PHOTOS & BIOS: Meet The Big Brother 15 Houseguests


One redesigned house, sixteen new houseguests, several exciting twists – it's Big Brother season! CBS released the photos and bios of the sixteen all-new houseguests today. Oh boy – Rachel Reilly's sister, Elissa Slater, is one of the lucky hamsters.

Big Brother 15 premieres Wednesday, June 26 at 8/7c on CBS.

Following the premiere on Wednesday, Big Brother will air three nights weekly – Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. The live eviction show hosted by the lovely Julie Chen happens on Wednesdays this season. Also new, Big Brother: After Dark will air on TV Guide Network (TVGN), not Showtime.



Aaryn Gries, 22, College Student

In Her Favor: psychology background & real-life experiences

Strategy: “I’m not going to throw any competitions and I’m going to work as hard as I can to win as many of them as I can. I don’t want to make any big moves too soon.”

Favorite Houseguest: Frank Eudy (season 14)


Amanda Zuckerman, 28, Real Estate Agent

Strategy: "To really listen. I think a lot of the times, put in this environment, a lot of people like to talk, talk, talk, talk, talk. People love to talk about themselves and even more, they love people listening. My No. 1 strategy is to learn and listen to everyone and see who they are and what they're about. I want to see how they do in challenges before I make any alliance."

Favorite Houseguest: Evel Dick (seasons 7, 13), Britney Haynes (seasons 12, 14)


Andy Herren, 26, Professor

In His Favor: public speaking & sense of humor

Strategy: “Playing covertly aggressive – no one realizes you’re doing it but you’re aggressive right away, kind of like The Brigade.”

Favorite Houseguests: Danielle (season 3), Dan Gheesling (seasons 10,14), Britney (seasons 12,14), Ragan (season 12)


Candice Stewart, 29, Pediatric Speech Therapist

Weaknesses: germaphobe & naive

Strategy: “My strategy is not to go in guns blazing, it’s to lay low – quick to listen, slow to talk – for a while. Until I feel everybody out, start playing a little harder midway through.”

Favorite Houseguests: Jordan Lloyd (seasons 11, 13), Ragan (season 12), Britney (seasons 12, 14), Ian Terry (season 14)


David Girton, 25, Lifeguard

In His Favor: laid-back & chill

Strategy: “Lay back, let my personality flow through the house and get under people’s skin, let people know who David is. Have my competitive [side] go into every competition and win every single one because I hate losing.”

Favorite Houseguests: Frank (season 14), Daniele Donato (seasons 8, 13), Jeff Schroeder (seasons 11, 13)


Elissa Slater, 27, Nutritionist

In Her Favor: ambitious

Strategy: "I'm going to try and keep to myself and not let my emotions get the best of me. I'll be more of a listener so I can feel out what's going on in the other houseguest's minds."

Favorite Houseguest: her sister, Rachel Reilly (seasons 12,13) "Rachel is fun, entertaining, plays the game, didn't lie very often to get ahead, and she is so hilarious."


GinaMarie Zimmerman, 32, Pageant Coordinator

In Her Favor: tough-skinned & plans to align with a strong guy

Strategy: “Right now, I would like to keep a little bit back and not show that I’m so strong. I play sports. Of course, I’m blond and I look like a pageant girl. Sometimes looks can be a little deceiving.”

Favorite Houseguests: Will Kirby and Mike Boogie Malin (as a team; seasons 2, 7)


Helen Kim, 37, Political Consultant

Strategy: "My strategy is to throw HOH in the beginning and have the strongest players vote each other out. However, I would try to win POV. It is always good to gain favors from people. As the strong players start to vote each other off, I would then do my best to win the HOHs."

Favorite Houseguest: Jeff (seasons 11,13)

Most Hated Houseguest:  Rachel "I had a hard time watching Rachel whine week to week. She has serious issues."


Howard Overby, 29, Youth Counselor

Strategy: "I will use intelligence without showing I'm as smart as I am and I will befriend people to get to know them and use their strengths and weaknesses against them."

Favorite Houseguest: Jason (season 2)


Jeremy McGuire, 23, Boat Shop Associate

In His Favor: physically strong & friendly

Strategy: “I want to use two alpha males — me being one of the guys — and two girls. I want to put a team of four together and try to run the house, Me showmancing one of the girls and the other alpha male showmancing the other girl. We use those girls as pawns, but we stick together and make it to final two.”

Weaknesses: loves women & unfamiliar with the game/show (hence no favorite houseguest)


Jessie Kowalski, 25, Unemployed

Weakness: emotionally-charged & sensitive

Strategy: “Align with strong players, good competitors, people who have good social game and at the end, we can fight it out in an honest battle. Win as many competitions as I can. Try not to ruffle any feathers.”

Favorite Houseguest: Britney (seasons 12, 14)


Judd Daughtery, 26, Property Appraiser

Strategy: "What I'm planning on doing is finding a guy around my age I can get close with, someone who's better at physical competitions than me, and then maybe the older person in the house, work with them. People might not think we're working together so maybe a secret alliance. Maybe someone who's good at puzzles, because I'm terrible."

Favorite Houseguests: Dan (seasons 10, 14), Russell (season 11), Jeff (seasons 7, 12), Will (seasons 2, 7), James (seasons 6, 7), Frank (season 14)


Kaitlin Barnaby, 23, Bartender

In Her Favor: conniving & manipulative

Strategy: “I’m probably going to lay low for the first couple of weeks, observe people, see how they react. I’ll probably ally with the guys; I get along better with guys. I can manipulate them easier than the girls.”

Favorite Houseguests: Matt Hoffman (season 12), Brandon (season 12)


McCrae Olson, 23, Delivers Pizza

In His Favor: funny & observant

Strategy: "My strategy is to play like James from Big Brother 6. Play smart when you need to, play physical when you need to, and lay low."

Favorite Houseguest: James (seasons 6,7), Will (season 2, 7)


Nick Uhas, 28, Entrepreneur

In His Favor: endurance

Strategy: “Most successful people come in with an alliance early on: four or with a floater of five. There are too many options to lose if you make past jury so get a wolf pack going.”

Favorite Houseguest: Boogie (seasons 2, 7, 14)


Spencer Clawson, 31, Railroad Conductor

In His Favor: likable & funny

Strategy: "I'm not going in lying about anything, I'm not giving some sob story about having a sick grandma that needs this surgery that costs this much money. I'm going to do things to avoid conflict. Try to ingratiate myself with women in the house — not in that way. The more I can be in the friend zone, it's going to help me in the game."

Favorite Houseguests: James (seasons 6, 7), Enzo (season 12), Will (seasons 2, 7)


Photo credit: CBS / Bio credit: CBS and THR