‘Beauty and the Geek’ finalist in Israel

Friday, August 25, 2006 |  by Sara Fischer
Israelis just finished viewing the first season of Ashton Kutcher’s reality show Beauty and the Geek, only to find that the program’s second-runner up, Richard Rubin, was spending three weeks studying in Jerusalem.

Israel Today caught up with Rubin, who, even though he doesn’t consider himself religious, was studying at Aish HaTorah (Fire of the Law), a yeshiva (Jewish seminary) in the Old City of Jerusalem. Rubin dresses like he did on the show—high waist, tapered pants and glasses. He speaks like an intellectual and acts like a gentleman. But here in Israel, he added a yarmulke (skull cap) to his appearance.

“I was like on my own planet throughout the show [when it aired in Israel],” he said. “I wasn’t aware of it.”

Rubin’s route to television stardom began during his final year at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He noticed an ad asking for clever and intelligent guys for a TV show, so he went for it. In the beginning, producers told him nothing about the show.

After an interview and a 10-minute video that showed off his piano playing and his silly attempts to get someone to play ping pong with him, Rubin found out that he was selected to be one of seven geeks who were matched up with seven beauties. The point of the show is to see if beauties and geeks can make a good couple.

Full article in the September issue of Israel Today

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