10 Questions for Bethy Rossos
- Portland Tribune - Features
Bethy Rossos grew up in the woods. So, going through the rigors of outdoors challenges and camping out in the rain for Comcast SportsNet's 'Wanted: Adventure Woman' reality series wasn't too difficult - except for the lack of sleep.
'I don't sleep well, and I usually bring my Nyquil to places like that,' says Rossos, who lives in George, outside of Estacada. 'I didn't bring my Nyquil, so I struggled sleeping big time.'
The show was filmed in September at Horning's Hideout in North Plains, but continues to be broadcast this month on Comcast. There are three shows left, with Rossos one of the finalists hoping to be the adventure woman feted during a party at Living Room Theaters, 341 S.W. 10th Ave., in the April 5 finale. The winner gets to be the host of her own Comcast outdoors show.
The Tribune caught up with Rossos, 26, a graduate of Damascus Christian High and Eastern Oregon University with a masters in education and a substitute teacher at Barlow High:
Tribune: What was it like growing up in George?
Rossos: We used to have a post office and a fire station and a little market. Now we have a church and a fire station, it's an eight-mile loop. We're out in the middle of nowhere. But I love it. I'm actually still living with my parents until I pay off my loans. I want to buy a piece of land out here. I'll probably be here forever.
Tribune: So you've lived the outdoors life?
Rossos: I've been hunting and fishing since I was 10; I've been able to carry a gun since I was 10, but I was hunting before that. I took up bow hunting a few years ago with my (two) sisters and my dad. It's a lot more fun than rifle hunting. … And I've always been involved in sports. I'm so beyond competitive.
Tribune: Your dad had three daughters, and no sons?
Rossos: It wasn't his goal, but we were all into sports. We're not very high-maintenance.
Tribune: Getting through the audition was the toughest part?
Rossos: I wanted to be set apart. My little sister and her husband had a brilliant idea to have a scrapbook made out of round wood. To have something in my hands and show what I could do. We sanded it, finished it, and put pictures on it.
Tribune: How was the experience on the show?
Rossos: The biggest roller coaster I've been on in my entire life. Part of it was averaging three hours of sleep a night. Then, it's 'What's coming next?' You have no idea. You screw up royally, it's all on camera. But, after day two, you forget the cameras are there all the time. Luckily, I stayed quite honorable. I'll have some of these girls as friends forever.
Tribune: Why only three hours of sleep?
Rossos: Confessional was at the end of each night. By the time we were done, it was late. Then you get up between 4 and 6 o'clock in the morning. You're not getting a lot of sleep. And, sleeping with two to five other girls in the same tent, you'd wake up to noise. Terrible sleep.
Tribune: Were any of the women catty?
Rossos: Not really. We all got along pretty well, even with the conditions we were in. … There wasn't really much complaining. Most of us had heard or seen the first season (of 'Wanted') and we thought we'd be in a place like Black Butte. It definitely wasn't Black Butte. We were outside and camping the entire time (at Horning's Hideout), which was fine, made for a better season. But, it rained the entire time. We saw sun one day for 20 minutes. I brought five pairs of shoes, and they were soaking wet, every single pair.
Tribune: What was the most challenging challenge?
Rossos: Some people complained about the food. We had to make meals out of things in the cooler. One day we had pancake mix and Cheeze-Its, so I made cheesy biscuits, cheese-packed. They were good. … And, you would think by watching it that fire starting would have been the most challenging to me. In the show it was, but in real life, it's not. I've been building fires without matches forever. In the challenge, I sucked at it, royally. It was embarrassing, frustrating.
Tribune: Were you a natural in the TV standup segments?
Rossos: I'm dyslexic, and I get words turned around. I had to say, 'CSN.com' and it came out 'SEN.com.' Luckily, by the grace of God, I made it each week and didn't screw up in my TV challenges. What helped was that I'm a teacher and talking in front of people is not that difficult.
Tribune: Did Comcast try to sex-up the show?
Rossos: I'm sure a little bit, we're all girls with a predominantly male viewership. You can't sex it up too much when we have 10 or 20 minutes to get ready. Their intent was to make it entertaining and find someone to host a show.