If you think back to Big Brother Canada season 1, Gary Levy was one of the show’s biggest stars. He threw glitter everywhere, won competitions, was evicted, returned to the game, and eventually became a part of one of the craziest moments in any season of the show. Were it not for his close ally Topaz accidentally voting for Jillian to win the game, he would have emerged as the winner! While that had to be disappointing, it’s hard to imagine Gary complaining given that he went on to co-host the Big Brother Canada Side Show for a few seasons, and remains one of the show’s biggest personalities.
Now, he’s back. Can Glitter Gary sparkle once more, and how’s he planning to change up his game? Our exclusive Gary Levy pre-game interview is below for your reading enjoyment!
CarterMatt – What made you want to come back and do this again?
Gary Levy – Because I didn’t win the first time!
What was the biggest thing you learned about yourself from the first time you played?
I learned that I’m a very physical person, more physical that I thought I was — I have a lot of athletic ability. I have a strong mental capacity as well to be in a pressure-cooker like the Big Brother Canada house. I think if you give people enough time to get to know you, people can really open up and get to know you for who you are and not just what you present on the surface. That was really endearing to know. Sometimes, it can be you not giving people you come across enough time to digest all that you’re giving. You have to give people time. That’s something that I learned that I applied to my real life.
How are you going to change your strategy from the first time?
I know I have a strong social game, but this time around I really want to focus on winning physical competitions. Also, I want to form really good alliances. I don’t think I had a lot of strong alliances my first go-around. This time I really want to focus on having good alliances and getting in contact with these people who I might not potentially talk to because our personalities mismatch. Also, I want to have fun with these people and inject game into the fun.
Even though people saw your game the first time, do you think you’ll still be able to surprise people in any way?
Yes, because I’m going to be bringing a completely different game. I’m an evolved person and it’s a new season in a new house. I think that calls for an evolved game. I think that Canada is in store for a completely different game than they saw before.
What do you think your biggest weakness could be this time?
I’m too trusting! I am a very loving and trusting person. I want to not trust people [in the game] so much, but it’s hard when I want to trust people. If they give me their word, I trust them! It’s hard. I’m going to work on that in the house. It’s going to be hard, but when people give me their word I tend to believe them first-hand.
Is there anything that you’re nervous about entering the house?
Well, my life is so gourmet, so to have all of my food options taken away from me really impacts my game because I get really cranky and angry. I’m nervous about entering the house and getting on slop too soon, and not having good bonds with anyone in the house because I kind of turn into a different person on slop. I’m nervous about that, and people not making me a target right away because I’ve been in the house. I don’t know what I’m walking into, but I’m assuming that there’s going to be new people who know I played the game. I hope they don’t see me as a target, but as someone they can work with.
Other than winning the money, what’s the one thing you’re hoping to get out of your second experience?
I just got back from Paris and I was deciding what I wanted to do with my life. I’m an artist, so I make a living doing things under that umbrella — makeup, visual art. I know I can do that on the side, and there’s that itch in me that’s like ‘Gary, you love being on TV and you love show business.’ I love everything that television gives! I know I look good on TV and I know I’m entertaining, so when this opportunity came about, I knew it was a great opportunity to be back on the screen and reacquaint myself with what that’s like. I really do enjoy entertaining people and putting on a show. I’m excited to be on television.
Our snap judgment
Gary is set up fairly well this time in that it’s been so long since he played, and what happened at the end of his season almost overshadows almost everything else that came before it. He does have some clear holes in his game like not tolerating being a Have-Not well at all, but there are so many bigger fish to fry that it’s hard to see him leaving early in the season.
Let us know what you think about this Gary Levy pre-game interview, and his chances of winning Big Brother Canada 5, in the comments! (Photo: Global.)