Meet the Seattle resident who stars in ‘The Courtship,’ a cross between ‘Bridgerton’ and ‘The Bachelorette’

Audiences love reality TV couples, and there’s no shortage of people willing to try their luck at love in front of a camera. There is also no lack of different concepts for dating showscandidates in the running for thethe love of a millionaire to love-seeking singles who get engaged without first meeting in person. Now there’s a new reality show, NBC’s “The Courtship”, which is described as a cross between “Bridgerton” and “The Bachelorette” – and featuring a local resident.

In “The Courtship,” which premieres Sunday, Seattleite Nicole Remy will choose from an international cast of 16 eligible singles. Located at Castle Howard in York, England, participants dressed in Regency-inspired finery will compete to impress in aristocratic activities such as archery and fencing. A horse-drawn carriage will escort rejected suitors away from a weekly farewell ball. Remy’s best friend Tessa Cleary and her family from Lakewood, Pierce County — father Claude Remy, mother Dr Claire Spain-Remy, sister Danie Baker – will join her on the show.

“I love the Regency twist on the show because it allowed me to see different sides of these men and how they define what it is to treat a woman with respect. The superficial sweep and potentially dating guys based on physical characteristics alone was not enough for me because I need meaningful, real relationships when I go out,” Remy, 26, said in an email.

Baker, who contributes food stories to The Seattle Times, said: “Our family is very close, and in the real world, Nicole and I were always talking about her love life and so it was a very similar situation. [This was] a unique opportunity to meet the men who compete for my sister’s heart at the same time that she meets them.

In Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice” (the original Regency romance novel), Mr. Darcy pokes fun at the “achievements” of young women who make handbags and decorate screens. So how does the Seattle TV star’s accomplishments compare to those of a Regency heroine?

It was almost not his first season.

She never made her on-air debut, but Remy was one of the original 44 women cast as competitor for season 25 of “The Bachelor” with Matt James, according to Cosmopolitan magazine. While Lady Whistledown of “Bridgerton” might wonder if Remy didn’t appear on that show because of an NBC proposal, we won’t speculate.

“I’ve never been on reality TV before, but I can say I’m a sucker for reality TV shows. You name it, I probably watched/binged it! In large part, it’s because I’m a hopeless romantic. I love seeing other people‘s journeys to find love because it gives me hope that I will find myself too,” she said in her email.

She’s a technician.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Remy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geodesign from the University of Southern California in 2018 and worked for an architectural firm for two years. She studied coding at the University of Washington during the pandemic and earned a certificate in full stack development. Now she’s employed as a software engineer at Seattle-based startup Making.

“In my job, I have the privilege of coding the front-end of The manufacturing application. Picture yourself nerdy, geeky about coding languages, web3 and npm packages… it’s the same girl who wears couture dresses on the show – quite the juxtaposition! Remy said in his email.

She likes archery.

During filming, Remy didn’t just sit like a Regency lady and watch the men show off; she also tried all the activities. One of them has emerged as a favorite.

“I felt so strong and fierce shooting an arrow while maintaining my femininity in Regency attire. It takes patience and practice, but it’s so satisfying when you finally hit the mark. Women back then might not have been as involved in these activities, but this modern day babe sure will be! Stay tuned to see how I did against the contenders,” she said.

She’s a creator.

However, Remy doesn’t look down on more traditionally feminine accomplishments. The Making app is a virtual community where artisans can share their projects — like the homemade handbags of Mr. Darcy’s acquaintances.

“As a maker myself, I love to crochet. I’m also so inspired by fashion and love expressing myself through what I wear, which is why having handmade European haute couture designs hand in ‘The Courtship’ was so exciting for me,” Remy said.

She was a cheerleader.

Remy was captain of his high school cheer squad at Bellarmine Prep School in Tacoma. As an undergrad, she cheered on her school team, the USC Trojans, to the 2017 Rose Bowl. When she returned to Seattle after college, Remy balanced her job at an architectural firm with a spot on the Sea Gals (now called Seahawks Dancers) for two seasons.

It breaks glass ceilings.

As a woman of color and the daughter of an immigrant (her father is from Haiti) working in technology, Remy would have a low opinion of Mr. Darcy’s attitude towards female fulfillment. She works for a company whose mission is to “amplify the voices of women and BIPOC who continue to lead the way to a more inclusive future” (BIPOC refers to Black, Indigenous and People of Color) and she supports women in tech fields as a member of She’s Coding and Women Who Code.

Appearing on “The Courtship” means more to her than glamorous dates.

“I want every girl who looks like me – who’s black, or Haitian, or anyone who just hasn’t felt valued at any point in her life – to find hope in this fantasy of finding true love. , to feel valued and to know that she, too, is beautiful. I want them to know that our love stories are worth sharing. Growing up, I never saw a princess in the popular culture that looked like me. I think it’s important to use this platform to show girls that black princesses have always been around, and it’s time we told more of their stories.

“The Courtship”

Premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 6 on NBC and streams on Peacock the following day.

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