Forward of the premiere of ‘Are You The One?’, we caught up with a number of the season eight stars about why being the first-ever sexually fluid solid made the present tougher than ever earlier than.
Season eight of Are You The One? incorporates a sexually fluid solid for the primary time — which signifies that the 16 contestants on the present may have a possible good match with anybody else in the home. Naturally, that is certain to lead to extra crossover relationships than we’ve ever seen on the present earlier than. “It’s hilarious to even name them love triangles, as a result of it’s like…what form has 16 sides?” Justin Palm joked in an EXCLUSIVE interview with HollywoodLife. “That was the troublesome half. There’s so many prospects, and then you definately don’t essentially also have a set of buddies as a result of….everybody is a risk. You’re type of in it alone.”
The blurred strains between friendships and romantic relationships in the home positively made issues “messy,” Basit Shittu (who makes use of gender-neutral pronouns) admitted. “We bought into bother after we wished to make somebody our pal,” they mentioned. “You may’t actually try this. As a lot as you wish to simply be like…you’re my pal, and also you’re my pal, there’s at all times this risk that they’re your match. So it’s tough.” Paige Cole added, “You don’t actually have any designated buddies except you’re a confirmed no match. You by no means know — your greatest pal is also your good match!”
“It was tough at first,” Justin defined. “However as soon as we bought into the center, I feel there was only a sense of acceptance and love and neighborhood, so we needed to permit for some type of friendship position with some folks.”
This season of Are You The One? is breaking boundaries by being the primary American courting present with a completely sexually fluid solid, and Justin gushed that it’s been “exhilarating” to be a part of that historical past. “MTV has such an enormous have an effect on on tradition, particularly adolescents and younger adults,” he mentioned. “There’s folks and children again house who’re watching me characterize them on TV. It’s completely wonderful.” As for Nour Fraij, approaching the present was a “large deal,” as a result of she was raised in a brilliant strict and non secular family. “For me to place myself able the place I uncovered myself to that extent is loopy,” she admitted. “However I do know that, other than any negativity I could get, the optimistic that’s going to come back out of the expertise goes to alter so many lives, and that’s what I’m specializing in.”
In fact, there’s a “sense of stress” on the subject of being a part of one thing so groundbreaking, however the solid admitted that they haven’t let it get to them. “I felt a bit of stress to be instance at first,” Justin defined. “However as we bought into it, I simply realized I wanted to dwell my very own reality. One of the crucial vital issues about this present is that queer individuals are simply folks. We make errors, we f*** up, we now have sloppy and messy nights. I feel it is a actually great way of displaying that.” Basit added, “Queer folks by no means had the platform to do what we did, however as individuals who exist throughout the neighborhood, we all know what we’re able to. I feel the truth that we now have all these nuances that you just’ve by no means seen on a courting present makes me not really feel any stress to achieve success. I do know what we’re bringing to TV is particular and magical.”
Whereas this solid was clearly united on the message they wished to get throughout to viewers, there positively gained’t be a scarcity of drama this season. “You shouldn’t assume ANYBODY will get alongside,” Basit teased. “There are occasions when there are such a lot of completely different butting heads conditions in the home you can’t even hold them straight. However I’d additionally say that there’s a standard feeling that we now have a much bigger objective than to simply be catty. There was positively a standard goal-type spirit between us, however then there have been occasions the place we had been catty and petty.”
We’ll get to see how this all performs out when the brand new season of Are You The One? premieres on June 26 at 9:00 p.m. on MTV!