task #02- ten question interview
01. FIRST OFF, WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CHILDHOOD.
I grew up in a tiny town in a tiny town in southeast Idaho called Arbon Valley. I’m the oldest child of three, born to a pastor and his housewife. Life was never really exciting there. I was a really quiet child, but the small population made me grow closer to my family I think. When I was six my mom popped out twin boys so I was always very hands on with them as well. I always worked hard in school and obeyed my parents, but lacked a social life. My favorite childhood memory would have to be skiing at Pebble Creek every year around the holidays.
02. DID YOU ALWAYS KNOW THAT BEING IN THE INDUSTRY WAS SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO DO?
No, I’m still not entirely sure. I grew up being a daddy’s girl and wanting to grow up and spread the word of the Lord just like him. I’ve always found it all so fascinating and larger than life. However, when I turned fifteen and went to the mall for back to school shopping with my mom I got stopped by one of those booths who wanted me to model, which is where I first got the idea. We said no and kept walking, but after that day I found it really intriguing, I started to think maybe I could be really successful, I don’t have to be stuck in this tiny town forever. Since then I have genuinely enjoyed being in front of the camera, it doesn’t even seem like work to me.
03. WAS YOUR FAMILY SUPPORTIVE OF YOUR DECISION TO COME TO THE ESTABLISHED! HOUSE?
My mom was entirely supportive, however my dad, not so much. He actually doesn’t even know I’m here right now but my mom wouldn’t let me pass up this opportunity so here I am.
04. HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT LIVING HERE? DO YOU GET ALONG WITH THE OTHER RESIDENTS?
California is gorgeous, I’m already in love with the atmosphere here. Everything just seems a little bit brighter compared to back home. As for the housemates, I think they all seem really nice and friendly. I haven’t gotten to know them well yet, but I’m sure they’re all great people.
05. WHO WERE YOUR INSPIRATIONS AS A KID? WHO ARE YOUR INSPIRATIONS NOW?
Well modeling never crossed my mind as a kid, but for some reason I always had an admiration for the character Michelle Tanner on full house. I was completely obsessed with that show when I was in elementary school and she was everyone’s favorite character. I even tried dressing somewhat like her. As for now though, I think Lesley Lawson, also known as Twiggy, is still one of the most infamous models of the last few decades. I just think she’s stunning and I love her look.
06. WHAT IS ONE THING THAT NO ONE IN THE HOUSE KNOWS ABOUT YOU? THAT WOULD PROBABLY NEVER WANT THEM TO KNOW?
Probably the amount of time watching Netflix everyday, it’s really gotten a little out of control.
07. IF YOU WEREN’T PURSUING THE FAME PATH, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’D BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
I’d probably be attending college for Pastoral Studies in the fall and just helping around the house with my thirteen year old brothers. They’re quite a handful.
08. IF THIS DOESN’T WORK OUT FOR YOU, WHAT DO YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING?
Like I said before, I’ll probably end up being a pastor alongside my dad in our church. I’ve also been interested in teaching, but it can be hard to find jobs for that where I live.
09. IF YOU COULD ONLY PICK ONE, JUST ONE, RICH OR FAME, WHICH WOULD YOU PICK?
Honestly, I don’t need either, but fame. I think it’d be cool to wake up and see yourself on the front of a magazine or have thousands of followers on twitter and instagram. I really do wanna make it big here, I didn’t come for nothing.
10. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTED TO DO WHAT YOU ARE DOING, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THEM?
I’d say to take every opportunity you’re offered. I almost didn’t come here, but I’m so thankful that I did. I’ve just been really fortunate, but you can’t give up either because the minute you do you may never spring back. Just always put everything you have into whatever you wanna do and I believe you can go places. There’s tons of opportunity out there for anyone interested in modeling, just be patient with it and love what you do.
Its pretty cool here. Much warmer than back home. I think if you just go walking around you could find some?
Really? I always wondered if they have security guards all the time or not.
I always thought California smelled like Reality TV and Jennifer Aniston. Will you settle for a soon to be celebrity? Tristan Moore, remember the name.
Jennifer Aniston has a specific scent? Learn something new everyday. Will do, I’m Gia Reyes.
Everyone’s parents are pretty lame compared to mine unless they’re a doctor or really cool hippies. Damn. I’m not sure what I’m more stunned by, the fact that you participate in a celibacy club or that you were even able to come out to LA. Does your dad not feel like this is practically sin city or something? I know quite a few of your types though, they come out here and usually end up breaking and becoming all types of wild child. Those are usually the kind you hear about in missing case documentaries. I think I’m going to have to write your mom a hand written thank you card because she really did give you some fucking great genetics.
I’ve always wondered what it’d like to have hippie parents, mine are pretty high strung compared to most other parents. Well actually it was my mom’s idea to try to get me here, my dad thinks I’m at some church conference type thing, my mom worked out the details, that’s why I had to arrive a little late. Well I doubt that’ll be me. Hopefully I don’t go missing either. Well she does love hand written letters, but thank you.
Where are you from? California’s pretty awesome, I’ve been here like all my life.
Idaho, definitely a shithole compared to this place.
My parent’s own businesses of every kind. They pretty much buy dying businesses from their owners and then bring them back to life. They’ve probably bought more than fifty businesses since I’ve been born. Cookie shops, clothing stores, dry cleaners, just a whole plethora of things. Oh,so you’re a preacher’s kid? I’ve heard about those. People say they’re either very straight laced and narrow or they’re incredible sneaky and wild, where do you fall? I can definitely believe it, they were probably looking for someone gorgeous looking.
Oh, that’s actually really interesting. My parents are pretty lame compared to yours now. Yep, I’m the only daughter of a small town preacher, just like in every movie. Well I don’t break the rules, pray at least three times a day, get straight A’s, participated in the celibacy club in high school, and attend church every Sunday if that answers your question. Gorgeous? Oh, well I guess it’s all thanks to my mom I’m here. She’s Filipino so I look a lot like her.
Where are you from? Prison? Your mom is like that too? Mine has been calling me non stop since I got here because she wants me to take picture with celebrities.
Well my mom’s from the Philippines, but we live in an itty bitty town in Idaho. She’s never been out of Idaho since moving to the states and she’s always reading those silly celebrity magazines like People and watching Entertainment Tonight.
Sunshine? That’s an interesting way to describe California. And I haven’t even spotted one celebrity only some homeless dude who said he was Tom Cruise.
Well Florida’s known as the sunshine state, but I’ve never been there so this probably the most sunshine I’ve ever seen in my entire nineteen years. If only it was Tom Cruise, my mom would probably cry if she met him.
I figured Idaho would just smell like potatoes. Isn’t Idaho the potato state or something? Yeah, exactly like the city. My parents told me they named me Oakland just because that’s the city they built their first business in, but I’m pretty sure its because that’s where I was actually conceived. Yeah, I get it, definitely not dumb. So, Gia like Mia, but with G that sounds like a J, what are you here for?
Well raw potatoes don’t really have a distinct smell, unfortunately. Oh, what kind of business do your parents own? My dad’s just a pastor and my mom’s a housewife. Sorry, I guess. Modeling, believe it or not. I guess they wanted someone foreign looking.
Where are you at to be smelling sunshine? Anytime I hit LA it smells like over tanned skin and one too many different combinations of overly expensive perfumes, but as for the celebrities, well you’re looking at one. Soon to be, but close enough. ‘Sup, I’m Oakland.
Well the smell is much better than horse shit and stuffy rooms, never go to Idaho. Oh, like the city? I’m Gia. Kinda like Mia, but with a G. Oh, and it sounds like a J, well, you get it.