At the end of July, Netflix released its arguably best dating show yet: “Love on the Spectrum.” The show follows a series of young adults on the autism spectrum as they navigate love. From first dates to marriage proposals, we meet a lovely cast of Australians who open up about their thoughts and feelings on relationships. Culturas had the opportunity to learn more about the process from cast member Chloe.
Can you tell us what it was like getting involved with “Love on the Spectrum?”
I wasn’t expecting to actually get cast in the show. I applied because I thought why not… might as well try, and if I do get on, I might learn a few things about dating or even meet someone. It’s been fun. At first it was scary and awkward, simply because of the cameras and the lights, but I got used to it pretty quickly and I got more comfortable every time I was filmed. I was also scared of how I would be portrayed, as most reality TV shows I have seen twist the participants’ words and personalities for views and drama. But Love on the Spectrum didn’t do that. Everything they showed on the show is real, and nothing is taken out of context. It’s genuine, and I’m really happy I got to participate in it.
What do you hope viewers take away from watching the series?
There are many misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding autism and Asperger’s, which can negatively impact the community and the perceptions of autistics to neurotypicals. One of those misconceptions is that autistics can’t fall in love or have a meaningful relationship. The show proves that very wrong. I hope the show will raise more awareness of autism and will educate the world on what autism is and the many different types and traits of autism and Asperger’s, as well as how to diagnose and support those on the spectrum.
We saw you mentioned your dream job is to become a support worker and sign interpreter. What led you to choosing that career path?
I used to dream of becoming a florist. I love flowers but I recently realised that I love supporting and helping others more. I tried doing disability support work and I absolutely fell in love with it. I feel that with my disabilities and my experiences I can relate to the clients and I can share my struggles and assist them as best as I can with what I know. My mum actually gave me the idea to become an Auslan interpreter (language of the Australian deaf community). She noticed that I was practicing sign language and researching it quite a bit. I wanted to learn so I could communicate better with [my friend] Brodee and other people if I needed to. When my mum suggested the idea, I instantly knew that was what I wanted to do. I hope to undergo a course in Auslan and become fluent so I can incorporate sign language into my current work.
Love on the Spectrum — Where Are They Now?
We caught up with all the participants to find out what their romantic lives look like today pic.twitter.com/p1Wjlzr9s1
— Netflix (@netflix) August 3, 2020
You said you want to find someone to have a special connection with, like Jimmy and Sharnae. What makes their relationship aspirational?
I know Jimmy and Sharnae personally, I’ve been friends with them for years. I actually convinced them to come on the show with me. I’m very close with them. I often go out with them, and every time I hang out with them, they are so happy. They get along well and they enjoy and tolerate each other’s presence. They’re head-over-heels in love with each other and I want to be like them.
What do you hope to see in the next season?
I’m looking forward to seeing new singles on the spectrum, as well as couples on the show. The first season went down great. The casting was perfect (if I do say so myself). Everyone brought something different to the show, and it just worked really well. I can’t wait to see what season two in Australia brings, but I would love to see a more diverse cast and more LGBTQ+ participants and dates.
Now for the important question: what is it like becoming a GIF?
Amazing. I can now reply with gifs of myself to my friends and family. I also enjoy seeing other people use my gifs. I never thought while filming the show that it would be as big as it is now.
I am also a GIF.. my dreams have come true pic.twitter.com/mQFd41CAon
— 🌈Chloe Hatch🌈 (@SailorPom) July 26, 2020