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The Daily Dish Summer House

What Makes the Perfect Summer House Roommate?

#SummerHouse pals Carl Radke and Kyle Cooke dish on who you do — and do not — want in your house for the season.

By Laura Rosenfeld
Carl Radke and Kyle Cooke Describe the Perfect Summer House Roommate

The people you choose to live with in a house can totally make or break your summer, and no one knows that better than Summer House's Kyle Cooke and Carl Radke. These two have experienced hook-ups, high drama, and, yes, even arguments over who gets to sleep in what bed, all under one roof. 

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So as you start to plan your own summer fun, Kyle and Carl have some advice on how you should go about choosing your housemates. "The understanding is this: We work really hard in New York and [you should] come out to this beach town and bring positive energy. Bring all the good time and the great energy and all that stuff with you," Carl recently told The Daily Dish of his ideal housemate. "Having a roommate or having somebody in your summer house that's down for a good time, not worried about little, petty things, and just wanting to add good value and good energy, really important, I think." 

Carl added that having "some guys that have some money and want to get a little rowdy" doesn't hurt, either.


Kyle agreed, saying that the best housemates are the ones who know how to just relax and have fun. "I'm a big [proponent] of go with the flow. If you know your friends from a professional standpoint, from a social standpoint, you should know their ability to go with the flow and make the most of the summer, because you're gonna be spending a lot of time, a lot of money together, and you want to make the most of it," he told The Daily Dish. "I've lucked out in the past. You wind up with people that are on the same page and kind of a similar place in life." 

That means that sometimes even one couple in the house might pose a problem for the single roommates. Kyle explained that's "because they are not mentally in the same place that you are three in the morning, bringing people back, turning music on, and doing cannonballs in the hot tub."

Not in Kyle's House!

Plus, one couple's drama can also consume the whole house, as we saw multiple times this season with Lindsay Hubbard and Everett Weston. "Couples either seclude themselves and do their own thing every now and again, which is what happened in a previous house of mine, and it was fine," Kyle said. "Or they're right in the thick of it, and when World War III goes down, everybody's involved. So that's what you saw." 

Carl said that having singles in the house "is helpful and more fun" and can lead to "a lot more eventful opportunities." "The single thing, obviously, is important going into the summer, for me and Kyle, at least. We both were on the same page," he said. "But I learned that Everett and Lindsay just recently started dating before the summer, so I was a little gun shy about it because when a couple is involved, it kind of can maybe throw off the dynamic, maybe they can go do their own thing." 

But both Carl and Kyle said that how a couple impacts the house really just depends on the relationship. "We had no idea what we were really getting with Lindsay and Everett, other than the fact that I know their personalities, and I knew that it has the high likelihood that it's going to be fire on fire. Like, Everett and Lindsay, it's fire on fire," Kyle said. "What should have been their honeymoon period, like any relationship, those first couple months, they should be the honeymoon. But what we saw were possible moments of divorce and alimony court." 

How will the summer end for Carl, Kyle, Lindsay, Everett, and the rest of the Summer House crew? Find out during the season finale Monday night at 10/9c.

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