MTV's new reality series Slednecks follows a group of 20-something, "outdoor tough" friends living in the rural town of Wasilla, Alaska (aka Sarah Palin's hometown). Since they don't have anything better to do on the freezing tundra, they get into crazy antics like polar bear plunges, glacier parties and human catapulting. It's basically Jersey Shore and Buckwild meets Ice Road Truckers.
We talked to Sledneck's Amber Stepp, 22, all about the show, living in rural Alaska, the serious fight she finds herself in and all the crazy antics these "slednecks" get into, including naked snowboarding, on tonight's new episode on MTV at 10/9C.
Cambio: How would you describe your role in this group of friends?
Amber: I'm super bubbly. I'm very happy. I get along with everybody. I love adventure, as well, so it's like I'm always down to have a good time and anything that Trevor comes up with I'm one of the first people to be like, 'Alright, let's do it!' That's kind of my role, just being friends with everyone and just enjoying life and enjoying my friends and having a good time.
Cambio: You get in a fight on this week's episode. What happens?
Amber: Well basically it got a little bit escalated and it kind of got a little bit out of hand, but this girl kind of started something and I was just wanting to defend myself a little bit. Next time, I definitely will not let it get out of hand like that, but that's kind of what happens when you put a bunch of 20-year-olds together at a party. Things get out of control sometimes, but I was really glad that Zeke came in and helped me out. It got a little out of control.
Cambio: You all go naked snowboarding on this week's episode. How did that come back about?!
Amber: (Laughs) Well, every game we play, it always has to end up with a bet and usually that ends up with us being naked...a lot. Everything's better when you're naked! The other team won a bet and we all agreed to it and next thing you know, we're naked on top of the mountain.
Cambio: Ahh, that's crazy! Was it awkward at all?
Amber: We're so used to it. It's like, 'Let's make things interesting.' We're used to it and we just have a good time. We like to be crazy! I can say it's the most freeing experience, everyone should try it!
Cambio: What really struck me while watching the show was all the beautiful sceanery. How do you feel about the nature you're surrounded by living in Alaska?
Amber: Oh man, every day you just look out your window and you're like, 'Man, this is an amazing place.' It's really interesting, because it's something that a lot of people can't grasp or experience for themselves, so it makes it pretty special. You'd think that you'd get bored of it you know, but I could look at mountains all day long and be like, 'This is amazing!' It's the same thing with glaciers. You can be on the back of a glacier and just be like, 'Wow this is magnificent.' I love our state, it's so beautiful. So, definitely can't get sick of that.
Cambio: Have you lived in Alaska your whole life?
Amber: Yeah, I was born and raised in Anchorage, so yep I was born and raised here. This is my home. I love it.
Cambio: You moved from the city of Anchorage to this small town. What was that transition like?
Amber: It was definitely a little bit different. I think that moving to Wasilla has definitely captured my more adventurous side, because you're so close to being able to do whatever you want to do. You're closer to that stuff outside the city, so I've really enjoyed the transition. What better to have fun adventures and great friends together? They made it really easy for me. It's definitely a lot of fun, I'm glad I did.
Cambio: What do the other people in this small town think about the show?
Amber: Everyone has their own opinion about it and I think there's always going to be good opinions and bad opinions, but at the end of the day, we're not trying to represent anybody. We're just representing ourselves and showing people how much fun we have in Alaska and enjoy our friends.
Cambio: When people watch this show, what do you hope they take away from it?
Amber: Everyone gets stuck in a rut sometimes, even in their own hometown, no matter where it is, so I kind of hope that people will see this and be like, 'Yeah, we can do fun things! We can make our state exciting,' and just go out and explore and get off the couch and find something fun to do with a great group of friends. I hope that messages is portrayed to everybody and that they have fun ideas to get out and explore their awesome state, because every state's unique and wonderful and there's so much to discover. So I hope people watch and get that out of it.
Cambio: What do you think makes this show special or unique compared to previous MTV shows about young people like Jersey Shore or Buckwild?
Amber: It's in a different place and I feel like people are curious about it. And when you have a different environment that not a lot of people know about, it's very entertaining. It's very different. We're very unique and we're different from any other state. We have an endless variety of things to show everybody that they have never seen before, which is really cool and we have a group of friends who nobody's seen before. When you have unique friends and a unique place, it just makes it that much better.
Check out a crazy clip of the Slednecks crew naked snowboarding on tonight's new episode below.
Slednecks airs back to back episodes Thursdays at 10/9C on MTV.