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]

Big Brother 15

On week 1, Aaryn quickly forms a close bond with David Girton, entering in to a flirtatious relationship. She also forms close bonds with GinaMarie Zimmerman, Kaitlin Barnaby and Jeremy McGuire. Aaryn begins targeting Elissa Slater after discovering that she is Rachel Reilly's sister, and votes to evict her later that week. Aaryn is shocked, however, when David is evicted instead of Elissa. Following David's eviction, Aaryn competes in the second HOH competition, the 'Big Brother BBQ' competition where she is paired with Jeremy. Her and Jeremy are crowned winners of the HOH competition, and have to decide between themselves who will become the second HOH. Jeremy allows Aaryn to take it, and Aaryn becomes the second HOH.

When told she has to choose four Have-Nots for the week, Aaryn selects Elissa alongside Helen Kim, Candice Stewart and Andy Herren, believing that they had all voted to evict David. Still targeting Elissa, Aaryn nominates her for eviction alongside Helen, due to Helen being Elissa's closest ally in the house. Aaryn begins to cause lots of controversy due to several harsh and derogatory comments made by her, notably lots of racist and homophobic remarks. As a result, lots of houseguests begin to turn against her and side with Elissa. Aaryn is left shocked yet again when Elissa is able to survive eviction for the second time after winning the MVP vote and using it to backdoor Nick Uhas. Shortly after Nick's eviction, Helen wins the third HOH competition. Feeling vengeful against those who voted to keep Elissa, Aaryn decides to flip the mattress of Candice and Howard Overby, resulting in her arguing with Candice and several other house guests.

Aaryn is then nominated for eviction by Helen alongside her ally Kaitlin, however they are both nominated as pawns with the intention to backdoor Jeremy. The two girls go on to survive eviction while Jeremy is eliminated. On week 4, Aaryn is nominated yet again when Judd Daugherty wins the HOH, and she ends up being nominated alongside her only remaining allies in the game, Kaitlin and GinaMarie. Fearing she is going to be evicted, Aaryn makes a deal with Helen that if she keeps her in the game then Aaryn will throw the next HOH. Helen proposes an alternative deal, suggesting that if she keeps Aaryn in the game then Aaryn will play for the next HOH and nominate Howard and Spencer Clawson for eviction. Aaryn accepts this deal, and Helen and her allies vote out Kaitlin instead.

Aaryn then goes on to win the fifth HOH competition, 'Roulette Me Win'. She agrees to stick to the deal that she had made with Helen and a result, Aaryn nominates Howard and Spencer Clawson for eviction. When Spencer wins the POV, Aaryn nominates Candice in his place, which Helen and her allies agree to because of Candice's close links with Howard. Howard is then evicted. On week 6, Aaryn is kept safe when her best friend in the house, GinaMarie, wins the HOH. Aaryn votes to evict Candice this week along with the rest of the house. Following Candice's eviction, it is revealed to the house guests that there will be a double eviction that night. Aaryn then wins the HOH, and nominates Jessie Kowalski along with Spencer, believing them to be the biggest targets in the house. When Aaryn wins the POV as well, however, she is pressured by Helen and Amanda Zuckerman to backdoor Judd. Aaryn goes along with this, and uses the POV on Jessie, putting Judd in her place. Judd is then evicted.

Following Judd's eviction, Amanda allows Aaryn to enter in to her alliance with McCrae Olson and Andy, which they name the 3 A.M. alliance. The 3 A.M alliance are able to gain power on week 7 when Andy wins the HOH, and they were successful in getting rid of their main target, Jessie. Following Jessie's eviction, Aaryn goes on to win the 'Way Off Broadway' HOH competition, making this her fourth HOH win of the series. When the 3.A.M alliance discover that Helen has been attempting to get Amanda evicted, she became the alliances main target, and Aaryn nominates her for eviction alongside Elissa. After Elissa wins the POV, Aaryn considers renominating Amanda following a big argument between the two, however she decided against this and nominates Spencer instead. Helen is then evicted.

Following Helen's eviction, Elissa wins the next HOH and nominates Aaryn for eviction alongside her ally McCrae, as a result of their ongoing feud throughout the game. Shortly after, however, Elissa regrets this decision, deciding to target Amanda instead after realising that she has been controlling the whole game. Elissa and Aaryn then team up to backdoor Amanda, however their plan is ruined when Amanda wins the POV and uses it on McCrae. Andy is then renominated in his place. Spencer & Judd (who returned to the game this week) decide to evict Aaryn after entering in to an alliance with Andy, and Amanda & McCrae also decide to evict Aaryn having been aligned with Andy longer. GinaMarie votes to evict Aaryn in order to go along with the rest of the house despite her close allegiance to her, and Aaryn is then evicted in 8th place by a vote of 5-0, making her the fourth member of the jury. At the final 2, Aaryn votes for GinaMarie to win instead of Andy.

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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