Rob and Rochelle Brann joined the cast of Bravo’s hit series, Newlyweds: The First Year for its third season and OKMagazine.com had a chance to catch up with them!
The Newlyweds spoke to us exclusively about the hardships of filming, while dishing on plans to expand their family and what they recommend all couples to do!
OKMagazine.com: What made you guys decide to do the show?
Rob: As a millennial couple, in terms of television, I think we are under represented, you don’t see many interracial couples, and when you do, you don’t necessarily a younger couple when it’s a white guy and a black female. So I thought we would have a certain dynamic in terms of painting a new picture as to what a modern family is or what it can be by sharing our story with the world.
OKMagazine.com: How did filming affect your relationship?
Rochelle: In the beginning I thought it was so exciting to have the cameras there. Then about a quarter of the way through, you sort of forget that they’re there. It’s very much like a fly on the wall, that type of experience, so you fall back into whatever your normal routine is and then you forget that once something good or bad happens that the are cameras there. It’s a funny experience how its so heightened in the beginning, you’re so hyper aware of watching your p’s and q’s and then all of a sudden that just goes away and you really are yourself and your relationship is really playing out like it normally would.
OKMagazine.com: What’s the hardest thing to watch back on?
Rob: For me, watching some of our arguments play out was hard to watch. Sometimes they can be a bit cringe worthy and I would have to say, its been a bit therapeutic on my end because its shown me that not everyone argues the same way. I’ve seen more diplomatic disagreements on the show and then watching some of ours, I’v said “wow maybe I’m not the most diplomatic in terms of negotiating to get to a solution or finding a resolution.”
Rochelle: The hardest thing watching back is being thrown back into those moments because obviously these things have happened in the past and you sort of forget about it and then you move on but then watching it again opens up those old wounds.
OKMagazine.com: How was it balancing professional careers and filming?
Rob: That was one of the most difficult things we had to do because our time and availability was genuinely limited by our careers. As a full time attorney, I had obligations that at the end of the day, were just as important as my time and availability needed to film a show. I had deadlines, I had court cases, I had trials I had to prepare for, and so it was probably the most genuine experience. I know a lot of reality shows were you quit your job and that’s your life for like 3 months but this was a camera and production crew coming into your lives midstream, there was no “hey guys I can’t come to the office today, I’m filming a reality show.” It was like how do we balance the time to film a show, endeavor full heartedly into our career paths and on top of that, try to have a healthy and productive marriage.
OKMagazine.com: Do you guys have any plans on expanding your family?
Rochelle: I know we both definitely want a family, we both feel as though maybe there is an opportunity to workout in the future but right now we have to deal with our issues that we are having in our marriage first. We can’t plan a future if our current situation is sort of a mess. But I definitely hope to have kids someday, I definitely want 3 little Rob and Ro’s running around.
Rob: All I can say is, if and or when it ever does happen, I know for a fact that I will have hands down a 100 percent ‘Milf.’
OKMagazine.com: What celebrity couple do you aspire to be like?
Rochelle: I am absolutely obsessed with John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. I can’t tell you how aspired I am by their relationship and who they are as people. They’re so creative and passionate about their careers but you can also tell they just genuinely love each other.
Rob: Our first song that we ever danced to was “All Of Me” by John Legend, so that was one reason that they stick out for me.
OKMagazine.com: What advice would you guys give to other newlyweds?
Rob: I would recommend this to any married couple, set some time apart every week for each other. Ours is Spa Sunday. We will literally soak in a bathtub with bubbles for an hour and a half together. It’s our time to just turn our phones off, and spend time with each other.
Newlyweds: The First Year airs Wednesdays at 10pm on Bravo!