Married At First Sight Australia stars Cam Merchant and Jules Robinson have revealed how much each person is paid per day to film the show.
UK viewers have been swept up into the crazy that is MAFS Australia, after season six kept us all entertained through lockdown with its explosive showdowns, tension-riddled dinner parties and secret affairs, when it landed on E4 last month.
The season, which originally aired down under in 2019, came to a close on Monday night, with fans finally getting to see which couples would be making a go of their relationship following the experiment.
It’s a no-brainer that Cam and Jules were going to stay with each other, after falling heed over heels in love during the series, and now two years on, an official marriage and the arrival of a baby, they’re now spilling all on their time in the experiment.
In fact, the couple have revealed exactly how much each person is paid to film on the show and it’s not bad for two months of ‘work’ on camera.
In an interview with The Times, Cam and Jules explained that stars are given $150 AUD (which is around £84) per day.
If you think the experiment lasts around eight weeks, that means stars of the show could end up banking close to $8500 (around £4760) for tying the knot on TV and lasting it out until the final commitment ceremony.
As a viewer, completely invested, you forget that it makes sense that each person would receive a fee for appearing onscreen – guess it’s a little incentive to marrying a stranger you’ve only just met and inviting the entire country to watch how your relationship pans out.
That doesn’t mean it wasn’t hard work, though. Jules claimed that the series created a ‘toxic environment’ and, despite the dollar, the drama ‘took its toll’.
From the toxic masculinity that infiltrated the dinner parties each week, to the wine-throwing and insults being hurled left right and centre, Jules said: ‘It was just such a toxic environment. It was like being bullied at high school or something.
‘There was just so much nastiness and backstabbing you felt like you had to walk on eggshells.’
Cam, who was scouted to appear on the show at a bar, added: ‘These are people you wouldn’t necessarily hang out with in real life, right? And you’re always having to talk about each other’s relationships because they’re making a show and you respect that, but… it’s tough. It takes its toll.’
UK fans are now itching for season 7 of MAFS Australia to drop, as Channel 4 confirmed that it’ll land on E4 later this year.
Plans for a revamped UK version of Married At First Sight are already underway, with bosses taking inspo from the drama-filled Aussie version to create a series that will rival the likes of Love Island.
Married At First Sight Australia is available to stream on All 4.
Credit: Original article published here.