FYI Network is my go-to channel for entertainment. When partnered with production company Kinetic Content, the result is an innovative and groundbreaking reality TV.
FYI’s Married At First Sight was an overnight success based on its authenticity, relatability and expert relationship advice.
In their new series, Seven Year Switch, four couples participated in a radical social experiment – switch therapy – where they lived with an experimental spouse in an attempt to save their troubled marriage.
Although a skeptic at first about Seven Year Switch, I was quickly convinced it was must-see TV. The intensity and momentum continued to build each week and left me wanting more.
Rachel Farris, 38 and CW McGee 37, of Nashville, TN, are one of four couples that participated in the experiment. I felt an immediate connection with Rachel. I loved the integrity she brought to the process and the way in which she made her experimental spouse, Eric Wolf, 28 of Thousand Oaks, CA, feel totally at ease when opening up.
In this interview, Rachel shares her biggest fear, surprise and profound moment on the show:
B: How did you hear about Seven Year Switch (SYS)?
R: I heard about SYS through a casting company. They called, hoping we’d be interested in the experiment and knew of us from another show we declined. The show we declined didn’t seem to be genuinely trying to help marriages.
B: Can you share what prompted you to consider doing this radical social experiment?
R: After many questions, we knew SYS was not like the other show. They sincerely were offering a rare opportunity to try something way outside of the box to help, not break, our marriage. It’s also hard to find expert therapists who can see the deeper level issues quickly, and I knew from Married at First Sight (MAFS), that FYI and Kinetic Content would employ some of the top in their field.
B: What was your biggest fear going into it?
R: I feared the expert therapists would tell me that I was truly too sensitive and that I needed to work on being less sensitive. I also feared that my husband would be able to connect and be emotionally intimate, paired with a less sensitive woman. Either way, I needed answers.
B: How long did it take you to feel comfortable with your experimental spouse?
R: I was immediately comfortable. There was nothing threatening about Eric. He was like a big Teddy Bear of a guy.
B: Was there anything you saw when you watched the episodes that surprised you?
R: I was surprised to hear CW describe me as ultra conservative. I don’t see myself that way at all. For starters, if I were, I would never have signed on for this radical therapy! I’m really open-minded and accepting. And sometimes, I push the envelope. But I always stay true to myself and my values, so that’s probably what he was referring to.
B: What was the most profound thing you learned in the first few days of the experiment?
R: I knew right away that my internal energy was different and completely relaxed. It was like a heavy weight had been lifted from my spirit. I didn’t have to hold anything in and I could think and see more clearly.
B: What is one thing we can expect to see in the last episode?
R: I learned so much and it’s time to be reunited with my spouse. There will be some things to sort through and a chance to apply what I’ve learned.
Now that I’ve strengthened my voice and reconnected to my fun, light-hearted self, things should be much different at home.
Rachel is also an amazing singer/songwriter. To hear her new single, She is Loved, produced by Colbie Caillat and OneRepublic’s Mikal Blue, click on the link below:
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