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Season 25 of "The Real World" will wrap up Wednesday (June 8) when the Las Vegas reunion special airs. And as the most recent class of TV's oldest reality show heads out into, well, the real world, they might be looking for some inspiration. Being one of the seven strangers picked to live in a house doesn't always mean a successful post-graduate career, but here are some "Real World" alumni who have gone on to do good things.
Jamie Chung - "The Real World: San Diego" (2004)
After appearing on "The Real World: San Diego," Jamie Chung did her requisite stint on "Real World/Road Rules Challenge," winning the season alongside fellow franchise success story Mike "The Miz" Mizanin. Since then her TV and movie career has totally taken off. Chung has appeared on series like "Greek," "CSI: NY," and "Castle." She's also been in the feature films "Sorority Row" and "Sucker Punch." She can currently be seen in the blockbuster comedy "The Hangover Part II" as Stu's fiancee Lauren.
Jacinda Barrett - "The Real World: London" (1995)
Australian-born model Jacinda Barrett joined the mostly American cast of "The Real World's" fourth season when the show made its first international move by filming in London. Although she didn't add a lot of drama to the show's story lines, she grabbed attention for her beauty. She was soon being named to People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World list, and acting roles followed. Her big-screen credits include "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," "Poseidon," and "New York, I Love You."
Mike Mizanin - "The Real World: Back to New York" (2001)
When Mike Mizanin was on "The Real World: Back to New York," he did a lot of big talking about how he was going to be a pro wrestler named "The Miz." Not only did he make that dream come true but he has since become a superstar in the sport. Among his many accomplishments Mizanin has been crowned WWE Champion and taken home five Tag Team titles. The Miz lost his top World Wrestling spot to John Cena in May, but odds are he'll keep fighting his way back.
Tami Roman -"The Real World: Los Angeles" (1993)
It's hard to imagine that in her earlier days Tami Roman was actually homeless for six months. But before she joined the "The Real World: Los Angeles" cast, she and her single mother had been struggling. Tami followed up the show with a gig as an MTV VJ and started an acting career. Her life soon changed when she met New York Nets point guard Kenny Anderson. The two were married for a little over six years and had two children. The relationship might not have lasted but it led to her most recent professional move, starring in the reality series "Basketball Wives," which recently returned for a third season.
Kyle Brandt - "The Real World: Chicago" (2002)
College football player turned aspiring actor Kyle Brandt got a lot of face time on "The Real World: Chicago," as fans watched him struggle between his attraction for roommate Keri and his on-again/off-again New York girlfriend. Brandt managed to spin his "Real World" cache into a TV career. He starred as Philip Kiriakis on "Days of Our Lives" and worked as a writer and producer on the ESPN talk show "Rome Is Burning."
Judd Winick - "The Real World: San Francisco" (1994)
The cast of the "The Real World: San Francisco" struggled through one of the most emotionally challenging seasons of the franchise. Not only was their roommate Pedro Zamora dealing with being HIV-positive, but the always-inconsiderate Puck was causing major turmoil in the house. Judd Winick was the voice of calm and reason in the midst of it all. So it's not surprising that the mild-mannered graphic artist would go on to do great things. These days he's known for work on comics like "Green Lantern," "Green Arrow," and "Red Hood," which resurrects Batman's sidekick, Robin. And on top of it all, Judd got the girl -- he's been married to fellow San Francisco cast member Pam Ling since 2001.
Sean Duffy - "The Real World: Boston" (1997)
"The Real World: Boston" cast member Sean Duffy managed to do something most kids on the show can't seem to do -- keep his nose clean. That turned out to be a good thing for Sean, who's gone on to an impressive career in politics. Without any reality TV skeletons popping out of his closet, Duffy first served as the Ashland County district attorney from 2002 to 2010 before being elected U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 7th congressional district, assuming office earlier this year. Who knows how many of Duffy's former "Real World" alumni would support his Republican political career? But he's got one guaranteed vote from the reality franchise -- that of his wife, Rachel Campos, who starred in the "Real World: San Francisco."
Eric Nies - "The Real World: New York" (1992)
Eric Nies was the heartthrob of the first "Real World" in New York. And thanks to his charming personality and rock-hard abs, he went on to be music television's poster boy, hosting "The Grind" and "Hangin' With MTV." But Nies's 15 minutes ticked down with sporadic turns on "The Challenge" and "Celebrity Paranormal Project." In 2009 VH1 brought Nies back with a few other old-school hotties on "Confessions of a Teen Idol." But one thing was clear: The former party boy had undergone quite a transformation. These days Eric is focusing on his non-profit "Planet Nice," which he co-created with Penny Dinn. Nies's mission is to inspire people to take care of themselves and, in turn, Mother Earth with the simple principals "eat nice, live nice, be nice and everything nice."
Teck Holmes - "The Real World: Hawaii" (1999)
Tecumesh "Teck $" Holmes III made quite a splash when he first appeared on "The Real World: Hawaii," stripping down naked with housemate Ruthie and jumping straight into the pool. But Teck has since dried off and established himself as a legitimate force in Hollywood. He's had roles on hit TV shows like "Friends" and has been in big-screen successes like "Van Wilder." This August he'll star in the film "Douglass U."
Kelley Limp - "The Real World: New Orleans" (2000)
"The Real World: New Orleans'" resident beauty Kelley Limp might not be in the spotlight, but she's managed to make quite a nice life for herself. In 2004 she married "Party of Five" actor Scott Wolff and they have a 2-year-old son. During her stint on the MTV reality series, she took a trip to Africa and honeymooned there with her hubby. These days she supports African causes like Malaria No More, which provides netting and other materials to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.
Joe Patane - "The Real World: Miami" (1996)
The cast of "The Real World: Miami" got thrown a surprising twist. Not only would they live together in a luxurious mansion, but they'd have to start a business together too. The concept might have been a total disaster had it not been for Fordham University Business Administration student Joe Patane. Now a licensed clinical social worker, Jo has created the Patane Foundation, which organizes dream camps that have a mission " to simply excite kids about some possibilities in different areas that they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience, and encourage them to explore something that sparks their interest a bit further on their own."
Tune in to "The Real World: Reunion Special" at 10pm ET Wednesday on MTV.
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