H.B. man gets his shot at reality TV fame
Travis Hatfield says he'd been trying to get cast on MTV's "The Real World" for seven years, so when his last audition tape found its way to Oxygen's "Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love, Too," and that show decided to make him one of its bachelors, he wasn't exactly unprepared.
"I was thinking it was about time," Hatfield says when we asked him what he thought after getting word that he'd finally achieved this version of his long-held dream. "That's always been on my bucket list, to be on a reality show."
Never mind that he'd never seen "Bad Girls Club," the show that confines women for whom "bad" is a woefully inadequate description of their behavior, or "Love Games," the spinoff dating series.
"I was thinking I'd have a good time," says the 25-year-old who but for part of year spent in Austin, Texas has lived most of his life in Huntington Beach. "And let America know that I'm the real deal. I'm just me, I'm not trying to be anybody different than myself.
"And hopefully they'll fall in love me like they did with Snooki!"
He's worked a lot in party environments, for a number of years as a VIP host and marketing guy for the 2nd Floor restaurant and bar on Main Street in Huntington Beach.
"I kind of direct people to the 2nd Floor," Hatfield says. "Kind of like a guy in Tijuana. I'm like the host, the host-est with the most-est."
That kind of outgoing, confident personality made it easy for him to transition to living in a house with Bad Girls Amy, Dani and Camilla and 13 other would-be Bad Girl boyfriends.
"It's like a big frat house, so that was a lot of fun," Hatfield says of the experience. "I wasn't really worried about the girls, because being a promoter you get to have a lot of fun with that. You buy girls drinks and have fun with that. I figured they'd like me. I'm a little outgoing and wild, so that was the only problem.
"They say if you can find a girl who will be with you when you're wild and crazy that's the one you marry. She'll put up with your stuff."
When we talked just before this fourth season of "Love Games" premiered the trailer for the upcoming season already provided a glimpse that wild and crazy side in a brief scene that seemed to show Hatfield walking pants-less through a room full of his "Love Games" housemates.
"I got a little Truth or Dare going on," he says when we asked what that was all about. "I won't back down."
Hatfield says he's currently single – check that, he actually says he's "single and ready to mingle" – so unless there's subterfuge going on he's not currently dating any of the three Bad Girls. (His favorite was Camilla Poindexter, a Long Beach native who made a brief appearance on "The Real Housewives Of Orange County" in the past. "Pretty people have to stick together," he tells her on their date on the first episode.)
And while he's a little bit nervous to see how he's portrayed on "Love Games," overall he's looking forward to his measure of reality TV fame.
"I think it's going to be an interesting experience, to see myself on television," Hatfield says. "That's always been my goal, so I can honestly tell you it was great."
'Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too"
When: 10 p.m. Mondays
For more: Love-games.oxygen.com
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