Jasmine Cooper, the star of Bravo’s latest reality show “Summer House: Martha’s Vineyard,” shared her incredible story of resilience on Page Six’s “Virtual Reali-Tea” podcast. Cooper, who is a 31-year-old screenwriter, talked about how she overcame a “horrible” summer of homelessness in New York City. She revealed that she and her best friend, Mariah Torres, who is also a 31-year-old screenwriter and appears in the same show, spent an extended period living out of their car. Despite the challenges they faced, Cooper and Torres turned their difficult experience into a TV pilot called “Rock Bottom,” which they are currently pitching.
Cooper, who is from Atlanta, Georgia, said that she and Torres have different personalities, with Torres being a realist and Cooper being an optimist. Their friendship was a balance, with Torres being the one to remind Cooper of the reality of their situation. However, they never told their families about their situation.
Cooper’s supportive husband, Silas Cooper, also a 31-year-old screenwriter, joined her on the podcast to talk about their new show. “Summer House: Martha’s Vineyard” follows 12 friends from across the country who reunite for a two-week vacation organized by the Coopers. The couple hopes to shed light on the rich history of Martha’s Vineyard as a travel destination for black Americans. Silas Cooper, who is a first-generation Liberian American and an Army Reserve officer, said that their story is just a chapter in the many chapters that create the black experience in Martha’s Vineyard.
Cooper hopes that her and Torres’ TV pilot will inspire others who are struggling to recover from their own rock bottoms. She believes that life can get better no matter how far down one has come from. “I’m a creative at heart. So that’s never going to change,” she said.
“Summer House: Martha’s Vineyard” premieres on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.