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POSTED: January 26, 2013 12:30 a.m.
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Brian Murphy talks about his experience appearing on VH1’s reality TV show “Making Mr. Right” at his family’s Forsyth home.

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Forsyth County’s Brian Murphy watches himself on TV each Wednesday night on VH1’s “Making Mr. Right.”

Only now, he’s in on the reality show’s secret.

During filming, Murphy was led to believe that the three women on the program were working as matchmakers to find him a date.

Now that Murphy sees himself on air, he knows that the women were actually looking for matches for themselves.

“Apparently the blonde girl has a crush on me,” he said last week from his home in west Forsyth. “I’m just oblivious. I think that’s why I got cast on the show because in real life, I’m completely oblivious.”

In the first three of eight episodes, it’s been obvious to the viewer that one of the women really likes Murphy, who goes by his last name on the series.

Also nicknamed “Mr. Shy Hunk,” Murphy said he was told during casting that he would be given a team of female “wingmen” to help him meet girls.

“I’m kind of shy. I can’t stand those guys at the bar with huge egos,” he said. “I try to be the exact opposite of that. I try to be this humble, shy guy that chills and if a girl wants to talk to me, cool.”

At 26, Murphy said he’s looking to find a serious relationship and was excited at the prospect of having other women help him with that.

Having that journey unfold on camera didn’t faze him, as he’s comfortable in front of the lens from doing acting and modeling work.

“I told myself that the only way to survive this is to be myself and rely on the values that my parents raised me on, to try to be as genuine as possible,” he said.

Murphy said the cameras recorded countless hours of footage, so he never knows what will show up in the edited version. He’s been watching each week’s hourlong show with his parents, which can make him a little nervous.

“I know my parents love me no matter what,” he said, “but I do some crazy stuff in the show.”

His mother, Donna, said the family discussed whether he should participate in a reality TV show for some time before he signed the contract.

“Reality TV? Some of it is pretty trashy. We’re a Southern, conservative family and tried to raise our kids with good values,” she said. “So far, it’s been good. There have been a few things I haven’t been crazy about like they bleeped a few things.”

Donna Murphy said the show has been a “pleasant experience” overall, and she and her son thought the series more closely resembled ABC’s popular dating show “The Bachelor,” than some of the past VH1 reality shows.

Murphy said the experience allowed him to learn a lot about himself. As a teen, he described himself as an “ugly duckling” who was awkward and wasn’t true to who he was.

The 15-year county resident attended South Forsyth High for two years before finishing up at a private school. He’s since graduated from Reinhardt University with a degree in business and is currently modeling.

Being on TV, though, is what really brought him “out of his shell.”

“I didn’t really ask to do this,” he said. “I was scouted by an agent. One thing led to another and all of the sudden, I’m being flown to Los Angeles.”

The casting crew requested an interview of him and women who knew him to determine why he was “undateable” before selecting him for the series.

Murphy said he couldn’t discuss whether the women will reveal themselves at the end of the show, nor can he say if they keep or eliminate him through the eight episodes.

He did say that the show is sure to entertain.

“Expect there to be a lot of drama, and I’m going to continue to be myself, which is completely aloof,” he said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun, and there’s a lot more to come.”

 

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