Uncovering a true love
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.”
WATCH UNDRESSED, SBS, MONDAY, 8.30PM
Lexie, left, and Nicole on Undressed.