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“I never thought I would be on a reality TV show, never wanted to,” says Dern.“It just sort of fell into my lap, really.”Dern has an endearing sense of humor, but he fully recognizes how much his popularity was contingent on the production of the show.“They portrayed me very favorably,” he says.The couples were then pitted against each another in competition for a cash prize.Dern, a self-proclaimed “introvert,” was solicited for the show by recruiters while flyering on campus last fall.Dating shows have become our common guilty pleasure, although we may not want to admit it.For over a decade now, we've replaced rom-coms with rom-competitions.
Perhaps the network realized they had bitten the hand they were trying to draw out—and that without the the geek community’s support the show would be a much harder won success. And this is stupendously ironic when you consider the fact that reality television exists for the sole purpose of making every kind of person look insane, out of touch, and ultimately laughable.Movie romances have simply not been enough and instead, we've been watching real people try (sometimes, too hard) to find love in what many would call a hopeless place - national television.But alas, it has worked for some, while proving to be a complete train wreck for others. Making its debut just last month, the show follows some of the nation’s favourite reality TV stars including Joey Essex, Charlotte Crosby and Stephanie Pratt on their quest for love.Dern fulfilled his final press obligations in Los Angeles, and attended a wrap party in Las Vegas with the rest of his former cast mates...minus one. Unfortunately for Dern, it would seem that Gahr isn’t the only woman with whom he’s fallen out of favor.“Jenny Lee’s dating Frankie Muniz,” Dern adds. “It adds to the absurdity.” In general, however, Dern sounds somewhat defeated. I felt like I was on one trajectory the last three years at Harvard.“Now that it’s over there’s a weird feeling of hollowness or incompleteness,” he says. This kind of threw a wrench in that and shook that up.”Nevertheless, Dern says he still got a few boons out of the process.