I’m not going to let them know that because that’s going to be a huge advantage for me. I’m ready to take on the challenge to prove to everyone that someone with a disability can win the game.”
Fans can find out more about Matt here.
Luke Valentine: Big Brother 25 Cast Bio
Hometown: Weston, Florida
Current City: Coral Springs, Florida
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First Impression Interview: “My strategy going into the Big Brother game is to be the friendly guy, the lovable guy. You know, maybe I’m a little dense, maybe I’m a a bit of a himbo.”
Luke was expelled from the house in the second week for using the n-word.
Kirsten Elwin: Big Brother 25 Cast Bio
Hometown: Orlando, Florida, but born in Dominica
Current City: Houston, Texas
Job: Molecular Biologist
First Impression Interview: “I came to this country as a little girl, chasing the American dream with my family. And I’ve seen them work and struggle. And for that reason, I took myself from somewhere where we didn’t really have a lot, to having everything that I need to get by.”
Sadly, Kirsten was the first to get evicted from the Big Brother house in season 25.
Jared Fields: Big Brother 25 Cast Bio
Hometown: Norwalk, Connecticut
Current City: Norwalk, Connecticut
Facebook: Jared Fields
First Impression Interview: “My mom is basically the Michael Jordan Survivor. So there’s no way I’m telling anyone in this game who she is.
Jared Fields has proven a controversial houseguest. Fans called for his expulsion after Jared used the r-word in the house. They also found his misogynistic language towards his showmance Blue disgraceful, and wanted Jared’s girlfriend to get revenge.
Jag Bains: Big Brother 25 Cast Bio
Hometown: Omak, Washington
Current City: Omak, Washington
Job: Truck Company Owner/Realtor
First Impression Interview: “I think representing my Sikh community is so important to me. You know, I wear a turban, this is how I represent myself every day, so to come to the show, be who I am. represent not only myself, but my family, my people, my community, means the world to me.”
Fans can find out more about Jag here.
Izzy Gleicher: Big Brother 25 Cast Bio
Hometown: New York, New York
Job: Professional Flutist
First Impression Interview: “I’m not keeping any secrets about my personal life from the houseguests because I absolutely cannot keep up the lie. And I don’t want to step in it, I’m going to do enough foot-in-my-mouth throughout the season as it is.”
Here’s more about Izzy Gleigher here.
Hisam Goueli: Big Brother 25 Cast Bio
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Current City: Seattle, Washington
Job: Geriatric Physician
First Impression Interview: “The reason I wanted to be in the Big Brother house is that I work with older adults every day. And you are not guaranteed another day. Most people only live into their seventies, which is around 27,000 days. And I wanted to make sure that every day I lived mattered and counted, and I was living it to its full potential.
Hisam Goueli played the game very hard right out of the gate and put a major target on his back. That put a huge target on his back and he was evicted on the third week.
Felicia Cannon: Big Brother 25 Cast Bio
Hometown: Tacoma, Washington
Current City: Kennesaw, Georgia
Job: Real Estate Agent
First Impression Interview: “I know my age and experience is going to be an advantage for me. I hope it’s not looked at as a disadvantage to the twenties and thirty-somethings in the house.”
Cory Wurtenberger: Big Brother 25 Cast Bio
Hometown: Weston, Florida
Current City: Weston, Florida
Job: College Student
First Impression Interview: “I’m going to try and lower my threat level as much as I can. That being said, [I’ll] try and win the first HOH, if it doesn’t happen I’m entering full, ‘I’m a child. Help. Lead me. What do I do? Where do I go? I don’t know how to do laundry. Do you know how to fold a shirt?”
Cameron Hardin: Big Brother 25 Cast Bio
Hometown: Eastman, Georgia
Job: Stay-At-Home Dad
First Impression Interview: “I’m a huge superfan of Big Brother. I’ve lived to come into this house. Every season I’ve lived with my what if. I almost got it, I almost made it. I got it to this point. I’ve auditioned like five or six times. I’m finally getting into the house right now for the 25th season. I cannot tell you how special it is just to be sitting in these walls. I can’t believe that my next 14 weeks is on the other side of that door right now.”
“Strategy going into the Big Brother game is not to win too many competitions, definitely not to win any soon. Not to lay too low, as if I’m a floater, let’s be right down the middle. I want to build connections with people. And drive relationships forward… The only secret that I’m probably going to hold back from the houseguests is how big of a fan I am of the show. I’m going to have to downplay that a bit as to not put a big target on my back.”
Bowie Jane: Big Brother 25 Cast Bio
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Current City: Los Angeles, California
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First Impression Interview: “I watched Big Brother all the way back from when it was only in Australia. We used to all sit around and watch it, it was a really big deal in Australia when it first came out. And obviously the audience voted, so it’s a little bit different. This is much, much nastier in America and it definitely involves a lot more strategy. So, yeah, I’m excited to play the game because I’ve watched so many seasons. So I have a few secrets which I will be keeping. My age, because I’m 45, but I never even think about my age and I never tell people my age, so in the house, if anyone asks, I’m 34. Don’t tell anyone, alright? I’m also a lawyer, and I’m not going to be telling anyone that.”
“How to get voted off? Say you’re a lawyer…. Gee, I don’t know how anyone wins this game. It’s got to be a day at a time. Anyone who says they’re going to come in and win, that’s absolute rubbish. I don’t know how anyone can think that. You’ve just to pivot, pivot, pivot.”
Here’s a more detailed bio on Bowie Jane here.
Blue Kim: Big Brother 25 Cast Bio
Hometown: Riverside, California
Current City: New York, New York
Job: Brand Strategist/Marketing
First Impression Interview: “I want to be on Big Brother because Big Brother requires two things. Strategy and a social game, which, honestly, I have both. And the money won’t hurt. My strategy for going into the game is lying about my job so they don’t know that I’m a strategist, winning the competitions, and playing a mean social game.”
America Lopez: Big Brother 25 Cast Bio
Hometown: Edinburg, Texas
Current City: Brooklyn, New York
Job: Medical Receptionist
Instagram: America Lopez doesn’t appear to have any social media, which has led to theories she’s using a fake identity.
First Impression Interview: “So I’m a huge BB superfan. I’ve been watching this for like that last fifteen years. So I want to go into this playing the game that I personally love to watch. So I’m going to be in here lying, backstabbing, and blindsiding whoever I can, whenever I get the chance. I Plan to stay low at the beginning, just because that strategy has worked for past players.”
“But I’m definitely just going to be the sweet, bubbly, charismatic person, and get to know everybody and be genuine with them. And then lie to whoever I need to. I don’t mind. I’m going to do whatever it takes to win the game. I have an Ivey League degree so I’ll definitely be keeping that from my fellow house guests. I just don’t want to come off as the smarty pants and be automatically targeted because of it. So I’m going to keep that a secret.”
Cirie Fields: Big Brother 25 Cast Bio
Super famous four-time Survivor player and The Traitors winner Cirie Fields really needs no introduction. She joined the cast in the house when on the first night after the first competition. Fans can learn more about Cirie Fields here.