Jonathan Knight and Harley Rodriguez interviewed by Gossip Girl
Jonathan and Harley recently interviewed by Gossip Girl about The Amazing Race, are there plans to get married and more:
“I don’t know, we’ll see,” the infamous heartthrob tells me. “I think I’m going to start watching Survivor this season and see if I can get into that.”
For now, Jonathan is competing along with his partner of seven years, Harley Rodriguez, on the new season ofTAR. Rodriguez is a fitness trainer for my beloved Barry’s Bootcamp, but 90s TV lovers may also recognize him as Manny Lopez from the teen hit Sweet Valley High.
Despite that TV background, HR insists auditioning to run around the world sans a personal driver (pass!) was all Jonathan’s idea. Although that one million bucks prize does sound tempting. Imagine the damage you could do at Barney’s
“Jon was the really die-hard fan, and he had tried to get on it for, like, four seasons, but because of tour scheduling, he never could.” Rodriguez said.
Gossip Girl: Should you win, do you think you’ll spend some of that money on a wedding in the, ahem, near future? Jonathan: Ah, weddings, the old wedding question. I don’t know, we’ve been together seven years. Put it this way, if we get married, our wedding would probably cost about $100, and it would consist of us going in the closet, grabbing a suit and heading down to the courthouse. And then maybe, maybe dinner afterward at a burger joint. And then we’ll just send out notes to everybody, we are now married.
Gossip Girl: Jonathan, what did the other New Kids say when you told them you were going to be on The Amazing Race? Jonathan: They thought I was crazy. They were like, ‘Why are you doing this?’ Then it became worry. They were like, ‘Well, what’s going to happen if you get hurt or something happens. You’re on the other side of the world.’ Then it became excitement.
Gossip Girl: There have been a few famous faces on The Amazing Race over the years, but you’re probably the most widely known. Was everyone freaking out when you showed up at the starting line? Jonathan: No, everybody was contained. We all ended up in the airport somewhere going to our first country, and we had a lot of downtime. That was when we kind of got to do all the introductions. I’m so humble, I never thought anybody would know or anything, but it turned out there were a few of the girls who were like, ‘Oh my God! I went to your concert with the Backstreet Boys like five years ago.’ There was another girl that went to the show a long time ago. It was pretty cool. They were excited, but I think I was as excited to meet all of them as they were to meet me.
Gossip Girl: Screaming girls all across America want to know: Harley, what is it like to date pop music royalty? Harley: The funny part is — and I think that’s why we’ve lasted — he’s just Jon…When I met him, I didn’t know who he was. I mean, everyone knew who the band was and knew his songs. But when I met him, he was this down-to-earth, humble, awesome guy, and then later on, when I find out, it was like, ‘Oh my God!’ If he was any different than that, we would not be together.
Gossip Girl: Harley, do you think being a fitness trainer gave you guys an advantage? Harley: It helped as far as just being stable physically — you’re running a lot, carrying stuff. But you just never know because there’s some things that happen that you just don’t expect. You prepare so much for everything, but you just don’t know what happens.
Gossip Girl: You’ve been together a long time. Was there anything new you learned about each other while racing? Jonathan: No, no. It was just seeing the same kind of person in a different situation. We already knew how we would react, and so nothing was out of the ordinary. It was just the situations were out of the ordinary. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and we definitely were fortune to go into the race knowing that with the twist this season, with the couples that just met — ya know, they’re going into it, they’ve got learn everything on the fly … I give the singles so much props for doing that.