Nicole M. Anthony, a preschool aide from Bohemia, will be a houseguest on the 21st season of the CBS reality show "Big Brother," premiering with a two-night event on June 25 and 26.
The 24-year-old reality competition show participant becomes the fourth Long Islander to go on the series since the show premiered in 2000, and she is the sixth overall, counting two on the spinoff "Celebrity Big Brother.” Anthony follows in the footsteps of season 1 winner Eddie McGee, an actor from Commack; season 15's Amanda Zuckerman, originally from Port Washington; and season 20's Kaitlyn Sara Herman, who grew up in Plainview. Dina Lohan of Merrick and Anthony Scaramucci of Manhasset appeared earlier this year in season 2 of the celebrity version.
Anthony presents herself as somewhat bohemian. Dressed in quirky colors in her official CBS portrait, with a bright plastic choker and an aqua and pink scarf worn as a headband, she says on the network's site: "I was platinum blonde for the majority of my college career! It was fabulous! Currently, my hair is red, though it changes often … or, rather, I change it often."
"She has a very bubbly personality and is very outgoing," says her father, retired state worker Jerry Anthony. "A very determined person. She'd been trying for the last three years to get on the show and last year almost got it. She was very happy when she got picked up. She loves the show, has been watching it for the last 12 years, and got us hooked on it." Jerry and his homemaker wife Kathy also have two older daughters, Megan and Kayla.
Nicole Anthony attended Connetquot High School, graduating as the 2013 salutatorian, her parents say, and went on to a degree in adolescent English education from St. Joseph's College in Patchogue. She works at Sayville's Leeway School, which serves both developmentally delayed and normally developing students from 18 months to 5 years old.
Describing herself as "a grammar-loving perfectionist who has been known to (in my head, most times) correct others' grammar when they are speaking," she hints at being a Christmastime baby, telling CBS, "My grandmother, whom I was very close to, passed away on my birthday, so the date/numbers 12/26 mean a great deal to me!"
Anthony will go against three other area locals among the 16-member cast: Kemi Faknule, 25, a Brooklyn marketing strategist originally from Elkridge, Maryland; and Staten Islanders Tommy Bracco, 28, a Broadway dancer, and Christie Murphy, also 28, a boutique owner now living in Keyport, N.J.