We are only two episodes into the new season of Big Brother Canada and it has already been a wild journey.
The season's first eviction episode took place on Thursday, March 4, and the decision was unclear right up until the final moments.
When push came to shove, the Big Brother Canada houseguests voted — some quite reluctantly — to evict trans influencer from Vancouver, B.C., Julie Vu.
In an interview with Narcity, Vu shared her thoughts on her eviction along with some important messages for trans youth.
Why was it important to share your coming-out story?
During the second episode, the houseguests got really candid, sharing their coming-out stories with each other and effectively with all of Canada.
Vu came forward, saying that she actually had two coming-out stories. First, she said she originally came out to her parents as gay in high school. "I didn't even know trans was a thing." She reflected on a past of being bullied, "I was the only gay guy in school."
"It was so hard," said Vu, talking through tears. Three other houseguests shared their stories, as well.
"I found the term transgender and thought "this is me." So I worked my ass off while I was still in high school to make money, so when I turned 19 years old I went to go see my doctor and then I started my transition."
We asked Vu why it was important to share her story.
"I was in danger, I was not sure if I was going to go or not, I didn’t want to miss that opportunity to share my story," she told us.
"It was important that my story got out there because I want to educate [...]. Being different is ok, just because you’re born different doesn’t mean you can’t win competitions and go far and be successful."
Did they make the wrong choice evicting you?
After an emotional episode, Julie was voted out of the house, and before she left, she turned around and announced “a queen cannot play games with a bunch of commoners” before making an iconic exit.
She later posted on Instagram with the caption "Robbed Queen."
Many contestants chose to evict Vu because of her physical strength, seeing as she didn't perform well in the physical challenge the night before.
We asked if Vu thought it was the wrong choice to evict her.
“They definitely made the wrong choice by kicking me out of the house! I mean, am I really a threat!? I weigh 105 pounds, I’m bone and skin, I’m not a threat. They will definitely regret kicking me out. It wasn’t my time to go," Vu shared.
What is your opinion on the new team-style approach this season?
As any fan of Big Brother Canada would expect, there have already been some big twists this season. First and foremost, this time around is quite different, as houseguests have been divided into two teams, rather than competing individually like usual.
Whichever team wins a challenge is safe and then everyone votes to evict one member of the losing team. This time, that person was Vu.
We asked what she thought about this new "team model."
“My thoughts on the new team model, the team twist, is that it’s dumb. It’s the reason why I’m out here," said Vu.
“I had an idea of who I wanted in my alliance, I was going to form those, but this twist didn’t allow me to do that, it was, like, chosen for me. That was the downfall of my gameplay."
Looking back now, is there anything you would have done differently?
“I wish I had campaigned a little bit more to keep myself safe. Josh, his name was thrown out there, he proved that he was a very emotional player. It was set all week but last minute he flipped the house and got people thinking," she began.
"I thought I formed these strong bonds but people, Season 9, they’re playing the game!"
While it seemed out of her hands at the last minute, she said "maybe they were threatened by my beauty and my grace."
What message do you have for trans youth?
“My message to young trans youth is just to keep fighting for what you believe in," said Vu. "If I gave up back then when I wanted to give up, I wouldn’t be here right now."
She continued to say "we’re all here for a reason, we’re placed on this Earth for a reason, for a purpose. We inspire each other. If I come out and share my story, hopefully, I give that person the courage to share their story and it just spreads like wildfire and it’s a better place."
Beyond Big Brother Canada, Julie Vu shares her story on her massive Instagram platform and is constantly shedding light on her past and her daily experiences.
If you're in Vancouver, Vu's top recommendation is that you visit the Capilano Suspension bridge.
We're sorry to see you go, Julie!