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Secrets of Netflix 'Love Is Blind' Pods

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bars. parties. Volleyball teams. Dating apps. For singles, the question of where people meet is very important.

“Am I really meeting my wife at a grocery store?” 27-year-old real estate agent and dating show Love Is Blind asks Cole Barnett, a contestant on season three. The default answer is no, no matter how often she follows the aisles of her local Trader Joe’s, looking at both frozen Thai vegetable dumplings and other shoppers’ ring fingers.

So it seems Cole and 29 other singles have chosen to go in search of love rather than in a crowded club or bustling bookstore. Instead, they’ve gravitated to “compartments” just big enough to hold a sofa, and all their anticipation is the person on the other side of a soothing, swirly blue wall is marriage material.

“There’s something about pods that really allows people to be incredibly vulnerable,” said Ally Simpson, Executive Producer of Love Is Blind.

The first four episodes of season 3 of Love Is Blind hit Netflix this week. For those who manage to avoid memes, the show places singles in their 20s and 30s in small rooms called pods, where they talk to each other for hours without seeing each other. That is, until we got engaged.

The show explores whether people can fall in love without the usual hookups like age, height or weight get in the way. (It helps that many of the attendees qualify as traditionally attractive.) After meeting face-to-face, engaged couples spend time living in shared flats at a resort and ideally reaching the altar. Since the show started in 2020, there have been four marriages, two of which ended in divorce. But it all starts with the dates in the capsules.

Aerial view of the shells.

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Each octagonal compartment has one of the aforementioned sofas – gray and often round or square – and a circular ottoman (red is a nod to love and romance) sitting on a long strip of dark red carpet. The walls look velvety and the pillows are typically a mix of earthy browns and reds. Even though you can’t see it on the screen, there are snacks hidden in each compartment.

Simpson said there are two main goals in the design of partitions: They should be comfortable and not be distracting.

“We want you to get in there and feel right at home, feel like you’re on a date, and be a comfortable place to settle in for long, long periods of time — they talk for hours,” Simpson says. told me on the phone.

Some flirts are absolutely relaxed. While most start off wearing three-piece suits and silky semi-formal dresses, they inevitably begin to enter the compartments in athletic gear, carrying their blankets and their signature gold metal goblets that have gone viral. The premium stance leads to sitting on the floor or sprawling on the couch. Or, in the case of Raven Ross, a 29-year-old pilates instructor, jumping jacks.

While the pods are sparsely furnished, players can ask the makers for anything from more elaborate themed histories to facial skincare masks and chips. In the first episode of this season, Ross brings yoga balls (and later an exercise group) for himself and his date. There was a quiet disco where the players could listen to music with each other with headphones. Simpson even said there’s a beach-themed date, including beach chairs that didn’t make the final cut of the season.

“If you’re going to marry someone, you want to know that you can have fun with them,” Simpson said. “You want to know, do we connect through music? When you get your sushi, is it picky about which sauce is there or not? You want to create these experiences to try to learn as much as you can about each other.”

talk to the wall

The wider color palette of the pods can be quite muted, but each pod has a remarkable streak of bright color. The sofas face a shimmering and swirling blue wall. Simpson said this is to symbolize the energy of the person in the adjacent bin, helping the flirts feel closer and making them feel like they’re just listening to a sound coming from a speaker from somewhere else. He said the show’s producers spent time sitting staring at the wall and asking themselves if it was true.

“If it was just a blank wall, you might feel like you were all alone in that room,” Simpson said. They came down to the blue hue of the wall as something that feels inviting without being distracting.

When it’s time to propose, often couples get up from the couch and look at each other from behind that blue wall.

Cole Barnett on one knee in front of the blue wall.

Cole Barnett proposes in front of the blue wall.

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No matter how eager couples are eventually to come out of the splits and, you know, look at each other, for some these capsule conversations become the easiest part of the relationship. Season 1’s Mark Cuevas and Jessica Batten have had their share of turmoil, in part because Jessica hooked up with another man from the pods, but in a last-ditch effort to reconnect, Mark tried to recreate the pod experience in their apartment. .

The couple sat on opposite sides of a wall with candles, rose petals, and fancy dinners, and as Simpson points out, that was the night they finally took the leap to have sex.

“It can be scary to look someone in the eye and share something,” Simpson said. Said. “It just makes you feel safe, like, ‘I’m going to throw it at the wall. I know there’s someone on the other side, but it’s like I’m just telling the wall’.”

Just don’t freak out when a voice from behind the wall asks you to marry her.

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