Married at First Sight puts the real in reality TV, at least according to one of the show’s participants. Though some fans of the Lifetime reality series have wondered if producers are pulling strings behind the scenes to maximize onscreen drama, a recent cast member has said that’s not the case. Chris, who appeared on the MAFS Season 14, has confirmed the show is not scripted.
‘Married at First Sight’ is not scripted, Chris says
Chris and his bride Alyssa brought plenty of drama to the current season of Married at First Sight. Alyssa took an immediate dislike to Chris, and their ill-fated marriage ended after less than two weeks, making it one of the shortest in the show’s history.
The animosity between Chris and Alyssa was apparently 100% real, based on some comments he made before the season 14 premiere. In an interview with TV Insider, he shared some advice for anyone who was thinking about auditioning for the show.
“Take some time to really understand yourself first,” he said. “This is not a scripted or finely-edited production. This is a documentary where your authentic self is going to be on display, no matter who you are deep down.”
Alyssa says ‘MAFS’ participants should stay true to themselves and ‘never settle’
Alyssa also shared her thoughts on the MAFS process with TV Insider – and they make a lot of sense now that fans have seen how upset she was about being matched with Chris.
When asked if she had guidance for others who were considering marrying a total stranger, she had this to say: “[R]emember to be your true self and don’t change because of the circumstances you are in.”
“Make sure to stick to your gut and never settle,” she added.
Soon after Alyssa married Chris, she began expressing how disappointed she was with the man the experts matched her with. She said she felt robbed by the process, told Chris that they had nothing in common, and rejected her husband’s efforts to get to know her better on their honeymoon.
The problems started at the altar, Alyssa later revealed.
“When I first saw him I was like, OK, I don’t think that that’s, like, my physical type,” she told Pastor Cal Roberson. “And I think that was, like, when I first started to be like, ‘Oh my God. What did I get myself into?’”
Alyssa’s refusal to “settle” for Chris prompted him to ask for a divorce in the show’s Feb. 16 episode.
Chris still had good things to say about the ‘Married at First Sight’ process
Going on Married at First Sight didn’t lead to Chris meeting the love of his life. But he still had positive things to say about the experience.
“There is a real sense of positivity and goodwill throughout the whole process,” he said. “Everyone from the crew and experts to the other couples, there is nothing but love and a desire to build happiness for each person.”
As for Alyssa, she said she didn’t realize how much work being on a TV show would be.
“It’s really hard to figure out how to balance your personal life, work life, a new marriage, and a lot of new friends in such a short period of time,” she said.
New episodes of Married at First Sight Season 14 air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.