'Brooklyn 11223' Star Kelly: 'People Say I Act White, But...' [EXCLUSIVE]
Linton says that viewers will see a different side of the NY borough
Oxygen’s upcoming series Brooklyn 11223 is a documentary-style reality show that will chronicle the lives of several young adults living in various Brooklyn, New York neighborhoods - like Bay Ridge and Gravesend - and, well, the drama between them.
Christie Livoti and Joey Lynn Tekulve used to be best friends until Christie accused Joey Lynn of the ultimate sin—sleeping with her boyfriend. Joey Lynn denies the offense but it’s too late, crews have divided and they're each on a mission to get to the bottom of what really happened.
The Loop 21 caught up with Kelly Linton, one of Christie’s friends, to talk about why the new show is no Jersey Shore and how viewers will see a different side of Brooklyn.
Loop 21: You obviously look different from the other girls on the show. Talk about your background.
Linton: I was born and raised in Brooklyn. My adopted mom is Black and Irish. I’m mixed, but we don’t know with what. I went to Catholic school my whole life. I’ve always been around Italians, that’s where I get my accent. I date my White boys and everything, that’s my love [laughs]. I’m from Brooklyn all the way through.
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Loop 21: How do you think people will perceive you?
Linton: All my life I’ve had people say, 'You act this way' or 'You’re so White,' but I’m not. I’m Kelly. There’s no one else like me. I hope people see how loyal I am to my friends. Yes, you’ll see me screaming and fighting and yelling, but it’s only because I’m doing it out of the love of my friends. You don’t disrespect us. If you have a friend and that’s supposed to be your girl, then you always hold that true.
Loop 21: How did you get involved in the drama between Christie and Joey Lynn?
Linton: I’ve known [castmate] Angelina [Favuzza] for 10 years; we went to high school together and she introduced me to all the girls. We’re like family. Coming in, I heard about the whole Joey Lynn and Christie thing and I had known Joey Lynn prior to knowing Christie, so I knew how she was. So, I was like, 'I got your back, nobody does that!' Loyalty is big to me. I’m very feisty and all I want is respect.
Loop 21: Some people have been comparing the show to “Jersey Shore. Is that a fair assessment?
Linton: No. It’s not 8 strangers put in a house together. It’s not just about partying, it’s not just about going out and getting drunk. This is us - we’ve been friends, family, for years and it’s real life and real stories and all the drama that happens on a regular basis.
Loop 21: What’s unique about this show?
Linton: It really shows loyalty in a friendship and how you don’t have to be related to be family with someone. Brooklyn has heart and no one ever sees that side.
Loop 21: What are we going see you doing other than hanging with the girls? What's your 9-5 job?
Linton: You really don't get to see my at my job a lot, but I’m a clothing stylist in a store on 5th Avenue in [Manhattan]. I like to do PR and work the fashion shows.