Steve Arienta became the first ousted houseguest of “Big Brother” season 20 when the 40-year-old former undercover cop found himself booted from the house in a 7-6 vote.
ET Canada spoke with Arienta about being the new season’s first evicted houseguest, and he opens up about what it’s like to forge alliances in the “Big Brother” house, the struggles of being the season’s oldest houseguest and what, in hindsight, he would have done differently.
“I am still trying to get my feet underneath me,” he explains on the morning after his eviction. “You know, you race through the thousands of scenarios that went on in the house at lightning speed and to tell you the truth I am always trying to think of if I’d done this differently or if I’d done that differently, but I played the best I could.”
Admitting he’s “critical” of himself, Arienta says there are “definitely things that I might have been able to do a little differently… but there were so many different twists and turns this season. So many different power-ups and rumours… nobody knew who was going to be safe from live eviction, so I could have gone a thousand different ways that were out of control but things that were within my control, I think I chose as best as I could given the information I had.”
As Arienta points out, being sequestered within the “Big Brother” house, with no influence from the outside world, can foster close relationships quite quickly.
“It is so weird bro, when you are with somebody for 24/7 for 16 days straight, with no electronics, no phones, no anything, no books, no music — all you have is to talk to each other and get to know each other,” he says. “So the truth is you start to build that intimate relationship with all of your friends or your houseguests, like the first hour you are in the house and it really culminates the way you start to know a lot about all of them because of it goes to personal battles.”
However, he also concedes that being the season’s oldest houseguest presented some roadblocks when it came to forging relationships with younger contestants.
“The truth is, as an older person — and not even that much older — but as an older person than everybody else by, like, a generation or a generation-and-a-half, it is hard to get that relationship with them, that they would normally gravitate to people they are comfortable with and in order to do what you really have to have certain characters in that 20-year-old range that want to hang out with a father [figure], that want to hang out with an older uncle and be comfortable doing it,” he says, adding it can be “difficult to build that relationship” with people that much younger than him.
Even though he was the season’s first evictee, Arienta insists he has no grudges against any of the other houseguests. “I don’t care what happens in the game, it is strategy,” he adds. “That aside, everyone is awesome so I can’t say enough good things about them.”