Reality Star Wee Wee Procelli
Talks Dating, TV, and God!
Genesis 2:25 says that the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, were naked and unashamed. It was intended for human beings — before the Fall and the corruption of sin came — to be naked and to live an awesome life with no pain and no sorrow. And then our very first Grandparents messed up. Ever since then we’ve yearned to go back to the Garden. Throughout history we’ve tried all sorts of things to replicate the original Paradise in our relationships — to no avail.
Even in modern society we see an instinctive hunger in people to go back to the innocence of Eden. And this brings me to my recent discovery.
As I was channel surfing one evening after a vigorous work day, I turned to VH1 and saw a creative but shocking new spin on reality television dating. The program was called Dating Naked.
According to Vh1 and the website:
These days we’re supposed to be more “connected” than ever, but it’s actually harder than ever to truly connect. Online dates, blind dates, and the latest in ridiculous dating apps all make it hard to see people for who they really are. A new social experiment provides daters with a radical dating experience where before they bare their souls they bare everything else first. Each week on a primitive island resort, far from the masks of modern society, daters will go on exotic dates and be naked every step of the way.
We will follow along as two primitive daters each go on a total of three naked dates, including their first date with each other. At the end of this experience they’ll choose which of their naked dates they would like to continue dating back home…
Naked daters will bare their soul and a whole lot more in this groundbreaking dating experiment.
Who on earth would be gutsy enough to bare it all in an attempt to find love? Would it be awkward, uncomfortable, or even humorous? Would people actually find love and happiness? Would they actually regain a measure of the innocence and unashamed vulnerability we once experienced in Eden?
An opportunity came to interview one of the reality stars who participated in the show — Christina Procelli, also known as Crissy Wee Wee Procelli — and ask her if this shocking social experiment actually worked. She happens to be from my neck of the woods: she’s a very charismatic girl from Nashville by way of New York. Besides discussing some deeper things with her — why she did this show, whether she believes in God, how faith influences her life, etc. — I learned a little more about her fascinating story, including her budding career as a comedian and her new TV pilot that she is developing (which sounds like a very entertaining show, as you’ll read below).
Before I share our conversation, to be clear: all nudity in the show is blurred out from the screen to keep it in line with television guidelines — in theory. The show ran into some serious hot water when one of the blurs failed. So, granted, this show is certainly controversial, there’s no doubt about it, and Rocking God’s House is not necessarily encouraging your family to run out and view this program by any means.
But part of our mission here is to engage secular culture and have meaningful conversations about significant topics, including God. We may not agree with the worldview of every TV show, movie, or celebrity — and they may not agree with our worldview exactly either — but we’re interested in reaching out and learning more about the people who are shaping our popular culture.
So, on that note, here is my conversation with the fascinating Crissy Wee Wee Procelli:
What made you decide to go on the show?
Well, I have not had the greatest luck in dating. I just don’t have any luck. Especially living here [Nashville], it is completely different than what I am used to when I was living in New York. So I tried everything from online dating to people [who] helped to try and set me up and nothing worked. Then I saw a casting call for the show “Dating Naked” on VH1, and I said why not try it? Maybe this crazy thing will finally work, and maybe I will find somebody just as crazy as me.
Do you get noticed a lot in public from being on the show?
Yes, all of the time. It is the weirdest thing because people don’t know. I was at Walmart not that long ago, and these college students are freaking out, but they are too afraid to come over. And I said, “You can come over, don’t worry, you can come over,” and they got so excited and said, “Awesome, it’s Wee Wee,” and I always get asked weird questions, of course, which is a given because I was naked.
So can you give us a little insight on your TV pilot?
Yes, I am working on a pilot for a sitcom actually based on my life. And it is really funny and defiantly comedic. I don’t want to give too much away, but basically it is about a fish out of water, an Italian girl from Brooklyn living in Nashville and all of the cultural differences. My family lives here, and we will capture some of the things we all get into.
Tell us about your stand-up comedy career?
I have been doing stand-up for a year-and-a-half. I do Zanies in Nashville a lot. The Girl on Girl Comedy shows, which showcases the female comics in Nashville. But my comedy is a lot about the afterlife of being a reality TV star and being single and how I am dealing with adjusting to life after being naked on TV. I talk a lot about my family, I talk a lot about my niece that I live with — my six-year-old niece — and all of the fun stuff that comes along with living with a child.
How did you come to move to Nashville being from New York City?
I originally moved here eight years ago because I was a singer-songwriter. That is why I really moved her. But I think that is why everybody moves here [laughs].
Are you and Joe — the person you chose to pursue from the show — still an item?
We are not still an item. We are good friends, and we still talk. We talk like a few times a week, but we are not dating because we tried to do the long distance thing and neither one of us could decide to move. He didn’t want to move here at all; he wasn’t open to it. But we are still friends and still stay in touch.
How did you get the nickname Wee Wee?
I wish there was a profound explanation of the nickname. When I tell people how I got it, they say, “Really, that’s it?” My name is Christina, but everybody calls my Crissy, and my niece, when she started to talk, she could never say Chrissy, and she would call me Wee Wee. So then we would go out in public, and people would ask me if that was my real name, and I would say yeah. It stuck, and it is more memorable than Crissy, and my niece came up with it, and it stuck.
This is a question we ask every celebrity we interview. Religion and spirituality is a main theme at our site, and we’re always curious to see how different celebrities view that topic. Do you consider yourself religious or spiritual?
I am very spiritual. I was raised Catholic. I mean, I don’t practice Catholicism like I used to, but I definitely am a huge believer in God and Jesus, and I am very spiritual. I have my own little beliefs, but I definitely pray and I meditate and I talk to God everyday. I definitely have a relationship with God. If you don’t have any faith, I don’t know how you could be successful.