“No this isn’t a soap opera. It’s Big Brother,” host Julie Chen quipped at the top of Thursday night’s episode.
What is she referring to? The “tears, temptation and lovers being torn apart,” at season 19’s latest live eviction.
Throughout the years audiences have witnessed a slew of showmances blossom, and this season there’s another one to add to the list: Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson.
Although Jessica lost out on winning $500,000, fans have praised her fearless game throughout the season, being an underdog and standing up against Paul Abrahamian. And she was able to solidify an alliance with Cody that will likely last beyond the game.
“I hope that ‘Jody’ fans (so weird to say!) love us for being two strong people who really care about each other,” Jessica tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Below, she opens up further about going up against Paul, who is likely to take him out of the game, and how she wants to see the rest of the season play out.
Why do you think fans were rooting for you and Cody?
I hope that fans are rooting for us because they see two strong people. We challenged ourselves and others in the house. Loyalty is something that should be respected and admired and not frowned upon. He was my partner from the beginning and I wasn’t going to stab him in the back. I hope that Jody fans (so weird to say!) love us for being two strong people who really care about each other.
Besides Cody, who do you think will be the one to take out Paul?
Paul has really good relationships with most people. The only person he doesn’t have a really strong relationship with is Alex, but outside of that he set himself up pretty well.
Did you ever think Cody was going to walk out with you when you were evicted? How would you have reacted if he did?
That thought did cross my mind a few times and I would have laughed hysterically. I’m glad he stayed though so he can give hell to the houseguests for as long as possible.
What else did you want to say in your eviction speech?
For my eviction speech, I think I blacked out. I don’t remember what I hit or missed, but I think I missed saying I put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears in the house. I only threw one competition and it was only to ensure I played future competitions. I was never a stagnant player. Cody and I were first-string players and never got a water break.
Who are three players you hope don’t win this season and why?
Josh, because I don’t understand how a puppet could win; Alex, because I think her morals suck; and Christmas, because she carried on with lies to my face in such an exaggerated manner. I’m a little salty about that.
Did you feel like you and Cody were bullied and harassed in the game? Why or why not?
Absolutely! Fifteen houseguests, six weeks nonstop. We would wake up to it and we would go to sleep to it.
How do you predict the rest of the season will play out?
Well, I would like to see a different storyline. I would like to see someone else take leadership outside of Paul. I would like to see security blankets ripped from the houseguests‘ arms, and I want people to start fighting for their game in the house.