When Quentin Lloyd’s family and friends saw him on a reality show that aired in early December, they were not surprised. They knew his charisma and outgoing personality would help him fit right in.
What they didn’t expect was the show’s premise: 3 women in their 40’s looking for love among 24 younger men. And Lloyd was one them.
Quentin Lloyd, a former football player and graduate of Winston-Salem State University and native of Durham, N.C., hoped for weeks that he wouldn’t be sent home while filming Hulu’s “Back in the Groove,” a new reality competition dating show.
The eight-episode show follows three women at a resort known as The Grove Hotel where, according to the show’s synopsis, “the goal is to rediscover their youth, live joyously, and hopefully find love with men half their age.” Throughout the show, the women — Sparkle, 43; Steph, 41; and Brooke, 43 — choose men to take on dates and attempt to build connections with them. At the end of each episode, the women eliminate three men from the competition.
Lloyd had never pursued an older woman before, but says his experience on the show is something he wouldn’t trade for anything.
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QCity Metro talked with Lloyd about the show and what he’s been up to since it ended.
Responses are edited for clarity and brevity.
What made you decide to go on the show?
I went on the show for the experience and to try something new. I’ve always wanted to be on tv and I figured there was nothing more exciting than trying to compete for the attention of attractive women on camera. It sounded like a good time so I was up for it.
What was your favorite part of the being on the show?
This might sound strange, but one of the best parts of the experience, in my opinion, was elimination night. Seeing how nervous guys were, seeing guys scramble to try and compete for attention, and watching them put together game plans for what they’d say or what they’d do was a highlight for me. It was entertaining, honestly, even as I was a part of it.
Are you open to reality tv again in the future?
I would definitely do it again.The lifestyle of being in front of the camera 24 hours a day is fun. The rush you get is like something you’ve never felt before and anything can happen at any time. It’s raw and exciting. I know that reality tv isn’t for everyone, but I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world.
Editor’s note: Spoilers ahead. If you haven’t seen the show, the next question reveals part of it.
So, did you ‘find love?
No, but that’s okay. What I did find was really good friendship. I met a great group of guys from different places, with different backgrounds. I didn’t really expect to get to know them that well, but when we weren’t filming, we had a chance to really connect. We got to learn about each other’s personal lives and connect on a deeper level.
Are you still looking for love?
I’m looking for love, yes, but I’m not rushing it. I’m 30, I’m getting older, and I do want to settle down and potentially have a family, but it has to be right. I’m trying to focus on my career first and be the best version of myself before jumping right into anything.
What’s next for you?
Since the show aired this week, I’m really just trying to stay active. I’m excited to see what people think of it and how well it does. I’m a police officer in Atlanta and I’m focusing on pursuing a career in film. I’ll appear in a few shows and movies over the next year. I’ve been doing a lot of background work and I’m also taking speech and acting classes. I’m just trying to make sure I’m staying connected to the industry however I can.
The goal right now is to get really comfortable in front of the camera and become a skilled actor. I set a goal for 2023 to work on a Tyler Perry set and land my first scripted speaking role. Right now, I’m working as much as I can to get better and be prepared for opportunities so that I’m ready when my time comes.