STEPHENVILLE — Danielle Alexander, a resident of Fort McMurray, Alta. who has lots of ties to people in the Bay St. George area, is one of the houseguests on the first Big Brother Canada.
She was one of 15 people selected to participate in the reality show from a pool of 10,000 people across the country who auditioned.
While Alexander grew up in Fort McMurray, her father Dan Alexander is from Kippens and her mother Lisa Walsh, is from Port au Port. She has a grandmother, Linda Alexander, living in Kippens and a grandfather Carl Walsh, living in Boswarlos on the Port au Port Peninsula.
Her grandmother, Heather Walsh, died in Fort McMurray nearly four years ago.
Alexander survived the first round on Wednesday night, as Kat Yee, a bartender from Toronto, was the first to be evicted from the mansion, located in Toronto, Ont.
Alexander is competing for the top prize of $100,000 and a new car, plus $25,000 for the purchase of furniture.
Her grandfather, Carl Walsh, said he hopes his granddaughter don’t leave the house until she has the $10,000 in her hand.
In an online question and answer for the show, Alexander describes herself as fun, opinionated, and outgoing. She said being on Big Brother Canada is providing a good opportunity to further her acting career.
“This is fun! I need more excitement in my life. Fort McMurray is a small town. Everyone knows me and my family — we’re loud social butterflies about town. It’s time to get me out in the world,” Alexander said.
Alexander said her strategy going into the house is to form an alliance with people she naturally clicks with, but said she won’t hang out with them.
“I don’t want to put our connection on display for everyone to judge and feel threatened by. I also won’t hate anyone openly (just in the Diary Room), but I’m sure that people will get on my nerves. I’m not afraid to lie or confront anyone. I’m not a bitch, but I can be one if I need to,” she said.
She plans on hiding the fact that she’s not poor from her houseguests.
“I don’t want people not to like me because I grew up getting everything I wanted — trips, hobbies, clothes, etc. I’ll just lie and tell people that I had a little less than average — but I don’t want them to think that I’m poor either. That’s just not me — I don’t know how to act poor.”
Asked if the physical or mental challenges will be more difficult for here, Alexander said the mental challenges will be hard for her, but in the physical aspect, she’s a very competitive person as she competed in gymnastics for 10 years so she’s confident she will do well.
Describing her perfect day, she said she would eat breakfast because she loves breakfast, then spend her day lying on the beach, go shopping and incorporate her dream job into the day somehow — and be with her friends.
Asked her biggest pet peeve, she said she hates dirty people.