Jules’ re­al­ity check

Jules Lund isn’t half of a per­fect cou­ple, but he’ll find who is, writes Colin Vick­ery

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JULES Lund hap­pily ad­mits he and wife Anna would be hope­less on re­al­ity show Aus­tralia’s Per­fect Cou­ple.

The pair, who mar­ried in Jan­uary, met 10 years ago while back­pack­ing through Europe. They linked up in Barcelona and spent time to­gether in Paris, but there was no hint of ro­mance un­til they ran into each other at a party back in Aus­tralia.

‘‘Anna is so pure. She gig­gles and has end­less en­ergy. You never have a dull mo­ment around her,’’ Lund says.

‘‘But when she and I were watch­ing Aus­tralia’s Per­fect Cou­ple to­gether in the edit­ing suite, we’d turn to each other and go ‘not a chance — we could never en­ter a com­pe­ti­tion like this’.’’

Aus­tralia’s Per­fect Cou­ple, hosted by Lund, puts eight cou­ples through a se­ries of chal­lenges de­signed to test their re­la­tion­ships as they bat­tle for $250,000 prize­money.

The show fea­tures two Vic­to­rian cou­ples as well as a same-sex cou­ple — Rob­bie and Dan— who are foster par­ents.

The Get­away re­porter, who has also hosted Hole in the Wall and Big Ques­tions, was in­volved in all facets of the pro­duc­tion, in­clud­ing the cast­ing.

‘‘The same-sex cou­ple is a re­ally con­tem­po­rary story that sends a great mes­sage (to view­ers),’’ Lund says.

Lund says that mar­riage has changed him and that be­hind the fun of the show, there are some se­ri­ous mes­sages for any­one in­volved in a re­la­tion­ship.

‘‘With mar­riage, there is def­i­nitely a sen­sa­tion of feel­ing more grounded,’’ he says. ‘‘I sup­pose it’s like the con­crete sets in your foun­da­tions. You feel con­fi­dent enough to build on them.’’

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