Reality Bites: 'The Real World' Party Girl Marie Roda On Dating

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Every Wednesday, we will be sitting down with a reality star to talk love, relationships, and their experiences on reality TV. If there's someone that you're dying to hear from, comment below or tweet @emilylongeretta and she will try to get them to spill all! This week, we're talking to Marie Roda, a member of the current Real World and the upcoming Challenge: Battle of the Seasons 2.

From Staten Island to the Virgin Islands, one cast member of The Real World: St. Thomas is sharing it all exclusively with YourTango. Marie Roda, the dubbed "party girl" on the current MTV hit show, had a lot to tell us about her love life, how her parents felt about her reality TV fame and what we can expect to see from her on Battle of the Seasons 2.

"My parents were really worried at first," Roda explains about her folks' reaction to her landing on MTV. "But so far, so good! They're mad that I was drunk all the time, but I'm just being myself!" 5 Couples Whose Marriages Were Destroyed By Reality TV

However, some castmates seem to think Roda was exaggerating her personality and acting differently for the cameras. "If I exaggerated … if for one second I took notice of the cameras, don't you think I would have put some makeup on?" Marie says, laughing at herself. "If I thought of something, I'd just say it!"

The 24-year-old started watching The Real World in high school, and first tried out for the season in San Diego. Instead, she was cast on the current season with a group of people whom she was forced to form relationships with (some more than others, but we'll get into that later). While she quickly became the fun and outspoken one on The Real World: St. Thomas, Roda will have you know she went to school at SUNY Albany for Political Science, and even did an internship on Capitol Hill (we bet you wouldn't have thought that!).

In her mind, coming on to the series as a single girl was the right way to go. But now, when thinking about future relationships, Roda prefers dating someone who has never seen her on TV.

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"If they did, it would be a deal breaker for me!" Roda laughs.

There's been a lot of hooking up right off bat within the St. Thomas house, and much more than previous seasons. "It's because of the location," explains Roda. "We're on an island and the only other people around were tourists coming and going, or foreigners travelling through."

The party girl herself has been cozying up with her castmate Robb Schreiber, who also appears in the new MTV Challenge: Battle of the Seasons, premiering September 19. The two have remained close through their on-and-off fling on The Real World, and while Roda doesn't comment on her current relationship status, she does say that her and Schreiber continue their close relationship during the new challenge in Turkey. Are Reality TV Romances Ruining Our Shot at Real Love?

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"The Challenge house is so much more stressful than The Real World one," Roda explains. "You have to be weary of friendships! And, I was intimidated. It's weird, but I was almost star struck because you watch these people on TV for years, then you're there competing with them ... Not only is it Battle of the Seasons, but it's a battle within the seasons. I got along with people much better out there though, because those are more of the people that are like me—they like to party!"

So, do Roda and Schreiber continue their fling during the rest of their time on the Virgin Islands and into the new MTV Challenge? We can't say! Although, she told us to keep watching the juicy action as Max—her crush she met out one night—returns to the action in St. Thomas. We assume that Schrieber won't be too happy!

Tune in next Wednesday when YourTango sits down with Marie's roommate, Robb Schreiber!