This week’s feature has had her fair share of wins and losses on MTV’s most compelling competitive reality show The Challenge. In it’s 31st season currently the cat, including Cara Maria Sorbello is pushed to the limits mentally, emotionally and physically all while facing vendettas and enemies. Romantic and platonic relationships are put to the test, and a lot of pizza war. I sat down to ask the MTV legend about the latest season of the show, get some advice for the rookies and find out how she thinks she would fair as a Geordie.
1. You’re an OG Challenge cast member, how do you think the newbies over the last few seasons have been doing? What advice would you give to any newcomers?
It’s a different world than when I was a newbie. I came in with my tail between my legs because I was at the bottom of the food chain and respected those who came before me. I didn’t even consider myself remotely a vet until my 5th or 6th season. I was treated “less than” just because I did not have an original season. I was constantly reminded by cast and fans that I didn’t belong because I was not an “original” real world or road rules cast member. I was also outnumbered. The vets had friends, history, strategy, etc.
Now there are so many new kids from so many different shows that the whole rookie thing doesn’t even apply. They come in with guns blazing with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove. A lot of times they have this overwhelming sense of “i need to do crazy things for camera time or they won’t call me back” “i need to make big moves”- I don’t have those fears. I just play and do my own thing. I’m pretty content. These new kids have nothing to prove to me and never will. I don’t ask that of anyone because I remember what it was like when I started. The only slight advantage I have is my history on the shows and friendships or understandings I’ve made with other people from working with them over the years. I just wish the newer cast members would be a little more relaxed. The best advice I can give them is: don’t make a move that will give you an inch but set you back 10 miles. A lot of cast members do multiple seasons… and they do not forget a betrayal.
2. What’s an average workout for you?
Ideally I like to get one Crossfit class in, ride my horse, and get a hike in. I have been filming so much that I haven’t had much time to take shifts working at kickboxing. However, when I have more time off I tend to keep myself busy with work. Luckily my job as a kickboxing instructor is also a work out!
3. Okay the stans need the tea, how much of the drama inside the house carries out to the outside world?
It’s like high school. You chill out after it’s over but when it airs you get to see all the things people said behind your back and all the underhanded moves they were making. That drama certainly spills. It is also super interesting to see people bad mouthing each other on the side but yet acting like BFFs outside of the house. It puts a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t trust ANYONE.
My newest way of going about life in this challenge world (finally after a shit ton of putting my foot in my mouth and learning) is: DO NOT acknowledge cast members or fans who talk shit on TV or on the internet. Completely ignore it as if they do not exist. I appreciate that they DO exist because it keeps me relevant (What IS Batman without a Joker?)… but I do not feed them my attention or energy anymore. Everything comes out in the wash and I have nothing to explain or justify to anyone. I just literally give zero fucks now. Finally. Honestly. and Truly. Zero. I know who I am and give only attention to those who have my back.
4. If you had to choose, what would you say your ‘theme song’ would be?
Well, I get super pumped when I hear Born To Rage (USA version) from Dada Life. Also Love Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up”
I don’t really have a life theme song… cuz it changes all the time. But Whales : Hail Mary Mallon is really speaking to me. GET MONEY!
5. Do you think you would well suited for any of the shows some of the other cast comes from?
I’d love to host a “meet your troll” type show. Or be a judge on a pastry show. Mmmmm donuts.
Ex On The Beach: F*ck no. Do you KNOW my ex?
Are You The One: LMFAO Well… It would be fun at least! They never get eliminated and they live a sweet life and get to do fun challenge dates. Seems like a good time to me.
The Real World: I wish I got to live this when I was younger. It would have been a great learning experience for me and an easier transition into the Challenges. Getting tossed straight into the challenge was tough. I think with the way I grew up and how socially awkward and weird I was (and still am), the Real World honestly would have been good for me. Self discovery type stuff.
Geordie Shore: I guess if I got multiple plastic surgeries and just drank til my rotting liver fell out of my butt…. yeah. No. I could never do that show. That’s not me in the least.
Big Brother: F*ck no! Getting filmed and judged 24/7 and never leaving a house? I could never do that. Bless the souls who can!
6. Since today is #TMITuesday can you tell the readers something about you that they may not already know?
Honestly, I have serious social anxiety. I’m a hermit. I LOVE being alone. I have amazing friends and do enjoy time with them, but I LOVE BEING ALONE. It helps me reset my brain. It’s weird though. If I get asked to host a party or if I have a specific job to do with a lot of people, I’m great. I own it. It gives me direction and something to focus on. I can bartend, DJ, host, whatever. However, sometimes, even when I’m around family and friends, I get this overwhelming need to run away and be alone. If you have anxiety, you get it. Also, if I’m just tossed into a bar or party and i don’t have a “job” to do, I get really uncomfortable. I use up a lot of my energy trying to be “on” and I just die inside. I’ve learned how to get comfortable saying “no”. I like getting invited places. I want to keep my options open. But when I know I need to be alone to reset, I’m comfortable turning plans down. I’ve never regretted staying home 😉
7. In terms of twists, fights, and hookups what can fans expect on this season of The Challenge?
More than you have seen in years. this season is off the wall. The new blood was a FANTASTIC move on MTV’s part.
8. One of my favourite things about the Challenge is the season’s theme, I’m big on exes competing together but if you could create your own theme what would it be?
I have been keeping my fingers crossed for either a DUEL (call me out if you want to face me in elimination instead of convincing your friends do the dirty work) OR a big team challenge… like the gauntlet. I’ve been dying for a team challenge. Not teams of two, but two or three giant teams like back in the day. I want to run a final in a big team 🙂
9. Who or what inspires you?
I follow some fitness girls on Instagram (Emily Schromm included) and they def keep me motivated to eat healthier and keep moving. I also am inspired.. or rather “motivated” by people who watch and support me on the challenge. I keep pushing and try harder because there are people who believe that I can even when I don’t believe it myself. I just want to prove people who love me that they are right. The stories people tell me of their own lives and the things they speak about when I meet them… it’s unbelievable how humbling it is for me. As the last kid picked in any physical thing in all of grammar school/highschool/college…. I do not take any of this for granted. I try to be better because I want to show people that you can be the weird, nonathletic, outcast and you can make something of yourself. High school doesn’t last forever. You get out of it and make something of yourself. Live the life that makes you happy and those who matter will be by your side… while those who are negative can kick rocks.
Basically the best advice I can give to anyone feeling down on themselves and letting this whole world of social media drown them in insecurity: F*CK IT ALL and remember this: If someone tries to make you feel low… it only reflects on them. People’s problems with you are THEIR PROBLEMS and NOT yours. IGNORE hate and reward love. The payoff is infinite. ❤ This is what I have learned.
10. What’s next for you Cara?
Well, when I finally retire from challenges I will take the money I have made and invested and I will open my own challenge style gym. However, i travel so much I have not had time to sit down and get started yet. I’m in no rush though. When the time is right, I’ll get it going. I want to keep in the fitness world and help other people find the high of accomplishing personal goals 🙂