Who is Matthew Hoffman? Love Island's hilarious narrator aims to be viewers' 'best friend'
For the contestants of 'Love Island', if there is one thing that's guaranteed, it's summer love, combined with a whole lot of drama. In Season 3 of the show, contestants are set to enjoy the scenic views of Hilo, Hawaii, as they try to find romance while taking on challenges, with the goal to win the $100,000 prize at the end of it all.
With a cash price and love at stake, the contestants on this immensely popular show will stop at nothing to bag it all, even if it means breaking a few hearts along the way.
Who is Matthew Hoffman?
A TV personality and the narrator of 'Love Island', Matthew Hoffman studied theater at the Boston Conservatory, a part of Berklee College. He later moved to Los Angeles in 2006 in the hope of launching his acting career.
Since then, he's been a part of shows such as 'The Year With Robin Roberts', 'Greatest Interview Ever With Matthew Hoffman', 'People's List', 'Extra' and 'Sit Down With The Stars'. He is also a MasterCard ambassador and hosted MasterCard's LIVE Official Red Carpet at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. As per his official CBS bio: 'Matthew Hoffman is an American television host and personality. Hoffman currently appears seven nights a week on CBS as the official Voice, Narrator, and co-writer of Love Island USA."
Hoffman's iconic commentary is synonymous with the show. However, he thought he wasn't going to get the part when he auditioned for it. "I thought it was such a big deal that I would never get it. So I thought if I wasn't going to get it, I should do things my way. And I rewrote the sides! I put my own stuff into the script," he said while talking to Parade. "The tricky thing about what I do is that it can be the funniest thing in the world, but if it doesn't fit with the visual, it doesn't work. I ended up at a place that does commercial auditions on Venture Boulevard and asked to use their recording studio so I could time every line. So this poor man stayed with me for hours recording every line I had," he added.
As the show's narrator, Hoffman is known for humor
Fans absolutely love Hoffman, seeing that he brings his own unique flair to the table as the narrator of 'Love Island'. His strategy for this is simple. He thinks of the viewer as his best friend. "My whole goal with this role is to be the viewer's best friend. I want to be the person watching with you and saying what you're thinking. I don't want to distract, but I want to move the story along and show that we're in on it. I'm very adamant that I don't want to know anything that the viewer doesn't know. I want to come in and record with fresh eyes. So I don't talk with the Islanders; I don't meet them until after the season," he explained. For Hoffman, his comedy is a way of sharing joy.
"This sounds really corny, but I'm just really excited to bring smiles to people's faces. That's what this show is. It's a show that celebrates love. It's not about who's backstabbing who. We love the people on our show. We hope everyone is about to find love, and that we can bring that to people at this difficult time," he added.
'Love Island' season 3 premieres on CBS on 7 July 2021 at 9.30pm ET/PT.