Un­cov­er­ing a true love

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE BOX - / ANNA BRAIN

Dat­ing show Un­dressed asks par­tic­i­pants to take each other’s clothes off, get into bed and share their most per­sonal, in­ti­mate thoughts. Who on earth signs up for that?

Ni­cole Hen­rik­sen, 25, says she saw a call­out for the SBS so­cial ex­per­i­ment and jumped at the chance.

“I saw they were look­ing for young, queer, di­verse peo­ple, and I was like, ‘that’s me’,” she says.

The per­form­ing artist from Syd­ney says the idea of get­ting her gear off in front of the cam­eras, the part most peo­ple find in­cred­i­bly awk­ward, didn’t faze her. “It was fine. I’m a per­former, and also my day job is strip­ping be­cause art doesn’t pay. I’m pretty com­fort­able with be­ing half-naked, meet­ing new peo­ple, all that sort of stuff.”

Hen­rik­sen, who iden­ti­fies as pan­sex­ual and is in­ter­ested in polyamoury, was matched with Lexie, a fel­low per­form­ing artist from Perth.

She says the match was “re­ally good”, and without re­veal­ing the end of the date — where Ni­cole and Lexie vote yes or no to see­ing each other again — they hit it off.

“If we were a venn di­a­gram, the mid­dle sec­tion would be re­ally large. We were a good match in that way,” she says.

For Hen­rik­sen, the hard­est part of the ex­per­i­ment was the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of shar­ing her feel­ings with the cam­era af­ter­wards.

“Be­ing in the ac­tual ex­per­i­ment I was fine, be­cause you’re in there with some­one else. But when it’s just me talk­ing about how I feel, I wor­ried, am I be­ing elo­quent enough? I was ner­vous about be­ing in­ter­viewed about it.”


Lexie, left, and Ni­cole on Un­dressed.

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