When Brittany Favre called her parents to tell them she was considering stepping out of her comfort zone to compete in “Claim to Fame,” she had two different reactions.
“The first phone call I made was with my father. He said, ‘Absolutely. It seems so fun. You should do this. It’s awesome,” said Favre, who is the eldest daughter of legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre and his wife Deanna.
“And then the second call was to my mom and she said, ‘That’s a terrible idea. She said, ‘Are you sure you want to be on TV?’ Because my mother is like me and she is as discreet as me.
“My dad is like, ‘A competition show? Sounds great!’ And my mother said to me: ‘But you are going to be on television.’ »
And so here it is – or was.
Brittany’s time on the ABC show which features 12 celebrity relatives living in the same house and trying to hide their identities for $100,000 ended Monday in the fourth week of the competition.
It wasn’t so much having to wear the T-shirt with an airplane on it — a subtle hint of his father’s only season with the New York Jets after leaving Green Bay — that got him in. It was rolling the dice on a risky guess (erroneously linking contestant Kai to Andra Day) when there was a safer one right in front of her (Louise as the sister of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles) during the guess. . Think of Brett Favre trying to do something big late in the fourth quarter and throwing an interception.
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For Brittany, just signing up to “Claim to Fame” felt like a victory. It was a very personal decision for the 33-year-old mother of three sons, artist, and Loyola University law school graduate.
“I’ve never really been in the spotlight before and that was intentional, and I’ve been through a lot of things that I’ve been pretty open about in terms of mental health issues and things that I’ve had to go through . she said in an interview with the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
“I put my family through a lot of stress, and we’re finally on the other side, and I wanted my kids to see me do something like this that would make them proud of me and they could kind of see me healthy, happy and back to my normal self.
“It just seemed like the time for me to step into the spotlight in a way and kind of to resolve a lot of that anxiety and tension that I felt every time I went through really dark times. “, she said.
On her Instagram, she spoke and wrote about feeling insecure at times, her “self-sabotaging instinct” and the power of her faith.
Her kids loved seeing her on TV as she participated in challenges that involved her jumping into a pool to catch letter balls to spell out clues and paint a portrait of Lucille Ball. (By the way, she’s painted everyone from Albert Einstein to Johnny Cash, and sells her work at art shows.)
“They know I’m a homebody. I’m not great there socially. I’m not everywhere, so they enjoyed watching this unfold and they enjoyed watching me do something completely unpredictable and unexpected,” Brittany said.
Her parents are also fans of the show and are proud of how she behaved. There was no hard feelings from her father as she told a national television audience how ‘really cheap’ he was, sharing a story from her childhood of how when the muffler came out of his old truck, he just chained it up and drove it to school that way.
“He’s like a big kid. He’s who he is, flaws and all. He was okay with that,” she said. seemed like a practical solution at the time.
Brittany told ‘Claim to Fame’ viewers in episode two that she definitely inherited her father’s ‘competitive nature’, but there’s something else she learned from him that has served her well. in the series.
“Obviously dad’s job was competition so he plays against his colleagues every week and they’re tough and they talk trash and all that stuff, but he was so quick to always remember that it’s just that. ‘a game at the end of the day,” she said. “So it’s better to joke around, to be friends with each other. You can let things escalate and build resentment, but you’re all human beings just playing a game, and that’s kind of the mentality I brought into the house.
Brittany said she made it a point not to disrespect her fellow students or take things personally. She was seen as a threat almost from the start – so smart that she was dangerous. Others in the house often spoke of not trusting her and calling her “very calculated”. She aimed to be competitive in the game while enjoying the company of others.
Her friendship with Logan was well-documented in front of the cameras, but the whole cast became friends and they all still talk to each other, Brittany said.
She was born three years before Brett arrived in Green Bay in 1992 and went on to become one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. The city will forever be dear to him.
“I love Green Bay so much. I love going back,” she said. “…I went to Holy Family (Catholic school). Every time I go back to Green Bay for a visit, I walk past the school just to check in, say hello. I love Green Bay. C It’s absolutely where I would raise my family if I could tolerate the snow.
She’s not surprised Packers fans around town were among the first to recognize her as Brett’s daughter even before she revealed her identity to “Claim to Fame” viewers during the second episode.
“Green Bay understood that right away. I saw it on Twitter,” she said.
And because Green Bay and Packers fans around the world might also wonder how the “Gunslinger” is as a grandfather, or “Paw-Paw,” as his grandsons call him, the question has been asked.
“Oh, that’s the best,” Brittany said. “He is so active in their sports and whatever their hobbies he plays with. He always encourages them to pursue what interests them. If they’re interested in something for six months, he’s like, Oh, be the best at it. She’s a cheerleader.
What she had to say about her Andra Day guess that ended the game
“Honestly, I wasn’t too surprised. I wasn’t at all confident in the guess, but I felt like at that moment I had a target on my back, because of the previous elimination,” Brittany said. “Everything the world was a little mad at me or didn’t. trust me, and to win back the trust of the house, I felt like I had to go out and make that assumption and kind of put myself on the chopping block for the sake of the house.
She admits she didn’t know who actress/singer Andre Day was when she went with the guess linking her to Kai, a theory that had been floated around the house.
“Of course, there was Louise sitting right there who looked exactly like Simone Biles, and I could have picked her, but I felt like I had that target on my back, and I knew if I picked Louise , that target was always going to be there, so I had to do something to catch up with the rest of the house.