Entertainment TV & Film 'Real World Portland'--Meet The Cast of 'Real World 28' Share PINTEREST Email Print TV & Film TV Shows Comedies Dramas Documentaries Shows For Kids Movies By Diane Anderson-Minshall Diane Anderson-Minshall is an award-winning entertainment journalist. Her work appears in The New York Times, E! Online, and People. our editorial process Diane Anderson-Minshall Updated March 18, 2017 01 of 09 'Real World Portland' MTV For the 28th season of its venerable reality series, The Real World, MTV has turned to Portland, Oregon a city known for embracing green living, bike riding, food carts, DIY crafts, punk rock, strip clubs and its unique residents. When Real World Portland premieres Wednesday, March 27 at 10PM Eastern/Pacific, eight strangers will move into a house in Portland's trendy Pearl District. In addition to the usual roommate bed hopping, conflicts and secrets; MTV promises this season will feature a cast member leaving early and another housemate, who they hint is "quite possibly the most outrageous in Real World history" and reportedly uses "psychological and sexual warfare" against a fellow cast member. Meet the housemates of Real World Portland in this photo album with bios. 02 of 09 Anastasia of 'Real World Portland' MTV Anastasia goes by the nickname "Bird." She is 5'11 and has done some modeling but is still a loving geek who remembers being an awkward high school student. Still recovering from a childhood with an alcoholic father and losing a close friend to a drunk driver Anastasia has issues around alcohol consumption that may come to head in the Real World house. Anastasia is majoring in Journalism. 03 of 09 Averey of 'The Real World Portland' MTV Real World Portland's Averey is originally from Michigan and is of Mexican, Native American and European heritage. Like her housemate Anastasia, Averey had a rough childhood. With an absent father and unstable mother, Averey moved out on her own by the time she was sixteen. Although she has had her heart broken and shies away from romantic relationships, Averey is a very sexually adventurous Hooters girl. Sparks fly between her and Real World Portland's Johnny but can he keep up with her sexually? Will she be able to trust him? Averey came to Portland with her dog, Daisy, a Chihuahua-Jack Russell Mix who holds her own on the show. 04 of 09 Jessica of 'Real World Portland' MTV Jessica has never lived outside Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she grew up in a conservative, half Hispanic, half Irish family. Although she seems like a typical southern belle with a twangy drawl, Jessica has a tomboy side of her personality that loves fishing, hunting, and motocross. She owns several dirt bikes and can work on her own engine. The "black sheep" of her family, when Jessica was 16-years-old she got engaged to a guy ten years older than her. The relationship has since ended and she says she's still looking for her "Prince Charming." 05 of 09 Johnny of 'The Real World Portland' MTV Real World Portland star Johnny grew up the middle child of a blue-collar Irish family living in a small town outside Boston. Formerly a hockey player, when he realized he couldn't go pro he began to study to become a physical therapist or trainer. Then financial problems forced him out of school and into a job as a short order cook. Johnny loves to party but can get out of hand when he's drunk. He immediately has sparks with housemate Averey but is a little frightened by her sexual aggressiveness. Can he satisfy her sexually? Will things turn serious? Johnny hasn't been in a relationship in two years. 06 of 09 Joi of 'The Real World Portland' MTV Raised by a conservative Asian mother and white military father Joi is 5'9",and played basketball, volleyball, and softball. Rebelling from her conservative upbringing, Joi sports tattoos and nipple rings; favors sex with black men and has posed for Playboy. Joi has a Communications degree from the University of Washington. 07 of 09 Jordan of 'The Real World Portland' MTV Jordan is the kind of guy who's good at everything he tries. He was captain of his high school football, baseball, and wrestling teams. He's now a semi-professional wakeboarder. He holds four national championships in competitive cheerleading. And he's done all of it despite being born without any fingers on one of his hands. An overachiever, Jordan demands other people live up to his high standards and can never admit when he's wrong--all of which makes for conflict with his Portland housemates. And eventually reveals that he's not as self-confident as he'd like others to believe. Jordan is studying Marketing at the University of Central Oklahoma. 08 of 09 Marlon of 'The Real World Portland' MTV Real World Portland's Marlon Williams is the son of a preacher and was raised with strong religious values and beliefs that come in conflict with his sexual appetites. His parents divorced while he was just 6 months old and he was raised by his military father on bases around the world. The first time he remembers seeing his mother was at her funeral when he was in 7th grade. In high school Marlon was a linebacker for Texas Tech and twice received Honorable mention in the All-Big 12 conference. He tried to go pro but was cut by the Canadian Football League. That sent him into a depression and he apparently did some things that his roommates will be "shocked" to learn. Now Marlon is working towards a degree in Industrial Engineering and he's pursuing a music career under his rapper name, Jay Dillinger. Check out this interview with Marlon where he talks about his experiences, his time on Real World and how sex with another man "just happened." 09 of 09 Nia of 'The Real World Portland' MTV Nia attended Howard University, where she graduated magna cum laude, but she hasn't had much luck when it comes to keeping a job, as she's been fired from four of her last five jobs. She has a lot of professional goals, including becoming a writer, a philanthropist and a model. But she's in no hurry to grow up and, at 23-years-old, still focuses a lot on partying. Although she's 6 feet tall and athletic, Nia wonders if she'll ever become a successful model, especially since she can't seem to give up fast food. Nia grew up sheltered in the in the small town of Powder Springs, Georgia, but moved to DC for college and soon found herself victim of date rape. A lengthy trial followed and didn't go in her favor. Now she vacillates wildly from acting out sexually to being terrified she'll be victimized again. When she thinks Jordan is being too aggressive toward the girls in the house, Nia may just go completely nuclear. She isn't called 'Hurricane' Nia for nothing. Writing a guide book for women who want to date and marry a professional athlete, will Nia go after one of the house's jocks herself?