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Southlake Resident Stars on “Hollywood Game Night”

Feb 10, 2016 07:54AM ● By Audrey Sellers

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There’s a little bit of Southlake in Hollywood. Southlake resident Jessica Marchetti (pictured far right) will appear on the February 16 episode of “Hollywood Game Night” at 7 p.m. on NBC. The hit primetime show hosted by Jane Lynch features everyday people along with celebrities facing off in hilarious party games for a chance to win up to $25,000.

Tune in February 16 (click here for a sneak preview) to see Marchetti and celebrities Hunter Hayes, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard (Florida Georgia Line), Ciara and Estelle (R&B singers) and Ta’Rhonda Jones (“Empire”). On average, each episode draws approximately four million viewers. There will certainly be a local surge in viewers as we cheer on our own hometown contestant. Here’s what Marchetti has to say about the experience:

Southlake Style: How were you chosen?

Marchetti: I’m a huge fan of the show, and every time I’d watch and play along at home, I’d tell my husband, Nick, “I can so win this game. This show was meant for me.” So at the end of Season 4 I decided to go online and see if they were accepting applications. Sure enough, there was an online form, so I spent an hour carefully filling it out and sent it off. I had completely forgotten about it until I randomly got the call in August from the casting director saying they read my application, and that I was the perfect candidate. They wanted to set up an interview.

SS: Have you ever appeared on a game show or television program?

Marchetti: Never as a contestant. I’ve been seen in the audience for “Oprah” and “The Price is Right,” but this was my first time being on center stage.

SS: What was it like to rub shoulders with celebs?

Marchetti: It was fun! I’ve met a few celebrities in the past and always managed to be calm and collected. This was pretty much the same but with cocktails, so a little more craziness and jumping around. Oh, and barking orders at them to get the answers right. I was intense! Tyler Hubbard (from Florida Georgia Line) was so nice and down to earth. He would ask me how he was doing, and I’d offer him tips on how to do well in the next game. He was so nice and responsive about it! They have a celebrity wall inside the green room where every celebrity who’s been on the show has signed. I was standing next to Tyler when he signed his, then he turned to me and handed me the Sharpie and told me to sign it. I laughed and said, “I’m pretty sure they only want celebrities to sign this.” He said, “Heck no man, you’re a celeb now! You sign this wall!” I didn’t. I was too afraid I’d get yelled at before taping even began. Ask me again how cool I was if I ever rub elbows with Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling or Jimmy Fallon. I may not be so cool. 

SS: Is Jane Lynch as funny in person as she is on the show?  

Marchetti: She’s great! I think she may have been the nicest of everyone we met. She was very encouraging, hugged me a lot and might have been the most fun and laid-back of everyone there. She even went and found my husband, Nick, during a commercial break to talk to him about me.  

SS: Were you nervous? Excited? A little of both?

Marchetti: Oddly, I was very calm. I kind of expected to be a little nervous, but it never happened. I was definitely excited! I kept thinking to myself, “Is this really happening? Did I seriously just get picked out of all these people to be here?!” It might also be because there was never any time to think about it much. When the producer told me I’d been picked, I may have screamed a little, but as soon as she said I was in, she raced me into hair and makeup, and from that moment on, things moved at lightning speed. The premise of the show is that it’s a game night you’d have at a friend’s house. There are lots of cocktails and food, which also made things easier. It really did feel like I was just hanging out with friends having fun. But don’t get me wrong, I was also laser focused. There were even points where some of the celebs were trying to make small talk with me and I was too busy doing math in my head to see how many more points I would need in the next round to advance. 

SS: How would you describe the experience overall? 

Marchetti: Amazing! One of the hardest things about being on the show was keeping it a secret. Due to the nature of the show, you had to sign a contract saying you wouldn’t tell anyone you’d been on, or anything about your episode or celebrities until the promotions air. The other people who interviewed weren’t even allowed to stay to watch the taping. They didn’t even tell us who our celebrities were until we were in hair and makeup.  

SS: Anything else you’d like to say? 

Marchetti: From the time I started interviewing to the night before the big audition, I actually studied a lot. I read celebrity blogs, US Weekly, People magazine, you name it. I basically lived and breathed pop-culture trivia. My episode is musical themed, so everyone was a musician. Try singing alongside chart-topper Ciara and not look inadequate! It’s actually pretty hysterical to watch. 

Watch an episode highlight from "Hollywood Game Night"