Once an “U8TV: The Lofters” reality show participant on MuchMusic and most recently an arts and entertainment reporter for the CBC, TV personality Arisa Cox was chosen as the host of the debut season of “Big Brother Canada,” premiering tonight on the SLICE network. She took some time out of her busy schedule working and being a mom to give Crave readers some insight on her new gig and what people might be surprised to know about her.
CraveOnline: Congrats on your new “Big Brother Canada” job - tell us your thoughts on being its new host.
Arisa Cox: I am really amped - it's going to be a lot of fun. I'm ready to go. I want it to start and I wanna get in there. “Big Brother” is entertainment - it's a really smart show. Canadians are so nice, we’re friendly for sure, but in a game like this it’s really about how smart you are.
Are you a fan of the show?
I’ve watched a few seasons and now it’s all kinda coming full circle [having started on reality TV].
What are your thoughts on reality TV? Have you always been a fan?
It’s a part of my life. I can't believe after 10 years I’m coming back to a wired place to live where you can really watch people and interact with people. The “Lofters” wasn’t a competition show but I used to wake up with cameras and mikes in my face, so that’s something different that I can bring to the table - I've done it... I’ve been that person. I think I’m going to bring a lot of empathy to the table. I’m curious to see how people interact and how vicious can it get, and whether there will be any showmances.
What other projects do you have going on for 2013?
Raising my kids - I have a 3-year-old and another who just turned 1, so this is perfect for me - I can do a lot of the spying and watching from home. “Big Brother After Dark” is three hours every night so that will be really compelling TV-watching. I’ll be hosting the live eviction shows once a week but can focus on my family outside of that.
You've met a lot of big A-list celebs- any faves?
Ryan Goslin was a highlight - he’s got game! I was pregnant at this time last year and I randomly got the first spot on the red carpet (for the movie “Ides of March”), and he walked over and said, “I love your hair - it's like a halo in a storm.” Who talks like that?! (laughs) He’s a bit of a rockstar - it was a huge highlight.
I’m also a film geek so I love talking to directors as well.
What's one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I have size 11 feet (laughs). I also almost had a career in musical theatre - when “Rent” first came to Toronto I got a callback but bombed it, but my life would have been very different. I went to an art school, so I love to dance, sing, and act but can't do any of them as well to make them a career.