'Married at First Sight' stars: We respect Henry Rodriguez for being honest with Christina
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/09/2020
Married at First Sight stars Karen Landry, Woody Randall and Bennett Kirschner all agree they respect Henry Rodriguez for being honest with his wife Christina about his feelings, even though Henry accused Christina of being flawed in the process.
Christina, a 30-year-old flight attendant from Houma, LA, and Henry, a 35-year-old clinical recruiter from Arabi, LA, were matched byMarried 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 2 episode ofMarried at First Sight: Unfiltered, Season 11 stars Karen, Woody and Bennett watched back a clip in which Henry revealed he was feeling "a friendship vibe" with Christina although he found her attractive.
"I think it's hard for me because I think you can be a little impatient at times," Henry told Christina during a counseling session with Pastor Cal in the clip.
"Sometimes you can be, like, a little high maintenance."
On Unfiltered, host Jamie Otis -- who starred on Season 1 of Married at First Sight and is still married to her match, Doug Hehner -- asked Woody, Karen and Bennett what they thought of Henry calling out Christina.
"Clearly, like, looking at this clip right now, she is not too excited about hearing these words," said Woody, who is married to Amani on the show.
"I don't think I would've used those choice words, but I can, you know, respect his feelings in that moment."
Karen, who wed Miles Williams on Season 11 of Married at First Sight, also apparently respected Henry for telling Christina exactly how he felt.
"Honestly, I saw it as Henry just being open about his feelings," Karen noted.
"I mean, at the end of the day, even if it's something we don't want to hear, I respect the fact that they were honest with each other."
"Because if they're not honest with each other about how they're feeling," Karen added, "how can they even work on it and move past it?"
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Jamie acknowledged that she "100 percent" agreed with Karen's perspective on the situation and then asked Bennett whether he'd ever call his MAFS wife, Amelia Fatsi, "high maintenance."
"I think a rule I live by when thinking about what to say to someone, you know, is that when you tell someone something, it should either help them in some way or bring them joy," Bennett shared.
"And I don't think kind of classifying someone as something is going to help them kind of improve themselves or work on something, and it's certainly not going to bring them joy. So, yeah, I wouldn't use those words, personally."
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 after their wedding day, and Christina has basically been begging Henry to talk to her, open up, and initiate physical intimacy on the show.
When Christina was asked to rate her marriage on a scale from 1-10, she gave it a six, and Henry appeared annoyed every time Christina would complain about her food 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.
In the latest episode, however, Christina and Henry had two big fights. Christina felt like she was doing everything in the relationship and Henry wasn't being communicative or helpful in conversation.
Henry, on the other hand, 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.
"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."
Following their second fight in which Christina accused Henry of asking "surface" questions, Henry walked out of their apartment and said he needed some space.
"I really don't care," Henry vented while walking down the hallway of his apartment building. "I'm f-cking done."