After first debuting in 1992, The Real World: New York forged is reuniting 30 years later for the Paramount+ restricted collection, The Real World Homecoming: New York. Becky Blasband, Andre Comeau, Heather B. Gardner, Julie Gentry, Norman Korpi, Eric Nies and Kevin Powell are persevering with MTV’s “social experiment” by shifting again in collectively to have their lives taped as they replicate on previous iconic moments and create all new ones.

“There were a lot of feelings and a lot of memories and reflecting on a lot of the different experiences that happened years ago,” Nies tells ET, explaining that the reunion was “really emotional stuff.”

For Gentry and Powell, that meant revisiting their explosive battle about race and prejudice that unfolded on the streets of New York and have become one of many iconic moments from the primary season. “Going back and watching that first season and seeing my 19-year-old self say things like, ‘Well, I’m not a racist.’ That was eye-opening and cringeworthy,” Gentry says, whereas Powell provides, “The way I had conversations like that — now I wouldn’t do that. That’s not who I am.”  

He goes on to clarify that audiences will see numerous progress from all of the returning forged members. “We’re adults now, and so it’s going to be pretty powerful [to watch].” 

“One of the things that I really wanted to achieve with the reunion was to revisit some of these topics with a little more wisdom, a little more patience and I think being a little more open myself,” Comeau says, echoing Powell’s sentiment. “So to be given that opportunity to share all that we have changed and evolved, it is very special.”

The Real World New York cast


While there’s numerous nostalgia that comes with them being again collectively, the expertise rapidly “becomes a whole new show,” Korpi says. “All of a sudden, all our connections and personalities start driving entirely new things forward.”

And then on prime of that, the roommates are coping with an entire new set of points, together with the rise of the Black Lives Matter motion, the continued coronavirus pandemic and even the Jan. 6 riot. “All of these things are happening,” Korpi says, including that they “also become part of what you’re talking about. It’s interesting.”

Blasband provides, “When you’re back in the situation with everything, it makes everything much more sensitive.”

While Gardner admittedly was essentially the most hesitant about shifting again in collectively, she says now that “it was definitely worth it. We needed to see each other and we needed to be together for a lot of reasons that will be shown this season.”

The Cast Then and Now

The Real World cast then and now

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When they first moved into the home in 1992, there have been seven strangers prepared to stay collectively and have their lives taped — not realizing what was going to return of it. “We literally pioneered reality TV,” Powell says. And inside months, they not solely grew to become a gaggle of mates, however they have been “unwitting icons in pop culture,” Blasband says, including that it doesn’t matter what, even 30 years later, they’ll at all times be one massive “dysfunctional family.”

What to Remember About Season 1

The collection was created by producing group Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray, who admitted to ET, “none of us had any idea it would continue even maybe past the first season.”

Filming came about over three months, from February to May 1992, whereas the forged lived in a loft at 565 Broadway in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. Over the course of the 13 episodes that first premiered on May 21, The Real World noticed its social experiment unfold in surprising and fascinating methods — Eric’s shirtless modeling shoots, Heather’s occasion antics, Norman’s bathtub confessionals — with the subject of race and prejudice turning into a big problem in the home. (Read ET’s full recap of season 1.)

How to Watch 

The Real World Homecoming: New York premieres on March 4 on Paramount+. The multi-episode docuseries will debut weekly on Thursdays. Meanwhile, the primary full season together with a lot of the 32 that adopted are out there to binge in full on the streaming community. (For extra details about subscribing to Paramount+, learn ET’s information about value and signing up.)

Check out the primary three minutes of the premiere:

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