Jeff & Jordan Talk Marriage Boot Camp & Big Brother [Interview]| May 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
Last season, Big Brother’s much-watched couple Jeff & Jordan announced their engagement in the backyard of the house where their relationship began. Now as they prepare for their wedding, announced for October 2016, Jeff & Jordan are taking on a new challenge: Marriage Boot Camp.
The new season of Marriage Boot Camp “Reality Stars” edition kicks off this Friday on May 29, 2015 on WE tv at 9/8c and one of the couples this season will be Jeff & Jordan from Big Brother 11 & 13. Thanks to WE tv, I had the chance to interview the couple to get an idea of their experience on the show, the continued impact of Big Brother, and if we might seem them back in the BB house again.
First off I wanted to know what attracted Jeff Schroeder & Jordan Lloyd to the series before they were even married. As the other couples noticed, Jeff & Jordan were the only couple who wasn’t already married this season.
“We know marriage isn’t easy and we wanted to sharpen the tools that we have and learn new ones so we could be the strongest couple we can be before we tie the knot. Plus, it also gave us an opportunity to branch out and try something new,” explained Jeff. “Also we looked at the word “Boot Camp” as something to strengthen our relationship, like Barry’s Boot Camp, not that we needed saving or counseling.”
Being new to the series, Jeff wasn’t initially sure he and Jordan were the right fit for MBC. “When we were first approached to do Marriage Boot Camp we were a little hesitant because we never watched the show and didn’t know much about it. After looking into it, we saw that Ryan and Trista from the Bachelor previously participated in the show,” said Jeff. “They are generally known as the “perfect” Reality TV couple, so that eased some of our concerns knowing they did it.”
Going in to the boot camp, the couple hoped to strengthen their relationship before its biggest test. So what did they learn about each other in the process? Jeff said, “for me it was definitely the way I communicate with Jordan and paying closer attention to her wants and needs.” Jordan says, “I learned that I needed to be more supportive with Jeff’s career & I need to be more positive.”
Gallery: Jeff & Jordan engaged at the Big Brother house
I couldn’t let JeJo get away with some Big Brother questions though, could I? When asked what’s one thing they would “Veto” out of their relationship Jeff said “all these extra pillows Jordan insists on having on our bed and couch!” Jordan wanted to use her PoV on Jeff’s gaming, “I would “Veto” Jeff’s island game he plays on his iPad.”
They’ve been through the Big Brother house on multiple seasons now, but have they officially closed that chapter of their lives? “We always say, “never say never”. I really enjoy being part of Big Brother on the hosting side of things with CBS.com each season,” says Jeff who seems to think it’s time to give a new batch of Houseguests a turn.
“I think bringing in a fresh cast with new personalities each year is what the audience wants,” adds Jeff. “We’ve both been lucky enough to be on twice, and for that we’re very grateful. Our love story is documented & it will be exciting to show our kids one day.”
Now that they’ve been through the Marriage Boot Camp course, what’s tougher: MBC or the Big Brother house? Jordan told me “they were both pretty tough” but each offered their own challenges.
“Big Brother was harder only because of the duration of the show, but that doesn’t mean Marriage Boot Camp was easy by any means!” explained Jordan. “There were definitely some crazy people/situations that we have encountered in both that made it difficult.”
You can catch Jeff Schroeder & Jordan Lloyd on WE tv’s “Marriage Boot Camp” which premieres this Friday, May 29th at 9/8c. Check out the season preview in the clip below for a first look as JeJo heads inside the MBC house.
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars – Season Preview