'Big Brother' Season 23 Full Cast List: Meet Christie Valdiserri and other housemates
What kind would want to be filmed 24/7 and be locked up in a house with strangers for money? We know at least 16 of them who'd do that without breaking into a sweat. CBS has announced 'Big Brother' Season 23 cast and we cannot begin to tell you how much of an interesting mix it is.
But before we get cracking on that, let's take a look at the list of reality competition series you can binge-watch while you wait for 'BB' to drop: 'The Circle' Season 2, 'Too Hot To Handle' Season 2, 'The Challenge' Season 36, and 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 13.
Cast of 'Big Brother' Season 23
The 24-year-old from Sarasota, Florida, is a swimwear designer who enjoys weightlifting, videography, boating with friends, going to the dog park with her dogs Jeter and Piper, and going to Siesta Key beach to watch the sunset. Ahead of the season premiere, she says she is excited to check an item off her bucket list. 'Big Brother' is close to her heart and she has followed the show since she was 11. "I have a photo of the Big Brother logo on my vision board. It will also be exciting to meet new people around the U.S. and live somewhere different then Sarasota. I have never lived outside of Sarasota in my life."
At just 30, this Baltimore belle is a Director of Sales Operations of a firm. But that doesn't stop her from being, as she describes herself: "charismatic, crafty, and clumsy."
"I love cooking! It’s one of my favorite pastimes. I am also an avid biker (just completed a century earlier this year) and a world traveler (26 countries and counting!)." Awasum is not interested in showmances. Her grandfather was a polygamist with six wives, 47 children, which has left her with 300 cousins.
This Rhode Island sports junkie is "adventurous, passionate, and confident." Champagne is a flight attendant who enjoys working out, stock trading, hiking, fishing (he has his own fishing website), and traveling. Also, he calls himself a "social butterfly" and cannot wait to meet his housemates. "I truly live for these moments. Also, being the single young man that I am, I’d be lying if I said the women didn’t add to my excitement."
She is a kindergarten teacher but can kick some ass. In December 2020, she was promoted to the rank of 4th degree black belt in the Chuck Norris System. D'Angelo is also a three-time world champion at the United Fighting Arts Federation World Championships Tournament. The 24-year-old is a Niagara Falls resident who calls herself "driven, compassionate, and loving." Her favorite activities include dancing, karate, softball, tennis, theatre, spending time with my family and friends, swimming, biking, running, fitness activities, playing Mario Kart and making Tik Toks!
From Harwinton, Connecticut, Birkenberger can ride a unicycle and has only had one girlfriend ever. He is a General Contractor Assistant who loves being with his friends, playing disc and mini-golf, basketball, fishing, enjoys flirting. His strategy going into the house is: "Ultimately be myself because I am a joy!! But I would like to appear fun and clueless as to not raise any flags, align myself with more people, and slip up as a physical threat when I need to schmooze the house."
"Following my gut and being myself. I plan to get to know all of the personality types and attempt to understand what each of them respond well to. I also plan to use my hair loss secret to my advantage! Another strategy is to kick some of these dude’s asses in the physical games and literally not give up even when I want to," Valdiserri's winning strategy is simple and will get her what she wants. This Californian is a professional dancer who enjoys traveling, going to the beach, cooking vegan food and enjoying a nice stiff spicy margarita on a rooftop at sunset. A fun fact about her: She has 11 piercings, of which five she did herself.
This Safety Officer from Philadelphia is "loud, outgoing, and assertive." Quite a leader, we must say. What also makes him one of the best fits for the show is that he can fall asleep sitting up or standing. 'Big Brother' is known for its physically challenging tasks, Frazier could shine in some of them. He is the son of professional boxer Smokin' Joe Frazier and can bench 315 lbs, deadlift 500 lbs, and back squat 520 lbs.
This New York-based 24-year-old is a start-up founder and wise beyond his years. Xiao is funny, logical, and thoughtful. Once, he rented a Citi bike to compete in a triathlon in college and then crashed the bike. Another time, he was stung by a jellyfish in Thailand and then was later forced to eat the jellyfish. Xiao started a company that ships meal kits by food influencers across the United States.
Brandon 'Frenchie' French
Camden native Frenchie learned it the hard way that life's too short. After his son's passing, he doesn't want to let go of any opportunity that allows him to live his life. The 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, compassionate, and exuberant' ex-military farmer is looking to build relationships with everyone in the 'BB' house. "Being a farmer, no two days are the same. You never know what to expect. I always have to evolve and change game plans on a daily basis and I have got really good at it," he told CBS.
The 21-year-old Chicago student describes herself as 'calculated, composed, and versatile.' Her favorite activities include "dancing, fashion/styling, traveling, and binging 'Real Housewives'." "I can’t WAIT to play the game and eat, sleep, breathe Big Brother for the summer. I’m excited for the whole Big Brother experience, even being on slop, taking cold showers, and sleeping in the Have-Not room. It’s been my dream to backstab and blindside the other Houseguests all the way to the end," she joked ahead of the premiere. Fun facts about her: Parents are from South Africa and India and she can hold her breath for 90 seconds.
Young, a 29-year-old Account Executive from Venice Beach, is an "optimistic, dynamic, and engaging" personality whose strategy to win 'BB' is to "combine the subtle influence of Derrick, with Cody’s charm, Dan’s strategic thinking and hold back on showing how good I am at competitions until I have to (hopefully not needed until the end, like Kaycee in Season 20)." He has done two firewalks across coals/ embers, used a fake police badge to skip lines at Comic-Con and works for an app that helps students find and win scholarships.
South Carolina native Steagall is a Forensic Scientist who enjoys shopping, partying with friends, reading manga/watching anime, sewing and singing. "I plan to float! I want to make everyone around me feel at ease and convince them I’m a non-threatening, loyal person. Once they realize I’m only playing for myself, hopefully, it’ll be too late to stop me," she explained her 'BB' strategy. Until she was seven years old, she had a speech impediment and was unable to communicate. She has a crippling phobia of moths/ butterflies and is interested in cosplay. "I can also style wigs, make jewelry, and create prop armor/weapons," she revealed.
Mitchell is a 40-year-old Phlebotomist who is "kind, funny, and outgoing." She is obsessed with horoscopes, loves cats, has an alter ego and does voice impersonations of friends and family.
He is a Tech Sales Consultant who describes himself as "rambunctious, curious, and strong-willed." He enjoys spearfishing, cliff jumping, cinematography, soccer, bouldering, skydiving, shark diving, sand volleyball and surfing. "Forming close one-on-one relationships with people behind the scenes, limiting yet utilizing my charismatic personality to connect with people but also not going too over the top with my friendliness and openness so I can cruise a bit under the table in group settings," she explained her strategy to the network. She is fluent in Spanish and a published author.
Williams is a Portland-based make-up artist and a matchmaker who calls herself "resilient, quirky, and outgoing." The 30-year-old enjoys anything adventurous, traveling with her sons, working on her businesses and a few laid-back days with her besties. She was named after Whitney Houston and can wiggle her nose like a bunny. Also, she developed an ice-cream flavor, Tillamook, that you can actually buy in stores.
The 27-year-old is a Milwaukee -based Attorney who is "personable, confident, and fun-loving." Prather has 10 siblings, was born with severe clubfoot and had to walk in a cast. Ahead of the Season 23 premiere, he said he would like to carry pictures of his family into the house and his record player for good music.
'Big Brother' Season 23 premieres on July 7 at 8/7c on CBS. The summer reality hit series will drop three episodes every week. Beginning July 11, the show will air on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at the same time. For more information, check your local listings.