Don't expect the requisite knock-down, drag-out, hair-pulling catfights as
seen on other Bravo reality series (a la the "Real
Housewives") with "Miss Advised." Nope. Instead, this new Bravo series takes
a slightly different approach to documenting the lives of three single dating
experts struggling to find their own love connections.
When "Miss Advised" premieres Monday, June 18, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, you'll
meet Los Angeles-based relationship columnist and television personality
Julia Allison, New York matchmaker Amy Laurent, and San Francisco "sexpert"
and radio host Emily Morse. While they're all in different cities -- which might
be a reason for the lack of previously mentioned catfights -- and
have different disciplines, one thing they all seem to establish: Everyone, no
matter what city they're in, always thinks their city is the worst city for
In an interview with MSN TV, the three -- super-cute, might we add --
ladies dish up dating advice, what it's like to date on camera and the
distinct dating scenes.
MSN TV: You all have careers in dating, whether it's matchmaking or
helping others navigate relationships or encouraging greater sex lives. What
made you decide to be on a show about your own dating struggles?
Julia Allison: It has always been a part of my life to share and to use my
love life. It's almost like I'm a scientist investigating love and I'm using my
own love life as a sample size. I look for patterns in my own love life and I
study it, discuss it and debate it. And hopefully by me looking at it like an
anthropologist I can illuminate some truth for other people.
Amy Laurent: This wasn't a decision I took lightly. But I felt this was an
opportunity, um -- you know, there is no other show like it, and I felt
that this was an opportunity to shine a light on the fact that no matter what
field you're in, it does not necessarily mean you're an expert. And I think that
part of this show humanizes experts. And I think people need to know that they
can still trust us as the experts. Sometimes people are just better at helping
others than they are at helping themselves.
Emily Morse: By watching me, if people can learn to have better relationships
and learn what not to do, I figured it was a great opportunity to keep spreading
the message of what not to do and the right way to date and good sex tips. Stuff
like that. I feel like putting myself out there. I feel like we can all learn
from each other. If we all share our stories, that's how we learn, and I figured
I'd be the guinea pig! Put me out there!
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How did you prepare yourselves and the men you were dating during the
filming of the show for the camera? We can't imagine having cameras around made
it any easier!
Julia Allison: Oh, God no. No! [Laughter] You know, um, dating and
relationships are fraught as it is, but especially with cameras -- especially
that first date -- it's a new level, a new level of discomfort. It really pushes
your boundaries, and I will tell you that not many men want to be a part of a
life that involves exposure. They just don't. Some of them just didn't want to
go out with me because there were cameras involved. I will say if you can go on
a first date and not pass out with the cameras there, you can do anything.
Amy Laurent: The thing is, um, you know, I, up until recently, I have
spent four years focusing on my career. So I didn't really put myself out
in the dating pool for a very long time. So it wasn't like, oh, this is awkward
because the cameras are here. Very, very quickly you get used to the cameras and
you forget that they're there because I'm too busy going, "How am I going to get
through these dating situations? I'm so rusty!"
Emily Morse: It's funny. You know, a few of my dates were blind dates, so I
didn't meet them until I walked in and the cameras were sitting there. So [the
men] had to get prepared on their own!
Which of your own dating rules do you have the most difficulty
Julia Allison: I don't know. I think pretty much everyone agrees on this:
It's helpful not to desperately want a relationship. In fact, I'd go so far as
to say that if you do want to desperately find a relationship to complete you,
you will not find it. That's something most people agree on and something that I
intellectually understood, but, emotionally, at the beginning of the show, I
desperately want a relationship and I don't know how not to want a relationship
desperately. I think that's the first rule you'll actually see me break that I
break throughout the rest of the season.
Amy Laurent: My biggest struggle is giving up control. And that's where it
comes with: I've been a workaholic for years, I've lived through my clients,
seeing them succeed. But my biggest fear is failure and rejection, so my biggest
struggle is staying open and not having control when I'm putting myself out
there in dating situations. It's very scary for me. You think that's ironic for
a matchmaker, but when I'm matching two people and I'm helping someone, I'm in
full control and I'm coaching them. It's totally different when it's your heart
involved and your vulnerability.
Emily Morse: That's so funny because that's what they were trying to catch on
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