Exclusive Interview: ‘Kicking & Screaming’s’ Maxwell Carr Gives Us The Dirt On FOXS Latest Reality Series


Max and Tamra on FOX’s Kicking & Screaming

Although we are heading into week 7 of FOX’s ‘Kicking & Screaming’s (Thursday at 9 p.m. est). A competition series that teams 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners to face the toughest challenges of their lives with a grand prize of $500,000.

Shallow Graves Magazine, recently had the chance to catch up with Maxwell Carr, who let us in on exactly how down and dirty it was to be a contestant on a reality series!

Yvette: Good afternoon Max. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day for this interview! I am totally loving you on ‘Kicking and Screaming’!

Max: Oh my god, thank you for having me! I am so excited!

Y: Before we start, can I just tell you how amazing you are on this show. You are so sweet, funny, and kind. Not to mention fierce!

M: Thank you! That’s sweet of you to say. I tried to go in with my best attitude, knowing it was going to be tough.

Y: Before ‘Kicking and Screaming’, what did you do?

M: At the time, I was not working. I was just enjoying life,and hanging out with my friends.

Y: How did you find out about this reality show, were you approached by ‘Kicking and Screaming’?

M: When I found out they were casting for this new show I applied, and we also had to do a casting  test. When I received this email for this opportunity, I couldn’t turn it down because I’ve always wanted to work in the TV and get to experience it. Once selected, I had to go through multiple call backs with different people. 

Maxwell Carr FOXS ‘Kicking & Screaming’

Y: Wow, sounds like quite the process.

M: It was, but it was worth it. Besides auditioning, we had to get background checks, the process to make sure we were the right fit.

Y: So you really had to meet a lot of criteria to be on this show then?

M: Yes, everyone did and FOX was really great to work with.

Y: How is it on the show? Did you feel like you had to keep up with people after being paired with someone with outdoor/survival skills?

M: When I first arrived on the show, I found it was hard, because I was out of shape. I knew I wasn’t going to win any physical challenge especially against these people who have been in the military or survivalists. I just went into every challenge knowing basically that the odds were against me, and I really had to try my hardest. I was not going to let anything hold me back, and I was not going to look back and have any regret. A positive attitude really helped me out.

Maxwell Carr FOXS ‘Kicking & Screaming’

Y: Did you feel like you are paired up with the perfect partner? Tamra seemed like she had a naturally beautiful soul, and just natural beauty in general.

M: At first, we had some disagreements, and stuff like that, but we worked through it, and accepted each other for who we really were, and it just kinda worked out. I love Tamra!

Y: I have a question from my son Nick who watches the show with his boyfriend Alex, and he wanted to know, how was it coming into the competition not only knowing that you were not extremely fit, but also coming into the competition openly gay? Did you feel any adversity or was everyone accepting?

M: Definitely. Obviously I was the least masculine male there, but everyone was great. I naturally bonded with the women there a little bit more, and I am not going to lie, there were some growing pains, where jokes were made that rubbed me the wrong way. In saying that, I did not know them and vice versa. We all came in at different levels, and I was on point with the tasks that I was given, and in the end even though it was a competition, we were all very supportive of each other.

Y: You and Tamra are considered the underdogs. How much of that was strategic? I get the feeling you used it to your advantage.

M: Being the under dogs, it was all about going and doing everything I could to get through to the next challenge and it was definitely a learning to find all that strength in myself and to give it my all. I’m so glad you picked up on that because Tamra and I did our best at all times to remain under the radar and not bring attention to ourselves.

Y: When you guys had to move from camp to camp, how was it staying out in those elements?

M: It was crazy! Like when we first got there I didn’t really expect it to be that bad because of course it was tropical and warm with water nearby, so I didn’t think of it as a big deal. But it was much harder than expected when it would get cold and we would have to sleep on these large leaves on the ground, which was rough. When we moved to the second camp, it was a little easier and definitely nicer. The ground was much softer and and we were by a river, which was kinda dirty and there were of course fish floating in it.

Y: How was it acclimating when it can to eating worms and larva?

M: I never really acclimated because of course it was gross. I was starving all the time. Yet it honestly never really crossed my mind that I would make it as far as I did, I thought I thought I would be eliminated in the first week or two.

Hannah, Maxwell and Tamra FOXS ‘Kicking & Screaming’

Y: Does it feel odd when people come up to you and say that you’re an inspiration to them and they find you a source of strength knowing that you’re struggling to compete with these others that are more “adapted” than yourself and doing an incredible job doing so?

M: It feels really great because I’ve brought together people from all different walks of life, and I do not mean that to sound smug or anything like that. It’s great to hear people say they really love the show and how well I am doing. At the end of the day, it feels wonderful!

Y: Now in the show, did the challenges ever seem to get easier? On the challenge with the boat you seem to be on your hands and knees pushing that sucker right into the water?

M: It didn’t really get any easier and at times the challenges were a lot harder I just went in and gave my all which made me feel more comfortable. During some point I felt as though I was dying, I guess at some point we all feel like we’re dying haha!

Y: I totally understand that. So since this show was filmed in June of last year, do you have any idea what you will be doing and/or what you have been doing?

M: Once we finished filming, I headed home, back to my normal routines. I have also been working on some great ideas for a few projects and I’m excited to see where they’re going to go. I’m always up for another reality series, and am ready for whatever comes with it comes with it.

Although Max, was eliminated, we all know that, that does not necessarily mean you are out. Reality shows have a knack of bringing back contestants and having them compete to win back a spot. Maxwell, we are still rooting for you #teammax, and we hope to see you soon!

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