TV Guide talks to Matt and Cortez
Married by America? No Way!
Thursday, March 20, 2003
How does it feel to be on Fox's Married by America (Mondays at 9 pm/ET)? In a word: Uncomfortable. Five instantly "engaged" couples cohabitate on a California ranch, where nightcams spy on 'em Temptation Island-style. Some pairs got randy right away, like trashy Tony and Billie Jeanne. Others got very shy, like Matt and Cortez, who were booted off this week. Here, TV Guide Online grills this hilariously incompatible duo about their short-lived courtship. — Daniel R. Coleridge
TVGO: Cortez, you clearly were not attracted to Matt.
Cortez: I couldn't fake it. The producers kept pushing it and pushing it. Maybe if we'd had activities where you get a chance to fall for each other, it might've been different. But we were told, 'In this scene, hold hands and look like you're in love.' They really focused in on why I wasn't affectionate yet — even though I had only met him the night before!
TVGO: After watching the show, were you shocked by the sexual goings-on? Some couples were kissin', strippin' and having stray body parts blurred out!
Cortez: I was screaming and covering my eyes, going 'Oh, my God.' I'm sure my parents were freaking out. I told them, 'Don't worry, you're not going to see me in any of that.'
TVGO: How much does the winning couple get when America votes for them to marry?
Cortez: They get a house, a car and $100,000. No amount of money would make me do that stuff, though.
Matt: Cortez and I handled it on a real level, and didn't pretend to be madly in love and get in bed. We left with some dignity because we didn't want to be part of the T&A show. The money's great, but not at the risk of losing yourself.
TVGO: My, you're unusually moral for reality TV people. But why did you discuss burning, drowning and gunshot wounds — mulling over the worst ways to die — over dinner? Was your date that bad?
Cortez: (Laughs) That's not a conversation for a first date. But that's Matt.
Matt: After a nine-hour car trip, we got thrown into a full course dinner at 1 am. You sort of run out of s--- to talk about. The concierge lit a fire for us, and it sparked a conversation of 'Man, I'd hate to be burned alive.' All we really wanted was to go to bed, and we had to have this forced meal at 1 am. You just start babbling crap at that point. We were dying on camera, so I brought up death!
TVGO: Speaking of sleeping arrangements... Cortez, you were one of the ladies who refused to cuddle.
Cortez: On our contract, we were told, 'You will have the option of separate beds.' We were the couple with the smallest room, and then, there was a chaise that I didn't even fit in. But the bed was huge, so when he went to the bathroom, I built a wall of pillows between us. Nothing against him, but morally, that wasn't right for me.
Matt: On the drive up, I told her I wait for girls to make the first move. But I wasn't hopeful of sexual activity, because my mom and sister were watching. I wouldn't do that on a first date, anyway.
TVGO: Even when you're faux engaged?
Matt: Even faux engaged, because it is faux engaged. It's not really engaged.
Re: TV Guide talks to Matt and Cortez
Games are entertaining when the participants play to win. Here the prize is a teeny bit of fame, the house, cash, etc.
Some pairs got randy right away, like trashy Tony and Billie Jeanne. Others got very shy, like Matt and Cortez, who were booted off this week... — Daniel R. Coleridge
The non-eliminated couples' performances are judged based on who's clicking or has the potential to click. All the booted off people so far (except for Xavier) had no desire to even play the game. I don't know why they bothered applying.
For Matt and Cortez to take some moral high ground and blame their loss on a desire to maintain their dignity is just ridiculous.
I don't get why Coleridge labels Tony and BJ as being trashy. A word like that loses its value about 3 seconds after we've established that we're talking about reality tv in most cases.