Included: Rachel, who served as a combat nurse in Iraq; quick-witted Melinda, from Milwaukee; Johanna, who works in a children's shelter, from Riverside, Cal.; Lacey, who works in a beauty salon in Tallahassee; sheltered Danny, from Billerica, Mass.; competitive Wes, from near Kansas City, Kan.; and Nehemiah, from Mesa, Ariz. Also: Johanna asks Nehemiah to not let her drink too much, but when he tries to intercede at a bar, she pushes him away.
Six months after the cast left the Real World house, all seven of them appeared to discuss their experiences both during and since their time on the show, Tex, Hugs, & Rock 'n' Roll: The Real World Austin Reunion, which premiered on November 29, 2005, and was hosted by Susie Castillo.
The four female cast mates posed in lingerie for a cover feature in Stuff magazine.
Melinda is an aspiring dentist working as a waitress when she was cast.
describes her "sexy, creative, and quick witted", and as a "once shy girl [who] has completely come out of her shell and truly lives by the saying 'I will try anything once.'"Nehemiah was born to a mother who was currently in rehab, and describes his life as "a combination of heartbreaking and hopeful", and Nehemiah himself as a "bright, charismatic young man who has the wisdom and experience of someone far beyond his years."Rachel is a former U. Army combat nurse and Iraq War veteran who enlisted in the military to pay for college.
The night before the film is due to premiere at the Austin Film Society, however, he heads out to a club, and Lacey and Melinda take turns editing the project.
Also: the housemates learn that they will be vacationing in Costa Rica.The housemates vacation in Costa Rica, where they enjoy the beach, take a canopy tour; surf; and go whitewater rafting. Elsewhere, Wren slaps Wes for bragging to the roommates about having sex with her.Also: Wes pretends to be Prince Harry to impress some women; and a drunken Danny misunderstands something Melinda says and leaves her at a bar. In turn, Wes confronts Rachel, who told Wren about it.The housemates receive their next film assignment and Danny returns.Instead of hanging out with Mel, Danny goes out with the guys instead which upsets Mel.Their "boss" was Paul Stekler, an award winning documentary filmmaker who taught at the University of Texas. The interior used for the series was designed by Austin designer Joel Mozersky. The west half of it was turned into a Mexican restaurant called The Rio Grande.