This week’s episode of the MTV show “Catfish,” a reality series about online dating, featured Port Jefferson resident Catherine Monteleone.About two years ago, Monteleone, 19, had struck up a flirtation with Graham Marsh, a man she had met on Instagram, she said.Over time, Monteleone became concerned that Marsh, 18 was a “catfish” — a person pretending to be someone else or misrepresenting himself online — since the two had never met in person or communicated via video chat.
Newsday’s Rachel Uda spoke with Monteleone after the episode aired to discuss her experience on the show and what it was like being a sudden celebrity after it aired. A: I had been talking to this guy for going on two years now. Q: What has the response to your episode been like on social media? On Facebook, I have over 170 friend requests and haven’t accepted any of them because I’d like to keep my page private and just for my friends and family, though I really have nothing to hide.
We had met online through Instagram and I had messaged him on Twitter. He was my rock through a lot of tough situations in my life. A: I went to the doctor today to get something done for my ankle and the nurse recognized me. I knew it was you because I love your hair.” And a little girl came up to me earlier today and asked to take a picture with me. On Instagram, I had about 1,400 followers and now I’m already up to 2,500.
But the only issue was that I could never successfully video chat with him, so I questioned him obviously and wondered if he could have been a catfish. A: The producers reached out to me in May and we started filming in June. He rented out a room at a Dave and Buster’s in Islandia and invited people to come and watch. Meanwhile, I was about to have a panic attack the entire time. As far as comments go, there’s been a lot of positive response and a lot of nasty responses. And strangers have started using the hashtag #justiceforcatherine or #teamcatherine, #teamgraham.
We filmed for about five hours a day for five days. Q: What was it like watching yourself on television for the first time? People have been messaging me, saying that I have a sweet heart.
And I spent that whole time with [show hosts] Nev [Schulman] and Max [Joseph], who were really just the nicest guys. But I’ve seen a lot of nasty comments calling me insecure or saying it’s awkward to watch me, or people who are criticizing me for talking to boys online.
Q: After having this experience are you still open to meeting people online you’d want to start a relationship with?Do you have any advice for people who think they may have been “catfished? It’s just something that everybody in our generation is doing now. There’s nothing wrong with following a hot guy on Instagram.People do it all the time, but really dig into their accounts because there are so many fake profiles out there. I didn’t trust my instincts enough and that’s where I messed up. However, Lindy begins to suspect that one of her mysterious suitors may be a deadly cyber stalker right at the time her friends at the elusive cyber police uncover a potential serial killer in Manhattan. Stine novel of the same name, the series centers on Lindy (Justice), a tech genius who is convinced to start online dating by her roommate.Determined to find out if it's the same guy, Lindy teams with a band of hackers to solve the murders while unleashing her own style of justice on the streets of New York City.