Aaryn Gries
Jury Member
Nickname The Beast
Season Big Brother 15
Place 8th
Votes Against 5
Alliances The Blonde-Tourage
3 A.M.
Loyalties Amanda Zuckerman
GinaMarie Zimmerman
David Girton
Kaitlin Barnaby
Jeremy McGuire
HOH Wins 4 (Weeks 2, 5, Day 49 & Week 8)
Times Nominated 3 (Weeks 3, 4 & 9)
Veto Wins 1 (Day 49)
Days 70

Aaryn Williams (née Gries) was a houseguest on Big Brother 15. She was at the center of controversy inside and outside of the house due to comments made that were deemed as racist and homophobic, even being read back some of her comments during her eviction interview. Aaryn also became a huge competition threat, winning four HoHs and one PoV throughout her time in the game. Despite having a large target on her back for the majority of the game, Aaryn managed to survive nine weeks before being evicted by a vote of 5-0. She placed 8th and was the fourth member of the jury.


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Name: Aaryn Gries
Age: 22
Hometown: San Angelo, Texas.
Living: San Marcos, Texas
Occupation: College Student
Marital Status: Single
Three adjectives that describe you: Outgoing, driven and spontaneous.
Favorite Activities: Snowboarding, wakeboarding, traveling, working out, Zumba, crafting, decorating, planning events, attending festivals and meeting people. What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the “Big Brother” house? Not knowing who is genuine and who isn’t, and realizing that my trusting nature could be my downfall.
Strategy for winning “Big Brother”: I think I will go into the game with the same mentality I go into life: only focusing on myself and what I need to do to make it through, but I’m sure there will be moments of weakness where I second guess myself. I will use my Psychology training as best as I can and try to be strategic.
What are you afraid of? People with evil or absent minds that hurt or deceive others.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I am most proud of my ability to rise above disappointment and press on with a positive and peaceful mind. I am extremely proud that each day, no matter what happens, I do my best to look at every situation in a positive light. I can see my future clearly and I’m taking the right steps to reach my goals.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… what you think about, you bring about.
What would you take into the house and why? My music, books by Rhonda Byrne and my cat, Pumpkin, because these three things help my peace of mind.
What would you do if “Big Brother” made you famous? I would be entirely grateful for Big Brother putting my dreams on fast-track, and I would never forget the experience.[1]

Player History - Big Brother 15

Competition History

Week 1 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Win
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Previous HOH
Have/Have-Not Have
POV Loss
Week 4 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have
POV Loss
Week 5 HOH Win
Have/Have-Not Win
POV Loss
Week 6 HOH Previous HOH
POV Not Picked
Week 7 HOH Previous HOH
POV Not Picked
Week 8 HOH Win
Have/Have-Not Win
POV Loss
Week 9 HOH Previous HOH
POV Loss

Have/Have-Not History

Week 1 Have
Week 2 Have
Week 3 Have
Week 4 Have
Week 5 Have
Week 6 Have
Week 7 Have-Not
Week 8 Have
Week 9 Have/Have-Not Phase Over

MVP History

Week 1 Loss
Week 2 Loss
Week 3 Loss
Week 4 Ineligible
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7 MVP Phase Over
Week 8
Week 9

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Elissa Slater No
3 Nominated
4 Nominated
6 Candice Stewart Yes
7 Jessie Kowalski Yes
9 Nominated
Finale Jury Member GinaMarie Zimmerman No

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 2
Week 5
Week 6
(Day 49)
Week 8

Post Big Brother


  • A petition was created for Aaryn and GinaMarie Zimmerman to be expelled from the house due to racial and homophobic slurs directed towards Helen Kim, Candice Stewart, Howard Overby, and Andy Herren.
    • It was later reported that Aaryn was dropped from two modeling agencies.
    • Aaryn is the fastest Houseguest to win four HOH competitions, having won four out of the first 9 HOH competitions. She beat Janelle, who only won four out of the first 10 HOH competitions.
  • Aaryn is the first houseguest to be booed. She would later be followed by Amanda Zuckerman and Christine Brecht, and later on in Big Brother Canada by Neda Kalantar.
  • Aaryn is tied with Andy Herren and McCrae Olson for the most competitions wins in Big Brother 15. They all won 5 competitions.
  • Aaryn has won the most competitions out of any female in Big Brother 15 , which is 5 (4 HoH's and 1 PoV).
  • Aaryn has the lowest place finish with anyone with 3 or more HOH wins placing 8th.
    • She also finishes in the lowest place for anyone with 5 or more competition wins in a season.
  • Aaryn and Elissa are the only female houseguests in Big Brother 15 to win both an HOH and a POV at least once.
  • Aaryn was the second houseguest (and only female) on Big Brother 15 to win HOH and POV in the same week following McCrae Olson (and later followed by Andy Herren).
    • She is the first houseguest in Big Brother history to win HOH and POV during a Double Eviction. She would later be followed by Corey Brooks from Big Brother 18.
  • Aaryn was revealed to be Julie Chen's least favorite houseguest because of the racist remarks she shared especially those directed towards Helen Kim.
  • She is the third woman in the history of the show to ever win 4 HoH's in a single season following Janelle Pierzina and Rachel Reilly and followed by Vanessa Rousso.
  • Aaryn was the only houseguest in Big Brother 15 to go from being HOH and end up evicted next week.


Big Brother 15 House Guests
BB15Small Andy
BB15Small GinaMarie
BB15Small Spencer
BB15Small McCrae
BB15Small Judd
BB15Small Elissa
BB15Small Amanda
BB15Small Aaryn
BB15Small Helen
BB15Small Jessie
BB15Small Candice
BB15Small Howard
BB15Small Kaitlin
BB15Small Jeremy
BB15Small Nick
BB15Small David

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