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Jul 30, 2014 11:52 PM by Alex Labat

Lafayette Native Joins "The Quest"

Elves, orcs, magic, and action.
With all of these elements, you probably wouldn't picture the hero of this tale to have a name like Bonnie.

"I work at the Academy of Magical Arts in Los Angeles, California. I'm from Louisiana. I was a very lonely child, I walked funny, I had crooked legs, I had the headgear and the thick glasses. I had braces on my legs," says Gordon.

Bonnie Gordon is a Lafayette native who was one of 12 selected to participate in ABC's "The Quest", a fantasy based reality show where the contestants had to live in a world of make believe.

"It was 'immersive reality'. We were living in the castle, even when there were no cameras going on, we were constantly sword training and just hanging out in the castle in the commons room, socializing. There was no, 'Okay cut, now back to the hotel.' There was none of that," says Gordon.

Her legs were twisted at birth. Gordon struggles to walk, and was faced with a tough choice.

Gordon says, "When I was in middle school, they gave me the option of breaking my hips and straighten my legs out that way, or they told me I would have to teach myself how to walk straight. And I said, 'I'll go with that one.'"

And she did. The Comeaux High graduate's positive attitude helped her to overcome that and more, like dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But even though she might be from the "Happiest Place in America", Bonnie says she's a fighter. And while we'll all have to watch to see if she can go the distance, Bonnie says she's happy her hometown can enjoy the ride.

"I know that Nanna is just sitting at home just waiting for this to air. For her to be able to watch me at home in Lafayette, Louisiana. So now she gets to experience Everrealm with her granddaughter," says Gordon.

"The Quest" airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. on ABC.

 

Elves, orcs, magic, and action.
With all of these elements, you probably wouldn't picture the hero of this tale to have a name like Bonnie.

"I work at the Academy of Magical Arts in Los Angeles, California. I'm from Louisiana. I was a very lonely child, I walked funny, I had crooked legs, I had the headgear and the thick glasses. I had braces on my legs," says Gordon.

 

Bonnie Gordon is a Lafayette native who was one of 12 selected to participate in ABC's "The Quest", a fantasy based reality show where the contestants had to live in a world of make believe.

"It was 'immersive reality'. We were living in the castle, even when there were no cameras going on, we were constantly sword training and just hanging out in the castle in the commons room, socializing. There was no, 'Okay cut, now back to the hotel.' There was none of that," says Gordon.

Her legs were twisted at birth. Gordon struggles to walk, and was faced with a tough choice.

Gordon says, "When I was in middle school, they gave me the option of breaking my hips and straighten my legs out that way, or they told me I would have to teach myself how to walk straight. And I said, 'I'll go with that one.'"

And she did. The Comeaux High graduate's positive attitude helped her to overcome that and more, like dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But even though she might be from the "Happiest Place in America", Bonnie says she's a fighter. And while we'll all have to watch to see if she can go the distance, Bonnie says she's happy her hometown can enjoy the ride.

"I know that Nanna is just sitting at home just waiting for this to air. For her to be able to watch me at home in Lafayette, Louisiana. So now she gets to experience Everrealm with her granddaughter," says Gordon.

"The Quest" airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. on ABC.

 

 

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