5 Questions With Mark Philippoussis
Did you tune in for the first episode of Age of Love on Monday? We did! iVillage caught up with the star for five quick questions post-premiere:
1. iVillage: You are good looking, successful, and charming. Do you really need a reality show to meet people?
Mark: I haven't been dating recently. When you play tennis and have such a full schedule you want to make sure you are with someone for the right reasons...and to be perfectly honest, this is an opportunity no young athlete in any sport could resist. I want to take the time to find the right person and don't want to rush into anything. This seemed like a great way to do that.
2. iVillage: Any bloopers/funny things that happened on set?
Mark: I'm dating 13 beautiful women at once, of course there were funny moments! You'll have to tune in all season to see what happens.
3. iVillage: What made you decide to do the show?
Mark: Carlos Fleming who looks after me at IMG, he called me, and said there was a dating show looking for a bachelor. He told me I would have a chance to meet smart, beautiful women, and if I liked any of them there was a real opportunity to let a relationship grow. I wasn't positive that I wanted to do it, but I put my name in, 3ball (the production company) sent a crew to film me, sent it to NBC, NBC flew me in, and it went from there. It's a great opportunity because people are going to find out who the real me is off the court, they are going too see a side of me that no one besides my friends and family see, everything about the show is me, not an act.
4. iVillage: The age of the women: was it easy for you to tell, or were you really surprised when you found out?
Mark: Well I knew the format of the show, just not all the details. When I first met the ladies they told me their ages, which I wouldn't have guessed until they told me. I was freaked out a bit, don't get me wrong they are beautiful, don't look their age, and they all had so much to offer...I just had never dated a woman who was that much older than me...I learned very quickly not to judge a book by its cover.
5. iVillage: Why did you vote off the first contestant, Jodie?
Mark: She was a great girl, beautiful, but there just wasn't that chemistry that I feel you need to have a relationship.