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)

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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.

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