'Married at First Sight' star Henry Rodriguez: Christina and I really don't have much in common and things get super uncomfortable
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/16/2020
Married at First Sight star Henry Rodriguez claims he and Christina have pretty much nothing in common and so their dynamic is super uncomfortable.
Henry, a 35-year-old clinical recruiter from Arabi, LA, and Christina, a 30-year-old flight attendant from Houma, LA, were matched by Married at First Sight experts Pastor Calvin Roberson, Dr. Pepper Schwartz and Dr. Viviana Coles to wed on Season 11 of the Lifetime reality series.
During the September 9 episode of Married at First Sight: Unfiltered, Henry watched back a Season 11 clip in which Christina asked the production team for a list of questions to ask Henry at dinner so their conversation could feel genuine and less awkward.
After Christina expressed frustration at her husband for his lack of communication, Henry said, "I think it's best if I just walk away for a few minutes and we give each other some space."
Henry was then shown walking down a hallway in his apartment building and saying, "Honestly, I really don't care. I'm f-cking done."
Unfiltered host Jamie Otis, who starred on Season 1 of Married at First Sight, asked Henry what it was like to watch the tense footage back of his argument with Christina.
"It's awkward," Henry confessed. "I think [Christina] and I just handle stressful situations a lot differently, and that's just been an issue thus far."
Jamie, however, asked Henry why he seemed to have such a hard time talking to his wife.
"I think in general we really don't have a lot in common, really at all!" Henry admitted.
"And I think that we're both kind of feeling the weight of it."
Jamie acknowledged Henry's explanation made "perfect sense," and then she asked Woody Randall and Miles Williams -- who also made an appearance on the Unfiltered broadcast -- to share their impressions of Christina, although the guys only got to know her in a group setting.
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"We all have moments where we're frustrated with production or frustrated with [being asked] questions and those other things, but I think there is a certain way we can go about it that's going to move things forward," Miles responded.
"It didn't seem like [Christina] was trying to do that in that moment, and so I feel sorry for my man Henry here, and hopefully they can work past the difficult things that they're going through."
Miles laughed and playfully added, "I'll pray for you, dog!"
Woody then offered his thoughts on Christina and said, "I'm kind of, like, taken aback almost, in a sense. It's hard to, like, make a real, honest opinion because I've seen so many different sides of Christina, more or less."
"So I can't really judge based off of that clip," Woody concluded.
Henry then chimed in and said, "I can judge," which made Woody and Miles burst into laughter.
"I mean, no, it's just like she easily gets frustrated and impatient, and it gets super uncomfortable. And if she wants a kiss, then she'll have to tone that down a little bit," Henry said, referring to how Christina craved affection or some type of physical intimacy in her marriage.
Miles, with his jaw dropped and eyes opened wide, appeared shocked by Henry's candor.
Christina, an outgoing and adventurous traveler, was matched to wed Henry, a quiet and reserved gentleman who had never left the United States, by the Married at First Sight experts.
The complete opposites found themselves trying to force a connection on and after their wedding day, and Christina has been shown begging Henry to talk to her, open up, and essentially make a move to progress their relationship.
When Christina was asked to rate her marriage on a scale from 1-10 during her honeymoon, she gave it a six, and Henry appeared annoyed every time Christina would complain about her food at a restaurant or lash out at the production team for their filming requirements.
When the pair met with Pastor Cal in a recent episode for a counseling session, Henry admitted his past relationships moved faster because "a certain type of chemistry just existed."
Pastor Cal told Henry that Christina has some "fire in her gut" and "a little diva to her" as well as some "sass" -- all of which could be good for Henry.
But Henry admitted he and Christina are very different people, and he grew more frustrated with his wife acting impatient and rude, saying it was "a turnoff" for him.
"What the hell are you doing? You can get out of this. Why aren't you getting out of this right now?" Christina asked her husband when they were fighting in a recent episode.
"I'm not saying I want out of it," Henry replied. "I've said from the beginning -- things are as big as you make them. That's it. If that rubs off on you, then it does. If it doesn't, it doesn't."
Christina later sparked a second fight because she accused Henry of asking "surface" questions when she was trying to get to know him better.
In the latest Married at First Sightepisode, however, Christina explained to Henry she had stopped taking her medication for ADHD for well over a month and that probably contributed to her apparent irritability.
With Henry's support and understanding, Christina said she would get back on the medication although members of her immediate family are against taking prescription pills. Henry told Christina that he had hope her "attitude" would change.
Christina believed Henry brought her back down to earth, so she told the cameras she was starting to discover why Henry was her match. The pair also bonded later on over a game of golf and a subsequent salsa-dancing lesson.
Henry, impressed by Christina's golf game, said in a confessional, "It reminded of everything that I like about her. I think she's fairly genuine. She's a pretty free spirit... and she's not scared of making a decision. I think I can learn from it."