Rachel Eileen Villegas (née Reilly) is the winner of Big Brother 13, who first appeared on Big Brother 12.

In Season 12, Rachel caused significant drama for her overbearing personality, which led to her getting into verbal fights with her fellow houseguests. When she was nominated against her only ally/showmance Brendon Villegas in week 5, she was evicted unanimously for being seen as the more significant threat of the duo. She placed 9th and was the first member of the jury. She would cast her jury vote for Lane Elenburg, feeling he had played the best social game.

She returned to the game in Big Brother 13 as part of the season duo twist, being partnered with her then fiancé, now husband, Brendon Villegas. When the duo twist was released back onto the house for a week later in the game, her second partner was Jordan Lloyd. When Brendon was evicted in Week 6, Rachel was in the house for the first time ever without him, and could play the game with less distraction, instead focusing on strategy. Rachel also dominated in competitions; winning 4 HoHs and 2 PoVs. Rachel ultimately won the game in a close 4-3 jury vote.

Despite her constant irritation to other houseguests and viewers because of her grating laugh and frequent crying, she and Brendon ("Brenchel") developed a huge fan base. Due to her competition prowess, she is considered one of the greatest physical players in the show's history, having won every endurance competition she competed in.

Biography

Retrieved from CBS.com

Big Brother 12

Name: Rachel Reilly
Age: 26
Current Residence: Las Vegas, Nev.
Occupation: Chemistry Graduate Student/VIP Cocktail Waitress
Three adjectives that describe you: Bubbly, effervescent and adventurous
Favorite activities: Painting, working out, doing anything outdoors, watching movies with friends, playing with my dog, getting dressed up and going on dates.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house: Having your entire life televised
Strategy for winning Big Brother: I would hustle like I do at work when I get men to buy me champagne.
What types of people would you NOT choose to live with you in the house: Negative people - those who don't see the beauty in life and don't understand how fortunate we are to be alive.
A recurring theme on Big Brother is "expect the unexpected." How would you handle "the unexpected:" I would welcome it - I'm always expecting the unexpected. My life in Vegas is like a show; I welcome the spice of life. Bring it on!
Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most or least: I like Laura the most because she stuck up for what she believed.
What are you afraid of: I hate spiders!!!!!!
Finish this sentence: "My life's motto is:" Try everything out the world has to offer and always keep a smile on your face. Make the world a better place.
Is there anything else you want the fans to know about yourself: I have so many facets to my personality. I'm a model, a cocktail server, a chemist, a student, a charity head... I have life experiences to share.[1]

Player History - Big Brother 12

Competition History

Week 1 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have-Not
POV Loss
Week 2 HOH Win
Have/Have-Not Sat Out as HOH
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Previous HOH
Have/Have-Not Have
POV Not Picked
Week 4 HOH Win
Luxury Win
POV Loss
Week 5 HOH Previous HOH
Have/Have-Not Have
POV Loss

Have/Have-Not History

Week 1 Have-Not
Week 2 Have
Week 3 Have
Week 4 Have
Week 5 Have


Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Nominated
2 HOH
3 Andrew Gordon Yes
4 HOH
5 Nominated
Finale Jury Member​ Lane Elenburg No

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 2
Monet Stunson
 Evicted
Monet
Week 4
Kristen Bitting
 Evicted
Kristen

Player History - Big Brother 13

Competition History

Week 1 HOH Win
Have/Have-Not Sat Out as HOH
Co-POV Win
Week 2 HOH Previous HOH
Have/Have-Not Have
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Win
Luxury Loss
POV Loss
Week 4 HOH Previous HOH
POV Loss
Week 5 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have-Not
POV Loss
Week 6 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 7 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 8 HOH Loss
POV Win
Week 9 HOH Win
POV Loss
HOH Previous HOH
POV Loss
Week 10 HOH Part 1 Win
HOH Part 2 Unable to Play
HOH Part 3 Win

Have/Have-Not History

Week 1 Have
Week 2 Have
Week 3 Have
Week 4 Have
Week 5 Have-Not
Week 6 Have
Week 7 Have
Week 8 Have/Have-Not Phase Over
Week 9
Week 10

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 HOH/POV
2 Cassi Colvin Yes
3 HOH
4 Vetoed Jordan Lloyd No
5 Nominated
6 Shelly Moore No
7 Daniele Donato Yes
Nominated
8 Used POV on Self Shelly Moore Yes
9 HOH Kalia Booker Yes (Tiebreaker)
Post-POV Nominee
10 HOH Adam Poch Sole Vote
Finale Winner

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 1
Keith Henderson
 Evicted
Keith
Week 3
Dominic Briones
 Evicted
Dominic
Week 9
Kalia Booker
 Evicted 
Kalia
Week 10
Adam Poch
 Evicted 
Adam
N/A

Post Big Brother

Other Big Brother Apperances

Personal Life

  • Rachel & Brendon married on September 8, 2012.[3]
  • During her pregnancy, Rachel competed on a Big Brother edition of The Price is Right Primetime Special that aired on May 24, 2016.[4] Rachel and her partner, Lisa won $3,000 while playing their pricing game. However, Rachel and Lisa failed to make it to the Showcase.[5]
  • Rachel & Brendon's first child, a daughter named Adora Borealis Villegas,[6] was born on April 8, 2016.[7]
  • Rachel appeared on the fifth episode of Celebrity Fear Factor. She was partnered with Brendon, and competed against Caleb Reynolds and his brother Blake, Cody Calafiore and Zach Rance, along with Survivor castaways Abi-Maria Gomes and Sierra Dawn Thomas.[8]
  • On April 17, 2020, Rachel competed in the Big Brother Canada versus Big Brother U.S. mini of Sequester hosted by Audrey Middleton. She originally finished in 18th after being dragged by Jesse Larson, but returned as part of the buyback. She later finished 11th/12th after her tether partner Tiffany Rousso was dragged by Anthony Douglas.
  • On Mother's Day, May 10, 2020, Rachel and Brendon announced that they were expecting a second child.[9]
    • On November 11, 2020, Rachel gave birth to the couple's second child, a son named Adler Mateo Villegas.[10]

The Amazing Race

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  • In late 2011, Rachel & Brendon competed on the twentieth season of The Amazing Race as an engaged couple and ultimately finished in third place.[11]
  • In late 2013, Rachel & Brendon competed on the second All-Stars season of The Amazing Race as a team of newlyweds. Brendon & Rachel won three legs and became the first team to make it to the final leg twice. However, Brendon & Rachel finished the race in third place again.[12]
  • During the Summer of 2018,  Rachel competed alongside her sister Elissa Slater on the thirty-first season of The Amazing Race alongside fellow Big Brother (U.S.), Survivor, and The Amazing Race contestants in a special "Reality Clash" season.[13][14] This would be Rachel's third time doing The Amazing Race and her first time doing it without Brendon. Former Big Brother players Janelle Pierzina & Britney Haynes, and Nicole Franzel & Victor Arroyo also competed on the season. Rachel & Elissa were eliminated from the Race in 7th Place. Rachel managed to set the record for most legs ran by a woman with 32 legs ran across all three of her seasons.

Trivia

References

Preceded by
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