The CBS reality show "Big Brother" gets its first-ever transgender contestant, a 25-year-old digital media consultant from metro Atlanta who promises to be the show's "misunderstood hero."
Audrey Middleton – who describes herself as "radical, fun and intelligent" – grew up and still lives in Villa Rica, a city in Carroll and Douglas counties west of Atlanta. Middleton is among at least 14 contestants for the upcoming season, which premieres on June 24. Several media outlets reported late Tuesday and Wednesday that Middleton is trans, something she hints at in her bio video. (Watch below)
"I'm bringing in a very versatile perspective of a character that hasn't been brought before," Middleton says. "I think there is a chance I could be a misunderstood hero, but I am going to be a hero."
CBS confirmed to E! News that Middleton is transgender and discussed that during her "Big Brother" application process.
"Audrey Middleton is a Big Brother super fan who applied online, like many other hopeful Houseguests, and was open about her transition in the application process," a CBS spokesperson said in a statement. "It is customary for Big Brother Houseguests to share personal news inside the house, and Audrey plans to discuss her story with the Houseguests in her own words during the premiere episode on Wednesday, June 24."
Middleton says she was inspired by the coming out of Caitlyn Jenner, according to TMZ. But her appearance on the show could spark tension among houseguests, the media outlet says.
It's a dicey move for producers, given the show has had its share of racist and homophobic houseguests. The show runs a livestream 24/7 and things happen. But we're told it will all become a teaching moment and Audrey is pumped.
Middleton's "Big Brother" bio describes her like this:
Audrey grew up in a small Georgia town. She is very tight with her parents and considers mom and dad among her best friends. She has worked some interesting jobs, including a pizza delivery person and an MMA Ring Girl. She prefers tall, dark and handsome guys with a quick wit. She spent a good part of her life swimming competitively, where she excelled, and she still swims laps every week at the gym. She loves to get dressed up and look fabulous head-to-toe, but she also isn’t afraid to get dirty. Camping, kayaking and hiking are some of her favorite activities. Audrey believes that fear is an illusion and she doesn’t get intimidated easily. This Big Brother super fan says, “I will not float. I will make bold moves and I will get blood on my hands. Heads will roll!” She compares herself to Dexter Morgan.
Once the show starts, she's worried most about "sleeping with the enemy."
The most difficult part of living in the Big Brother house is going to be sleeping with the enemy. You are trapped in an environment with people who you may or may not be consciously aware are lying to you, scheming against, targeting you, and only have their own best interest in mind. An intelligent person does not wake up everyday and willingly interact with people who don’t have their best interest so having to put on a face, be liberal and incessantly entertain people you could very well deep down despise is going to be hard work!
Middleton is among at least three contestants this season with ties to metro Atlanta. Jace Agolli, a personal trainer who lives in Venice Beach, is from Dunwoody. Interior designer Shelli Poole grew up in Marietta and currently lives in Atlanta.