Master of Reality
TWoP: Was there anyone there that you hadn't seen in awhile that surprised you in terms of how they turned out?
JM: Well, it's funny, I didn't recognize Eric Nies at first. He has a beard and long hair. I was just like, "Who is that?"
TWoP: Are there certain folks that have just completely fallen out of touch with you and the production company? I'm thinking of people like Andre from Season 1 or Aaron from Season 2, whom fans are still curious about but that we didn't see on the Awards Bash or any previous reunions or RW/RR Challenges.
JM: There are some people who did The Real World, had a great time doing it, but then went on with their lives in whatever direction they had already planned. I respect that decision. I'm happy with cast members, however they choose to lead their lives.
TWoP: In addition to working on shows like The Real World, you've done series involving celebrities or known personalities like Paris Hilton (The Simple Life) and Kim Kardashian (Keeping Up With the Kardashians). What are the biggest differences between doing an unscripted show with someone who's just a young unknown and with somebody who's already in the business?
JM: Well, they're not going to want you follow them into the bathroom, or into the shower. [Laughs] I think there are certain areas of privacy that they expect -- that's primarily it. They just have certain areas that they really don't want to be part of the show. So I think you have to have a clear understanding going into it of what you are able to shoot and what you're not able to shoot.
TWoP: Are celebrities in a way more open on camera because they're so used to being on camera, or are they more guarded because they have more to protect?
JM: It's hard to generalize. I find the Kardashians very open to the camera, and I've found other celebrities to be more cautious.
TWoP: Moving on to The Bad Girls Club on Oxygen, it's amazing how addictive the show has been this year thanks to the new cast, particularly Tanisha. When you were watching the dailies and there was that moment when Tanisha said "Pop off!" maybe 20 times in a row, was that when you realized this season was going to so much bigger than before?