Charla: “I can handle anything now.”

Charla: “I can handle anything now.”
In a mostly substance-less interview with the Pioneer Press–which doesn’t even ask Paradise Hotel winner Charla Pihlstrom why she kept all the money for herself rather than split it with Dave–Charla says that on the show, “I learned that I’m a strong person, and I think I can handle anything now.” Rather than move to LA like so many other reality TV show contestants, the paper reports that all she wants to do eventually is “buy a house, get married and have kids someday.” Presently, “she’s working as a waitress, modeling part time and planning to go back to college, using the money she won on the show.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.