Everyone’s favorite marriage experiment is back on FYI when “Married at First Sight” premiered Tuesday (July 26). Zap2it spoke with contestants Sonia Granados and Tom Wilson in preparation for the premiere, where the two revealed just how nervous they really were and what they thought the very first time they saw their future spouses — Nick Pendergrast for Sonia and Lillian Vilchez for Tom.
Zap2it: Were your families supportive of this? It is pretty crazy to marry a stranger on reality TV.
Sonia Granados: At first, my family was like, ‘What are you doing?!’ but that changed really quickly because they trust my judgment and knew I wasn’t going to go on a show or do something where I was going to make a fool out of myself. I was going into it with the right reasons and they understood that and were supportive.
Tom Wilson: There were parts of my family that were disappointed because they were thinking it was going to be a traditional wedding and all that, but my immediate family was supportive. They were concerned and worried, but they supported me 100 percent.
Walk us through your wedding days, what was going through your minds?
SG: I was very calm leading up to the wedding, I slept perfectly the night before. I was fine. But walking down the aisle, like walking with my dad and he started crying, and I was like, ‘What am I doing?’ I didn’t know if that was a cry of disappointment, a cry of joy, I had no idea, so I was just very nervous.
TW: I was a ball of stress, that whole week was hell. I wasn’t sleeping, wasn’t eating right … it was rough. The day of the wedding I was very nervous until I was at the altar looking at her family and friends.
What was your first thought when you saw your spouse-to-be?
SG: Funny story. When I was walking towards seeing my husband, the curtain flew open a bit and I saw this tall man that was about 50. He happened to be the officiant, but I thought he was my husband and I was freaking out. I hated everyone at that moment. And since I thought I was marrying the officiant, when I saw Nick, Nick was winning. I thought he was attractive, and I thought he had a nice sense of style because he had really nice shoes on [laughs].
TW: When I saw Lillian for the first time, I was relieved that I could see who she was and I just felt like it took all that stress, all that weight, off my shoulders. When I first saw Lillian, it was starting to rain heavier and heavier and then it was like a torrential downpour. Umbrellas were malfunctioning … it was like a monsoon, it was crazy. Anyone who is going to be walking down the aisle in that? I don’t know any woman who would be willing to do that, walk down the aisle while it’s pouring rain.
[But later] we started our vows and the clouds parted and the sun started coming out … it actually made things better and gave some hope. It was symbolic about any marriage — sometimes you have torrential downpours and sometimes you have sunny days. So it was a neat thing that happened.
What can you tease about the season? How do the marriages go for each of you?
SG: It’s a roller coaster, it’s interesting. It’s fun to learn about each other.
TW: It’s funny, you think before doing this about what it’s going to be like and then actually going through it, they’re completely different. You react differently than you think you would to certain situations. It’s incredible how much you change during this whole process and the experiment. But it is, by far, something I would definitely do again because it’s an amazing experience.
TW: Knowing what I know now, I feel like it was the right thing to do. For me, I needed to do this and I have no regrets whatsoever.
SG: I feel the same, I don’t have any regrets. I have the anxiety a lot of the time [in my life] and during this whole process I never got anxiety and that kind of told me that I was doing the right thing.