Claire Rehfuss on Big Brother 23

Claire Rehfuss is determined to change the Big Brother history books on women’s alliances this season. Claire wants to target the alpha males and team up with her fellow “black widows” to clear a path to finale night. Can she bring back the dominating female role of seasons long ago?

Claire Rehfuss

Age: 25
Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH
Current City: New York, NY
Occupation: AI Engineer

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Three adjectives that describe you: Clever, driven and spunky

Favorite Activities: Reading novels (especially non-fiction or fantasy), playing my Nintendo Switch, and completing crosswords but I’ve also started constructing puzzles too! During quarantine, I also became passionate about going on long walks in Central Park to bird watch and doing Yoga in my tiny apartment.

Who are your favorite Houseguests duos? Those who became best friends in the Big Brother house or had a showmance?
Lisa and Danielle from BB3! After Lisa lost her showmance partner and then pulled one of the most CUTTHROAT moves we’ve ever seen – not voting him back in – they were able to link up, adapt, and run the game. Similarly, Allison and Jun who paired up at the end of BB4. Both women played such smart floater games, and while I couldn’t play that style of game, I respect how they evolved the game forward. Nowadays we rarely see strong, dynamic female duos which I definitely want to change!

What is your favorite past moment on Big Brother?
My personal favorite past moment isn’t really a moment – it was an experience. Watching Vanessa Rouso from Big Brother 17 play the game on the live feeds and show. It was my very first season and I was blown away by how Vanessa could get herself out of any situation when her back was up against the wall. I love it when someone is willing to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!

What is your strategy for winning the game?
I’ll win with my intelligence, drive, and adaptability! I’ll sniff out the big threats quickly and navigate my way through the game by creating advantageous alliances. I believe I’ll thrive in a chaotic environment, something I learned from my childhood and from working in such a rapidly changing field, so I’ll try to cause disruptions and create entropy in the game whenever possible. Hopefully, people will underestimate me the first couple of weeks and give me time to build up relationships before I unleash my cut-throat game play.

My life’s motto is: “It’s better to have a bad story than no story!”

What would you take into the house and why:

  • My e-book reader, so that I could distract myself.
  • One of my stuffed animals, to remind me of home.
  • A deck of cards because I love playing games and maybe I could finally teach myself magic tricks!

Fun facts about yourself:

  • I was one of the first women to graduate with a Data Science Engineering degree from the University of Michigan.
  • I’ve written code that’s been on satellites, used in national election campaigns, and by many of the top fortune 500 companies.
  • I competed in speed programming competitions in college and have placed in a 20,000 person Hackathon before!

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