The Real World: Paris

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The Real World: Paris
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The cast of The Real World: Paris
Genre Reality
Created by Jonathan Murray
Mary-Ellis Bunim
Starring Chris "C.T." Tamburello
Adam King
Christina Trainor
Simon Sherry-Wood
Leah Gillingwater
Clyde Daryn "Ace" Amerson
Mallory Snyder
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 25[1]
Location(s) France
Running time 30 minutes
Original network MTV
Original release June 3 – November 4, 2003
Preceded by The Real World: Las Vegas
Followed by The Real World: San Diego

The Real World: Paris is the thirteenth season of MTV's reality television series The Real World, which focuses on a group of diverse strangers living together for several months in a different city each season, as cameras follow their lives and interpersonal relationships. It is the only season to be filmed in France.

The season featured seven people living in a four-story château and was the second of four seasons of The Real World to be filmed entirely outside of the United States after The Real World: London in 1995, and before The Real World: Sydney in 2007, and The Real World: Cancun in 2009.

The season was filmed over 120 days from January 19 to May 18, 2003.[2] The season premiered on June 3 of that year and consisted of 25 episodes.


Almost every season of The Real World, beginning with its fifth season, has included the assignment of a season-long group job or task to the housemates, continued participation in which has been mandatory to remain part of the cast since the Back to New York season. The Paris cast was assigned to write reviews for Frommer's, reviewing various Paris bars, clubs and other attractions. A weekly bonus would be given to the housemates if they all completed their weekly assignments, which they rarely did. In fact, two of the castmates, Chris "C.T." Tamburello and Leah Gillingwater, were caught submitting fake reviews.[episode needed]

The residence[edit]

The four-story 5,382-square-foot (500.0 m2) Château was built in 1869, and is located in Le Vésinet, a commune of France in the western suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 10.2 miles (16.4 km) from the center of Paris. Le Vésinet is one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris, known for its wooded avenues and bourgeois mansions built around boating lakes and English-Style gardens. In some of the rooms of the Château, fake walls were built to protect 18 carat gilding on the original surfaces. The Château includes a wine cellar.[3]


Cast Member Age1 Hometown Biography
Clyde Daryn "Ace" Amerson[4] 24 Statesboro, Georgia Ace is a senior marketing major in his sixth year at Georgia Southern University and a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He co-owns three college bars back home where his girlfriend lives, and enjoys the drinking and partying that comes with that business. The death of his mother was a troubled time for him, but he has moved on.[4]
Adam King 23 Beverly Hills, California[5] Adam is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in communications, and an aspiring rap musician and lyricist who grew up in Beverly Hills, currently living in Los Angeles. His mother provided a stable home environment while his father, William King, toured with the 70's R&B group, The Commodores. A motivated and energetic young man, friends and family compare him to the Energizer Bunny. He is fluent in French, which helps him socialize with women in France, but he still struggles to find a lasting relationship with the woman of his dreams. He is initially attracted to Mallory, though she does not reciprocate.[5]
Chris "C.T." Tamburello[6][7] 22 Boston, Massachusetts[8] Chris, aka C.T., is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and works nights as a bartender at a nightclub near his school. He believes there is nothing he cannot accomplish if he sets his mind to it. He is opinionated and confrontational and can have a very loose temper, at times to point of getting into fights with Adam, Christina, and Leah, and is a source for much tension in the house. C.T. and Christina do have a flirtatious relationship at one point, but it never comes into fruition.[8][9]
Christina Trainor[10] 24 Las Vegas, Nevada Christina is a criminal justice graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The child of a bi-racial relationship (her mother is Korean and her father is German), Christina is drawn to diversity in her life. With a stepfather in the military, Christina grew up a military brat and so has developed the ability to adapt to the environment around her. Her family moved away from Las Vegas, but she stayed and works as a cocktail waitress. She has breast implants. C.T. and Ace find her attractive, but nothing ever comes of it. She later becomes close friends with Mallory, Leah, and Simon.[11]
Leah Gillingwater[12] 22 Long Island, New York Leah is a single Long Island, New York native and a graduate of the University of Maryland who aspires to a career in fashion and enjoys partying, shopping and expensive name brands. She is known as loud and boisterous, and is often the center of attention. She admits to at one time only dating men who drove expensive cars. Leah is first attracted to Ace, but he does not reciprocate. Known to be pugnacious, she ends up in fights with most of her roommates. Leah and Mallory click at first, but later their friendship seems to crumble, the height of their animosity coming to a head on their trip to Italy. Leah has a cancer scare though, which brings her close to Mallory and the rest of her roommates.[12]
Mallory Snyder[13] 19[14] Palatine, Illinois Mallory is a 19-year-old freshman at Iowa State University. Described as "statuesque, athletic", her parents are pushing her to achieve in sports, but Mallory is struggling may want to explore life outside of athletics and gives up her soccer scholarship to move to Paris. She is single and is waiting to find love before she loses her virginity. Mallory's looks gain the attention of Adam and Ace.[14]
Simon Sherry-Wood[15] 18 Dublin, Ireland A native of Ireland, Simon lives at home and goes to high school in a small village about an hour outside Dublin. His family's acceptance of his homosexuality has allowed Simon to live an open life; he has enjoyed the gay scene in Dublin since he was 16. Simon met his Spanish boyfriend on New Year's Eve, a few weeks before moving to Paris. Aware of the temptations of Paris nightlife, Simon plans to stay faithful. A working model with a flair for fashion, he intends to go to college, but has yet to apply to schools because he's unsure about his career goals.[16]

^Note 1 : Age at the time of filming.


Ep # Total Title Airdate
1 263 "Paris: Episode 1" June 3, 2003 (2003-06-03)
“Seven strangers” travel to their new Paris home. The housemates include attractive Ace, 23; virginal Mallory, 19; Simon, 18, from Ireland; cocky Chris, 22; likeable Leah, 22; former cocktail waitress Christina, 24; and Adam, 23, whose father is in the Commodores.[17] Everybody begins to check each other out for hook-up potential. Everyone wonders if Simon is gay.
2 264 "Paris: Episode 2" June 3, 2003 (2003-06-03)
The cast members head out to nightclubs to celebrate their first night in France. Leah finds herself attracted to Ace, but Ace is turned off by her smoking. Also, Adam is smitten with Mallory, but the infatuation fades when he learns the feeling isn't mutual.[17]
3 265 "Paris: Episode 3" June 10, 2003 (2003-06-10)
The housemates learn that their jobs consist of putting together a student travel guide of Europe. Also: Christina flirts with C.T.; and Ace has difficulty adjusting to France.[17]
4 266 "Paris: Episode 4" June 17, 2003 (2003-06-17)
Mallory and Ace try to escape from the cameraman shadowing them and share a kiss. Mallory also loses her purse, which contains Leah's passport; and Adam apologizes to Leah for his behavior.[17]
5 267 "Paris: Episode 5" June 24, 2003 (2003-06-24)
C.T. has a run-in with Christina, who he believes is eating his food and drinking his alcohol. Meanwhile, Ace frets about kissing Mallory, who worries about how to tell Leah, who also likes him.[17]
6 268 "Paris: Episode 6" July 1, 2003 (2003-07-01)
For their Frommer's job, the housemates must review different shopping districts and stores in Paris. Meanwhile, Adam meets a woman at a club, but the morning after isn't as much fun as the night before.[17]
7 269 "Paris: Episode 7" July 8, 2003 (2003-07-08)
C.T. has a run-in with Leah and Christina, who think he's difficult to live with. Also: the housemates celebrate Valentine's Day, and the gals are surprised when bouquets of tulips arrive for them.[17]
8 270 "Paris: Episode 8" July 15, 2003 (2003-07-15)
Adam meets a Canadian gal to whom he's attracted. Also: Christina turns in an assignment ahead of the others, causing dissension within the group; a group project is assigned.[17]
9 271 "Paris: Episode 9" July 22, 2003 (2003-07-22)
In preparation for her brother Pascual's visit, Leah spurs everyone to clean the house; she and Mallory also have some issues about Mallory's sloppiness. Also: Mallory is attracted to Pascual.[17]
10 272 "Paris: Episode 10" July 29, 2003 (2003-07-29)
Christina is left in a foul mood after someone eats her eggs; and she has difficulty sleeping due to Ace and C.T., who are involved in a high-stakes game of pool.[17]
11 273 "Paris: Episode 11" August 5, 2003 (2003-08-05)
C.T. angers Christina and Leah when they learn he turned in an incomplete assignment. Also: Christina contemplates changing rooms; and Ace frets about Christina moving out.[17]
12 274 "Paris: Episode 12" August 12, 2003 (2003-08-12)
Tired of being the odd-man out with Leah and the others, C.T. attempts to mend fences. Meanwhile, Adam goes to a gay bar with Simon and Mallory; and Simon's boyfriend visits.[17]
13 275 "Paris: Episode 13" August 19, 2003 (2003-08-19)
Ace's girlfriend, Kate from back home arrives for a visit. Ace is immediately put-off when she refers to him as her “kind-of boyfriend”; and he later gets in a drunken argument with a cab driver.[17]
14 276 "Paris: Episode 14" August 26, 2003 (2003-08-26)
Adam is smitten with a girl whom he spends all of his money on; Ace and C.T. worry that the girl is using Adam. Leah and Christina insist that Mallory change to a more fashionable shoe.[17]
15 277 "Paris: Episode 15" September 2, 2003 (2003-09-02)
The housemates begin an eight-day vacation that includes stops in the French Riviera, Rome, Florence and Switzerland. First, however, they must finish an assignment about Paris nightlife. Also: Mallory's cousin and aunt visit; and Ace celebrates his 24th birthday.[17]
16 278 "Paris: Episode 16" September 9, 2003 (2003-09-09)
The housemates arrive in Florence, where Leah and Simon go shopping and the others go sightseeing. Also: Leah has a date with Giuseppe, a waiter she meets at a restaurant; and C.T. alienates some of the others when he arrives for dinner drunk.[17]
17 279 "Paris: Episode 17" September 16, 2003 (2003-09-16)
The housemates conclude their vacation with stops in Rome and Zermatt, Switzerland, where they go snowboarding. Also: Leah's upfront personality grates on Mallory, Christina and Simon, and the four have it out in a restaurant---and are asked to leave.[17]
18 280 "Paris: Episode 18" September 23, 2003 (2003-09-23)
Filmed in March 2003, the roommates react to the impending war in Iraq, including President Bush's speech urging Saddam Hussein and his sons to leave Iraq. Also: Ace, fed up with the back-and-forth bickering of his roommates, contemplates leaving.[17]
19 281 "Paris: Episode 19" September 30, 2003 (2003-09-30)
C.T. almost gets in a fight with another patron at a bar; he then turns his wrath on Adam, accusing him of being “two-faced.” Also: C.T. is excited when his girlfriend Jamie and her close friend Wendy arrive for a visit.[17]
20 282 "Paris: Episode 20" October 7, 2003 (2003-10-07)
C.T.'s girlfriend Jamie's friend Wendy confides to Christina's concerns about C.T., which Jamie repeats to C.T., who then goes to Christina about it. Also: C.T.'s cousin Mike visits and urges him to dump Jamie.[17]
21 283 "Paris: Episode 21" October 14, 2003 (2003-10-14)
Adam's friend, Samir visits and hits it off with Leah, who's just returned from a weekend with Giuseppe. Meanwhile, C.T. takes Christina to lunch in an attempt to mend their relationship.[17]
22 284 "Paris: Episode 22" October 21, 2003 (2003-10-21)
Adam learns his father has left his mom. Also: Leah's friend Stephanie arrives for a visit carrying letters from Leah's mom and doctor concerning a check-up she had before she left home; and Leah and Mallory mend their friendship.[17]
23 285 "Paris: Episode 23" October 28, 2003 (2003-10-28)
Adam has problems with Lamyae, his German sort-of-girlfriend, because of their lack of a physical relationship; and has a fun night on the town with Ashley, an American vacationing in Paris. The roommates also review hotels and invite Brice and David over for dinner.[17]
24 286 "Paris: Episode 24" November 4, 2003 (2003-11-04)
Ace receives an e-mail from Kate that ends their relationship; and resumes his flirtation with Mallory. He convinces her and several others to visit his favorite strip club, but Mallory becomes upset by the attention he gives the dancers. Also: Chris and Leah are paired together for a work assignment.[17]
25 287 "Paris: Episode 25" November 4, 2003 (2003-11-04)
The Paris cast returns home. First, however, the housemates undergo exit interviews with Brice. Also: C.T. and Ace play a practical joke on the girls; Ace, Adam, Christina and Leah enjoy the hot tub au naturel; and everyone but C.T. heads out for a last night on the town.[17]

After filming[edit]

Six months after the cast left the Real World house, six of them, except for Simon, who was there via telephone, appeared to discuss their experiences both during and since their time on the show, French Kissing and Telling: The Real World Paris Reunion which premiered on November 11, 2003, and was hosted by La La Vazquez.

Mallory Snyder later became a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.[18] She posed for the 2005 and 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editions, and has also modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch and J. Crew.[19]

Chris "C.T." Tamburello became a father to his first child in 2016. He introduced his son, Christopher during an episode of Invasion of the Champions.

Simon later appeared as a member of the Scruff Pit Crew during RuPaul's Drag Race (season 6). He did not return to the show for the following season.

Real World/Road Rules Challenges[edit]

Cast Member RW/RR Challenges Challenges Won Total Money Earned
Clyde Daryn "Ace" Amerson The Inferno, Battle of the Sexes 2, The Gauntlet 2, The Inferno 3 None $10,000
Adam King Battle of the Sexes 2, The Gauntlet 2, The Gauntlet III, The Duel II, The Ruins, Rivals None $1,000
Chris "C.T." Tamburello The Inferno, The Inferno II, The Duel, The Inferno 3, The Gauntlet III, The Duel II, Rivals, Battle of the Exes, Rivals II, Free Agents, Battle of the Exes II, Invasion of the Champions, XXX: Dirty 30 Rivals II, Invasion of the Champions $249,000
Christina Trainor
Leah Gillingwater The Inferno None $0
Mallory Snyder The Inferno None $0
Simon Sherry-Wood

Challenges in bold indicate that the contestant was a finalist on the Challenge.

Note: CT made an appearance on Cutthroat for an elimination, and Battle of the Bloodlines for a challenge and an elimination.

Note: CT appeared on the six episode special Champs vs. Pros along with nine other champions.


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