FIRST LOOK: Real World Portland Cast

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The city of Portland, Oregon, is the setting for the 28th season of MTV’s reality TV blockbuster, The Real World. (Seriously? 28 seasons? A bunch of readers in the audience just felt aged skeletal fingertips crawling up their spines.) This past weekend the cast was spotted on the streets, and local writer Byron Beck (who also contributed to First to Know’s Portland dining guide) posted a report and photos on his website.

According to Beck, this photo features three of the cast members after “they waved to some people on the street and did some impromptu dance moves on the deck (I think it was to Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me, Maybe’).”

Here’s a shot of the building from the street level. In case you live in Portland or are planning to stop by before shooting ends, the cast will be living above Believe Antique & Art, located on NW 9th, between Everett and Flanders. On Beck’s site you can view more photos, including the obligatory hot-tub that’s been installed on the roof.

This photo was taken Friday night by resident Steve Jones. Since there’s not much news about the season yet, such as what tasks the cast will be performing in Portland, writers have been creating other bits of info to entertain. For example, Beck offers this:

From these blurry pics, it’s safe to surmise, at least fashion wise, that we will be seeing a lot of hot pink this season from the four ladies (I know there is a joke in there somewhere, but I am not going to make it) and the three boys seemed to have an affinity for pleated Dockers and gingham (could one of them be from Nebraska?).

Portland is no stranger to having Hollywood productions around, but some locals seemed less-than-thrilled to have the MTV series taking in their city. To this, Bobby Roberts from The Portland Mercury presented this hilarious bit on the newspaper’s Blog Town site:

Update: A lot of people in Portland are still annoyed/peeved at the thought of The Real World filming here. It apparently offends their delicate sensibilities, which is fine, if any of these people had also shit their britches over a fucking Twilight movie being shot here. But they didn’t, and so the self-righteous spew seems a little disingenuous. Plus at least 2/3rds of the spewers have tried to be extras on Grimm or Portlandia so lets stop acting like this city is too quality for something as lowbrow as The Real World to lumber into town heaving cameras and lighting rigs on their backs. We’re just not that precious. Our major cultural export is a donut with bacon glued to the top of it.

In case you’re wondering, he’s talking about the Bacon Maple Bar at Voodoo Donuts. And it’s delicious. Hopefully The Real World cast will get a chance to sample the magic.