'Married at First Sight' Season 13: Meet Bao and Johnny, Rachel and Jose and other couples
The idea of 'love at first sight' might be fiction for some, but for others, it's a serendipitous reality. And then, there is the cast of 'Married at First Sight' that skips the 'love' bit all together by tying the knot within minutes of knowing each other!
Season 12 of the show had a few hits and misses. While it worked out for Erik Lake and Virginia Coombs, Ryan Oubre and Clara Fergus and Vincent Morales and Briana Myles, couples like Jacob Harder and Haley Harris and Chris Williams and Paige Banks weren't as lucky. A new set of couples are now ready to take on marriage in 'Married at First Sight' Season 13!
Who is Jacob Harder dating now? 'MAFS' fans say he found a 'female version of himself'
Who is Paige Banks dating now? 'MAFS' fans glad she moved on from Chris Williams
Season 13 sees couples from Houston get hitched. Here's what we know about them thus far!
Rachel and Jose
Rachel, 33, hasn't lost her faith in love, despite her recent breakup and her own parents' divorce. Now, she's hoping to find her own happily ever after. Jose, 35, grew up in a middle-class family in Pearland. Although his family had their struggles, he was always cared for. Jose wants a family of his own but has lucked out when it comes to meeting women who want something more long-term.
Bao and Johnny
Bao, 35, is the daughter of Vietnamese refugee parents. Bao never really considered marriage up until now, but on entering her 30s, she figured she might want someone to grow old with after all. Johnny, 35, from Houston was raised by a single mother who worked hard to provide for him and his sister. Seeing his parents divorce, he's rather specific about the qualities he wants in a partner but hasn't had any luck finding her to date.
Myrla and Gil
Texas native Myrla, 34, is a leadership coach who understands that the experts know what they're doing when it comes to finding people their right matches, including herself. Gil, 35, comes from Colombia with the American dream -- wife, kids, pets, and a picket fence.
Michaela and Zack
Michaela, 30, is a successful realtor. Having sold multiple homes to newlyweds, she hopes to be in their shows one day. Baton Rouge native Zack, 27, wanted to be married at 25, but life had other plans. Seeing that he's not been all that lucky in the department of love, he decided to go the 'MAFS' way.
Brett and Ryan
New Jersey native Brett, 33, considers herself a Texan at heart and is on the lookout for love. Ryan, 35, has grown up in Texas, around family. His reason behind tying the knot? He wants to be a young and active father.
Dr Viviana Coles
Dr Viviana Coles is a rather accomplished woman. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Master's and Doctoral degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also the President and Lead Psychotherapist at Houston Relationship Therapy and President and Lead Instructor at the Texas Sex Therapy Institute. Dr Coles has been a part of the 'Married at First Sight' panel of experts since Season 10 and helps couples work on their intimacy problems.
Pastor Cal Roberson
Apart from being an ordained minister and pastoral counselor, Pastor Roberson or Pastor Cal, as he is popularly called, is also an author, marriage coach, and relationship expert. He has a BA in Theology from Oakwood University, as well as a Masters of Divinity from Andrews University. He has been on the expert panel since Season 4 and actively helps couples work through their issues.
Dr Pepper Schwartz
Dr Schwartz has certainly made quite a name for herself in this field as she's regarded as both a researcher and a consultant. She graduated with a BA and MA at Washington University, St Louis, Schwartz. She did her PhD in Sociology at Yale University in 1974. She has written numerous academic papers over the years, along with 25 books that deal with topics such as love and sexuality. Two of her books' American Couples' and 'The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples' went on to become New York Times Best Sellers.
'Married at First Sight' Season 13 premieres with a three-hour episode on July 21 at 8 pm ET/PT on Lifetime.