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Love In The Wild Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is an interview with host Mike Spiro and Jessica Debolt on July 19, 2011 about the show Love In The Wild.

Jessica Debolt

Question:
Of everything that has happened on the show so far would you say was the most surprising moment for you?

Jessica Debolt:
I'm trying to think of a surprising moment. I guess just kind of watching it. When you're in it you're in this little bubble of the contestants and what's going on and your partner and the adventure. And then getting to watch it and seeing those helicopter views you know, when the camera was in the helicopter. And just these gorgeous landscapes that we were dropped in the middle of. That was pretty surprising to me because we were just little ants in this jungle, but we had our own little world of drama going on around us.

Question:
Is there anything that you were surprised to learn about yourself from doing the show?

Jessica Debolt:
For me I'm not sure how Mike Spiro feels about it, but I was just surprised at the whole experience of how much you learn about yourself when you don't have your friends and family to bounce information off of. You're going off of your own gut and sort of your gut reactions to different situations. And so I just learned I guess to be a little more independent in my own thinking.

Mike Spiro

Question:
Let me ask you what was your most memorable moment from the show?

Mike Spiro:
Well for me probably the most memorable moment was when Sam and I got into an argument for the first time we realized that we were able to rebound from that. I think that really spoke a lot to just the connection that I think we found. And you know, made me realize that you know, this whole experiment was actually you know, I think it had created with the right idea in mind.

Jessica Debolt:
My most memorable moment so far on the series was definitely when on this last adventure when Derek and I were paddling across the water to Snake Island. And that just stands out to me because we were working physically so hard but also working so well together. And you know, that just stands out as one of my favorite adventures overall.

Question:
Were you surprised at how quickly people developed connections on the show?

Mike Spiro:
Yes I was very surprised. I think my expectations for this whole experiment were pretty low. I was skeptical going in to it, but I think that a lot of people came into with an open head and an open heart. And you find out a lot about people when you're put under these stressful situations pretty quickly. And that's exactly what happened here. You know, people were you know, if there is a connection there the connection grew pretty quickly. And if there wasn't then it was time to move on to the next person which I think you see a little bit of in the last couple of episodes.

Question:
Do you think that couples that have formed relationships on this show will survive when the show ends?

Mike Spiro:
That is a good question. The taping of this is already over, as you know. So that's a question that I can't really answer. But I think that what you're seeing out there on TV, surprisingly, is pretty genuine for a lot of couples that have started to form. And you know, depending on how they do in the upcoming adventures would really determine the strengths and test the limits of those relationships.

Question:
Can you both talk about what you expected ahead of going to Costa Rica and what it was really like when you guys arrived?

Jessica Debolt:
Sure. Ahead of going to Costa Rica I mean we didn't even know that we'd be going to Costa Rica until just a few weeks before we started airing excuse me. So I just knew we were in for a journey of complete unknowns. And from you know, from a landing in Costa Rica it just kept being sort of an unknown after unknown. We didn't really know what was in store, what kind of adventures would be going on. We just knew that you know, we were all kind of ready for a change and for something exciting.

Mike Spiro:
Yes, I really didn't know what to expect. I certainly wasn't expecting to make a strong connection with anybody because I was very skeptical that this experiment really would bring people together. For me it was more about the experience you know, the fact that I was turning 30 later this year had a lot to do with that. I wanted to blow out my twenties with something really cool and fun. So I think that I didn't really know what to expect and I was pretty surprised once I got there.

Question:
Since you two are both from San Francisco did you guys connect at all on that level?

Mike Spiro:
We had a conversation early on. You know, we don't live to far from each other in San Francisco. It's pretty funny that we came together in Costa Rica and realized that later.

Jessica Debolt:
Yes we're actually just a few blocks from each other.

Question:
What did each of you guys think of your host Darren McMullen?

Jessica Debolt:
I thought Darren was hilarious. He's so witty and thinks on his feet. And you know, comes out with the most hilarious comments that I heard on the show. I don't know that all of them were appropriate for airing though.

Mike Spiro:
I think he's got a real bright future. He is a young guy and he's new in the industry but he's already starting to make some waves. So it's going to be exciting to see where his spirit takes him.

Question:
Mike Spiro so far you've been with Samantha the whole time so you might not really know what this is like. But I wanted to ask about the Couples Choice Ceremony. What's it like to sit there and have to wait to see if your partner is going to want to stay with you or switch. Like what's that pressure like?

Jessica Debolt:
It is so nerve racking being in that Couple Choice Ceremony and not knowing if your partner is going to stay with you or switch. It's sort of unlike anything I've ever felt before. You know, your heart is beating really quick, and you're trying to read your partner on what's he going to do. Is he going to pick me, who is he going to pick if it's not me, am I going home? I mean there is so many things running quickly through your head.

Question:
Were you surprised at how many people were chatting up other people behind their partner's backs? Kind of trying to make deals and trying to get to know someone else even though the other partner might have thought things were going well?

Jessica Debolt:
I wasn't really surprised because I think we were all sort of in a position where you are thrown in with ten other attractive males. And you know, you want to get to know who is going to be your best fit. You know, it's kind of like trying on different roles - trying out different relationships and seeing where your best match is. I enjoy talking to those other guys too and you learn pretty quickly who you are attracted to and who you are interested in. I wasn't really surprised that other people wanted to sort of get to know everyone else.

Mike Spiro:
I was pretty surprised for the second Couples Choice Ceremony that Peter decided not to pick Vanessa and ask Erica. Because if you remember during the show he and I had a conversation over dinner over who he was going to pick. And it was never disclosed to me from Peter that he had already made an agreement with Vanessa. I was just telling him hey man, go with your heart who is that catches your eye out there, who do you want to get to know better. And his response to me was Erica. I had no idea that he even had that deal with Vanessa at the Couples Choice Ceremony. So I don't know if they ever showed a shot of me but I was blown away that he decided when it came out that he had that agreement with Vanessa.

Jessica Debolt:
I think it's one of those too that you kind of give someone your word where you're saying look, I really want to go with this and try it out. You sort of have to follow that or you have that risk of being sent home or sending that person home.

Question:
Mike Spiro a quick question for you know you've been with Samantha so far that we've seen and you've had your ups and downs. Are you surprised at how being in the jungle and these adventures really allows you to see all sides of someone's personality so quickly?

Mike Spiro:
Yes you know, I think as far as the day to day relationship you know, out there in the jungle it's kind of been it's like dating at hyperextension. Because it really forces you when you're with somebody day in and day out you're just saturated with their presence. And you learn pretty quickly how compatible you are with the other person. So I mean yes, Samantha and I got into a pretty big argument in the last episode. And the fact that we're able to come together and make amends is kind of a testament to the fact that you know, this whole dating experiment has some merit to it.

Question:
What was the craziest thing that happened to each of you in regards to the jungle and the wildlife down there?

Jessica Debolt:
I would say that the craziest thing that happened to me was actually in that first adventure I was partnered with Jason and we actually got lost. It took us about six and a half hours to complete the adventure and we were scaling up different sort of tall weeds and holding on to ropes and you know, trees just to try to get by. And it kind of hit a point where we looked back at the camera man and they looked just as terrified as we did. And at that point we were a little freaked out that wow, we're in the jungle and there could be a snake, or there could be something really scary here and that was a crazy awakening.

Mike Spiro:
I guess the craziest thing for me is when I decided to go with my gut and paddle the wrong way around Snake Island in the last adventure only to find out that on the map it said go South around the island. So you know, Samantha and I agreed early on that if we ever had kind of an extinct we'd go with it so that we don't make any more mistakes (that) we did in other adventures. But in this case you don't need instincts when you got instructions. So that's one move I wish I could take back.

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