12 Things You Didn’t Know About MTV’s “Siesta Key”
Siesta Key is MTV’s hottest new reality show. Featuring a young hot cast, which includes Alex Kompothecras, Brandon Gomes, Chloe Trautman, Garrett Miller, Juliette Porter, Kelsey Owens, Madisson Hausburg, the show is a lot like Laguna Beach, which makes sense given that producers of Siesta Key were responsible for that show too. Even though it is only on its first season, its already a cultural phenomenon, which is why we’ve rounded up these 12 things most people don’t know about the new series:
12. Alex’s Father Paid for the Pilot
Alex’s father Gary is the one who came up with the idea that his son and his friends should get their own reality show. It was two years before the show premiered and he was with Alex and the gang as they were boating, fishing and going to the beach and partying, and he thought this would make for great reality TV. “I go, ‘You guys are really having a hell of a lifestyle,’” Gary said. “I said this would be a good reality show. Plus they’re good kids, so that was the main thing, they weren’t bad kids. I said this would be a good story because when I was growing up, you had ‘Father Knows Best,’ you had ‘My Three Sons,’ you had people with values and I didn’t see that in the TV of late.” Gary paid for a production company to film the pilot and then sent it to various networks. No one responded until a year later when MTV contacted Gary out of the blue and told him that this is what they had been looking for.
11. There’s Nothing Like It on TV Right Now
When the show was pitched to MTV, producers Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez quickly realized that this was the type of show that had been missing from TV and that with Siesta Key they clearly had a hit on their hands. “We’ve actually thought that this type of show has been missing from TV for a while,” Ford told Us Weekly. “We feel like the landscape of television has kind of left it wide open, especially in the unscripted space.” The big realization came when they saw the first episode. “The big event that is in the first episode with Alex’s birthday. And he has a huge party and emotions came out so organically where the relationships became so clear to us and so relatable. That was probably day three of filming and I think we knew right there that we had a cast that could carry this. That were comfortable in their skins, were very open emotionally about their feelings and they are also incredibly gorgeous,” Ford said. “That combination doesn’t come along very often and I think we all producers felt from the beginning that we had lightning in a bottle.”