What’s it like to walk a mile in Lance Bass’ shoes? His longtime assistant Lisa Delcampo finds out in season 2 of Netflix’s The Circle, in which she pretends to be the *NSYNC star for a chance to win $100,000.
For those unfamiliar with the reality competition, eight contestants move in to the same apartment building, though they are confined to their own individual apartments and do not meet face-to-face throughout the season. They use a specially designed social media app to create a profile and communicate with the other contestants, and the app allows them to pretend to be someone else. The contestants “rate” one another, and the lowest rated players are eliminated.
“It was easier than I thought and harder than I thought at the same time,” Delcampo tells Billboard of catfishing as Bass. “Being a guy and how guys would message and talk — that’s so different than what I would do. I use a lot of emojis, and Lance doesn’t use a lot of emojis. That was the hardest part, keeping that in check.”
Bass, who hasn’t seen the season yet, is confident in his friend’s ability to pose as him. “She knows me better than I know myself,” he tells Billboard.
“We’re both huge The Circle fans,” he adds. “So when she had the opportunity to audition, I was like, ‘You have to do this,’ not knowing she was going to go in as me. I thought it was brilliant. If there’s anyone who would be able to play as me, the only person that could do that is Lisa.”
The show, which originated in the United Kingdom before Netflix launched a U.S. version, was a natural fit for the duo, who love “social experiment games.”
“I have a lot of friends in England,” Lisa shares. “My friend was like, ‘You have to see this show called The Circle and he explained it to me and I was like, ‘I do not understand that at all.’ So I watched the first couple of episodes and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m hooked. This is crazy.’ I knew, because we watch a lot of reality competition shows, Lance would fall in love with it and he did.”
“I’m excited to watch because I don’t even know if she’s won or how far she has gotten,” Lance reveals. “I’ll be surprised just as much as everybody else.”
While neither has been catfished in real life, Bass reveals that if he could pretend to be anyone, he would choose his former *NSYNC bandmate Justin Timberlake. “I’d have to pick someone I know so much about that I’d be able to answer their questions,” he explains. “I know a lot about [Justin].”
The 13-episode second season of The Circle rolls out its first four episodes on Wednesday (April 14) on Netflix. Watch the trailer below.