Love Island USA: Interview with Bria Bryant
When Timmy Pandolfi decided he still felt a strong connection with his Love Island USA Day one partner, Zeta Morrison, her choice sent Bria Bryant sad. The New Jersey native entered the series as a bombshell with her brother, Chazz Bryant, and quickly caused a rift between Timmy and Zeta. After being with Zeta since the first episode, Timmy was ready to meet some other islanders. Bria, with her confident presence, appeared just in time. Although Bria didn’t get the chance to choose her own partner, her brother noticed her connection to Timmy. When it came time to join, she thought the New Yorker would be perfect for her sister.
Unsurprisingly, this did not sit well with Zeta. The islander was not happy to have slept alone in a bed and to see Timmy cuddling with his new partner. When the new bombshell Jeff Christian Jr. arrived on the island, quickly met him. When given the chance to steal Timmy again during the docking, he went with the bomb. Unfortunately, Zeta couldn’t get her mind off her former partner, leaving Jeff hanging. When he wasn’t watching over Timmy and Bria, he pulled the male islander aside to tell him how much he missed him. This put Bria and Jeff in a very uncomfortable position, feeling that they were not prioritized by the contestants they were paired with.
Eventually, Zeta confronted Timmy about the situation, and he admitted that he had stronger feelings for her than he did for Bria. During the elimination, couples were saved based on how many votes they got from viewers watching at home. Unfortunately, Bria and Timmy and Mady and Andy were the couples with the fewest votes. The islanders then decided to choose who stayed and who was kicked out of the villa. Unsurprisingly, Zeta and her friends had Mady and Timmy’s back, which meant the end for Bria and Andy in the villa. Screen Rant had a chance to talk to Bria about her Zeta and Timmy love triangle, and who she would have liked to hook up with if she hadn’t been eliminated. Love Island USA.
What was it like entering the villa later in the competition, like a bombshell? Did you feel left out by other islanders because you weren’t one of the original contestants?
It made things more difficult. Time is of the essence in the town, and being a week behind, feeling like you’re a week behind, the opportunity to make connections with certain people, is a bit of a bummer. It makes you have to work twice as hard and just gives you immediate hurdles that you have to overcome just to have a fair shot at some of those opportunities that everyone else had on day one. I felt really good with the boys. I didn’t feel excluded in that way, but I did feel excluded with women. Honestly, I felt like a threat, and some people saw me as a bigger threat than others, and that’s why they chose to exclude me, because there were other bombs that weren’t treated that way. Mady is an example. She was welcomed with open arms. Maybe Val wasn’t. It was almost as if any bomb that came in this guy wanted to be in a relationship with someone the islanders felt was already in a strong relationship. We were treated a certain way. It was very difficult that way for me.
Did you have any influence on who Chazz chose to be your partner or was it solely based on who you thought was best for you?
Honestly, it was based on what I thought was best for me. Obviously, I was able to connect with Chazz and say, “Hey, this is what this person told me, this is the kind of vibe I get from this person,” and give him an overview of the conversations that I had with the In the end, he chose who he thought was best for me, and I trusted him in that moment to do it.
If you had chosen your own partner, would you have also gone with Timmy or someone else?
The moment I walked into the villa, I would have picked Timmy, but if Jeff was there, I would have picked him. I just didn’t get a chance to explore it. I’m upset about it, honestly.
What was the dynamic between you and Zeta, other than what viewers saw in the episodes?
Hopefully, you got the gist of it. It was really her going out of her way to start drama and shut me out, and not give Timmy and I a good chance to explore a relationship. It’s really hard to do that when you pick someone, and then the other person goes out of their way to kiss them behind the bushes or have conversations with them and ask, “Do you miss me? Do you want to kiss me?” Things like this. It’s very, very hard when someone convinces someone not to make a connection with you. It’s very difficult.
You broke down during your last episode of the show for not feeling good enough. What’s it like to be so vulnerable on a show that airs across the country? Do you think your vulnerability can help other women watching, who might feel the same way you do?
I’m glad you brought it up. I wanted to clear the air with this. I think people are misreading how I felt at the time, and there were other things discussed in that vulnerable moment that might not have been shown, but ultimately what I was saying was that I never thought it was good enough, I’ve always felt good enough. I always felt like I was the total package, just delivered to the wrong address. You can be pretty, but that won’t make a man treat you any differently. They will treat you the way they want to be treated no matter who you are. It happens to the best of them. It happens to celebrities or people in general all the time. That’s more where I was coming from. I was tired of dealing with guys who don’t treat you well even though you are the complete package or everything they could be looking for or wanting in a woman.
Do you think you and Timmy were good for each other, and could it have worked out if you had more time in the village?
Absolutely, without a doubt. Certainly in my mind. If he was there on the first day, I have no doubt that Timmy and I would have a very strong connection.
Have you been keeping up with the episodes since you were removed? What do you think of Sereniti’s removal? Do you wish Chazz had stayed with her, or do you think Kat is better for him?
I’ve definitely kept up; of course I’m always rooting for Chazz. I don’t think Sereniti necessarily had my full blessing in the villa. There was a huge age gap, and besides, I don’t think she met Chazz halfway, and that was obvious to everyone. I think it was inevitable that they would break up at some point. It was a bit of a bummer that he had to go home as a result of their split, but I’m hopeful that Chazz will find a new connection in the village. Hopefully with some new faces but no Kat, sorry. I think Kat and Chazz have a great friendship, and that’s the foundation of any relationship. Since they have similar interests and stuff, I think they’d be good friends, but as far as a romantic connection, I don’t think so.
Next: Meet Love Island USA’s first sibling duo Chazz & Bria
Love Island USA airs new episodes every day at 9pm on Peacock.
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