By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
A Keizer teen is appearing on MTV Tuesday night for the television show “Made.”
A wish to become a “ladies’ man” was off the cuff, said 17-year-old Anthony Aguilar, a junior at McNary High School. The episode airs at 7 p.m. on MTV.
“They came to our school (in spring 2011) and like put up a poster saying, hey, do you want to be on ‘Made?’” he said. “I signed up, not thinking I was actually going to get picked. I just thought it would be a cool experience.”
MTV, however, was quite serious. A crew came to town for two days late in the semester to get a few shots, but that was it for a while.
“Then they said I was going to be on ‘Made,’” he said.
The MTV show is a reality series that helps teenagers become whatever it is they want to be – perhaps an athlete or a musician or a … ladies’ man? MTV had just the woman for the job: 2010 Miss USA Rima Fakih.
Aguilar said he enjoyed the interaction with Fakih, who as a coach of sorts helped him gain more confidence and act on the spur of the moment.
“Probably the biggest advice was if you’re asked to do something, and you don’t want to do it, she said just do it,” Aguilar said. “What’s the worst that can happen?”
The producers bought him new clothes and sent him to Salon 124 in Keizer for a makeover, where they cut his hair and added highlights. A camera crew was in town for four weeks filming nearly his every move.
Is he keeping the short ‘do?
“Mainly I had my hair grown out because I do plays,” Aguilar said. “I let it grow out because it’s easier to cut it down than grow it out if I’m in a show.”
A clip featured at MTV.com showed Aguilar calling her for a date. Then Fakih urges him to call another. He still insists he’s a one-woman man.
“I know the term ladies’ man means you can get a bunch of girls, but that’s not what I wanted,” he said.
In addition to the confidence boost, Aguilar says he’s gotten more “friends” (the air quotation marks were his).
“Today at school everyone was all, ‘I’m gonna watch the episode because I’m in the background’” Aguilar said just before the episode aired.
He was planning on watching it with his family. And he hopes no one at school is upset they didn’t make the cut.