All week long, Vulture explores what happens to reality TV contestants after the show ends — and the future of the genre itself. This is the question that typically follows a stint on a reality-TV dating show.
Once a reality contestant’s been exposed, trying to make meaningful connections in the world can be a tall order (however flattering the attention).
***** Reid Rosenthal is best known for his vulnerable marriage proposal to Jillian Harris, after she had eliminated him on The Bachelorette. The 36-year-old Philadelphia realtor has been in a relationship for two years, but he well remembers the heady months after he became one of the franchise’s most popular contestants.You have to go back to, what are my values, and what type of person would I have gone for before? I’m more than willing to go dutch on a date, but to get stuck for a 0 dinner was kind of crazy. At the movie, he asked, "Hey, can I get popcorn and Red Vines? I dated someone for a while who contacted me through social media. But more generally, I didn’t think through how the show would change my life.I have a lot of fun memories of girls going wild at bars.My friends always wanted me to go out because I was their wingman.I might’ve had a little bit of an ego at one point.
Not in a bad way, but just knowing that if I went up to somebody because I was interested, they might know who I am.