Star of LOGO’s “In The Big House” Louis Verdi Jr.-“I want to erase the stereotypes that exist”

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Like “Housewives” and Snooki before him, Louis Verdi is the newest reality star to hail from New Jersey. He is the star of LOGO’s newest hit show “In The Big House”, and the show has no shortage of drama. From his mother and father’s tempestuous relationship, to his new relationship with a new boy (and his father),  “In the Big House” definitely has something for everyone. Louis sat down with Entertainment Editor Cookie about the his Jersey roots, his reality show addictions, and what he plans to show America.
So I hear you’re originally a Jersey boy?!I grew up in Cherry Hill originally, yes! I lived in New Brunswick from 1998 through 2007 and now I’ve lived in Los Angeles for about five years. I used to go to the Colosseum back in the day also. I go home once a year, I head into Philly, I still have family out that way as well.
So how crazy is the Verdi family on an everyday basis?
Oh absolutely! My sister and my mom are so much alike, very controlling and very loud! Actually, I guess we all are pretty opinionated though. My dad and I are are so much alike, it’s crazy. I’d heard my whole life “you’re so much like your dad” and now I actually see it. We both like to bust people’s balls and get under people’s skin. It’s pretty funny that we’re so much alike, especially since I didn’t grow up with him, but I definitely see it now.

What can we expect from the rest of the season of “In The Big House”?
Oh so much! You’re definitely going to get to see my dad and I really building a relationship, since we never really got to have one. He’s made a couple efforts, not great efforts, and I didn’t want a relationship with him after a while. Whenever my father is wrong, he likes to make jokes about it, so we’re definitely working on it. You also get to see some of the drama between my mother and my dad as well. I’m also currently in a relationship with the boy that you see on the first episode, so you get to see that as well.
What do you want to show America about gay people that they may now know or have a different perception of?
I want to erase the stereotypes that currently exist. Gays come in all different shapes and sizes and colors. We’re human, it’s just our preference sexually.
I’m in a gay softball league, and my father makes all kinds of jokes, saying that we’re weak or too feminine or things like that.  But then becomes friends with many of my friends and see’s its different. I have a friend that’s a big muscle head and really butch and my dad says to him “you’re not gay”! LOL. I don’t understand my dad and he doesn’t understand me, and as the season goes on, we work on that.
When you’re not filming your own reality show, are you a fan of other reality shows?
The “Housewives” every once in a while definitely. I don’t catch all of the “Housewives”, but some of my friends are obsessed with them. I’m really into the competition reality shows, like “Design Star” and “Project Runway”. I watch “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race” also.

Would you want to do another season of “In The Big House”?
I would totally love to do another season. We had fun, we loved working with everyone that was there all day. I feel that we have alot of issues that people can relate to. With my sister Michel for example, she has had many miscarriages, and has received letters from people saying that they’ve had many miscarriages and they totally understand her story.
You see so many YouTube videos of people coming out, and they are very inspirational. Hopefully as my relationship with my father progresses, someone will be able to relate and draw something positive from it also.

 

Like “Housewives” and Snooki before him, Louis Verdi is the newest reality star to hail from New Jersey. He is the star of LOGO’s newest hit show “In The Big House”, and the show has no shortage of drama. From his mother and father’s tempestuous relationship, to his new relationship with a new boy (and his father),  “In the Big House” definitely has something for everyone. Louis sat down with Entertainment Editor Cookie about the his Jersey roots, his reality show addictions, and what he plans to show America.