Tami Roman Talks The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles

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It takes a strong person to revisit their past. When Tami Roman agreed to join her again The real world teammates for a reunion on screen nearly three decades after their season aired, she was determined to get shut down.

The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles – a revival series for the original cast from 1993 – reunited Roman, Beth Anthony, Irene Berrera-Kearns, Jon Brennan, David Edwards, Glen Naessens and Beth Stolarczyk so they could once again “stop being polite and start being real” about their unresolved issues. This time, Roman had a better idea of ​​what she was getting into, and stuck to tackling the problem she felt she deserved an apology for.

“I figured if I wanted to leave the genre or at least an ensemble setting within the genre, why not go back and finish what I started?”

Fans of The real world think maybe Edwards was the last person Roman would want to see in the house, given their story with the general incident, but it turns out she actually would not do the reunion without him. “I felt that over the last 30 years, an apology was warranted for the role I was playing at the time,” she told POPSUGAR exclusively. “And I would like to be able to give that to him.”

Although her main goal was to give – and get – an apology for one of the most famous moments in reality television, Roman still found it difficult to be a willing participant in the reunion all these years later. “It was a difficult decision for me to go into the house again because I felt like I had exceeded my time in reality TV, but [The] Real world is where I started, “she said.” I figured if I wanted to leave the genre or at least an ensemble setting within the genre, why not go back and finish what I started? “

Leaving the Los Angeles House back in the 90s brought a lot of changes for Roman. She has appeared in several TV shows – including Basketball wives, Ms. Pat Show, The family business, and To be honest – created its own platform called Bonnet Chronicles, and launched other fruitful ventures. She even uses her YouTube channel to review every episode of The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles for her fans. But will come back to The real world gave her a moment in full circle to reflect on how much she has grown.

“I think I have a completely different mindset [now], “she recounted.” Many of the experiences we went through in the house, perhaps some of the circumstances, I would have done differently. Because when you get older, of course, you get wisdom. Even though people thought I was open-mouthed back then, I’m even more open-mouthed now, just diligently trying to be the best me I can be at all times. “She added that reality TV acted as a mirror that showed her how she handled certain “Of course you as an individual want to incorporate more of what you like and change what you can’t,” Roman said.

Roman’s reluctant return to The real world gave her the opportunity to revive conversations she bravely spearheaded as a 22-year-old woman in the 90s, including abortion, women’s rights, body image and race. And while many would expect these discussions to receive more support this time around, Roman is still the lone voice speaking first.

One of the most explosive moments from the revival is the race conversation that went wildly viral. During episode six, Black Lives Matter becomes the topic of discussion, and Roman experiences that she is the only black person – despite Edward’s presence – who pushes back against Brennan’s “young, black, colored people” comment, as well as Naessen and Berrera -Kearns’ obvious. use of the N-word. “With my [Latinx] brothers and sisters, it’s definitely slang, and shitty people say I would never say about you, “Roman says in the episode.” And I feel like I should be able to afford the same courtesy. “

Roman did not think the conversation would take such a sharp turn, especially in 2021 – a year after mass protests over Black Lives Matter took place across the country. “I did not think I was going to educate people, especially adults, in the ’50s about how to be a decent human being,” Roman said. She even noted how “challenging” it was to be the “only person to speak out” about the N-word being used so freely by non-black people – and on television.

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One thing was that the situation went awry on screen, but that tumult on social media poured even more gasoline on the fire. “I had no idea they would go viral,” Roman said. “I was surprised [at the viral reaction], but I was not surprised by the answer that came with it [clips] and people completely agree with my position on things. I feel that if you were brave enough to set yourself a goal based on your beliefs and the things that come out of your mouth, then you will accept this viral moment. “

“I did not feel frustrated, but I did not feel justified either.”

After the episode premiered on Paramount +, Roman said she received several lyrics from her co-stars – including Naessens, Brennan, Stolarczyk and Anthony. “I got a text message from Glen who was very apologetic saying he welcomed the conversation,” Roman said. “He was not trying to offend or hurt anyone. He was just trying to tell his story, and he did not understand how it would affect me and so many other people to tell that story. And for that he apologized.” Roman said, however, that the apologies she received, “are missing[ed] responsibility. “She would have liked her teammates to explicitly say they would never repeat those words again.” I did not feel frustrated, but I did not feel justified either, “she said.” To me, it’s like, I you feel sorry. . . but what do you apologize for? That was what I felt was missing in both texts’.

Roman would not change a single thing about her time back in the house. She even wished viewers could see more footage that did not reach the clip so her perspective could be better understood. “I feel like I’m someone who always stands by my beliefs,” she said. “And when you talk about race, racial insensitivity, [and] racial inequality in this country, I will never withdraw from that conversation. I felt it was something to be had, and since I was the only one who would say it, I would take that responsibility. “The fallout from the heated discussion also allowed Roman to make peace with the fact. That Edwards did not back her up as another black person in the house. “Although I wish it was another choice,” she said, “I believe his life will go on and my life is going to go and they two should never meet, and we both want to have a good time. “

“I think the whole premise of The return of the real world is for people to understand that as time goes on, we as individuals often go with it. “

In general, Roman has not regretted his time back in the house. “I could have done without it,” she admitted. “I do not want to say I regret it because I feel there were some benefits to going through the experience again,” she said. “Eventually, I sat down with David and gained a greater understanding of what he was going through after he was evicted from the house. I could apologize for allowing certain words to be used in connection with him., As well. to be a part of the process of him being removed from the house, and that way it did not necessarily have to go, so I was grateful that I could do it again, for I have done it before, but I would make sure, that everyone knew I was sorry. “

For Roman, the saving grace from the show finally goes on, knowing that she can close the door on this part of her life. And thus she gives something back to the viewers: a lesson in making mistakes and being smart enough to learn from them.

“I think the whole premise of The return of the real world is so people can understand that as time goes on, we as individuals often go with it, “she said.” So the blessing of having these conversations again is that you will see the evolution of how people have learned. . . and get to a level of maturity and understanding, hey, not everyone will agree. . . I think the learning moments are something you often do not find in other reality shows, but I think The real world do well by putting people in relationships where you can really see [them]. “

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