GRIN & BARE IT
SBS series Undressed takes two singles and puts them in a room where they strip off and answer deeply personal questions, all in the name of love. Ryan Cotterill, a Gold Coast born designer, tested the waters (spoiler warning)
WHY did you go on the show?
It sounded like a fun experiment. I guess I had a two-part reasoning as to why: on one side I was thinking it would be nice to find someone through a very unique process, the second was really to go on there as a gay man and a representative of the LGBTQIA community on television.
Had you struggled to find a partner previously?
No I hadn’t struggled, I just had a series of good and bad relationships and I thought this could be a very interesting way to say how we met. But also it’s fun to leave the matchmaking to someone else.
How were you feeling during filming?
It was a mixed day of emotions, extremely nerve racking, because Brandon (costar) and I had no idea who one another were. Being on TV didn’t really worry me because I knew it was going to happen and being in my underwear didn’t worry me. I was just nervous about who was on the other side. I wasn’t too worried about if I would like them, more so if they liked me. I guess I’m a very confident person but I’m still human – I got nervous thinking, “What if they don’t like what they see?”
Did it work out?
We went on a date after the show and it was nice, as we got to know a bit more about each other, but we realised we were pretty different people in a sense. The timing wasn’t right for either of us. We’re both looking for something, but looking for people at different stages. He was a lot younger than I thought, he’s still studying. There’s nothing wrong with that whatsoever, but I guess at the end of the day I was hoping for someone a little closer to my age.
Did you learn anything from the experience?
I think it taught me probably the value of just being incredibly honest and revealing every facet of your personality and your body. There’s just no point in hiding anything when you’re dating someone. It taught me to really open up to a person and not to be afraid to share a fun experience.
SBS Undressed premieres Monday night, or stream the first four episodes now at sbs.com.au/ ondemand
Ryan Cotterill (right) gets down to business in the first season of SBS show Undressed.