Get ready for your new scrumptious obsession: Matt Nordgren, the stupefyingly funny, charming, and all out hypnotic star on Bravo’s new red hot ow ow show, Most Eligible Dallas (Monday nights at 10 PM. Bring it!)The super sizzling show chronicles the deliciously outrageous lives of Dallas’ a-list singles. What part of that sentence doesn’t sound mmmmm?
Nordgren is a 1,000% straight up most eligible Texan. After a genius football career at the University of Texas, he was on his way to play in the NFL until an injury sidelined him. Boom! The supernova quickly changed gears, and has powered on to become a business superstar in his family’s energy company.
Mr. Most Eligible Dallas himself took a time out to talk about Dallas date nights, bouncing back from the NFL, and the best lesson he learned from his parents, who he calls “angels.” Talk about a mega dose of old school Southern charm.
MM: How did you get involved with Most Eligible Dallas? Did Andy Cohen personally hunt you down?
Matt Nordgren: Andy Cohen personally goes out and hunts the cast down [laughs]. No, I’ve been approached lots of times before about doing reality shows. So, over the years, I’ve developed relationships with casting producers. But when I got connected to “Most Eligible Dallas”, I knew it was the right fit.
MM: Wish you could re-do any moments from this season?
MN: No, I’m happy. The show is 100% real…and any time you put your life on camera over a 5 or 6 month period, there are ups and downs, that’s part of life. Nobody’s perfect, it says so in the Bible!
MM: Who do you think will be the first person from the cast to settle down?
MN: It’s tough to say who. Everybody in the cast is really ready, it’s just who meets that special person first.
MM: What’s your fav thing to do on a Dallas date night?
MN: Date night in Dallas is Friday night. People jump the gun and party early on Thursday [laughs], so by Friday, I just want to have a nice dinner. For me, conversation is the most important thing…so I like a nice, long, long dinner.
MM: Just how long is a “long, long dinner”?
MN: Depends on the person [laughs]. Some are way too long, others not long enough.
MM: You were about to start your NFL career when an injury sidelined you. Intense! How did you bounce back from that?
MN: I always had an injury in my throwing arm. So, when I got signed by Philly, I knew going in I’d have to fight it. I was mentally prepared going into the process, so that helped.
When I got done with football, and any time you talk to a guy who’s played football, they’ll tell you it’s not football that you miss……Like practices and the games……You miss the guys, the camaraderie. I felt fortunate that coming out of it, I had developed friendships that I still have, so I never lost that camaraderie feel.
MM: On the show, you mention that your parents are a huge force in your life. What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from them?
MN: They’re like angels, I’ve learned a lot! I’d say the most important thing is family first. It’s a selfish world we live in, but there’s never been a time in life I’ve seen my father or mother put anything but family first. When I look at my parents, there’s so much respect, love, honesty – all those adjectives that go with it, but family comes first.
MM: If you’re on a bad date, what’s your strategy for turning it around? Disclaimer: Seems 0% possible for you to have a bad date.
MN: You’re right; it is tough for me to have a bad date [laughs]. That’s only because I really like conversation. I’m a Type A personality, and if you throw in another Type A…Well, it often leads to debates [laughs]. I can’t tell you how many coffee dates I’ve been on that have turned into debates.
If I know I may never see this person again, I always try to find way to add value to them. I like to dive in, find out what’s going on in this person’s life, and help them become better.
MM: Must know question…Would you ever consider being on “The Bachelor?” Say “Yes!”
MN: I definitely would. There have been times before when I was going to do the show. I’d have to be sure that I’m ready to get married. For the first time in life, I think I’m there.
“Most Eligible Dallas” is about a journey. This show really changed our lives. And come episode 7 or 8, you see the growth in everyone. There are a lot of ups and down and rollercoaster this season, but this thing has a movie ending.
MM: Movie ending! Romantic comedy or horror?
MN: [laughs] Can’t say…you’ll have to see the movie ending on your own.