In Big Brother 18, Paul was initially very vocal about getting the returning players out, forming an alliance to go against them. However, after their ally, Jozea, was blindsided, they started building trust with the other HouseGuests and began working with the returning players. Victor Arroyo; another ally of Paul was evicted in week 2. They then formed an alliance with Paulie. Paul and Paulie worked together until Paul realized that it was best to evict him. Once Victor returned to the game, he and Paul created the Sitting Ducks alliance. The two friends fought together until they were both nominated Week 12. Paul managed to survive eviction while Victor was evicted. Paul was considered a very aggressive player, being unafraid to make big moves, willing to confront others, and having a hand in numerous evictions. Paul was known for being able to talk their way out of many situations and for playing a great social and strategic game. However, they received criticism for insulting other HouseGuests, making many jury members lose respect for their gameplay.
They were a competition threat, winning 3 HoHs and 3 PoVs, thus making them the seventh male HouseGuest to win six competitions in a season. After Victor's eviction, Paul managed to win the last 2 HoHs and final PoV. After winning the final HOH, they infamously chose to evict James and take Nicole to the Final Two. However, this move was fatal as Nicole won the game by a vote of 5 to 4, thus leaving Paul as the runner-up.
Their decision to evict James has been deemed a huge mistake by the viewers and some of the jurors because they could have easily won against James.
Paul later returned for Big Brother 19 and changed their gameplay completely. Instead of focusing on competitions, Paul had turned their attention to being more skilled at being manipulative. When they entered the house Week 1 after Kevin Schlehuber took the $25,000 temptation, they were given immunity and was tasked with giving others friendship bracelets, protecting them from being evicted. Paul used this chance to gain some allies and had originally wanted to work with Cody Nickson's alliance of showmances. After being nominated by Cody in an attempt to backdoor them, their Pendant of Protection saved them for three weeks, which they also used to their advantage. Paul played a very strategic and aggresive game, controlling and manipulating their allies, and being responsible for almost all the nominations and evictions. They dominated in competitons; winning 3 HoH's and 5 PoV's, tying Janelle Pierzina and Danielle Donato for winning the most PoV's in a single season. They managed not to touch the block until the final 3 where they were put on the block by default after failing to win the final HoH, which was won by their ally Josh Martinez. When Josh won the final HoH, he brought Paul to the final 2, being seen as easier to beat over Christmas Abbott, making them the second houseguest in Big Brother history after Dan Gheesling to make it to the final 2 twice. However, Paul was criticized for unnecessarily backstabbing their allies, overplaying the game, needlessly bullying the other houseguests, and not owning their game during the jury Q&A. All this cost them the win once again, as they lost to Josh by a 5-4 vote, becoming the runner-up for the second time in a row.
Along with Danielle Reyes and Dan, Paul is considered to be another victim of a bitter jury; despite what majority of viewers perceived as a stronger game than the actual winner.
Paul has won the most competitions in Big Brother history with 14 wins over their two seasons. Due to this and making final 2 twice, Paul has been seen as one of the greatest players in recent years, comparing them to Big Brother legends Derrick Levasseur and Vanessa Rousso.
Paul's pronouns are now "they/them/theirs", but these bios were taken when they still used "he/him/his" pronouns, so they will remain unchanged. Retrieved from CBS.com Age: 23 Hometown: Tarzana, CA Current city: Tarzana, CA Occupation: Clothing designer Three adjectives that describe you: Honest, spontaneous, and energetic. Favorite activities: I love to play music, so a jam session is always good. I love going to shows and concerts for the crowd surfing, mosh pits, stage diving, [and] all the fun stuff.
Traveling, hiking and sightseeing are definitely solid activities. I enjoy the outdoors, like the woods and mountains. I'm a thrill seeker, so [I like] essentially anything that can fuel that. I do enjoy a good night out with friends at a fun speakeasy bar in L.A., like Davey Wayne's and No Vacancy. My life’s motto is... To live my life in such a fulfilling way that when I'm on my deathbed, there's nothing left for me to experience.
They then beat that record their second time around, as they won 8 competitions on Big Brother 19.
Every time a female won HoH in Big Brother 18, Paul was nominated.
Likewise, every time Paul was HoH, they always nominated at least one female when possible. (During their HoH reigns on Days 90 & 99, only one female was left in the house, meaning they were forced to nominate one male each time.)
Paul is the first male to lose to a female in the Final Two in the American version. From that point, every US season (BBOTT and Celebrity seasons included) with a male-female final two after that has ended with the male losing against the female, up until Big Brother 21 (US).
Paul holds the record for the most votes to win for a runner-up with four (twice).
If Paul had voted to evict Nicole instead of James, they would've received votes from every jury member except Natalie and Michelle.
If the Jury would have been the original seven person Jury in either of their seasons (thus removing Da'Vonne, Zakiyah, Cody and Elena from their respective Juries) and the same votes took place, Paul would have won both Big Brother 18 and Big Brother 19 over Nicole and Josh in a 4–3 vote each.
Paul is the first HouseGuest to participate in a Battle Back Competition without having been evicted before playing, as they were chosen to be the House Challenger, and if they had won, that would have prevented the Battle Back Champion from re-entering.
Ironically, their biggest ally won the Battle Back on their first season, while their biggest enemy won it on their second.
Paul is the first HouseGuest in Big Brother 19 to win HoH and PoV in the same week.
They are also the first HouseGuest to win HoH & the PoV twice in that season.
Paul was the last HouseGuest to have be put on the block during BB19, getting nominated by default for losing the Final HoH in Week 12, however they were nominated during Week 1, but technically was never on the block because of the Pendant of Protection.
Paul is the first HouseGuest in the history of the show to win five competitions across two seasons.
Paul has the third most time spent in the BBUS house at 191 days, second to Janelle Pierzina's 200 and Nicole Franzel's 255.
Following Alex, Paul is the second person to win HOH on Big Brother 19 three times.
Paul is the third HouseGuest to play Big Brother twice and not be evicted, following Dick Donato and Dan Gheesling. However, because Dick walked during Week 1 of Season 13 for personal reasons, Dan and Paul are currently the only Returning HouseGuests who have lasted throughout the entire game without being evicted.
Paul is the second houseguest after Dan to exit the house on finale night twice.
Paul is one of four people (Janelle Pierzina, Kaysar Ridha, and James Rhine) to receive the same placement two seasons in a row (2nd place).
Paul is the first HouseGuest to make it to Final 2 twice and not win once. They are also the first HouseGuest to lose with the same amount of votes, as it was a 5-4 vote each time.
Ironically, they were wearing the exact same outfit at both of their finales.
Paul shares the most Jury Votes in the US out of both of their seasons with Dan Gheesling, with both having a total of 8 Jury Votes, Dan having seven his first time and one his second, and Paul getting four votes both times.
In single season stats, they lose this status to Lisa Donahue and Tamar Braxton, who each got 9 votes to win across one season.
Paul is the first person to win the Final POV twice. They would be followed by Cody C.
Janelle Pierzina, Dan Gheesling, Paul Abrahamian, Enzo Palumbo, Cody Calafiore and Nicole Franzel are the only people to make it to the Final Three twice. Excluding Janelle, all of them made it to finale night twice as well.