They went there and did it. Canada’s Big Brother’s Sindy Nguyen and Neda Kalantar have both played in the Big Brother game twice. Once in their respective seasons and once again in the sixth hybrid season which featured both newbies and veterans. With Big Brother USA’s second season of the All-Stars set to kick off tonight, the two veterans gave us a taste of what it’s like to have the chance to play a second time.
John Powell: What have you been doing since the fans last saw you?
Neda Kalantar: “I was preparing to move to Paris for a few years abroad when COVID-19 hit. This has been suspended temporarily, but luckily I’m in Vancouver with my friends and family, doing an amazing job doing personal shopping and styling… and still obsessed with my cat.
Sindy Nguyen: “Right after Big Brother Canada 5, I became a flight attendant now a flight attendant (senior flight attendant) with a Canadian airline. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, I am temporarily laid off until our airline is back online. ”
“I am also the National Director and Owner of Canada Galaxy Pageants, a multi-division national level competition open to ages 6 and up and inclusive to all women, including mothers and married women. Our winners represent Canada at Galaxy Internationals. I went from being a competitor for over a decade to now directing the show!
John Powell: You returned to the game once. What do you think are the best strategies to use when coming back against former players?
Neda Kalantar: “As the great American philosopher Taylor Swift once said… You just need to be able to get rid of it. ”
Sindy Nguyen: “Learn to adapt and realize that they are not the same person who played before. People grow up in life and in turn play differently. If you don’t learn to adapt to the player in front of you, it will hamper your progress. Also, believe in yourself and humble yourself. Sometimes you compare yourself to former players and think you are not up to playing as well as them or you think you are too tall and powerful and blinded.
John Powell: How has being a former player helped or hindered you during your season?
Neda Kalantar: “Watch my first time playing and my second time… I think you’ll find the answer.”
Sindy Nguyen: “Guests and viewers have never seen me as a player but more so as a character, so I was overlooked and undermined a lot in my second season.”
John Powell: How much has your reputation as a former player contributed to your comeback?
Neda Kalantar: “The best strategy in Big Brother is always to put down the first half of the game, wait for people to make enemies while you position yourself well, and then strike in the second half of the game. Unfortunately, getting into playing as one of the biggest threats and immediately receiving enormous extra power completely destroyed any game plan I had before and I didn’t adapt well.
Sindy Nguyen: “I was a wild card character and a player who made unexpected moves. I feel like I didn’t take the risk I did, I would have been forgettable.
John Powell: How would you like to see a Canada vs USA Big Brother season? What are some of the players you would like to play?
Neda Kalantar: “Okay, but what would be the quality of a season of first expelled? Imagine a house with Joey Rodriguez and Risha.
Sindy Nguyen: “I think the whole world would love to see a Canada vs USA season, but I don’t think it would play out too because the players would probably tend to line up with their own country. We’re all too patriotic not to make sure one of our own makes it through. The players I would like to see play are the ones who started in the top three, had a big presence and didn’t have the chance to prove themselves. It will bring interesting gameplay because nobody really knows the players well.
John Powell: What advice would you give to anyone looking to apply and play the Big Brother game?
Neda Kalantar: “Do everything I did in Season 2 and do the exact opposite of everything I did in Season 5.
Sindy Nguyen: “I actually posted a YouTube video about it, really breaking down the process! But actually apply! With Arisa announcing that next season will have half the cast of Black, Native, and Color, that’s huge! Don’t let your doubts get in your way. You learn how to deal with your job, school, kids, finances, and more after you move on to the next casting round, but until you know it GO TO CASTING (or submit a video)! ”
John Powell: Do you want to come back and play again? Why or why not?
Neda Kalantar: “If the time is right!” Big Brother will always have a special place in my heart. I grew up with this game! While my friends were enjoying their summers, I was inside glued to the screen, analyzing the gameplay of people on the forums and making Team Kaysar posters and Doctor Will t-shirts.
Sindy Nguyen: “The last two times I played it was during a transition period in my life. I was changing careers or taking a break. I’m perfectly happy where I am in my life right now and can’t imagine a break for three months. It was an incredible experience, but the mental, emotional and physical stress of the past five years is enough for me.
Big Brother All-Stars 2 debuts with a two-hour live-action moving episode tonight at 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 a.m. (live ET / PT delayed) on Global TV. After the premiere, the series will air three times per week: Sundays and Wednesdays (8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET / PT) and Thursdays (8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., live ET / PT delayed), featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen Moonves.