YourTango: Would you ever participate in Big Brother again?
Brendon: When you really think about it, it really is so much of your life. It's long. It's grueling. It's exhausting. You come out and you have post-traumatic-reality disorder for six months after. It takes a lot out of you. It is very challenging, and I think Big Brother is probably the toughest reality competition show because the other stuff is all hard, but they're much shorter; even Survivor is only 39 days.
Rachel: We always say, "Never say never." Big Brother is such a big part of our lives, between winning and meeting Brendon on the show and my sister [Elissa Slater] was on the show. Big Brother and the CBS family are really a big part of our lives, so you can never say never.
YourTango: What kind of advice do you have for anybody going into the house this summer?
Brendon: I would always stress to people that they need to make sure they're thinking about all the other aspects of Big Brother, like the fact that you're not having your Internet anymore, you're not on your cellphone, you're not communicating with family. I think sometimes people forget about that stuff, and that sometimes is the most challenging stuff because it becomes so mentally stressful. What do you do when you're stressed out or you have to put up with somebody you can't stand? You go and talk to your best friend or your wife or your husband or your parents or whoever's close to you, but you don't have that in Big Brother. They should really, really think long and hard about that; if they've got a problem, they've gotta keep it to themselves. It's a lot of inner turmoil.
Rachel: Just to train ... being in good shape really does help and does make a difference, so I always tell people to train. Like I said, I feel like we're reality TV athletes. Going into these reality competition shows, people think you can just show up and you'll be fine, but that's so not true. They're so physically demanding and emotionally and mentally demanding. Watch Big Brother. Watch seasons and seasons of Big Brother, and watch what people did, how people played the game. Pick a couple of people you admire and think about how you can play the game — maybe not exactly like them — but take some of their good points that you admire in their game play and try to incorporate them into your strategy.
YourTango: If you could participate in another reality show, which would you choose?
Rachel: I want to do Survivor. For my competition reality career to be complete, I have to pull the CBS reality-athlete trifecta. I think it'd be really fun. Plus, you get to go on a really cool diet. I love Survivor. It's like you're watching a movie. It's so exotic and everyone's beautiful. It just looks like a lot of fun. I'm sure it's really hard, and I've heard from Survivor contestants that I don't want to do it, but I always tell them I really do.
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