Thirty Percent of Original Stapleton Residents Were Actors

Have you ever thought that Stapleton was perfect? Maybe a little too perfect? Turns out that of the first 500 Stapleton residents, roughly 30% were actors. Forest City recently released hundreds of contractual agreements with actors and actresses who agreed to live in Stapleton for a decade pretending to be something they were not. The actors would receive free housing and have their home bills paid for a period of ten years provided they play the part of a perfect Stapleton family. One of the conditions of the agreement was that they would not be able to disclose the information until after ten years. Since that time has passed, many of the original actors have started telling their stories.

“It was a lot of fun,” says actor Eric Murphy. “Me and the wife they set me up with had a lot of fun trying to figure out what couples were actors and the ones that were not. In the end, we probably only got 50% correct.” Murphy says that he and his stage wife had a great working relationship, but it never crossed those lines. “She is great, and we are still great friends. I know things didn’t go as well for some of the other couples they tried to put together.” Murphy says that his faux marriage was successful because they never crossed the friend line and had a sexual relationship. “Once you throw sex into the mix, there’s no turning back. You’re going to fight.”

Forest City acknowledges that for some of the actor couples they had to stage a move or a divorce for various reasons. “Sometimes, things just weren’t working out,” says Forest City Spokesperson Janelle Ayers. “Some of the couples didn’t get along, or maybe they actually met someone they wanted to spend their life with and the situation wouldn’t work. Some got pregnant from husbands or boyfriends, and therefore, wanted to make sure they were spending that time with their real family.”

Forest City says its motives for the ruse were simple. “We knew that the early development stages were critical,” says Ayers. “We wanted to attract the right people, and the best way to do that is to put the people we wanted already in the homes. If you look around, you can see that it was pretty successful. Although we somewhat regret tricking people, we don’t regret getting them into our great community.” Forest City is tight lipped on whether or not any more surprises will be coming residents’ way in the next 10 years. “There is nothing to say at this point except that everything we have done has been in the best interest of the community,” said Ayers.

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