If you’re like the rest of the internet, you probably watched or saw at least one tweet this weekend about Too Hot to Handle, the new Netflix show that forces really hot people to hang out in a villa for four weeks while not hooking up with each other. When you film 10-plus people for four weeks straight, there are inevitably going to be things audiences don’t get to see. Here are some of the best behind-the-scenes nuggets from the show.
The contestants didn’t have to cook any of their own food.
Throughout the season, there was never any footage of the contestants eating an actual meal. David told Cosmo they didn’t have to do any of their own cooking in the villa, and meals were an opportunity to hang out and bond without the cameras. Hello, yes, where can I sign up for Too Hot to Handle season 2?
Some people were approached for the show, but others applied.
Like any good reality show, some of the contestants were hand-picked by producers. “I was actually messaged by a member of production to go on the show, and I didn’t really know necessarily what it was about. I just knew that it was an opportunity to meet attractive people,” Francesca told Cosmopolitan in an interview, whereas Harry said, “Yeah, so I applied, because I just suck at dating.” So it seems like some people were scouted and some people applied on their own.
Some of the contestants slept on the floor.
All of the cast members are adults, so going from living alone or with a few roommates to living with ten, and sharing a bedroom, was a huge adjustment.
“To be put in that environment, where you’re sharing a room, and a bed with a bunch of other people, that was a big shock for me,” David told Cosmo. “On a couple of nights I just needed a bit more space, so I ended up just putting my on the floor and just snoozing on the floor, like completely spread eagle.”
The producers sometimes nudged the contestants to do certain things.
Okay, I hate to break it to you, but not everything on this show was completely 100 percent organic. The producers did do a little nudging to make certain conversations happen.
“In these situations if they know that you’ve got a problem or you need to have a chat with someone, they’ll just point you in the right direction to get a result, or to get that conversation happening and get to the end goal,” Harry said. “They’re not forcing you to say or do anything you don’t want to. They just kind of help nudge you in the correct direction.”
The cameras were on them even in the bathroom.
Bryce Hirschberg, a contestant who joined the show later in the season, told the Hollywood Raw podcast that the cameras were on the contestants even when they were in the bathroom to make sure they weren’t masturbating. “There were cameras everywhere, even in the bathroom. But it was just for CCTV, it wasn’t for broadcast, the ones in the toilet,” Bryce said. Viewers saw some shower scenes though (hello, Francesca and Kelz).
There were major debates about how to charge for certain sexual acts.
Viki Kolar and Jonno Richards, the executive producers on the show, spoke to TheWrap about how they decided which actions were worth what amount of money. For example, a kiss is worth $3,000, while oral sex is a $6,000 penalty.
“There were these sort of long discussions to work out what was the right amount to be a penalty when they got it, but people could still work with that,” Richards said. “It wasn’t like there was a bar tab up on the wall saying, ‘this is what x costs, this is what y costs.'”
Kolar explained further, saying, “We wanted to make it acceptable to break the rules so that we would have a show, but we also didn’t want to be too much about the money…We felt that $20,000 for sex was big enough, but it was those middle ground things that were a big debate. We eventually settled on $6,000 [for oral sex], but I think that was a bit cheap, as well.”
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