If for some reason you’re currently considering signing up for the next season of Married At First Sight, and you’re wondering whether it’s a requirement to have acting experience, like a LOT of the current cast appear to have, here’s your answer.
The executive producer for the network, John Walsh, as well as the executive producer for the hit reality show, Tara McWilliams, have both spoken out about the rumours that the cast of singles on the show are paid actors, labelling the accusations completely false.
This comes after footage emerged of several contestants from this season on various TV commercials or as extras in TV shows, including Billy, Susie, Sam, Melissa, Dino, Jessika and Mike.
“We are well aware that some of the cast have done part-time modelling, appeared as extra in commercials or TV shows to supplement their income, but the suggestion that any of them were hired as performers to appear on Married At First Sight is categorically untrue,” John Walsh said in a statement to 9Honey Celebrity.
“It does a great disservice to the participants on the program who have all genuinely put themselves out there for the sake of this social experiment. You only need to see the anguish many of them go through every week exposing their emotions and vulnerability to see they are not acting,” he added.
“Every word they utter and action they take is heavily scrutinised by critics and social media. Many of them pay a high personal price for signing up to this search for a life partner. They have to put their lives on hold, some of them giving up jobs and the places they live, often moving interstate for three months away from family and friends.”
Tara McWilliams, the executive producer of Married At First Sight, also released a statement, saying that the accusations are “ridiculous” and even addressed the rumour that cast members are given scripts.
“The brides and grooms are not hired actors,” McWilliams said to 9Honey Celebrity.
“They are not given scripts or lines to recite. They are real everyday people who have made a lot of sacrifices to participate in this experiment, leaving their families, their homes and their jobs.
“At the risk of public scrutiny, they all opened themselves up to the process and have shown vulnerability, so to suggest they are not being their true selves is not only untrue but unfair to the participants.”
She continued to explain that she understands that the show displays the unusual nature of relationships and at times some of the things that happen can seem unreal. But this does not mean that it is fake.
“This show lifts the curtain on what goes on in relationships behind closed doors, it shines a spotlight on things that we are not normally privy to, and I think that for many it’s so unfathomable that such private and intimate thoughts and moments are playing out so publicly that the only way of explaining it is to believe that it’s not real and that these people aren’t real,” she said.
“Of all the false things this show has been accused of, this is easily the most ridiculous.”
Married At First Sight continues on Sunday night at 7PM on Channel Nine.